While we just adored Constance Moofushi, and it took a little persuasion to stop David from just rebooking another trip to that resort, we wanted to find somewhere similar that was a little easier to reach from Mumbai. David discovered that we could fly direct to Mauritius and once he found the Four Seasons Resort on the island, the vacation was booked.
Air Mauritius offers a six hour non stop service from Mumbai international airport and even the early morning start did not faze us. The sparkling new airport in Mauritius is now one of our all time favorites as it was such a breeze to get from the plane and through arrivals with an abundance of staff on duty and the most speediest luggage delivery system we have ever seen. We did have a little blip when trying to find our driver once through arrivals and were suddenly inundate with offers of rides from the waiting taxi cabs but we were soon greeted by the Four Seasons rep and ushered to our waiting land rover fitted with wifi and a basket of goodies complete with juices, nuts, and snacks for us to enjoy on the 45 minute transfer to the resort. A very nice way to travel I must say.
Upon arrival at the resort we were welcomed with a sweet tea drink in the beautifully peaceful entrance to the resort and then driven by golf cart to our ‘home’ for the week. Any fears that the accommodation would not live up to our Maldives paradise soon evaporated as we entered our villa complete with plunge pool, private garden, and beach access. The privacy was perfect and once again our antisocial behavior kicked in and we pretty much only left our hideaway for the gym and for food the entire week.
We have a certain fascination with resort bathrooms; if they are great, it usually means that the trip will be a huge success. I have included a few photos of our lovely open plan bathroom complete with outside shower so you can judge for yourself.
One black mark against this resort is the fact that they do no offer all inclusive packages. David booked as fully inclusive as he could, with breakfast and evening meal included, but the hassle free nature of all inclusive for this type of vacation is by far and away our preferred option. Additionally, as it was low season the restaurants on site took it in turns to be closed each night thus cutting down on dining options. This last fact would not normally faze us but for the lack of available ‘casual attire’ dining options as we were told on our first night that most restaurants required a more formal dress code. We laughed at the fact that they would be seeing David in the same outfit on a number of evenings as on our second evening there was only a formal restaurant option available and he had already worn his ‘smart’ outfit. As we reluctantly ‘dressed up’ and headed to dinner I must admit to being somewhat fuming when we noticed a number of our fellow guests had chosen to disregard this information and as I stood next to the lady in her nike shorts and cropped top I had to bite my tongue and smile sweetly. To avoid this problem on other “formal” nights we enjoyed a beautiful meal served on our porch in our villa instead.
The service at the Four Seasons is something we love. Upon unpacking I realized I had neglected to bring our Kindle chargers and as we love to go through quite a few books while on our beach hols, this seemed a huge problem. David called the front desk and within a few minutes we were brought two versions to try and were left with the charger that worked for the length of our stay – huge kudos to Four Seasons for that little gem.
The resort was beautifully manicured with most of the accommodations being sufficiently secluded so you did not see that many people until breakfast or dinner. The open style breakfast buffet was delicious with many options including a champagne bar – yes for breakfast, my kind of place! The fresh juice bar was also a great option. The only negative was the rather over attentive number of birds that would attempt to swoop down and steal any food that was being in anyway neglected on your table.
The gym was very well equipped and despite the usual odd fellow guest that attempted to use the treadmill in flip flops it was mostly empty. The lady that worked out in her bejeweled push up bra one day does stick in my memory for some reason but David seems to have forgotten her 🙂 The resort also had a spa and a lap pool that we only saw used once.
One other area where we think the resort can improve is transportation between the villas. Bicycles are an option for guests to get around, or you can call for a golf cart pick up but we opted to walk around as it really was not that far between the areas we frequented. However, the staff are constantly going around the resort in the carts, delivering food, laundry, and people to various places and it seemed that we needed to stop and move onto the grass to allow for the carts to pass us on way too many occasions, so much so that it became quite irritating.
We would certainly recommend Anahita and Four Seasons Resort’s will remain one of our favorite brands. I cannot wait for David to jump back on his laptop to research where we will try next!