The dream holiday is often pictured as a picturesque montage of palm-fringed beaches and azure blue waters, dotted with sun-kissed travellers lounging around with a book and mojito on hand. It’s a tantalising sight for us city dwellers, but it’s certainly not as rare as one might think.
Because there are several options to consider. Over the years, thanks to the Internet, we are seduced by the Indian Ocean’s beach sirens: Mauritius, Seychelles and the Maldives. Each of these islands has the makings of the perfect tropical island holiday.
Club Med is planning to conquer each of these places. Now, it has two resorts in Mauritius, one in the Maldives and another one that’s soon to come in Seychelles.
While it’s mapping out its new villages, the resort brand has also taken time to look back at one of its oldest resorts: Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers. Since its opening in 1973, the resort has gone through several evolutions in Club Med’s direction: from a singles club to a family-friendly destination.
In this latest extensive renovation, the resort tries to appeal to both ends. Along with an additional 108 rooms and suites, the resort has also included more indulgent facilities just for the grown-ups. The all-inclusive resort is just right in front of a beach, free-flow bars and grub all day round. If you’re not one for planning a to-do list for a trip, you’ll find this resort to be flexible enough for your every whim.
Club Med La Pointe is one-and-a-half hours away from the airport. It’s a journey you would want to take in as well – you get sights of sugarcane plantations, pineapple fields. By sunset, against the backdrop of burnt orange ombre, the tassel-like blooms from sugarcane plants dance around to the wind like shadow puppets.
But, of course, travellers come to Mauritius for beaches and no one’s going home disappointed. Club Med La Pointe is located along the edge of the island and encloses a considerable stretch of the Mont Choisy Beach, a strip of fine sand and incredibly clear waters. Guests will have no problems finding their own cabanas, thatched with sturdy sugarcane leaves. One can choose to take in the sights of sails and wakeboarders along the Indian Ocean or find a more secluded spot just mere minutes away for a quiet spot of sunbathing and selfies.
There’s certainly no shortage of Instagrammable moments at the resort. But should one wish to wander from the resort, take a private mini-bus out to Cap Malheureux for the island’s iconic red-roofed Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel and the famous Gunner’s Quoin islet across the ocean.
Further away is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, an 18th-century greenspace filled with palm trees and ponds, offering a refreshing Eden away from the beaches. Sugarcane is an important export for Mauritius and a visit to L’Aventure du Sucre Museum for a discourse on sugar and rum is warranted.
After renovations, Club Med La Pointe has 388 rooms as well as six suites peppered across 19 hectares of land. Rooms are gathered together in various styles of colonial houses, named after various attractions around Mauritius, with pathways leading straight to the sprawling Mont Choisy Beach.
The refreshed resort saw a new set of superior rooms, most of which can be connected for some privacy in between groups of four to six guests. The rooms also boast walk-in wardrobes, perfect for a fast change of clothes after a swim. Balconies or terraces are new attachments to these accommodations as well, offering a lovely view of the surrounding greenery or the Indian Ocean in the morning.
Club Med La Pointe pays careful attention in including local touches around the resort, palm leaf-thatched roofs and Mauritian textiles being some of the key design notes. The rooms see a much more subdued look of warm timber and stone. There aren’t many facilities to boast about in the superior rooms and guests will find themselves in a bit of a digital detox here — WI-FI is available in bits and pieces around the room. Still, instead of scouring for the Internet, why not just take in the sights with an Aperol spritz for company?
The best thing about an all-inclusive resort is that guests will never have to worry about where to eat or drink for the next few nights. Every meal, from breakfast to dinner, are accommodated for at the resort.
Now, Club Med La Pointe has a new restaurant in partnership with renowned French sommelier Fabrice Sommier. Alma Beach Lounge takes up prime location by the beach, offering brunches and lunch buffets with casual bites of burgers and salads for late risers and beach-goers. In the evening, the restaurant transforms into a more formal sit-down affair with a menu of Mauritian dishes such as grilled fish specialities and barbecued meat delicacies. With Fabrice Sommier on-board, guests can also expect an excellent list of wines and Mauritian rums to enjoy dinner with.
There’s also La Belle Créole, the resort’s main restaurant, offers several buffets and live stations featuring French and Mauritian cuisine. Also recently renovated, the massive all-day eatery has beautiful pockets of space such as private rooms or colourful set-ups of outdoor tents to move around to dine at.
Wood-fired pizzas, pasta and gorgeous pork chops or steaks will always be on the menu. Every day, La Belle Créole introduces guests to a taste of Mauritius with rotating selections of curry, chutney and fruit achar. There’s certainly something for everyone, even for the health-conscious. Live stations often offer ‘healthy options’ such as quinoa risotto with smoked salmon or ceviche of fresh marlin.
Amenities and activities
Being by the beach, Club Med La Pointe offers an impressive array of watersports activities to sign up for. The resort boasts a dedicated sailing school which is opened every day and accommodates both novices and experts. There are also lessons for waterskiing, wakeboarding and scuba-diving for the more adventurous guests. Otherwise, those who wish to stay dry can hop on a glass-bottom boat and soak in the views of life underwater or take a lazy sunset cruise on a catamaran with drinks.
The family-friendly resort has a variety of clubs and activities for the little ones and the grown-ups are as well taken care of.
On the other end of the resort, guests are encouraged to take a dip in the brand-new Zen Pool. The adults-only infinity pool is as peaceful as it sounds, with an undisturbed view of the beach and an open bar for more drinks.
There is also the new Club Med Spa, a facility manned by French wellness brand Cinq Mondes, for some indulgent pampering and treatments. If there’s time, try out the two- or five-day spa packages ranging for a series of massages and hammams to full-on slimming treatments.
If the idea of the perfect holiday is lazing by the beach, any resort at the edge of the sea has got you covered. But if you’re looking for a fuss-free holiday, Club Med La Pointe is the place to be. There’s nothing like having to worry about schedules and where to go for a holiday. You’ll leave the resort a lot more relaxed.