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Experiencing some Hollywood glamour in Mauritius

Sipping the last morsel of my deliciously frothy cappuccino and gazing out at the sparkling waves of the Indian Ocean, it was easy to imagine why this luxury hideaway was once the preferred playground of the 1970’s A-list rich and famous. Think back to an era when flying was the height of sophistication and long-haul travel was a pipe dream for most of us. One&Only, Le Saint Géran opened its doors in 1975 and instantly became a hive of Hollywood glamour, where Tom Jones could be found rubbing sun-creamed shoulders with Princess Caroline and Stephanie of Monaco.With the introduction of charter flights and bargain deals, few hotels have managed to retain or re-create this enigmatic glitz and glamour. However, on a recent visit with three press we discovered that the Grand Dame of Mauritius was very much still alive and buzzing. Targeting a mix of trade, consumer and luxury lifestyle titles we organized a press trip to showcase the magic of One&Only, Le Saint Géran, proving that despite the influx of cookie cutter five star resorts to the Indian Ocean, this oldie is very much still a goldie.As we soon discovered service is paramount at One&Only, Le Saint Géran and it speaks volumes that nearly one fifth of today’s employees in the St Géran family have been with the resort since the outset, having perfected their craft of hospitality over the years. As the years pass the Grande Dame of Mauritius only improves with age and continues to add to its list of prestigious awards including ‘Hotel with Best Service Worldwide’ in November 2009. The press trip was an enormous success and will result in three quality pieces of press coverage highlighting the best of what the resort has to offer from the sumptuous spa to the adrenalin- inducing watersports!

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