The Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel stands as an iconic symbol of the Mauritian way of life, reigning supreme over the Caudan Waterfront, elegantly recalling the island’s former importance as the key to the oceans beyond. A staging post on the route to the Indies, Port Louis is a place of timeless dreams, allowing us to wallow in the splendours of yesteryear. And there’s no better place than the Labourdonnais to soak up the soul of this historic city.
Opened in 1996, the five-star hotel has recently been refurbished under the no doubt approving eye of the imposing statue of Mahé de La Bourdonnais, in order to delight an ever more demanding business clientele. Its 105 rooms, suites and enormous penthouse seem like timeless cocoons with majestic views out over the harbor and the city. There are many reminders of bygone times, with period photographs, portraits of La Bourdonnais and allusions to the dodo, retro furniture and shades of taupe and cerulean blue.
Not least of the reasons that the hotel has become renowned for luxury and excellence are its exclusive executive floor and its private lounge where guests receive personal attention – the provision of customised meals in the lounge, receptions for guests, and a minibar and Nespresso machine in each room.
The floor also boasts its own exclusive concierge service that looks after registration formalities and, for those in a hurry, can even unpack their suitcases. For history lovers, the hotel also has a cultural service desk where guests can discover the best places to visit. If they want to experience the dolce vita Mauritian-style, they can sail off in a catamaran and, glass in hand, watch the sun setting or the evening twilight with Port Louis in the background.
Meanwhile, even the most demanding gourmets will be delighted by the hotel’s bars and restaurants. Yuzu brings together the fine flavours of Asian cuisine and Mauritian produce, while Brasserie Chic is like a little Paris with a menu catering for every taste. As for the Post Box, the hotel’s outdoor lounge bar is a great place to while away the time – perhaps writing a postcard before slipping it into the working period Royal Mail letter box!