Our party consisted of 14 adults and a one year old baby most of us were family, the purpose of the visit being my son’s wedding, and after months of planning and changing venues, eventually we were on our way to Mauritius courtesy of a British Airways. We arrived bang on time to be met by our transportation to Legends Hotel… and a legend it was. Situated in the north of the island with its own beach and surrounded by its own beautiful grounds we were all suitably impressed.
After being greeted at the entrance by several staff and then escorted in to the grand reception area we were offered champagne or orange juice, which was a nice reward at the end of our journey. Our rooms were far from disappointing, a good size mostly all with see views overlooking the secluded beach area, and fitted out with all you would need and with an excellent balcony. We found the maids exceptional, in fact to be fair all of the staff were very attentive especially around the pool and beach areas, as well as the dining areas.
We were all on half board basis, the breakfast and evening meals were excellent with a very good choice of food for either, I remember some of the evening meals were themed to a specific country, but also with several other choices for those that had their own favourites. There is one main bar area located fairly close to hotel dining room, I recall the world cup football was all going on at the time, so without saying the boys were in the bar first for pre dinner drinks and to watch part of a game on the TV, and the channel never changed, I wonder why!
During the day we tended to stay on the beach or around the pool, there were about three other restaurants in the hotel so food and drinks where always available where ever you were and at any time of day, which is great if you do have infants with you. There was well supervised games in the pool for all ages during the day, as well as Snorkelling in the sea which seemed to be a daily event for some of us, this was operated by the hotels own boat, they would take you out towards the reef which was some way out, but about ten minute ride on the boat found some good places to go snorkelling and this was free. On another occasion we hired a boat for the day which was nothing to do with the hotel, but it collected us from the hotel beach and took us off to another uninhabited island for the day, this was of great entertainment for all. Other hotel entertainment included tennis, golf, spa, water skiing, a good gymnasium and many other activities.
In the evening there was entertainment after dinner in the form of local dancers and some other local acts, if you did want to venture out side of the hotel it was very safe albeit not a lot going on in the immediate area, a couple of local bars which were worth a visit in the evening or daytime. During the day if you did want to go site seeing you would need to hire a car, or go by taxi, both could be arranged in the hotel. I would definitely advise this as there are some interesting places to visit, and you can get from one end of the island and back easily in a day. There was a lot of buses in the area, I never tried these so cannot really comment on their reliability.
We booked our hotel through CV Travel a London based company who specialize in Villa and hotel holidays, with a very helpful and courteous approach, and have a wealth of knowledge in the areas you visit. Our flight as I previously mentioned was with British Airways a direct flight, and we booked this ourselves and was great once you were on board, but can be hard work at the admin stage when booking. Worth noting that not many companies were flying direct to Mauritius at the time.
I can only add it was a great trip most definitely enhanced by our stay at Legends.