The Plaza Beach Resort Hotel by Le Méridien has been renamed Le Méridien Ile Maurice following the completion of a $10 million refurbishment programme that brings the hotel up to five-star standard.
All 180 rooms have been refurbished and 12 new deluxe suites for families and honeymooners have been created to compliment the six Royal Suites. The spacious air-conditioned rooms and suites have views across the sea and are equipped with international direct dialling, Internet access, satellite TV, mini bar, tea and coffee making facilities, electronic safe, hairdryer, iron and ironing board.
One of the most spectacular features of the renovation is the new lobby and public areas; hotel entrance features waterfalls and rock gardens on either side of the main door leading into a grand lobby with a subtle Japanese-style fountain. The suspended ceiling, wood panelling and colour scheme provide a dramatic contrast of warmth and grandeur set against the view looking out directly over the turquoise blue of the Indian Ocean.
Hotel manager, Chris Newman said: “As part of the refurbishment we will be opening the island’s first dedicated conference centre. Each meeting room will feature natural daylight with full audio-visual equipment and Internet stations located throughout.
“There is a business centre with dedicated staff and private patio gardens for coffee breaks. We are now able to cater for events and conferences from eight to 600 delegates.”
A new addition to the hotel is the Asian-style Health Spa, located in its own private gardens where delicious health meals and beverages are served. The Spa offers two saunas, two steam rooms, power body shower, Jacuzzi, plunge pool, outdoor garden pool, hydro bath treatment room, hydro shower massage and mud treatment, massage rooms, relaxation areas, male and female treatment rooms and a fully equipped gymnasium.
“To compliment the re-branding and to ensure we provide guests with a five-star experience, we established a training centre to provide our staff with a solid foundation for development and the delivery of service standards,” added Newman.