Baptista laps up the luxuries at Radisson Plaza Beach Resort,
view of the property
fronds of sugarcane - smiling or shedding tears - depending
on whether it is a sunny or rainy day. This was a glimpse
of Mauritius as we drove past roads hugged by sugarcane fields.
And onward to our last destination on the island in the Indian
Ocean: Radisson Plaza Beach Resort. One step into the five-star
deluxe resort and you know you are in the lap of luxury. The
sheer splendour of it all envelopes you, caresses you with
tender loving care, making you want to stay an extra day.
Located on the sheltered bay of Pointe aux Piments on the
northwest coast of Mauritius, it is approximately 60 km from
the international airport at Plaisance and 15 km from the
capital, Port Louis. It is conveniently situated between Port
Louis, the business, entertainment and shopping centre, and
Grand Baie, famous for its many beaches and watersports.
A walk through this sprawling property with an inspection
of the rooms, facilities, business and entertainment options,
and discovery of the white sand on the long stretch of beach
and the turquoise blue water of the ocean and you know that
the resort is the ideal location for holidays, seminars and
No wonder, then, that it is the preferred hotel for the upmarket,
corporate Indian traveller. The general manager, Praba Menon,
is of Indian origin and the resident manager, Ravi Nagpal
is Indian too. During our stay, we saw quite a few Indians
who seemed to be having the time of their lives here.
now go into the decor, details and delights of the Radisson.
All 198 rooms, including 190 deluxe rooms, 12 terrace suites
and six presidential suites, are ocean-fronted, centrally
air-conditioned and spacious with either a balcony or terrace
just 30 metres from the waters edge. They are equipped
with a TV, video channels, mini-bar, individual safe, tea-coffee
maker, iron and ironing board and lounge chairs. A large attached
bathroom includes a bath tub and shower stall, double sink
and a hairdryer. All the rooms are spread over six three-storeyed
Also on offer is the Plaza Club accommodation for the business
traveller, equipped with dataport for e-mail and fax.
resort offers complete convention facilities with flexible
function spaces for meetings of all sizes, types and styles.
The banquet hall has a seating capacity for 500 delegates
and state-of-the-art sound and lighting facilities. This is
divisible into four break-up rooms catering from 10-100 delegates.
A separate boardroom can accommodate 10-15 persons. Theres
a business centre and conference facilities like audio-visual
equipment and secretarial services.
On the food and beverage front, the resort offers three restaurants
and four bars. Brasserie, overlooking the pool-deck and ocean,
is a buffet-style restaurant serving local and international
cuisine and also theme dinners. Surf Club is a beach restaurant
with fresh seafood, grilled dishes and salads. Paprika specialises
in an exotic blend of Western, Mediterranean and Indian Ocean
Rim cuisine with an open kitchen concept. It also boasts live
music and late-night entertainment.
Besides standard meal options on a half-board (breakfast and
dinner) basis, the hotel offers specially designed food and
beverage options for groups. These include beverage packages,
special lunch menus and theme cocktail and dinner parties
designed to enhance the atmosphere of the groups itinerary.
Come sundown and it sizzles when the sega dancers come on
at Baywatch, the thatch-roofed bar surrounded by water, overlooking
the swimming pool and the beach. Creole jazz bands and other
acts are in attendance.
and dreams also await you at the Pool Bar in a lagoon setting
with sunken bar stools. Theres the Lobby Bar in the
main building and Paprika with a view of the gardens and the
Radisson Spa and Fitness Centre seems the ideal place to relax,
invigorate the senses and renew your energies through new
experiences. Nothing like relaxing under the spell of a sauna
or luxuriating in a spa facial. The Health Club boasts sauna,
steam room, cold plunge pool, Jacuzzi, massage rooms, aerobic
facilities and gymnasium. You can find new vigour in a range
of fitness programmes with state-of-the-art equipment and
well-trained instructors. The centre provides natural beauty
remedies and modern salon treatments with advanced technology.
Of course, you can also refresh yourself in the swimming pool.
The resort offers various sports and recreational facilities
like tennis, table tennis, beach volleyball and badminton.
Theres also the Fun Club for children of age three to
12 years with games, video, beach activities and picnics.
At the boat house, there are plenty of watersport activities
including a glass-bottom boat trip.
there are shops in the resort with designer wear, jewellery
and curios. And you can discover the great outdoors by availing
of local tours and excursions. These include nature walks,
catamaran cruises and sunset cruises from the hotel to Grand
Baie with cocktails, snacks and on-board entertainment. And
you may spot the dolphins and click a picture to take back
Radisson Plaza Beach Resort
Village Hall Lane,
Pointe aux Piments, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 2043333
Fax: (230) 2043344