Hotel Audible: St. Regis Mauritius to Four Seasons Mauritius

St. Regis Mauritius -> Four Seasons Mauritius

I recently posted a review of the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita on Jeffsetter, but wanted to tell the story about how we came to stay at that resort here.

I have never stayed at a Four Seasons hotel or resort before, because frankly they have always been out of my budget and seemed extravagant. Even for our trip to Mauritius, we had booked a completely different hotel for our 5 nights on the island, the brand new St. Regis on the west side of the island, and we fully intended to stay there until we learned a few weeks before the honeymoon that the resort opening was delayed until November.

St. Regis Mauritius

We were looking forward to this part of Mauritius

This was a bummer, because the St. Regis looked amazing, but they could not have been kinder in helping us find alternate accommodations. They proactively offered to move us to a similar room at one of 4 other resorts on the island, without changing our hotel rate. We let them know that our second choice would have been the Four Seasons resort, and they were able to find us accommodations at the Four Seasons in an Ocean Villa. This proved to be an excellent deal for us, because the room prices at the Four Seasons would have been well outside of our price range normally. In addition, the hotel also agreed to give us half-board accommodations, which covered the cost of our breakfast and dinners.

Essentially, this allowed us to stay at the Four Seasons in Mauritius for about half of what it would cost if we paid rack rates. An amazing deal when we weren’t even looking for a deal this time. I need to avoid mentioning prices in these posts to protect the will of our friends at the St. Regis and the Four Seasons.

The people at the St. Regis in Mauritius were very gracious and accommodating to our needs. They even sent over two branded t-shirts and some local rum as a token of apology, along with a hand written note when we would be coming back to visit them.

Welcome Gift from the St. Regis

Welcome Gift from the St. Regis

After our fantastic time on the island, we may have to go back sooner than later!

An Unexpected Passport Scare and Public Service Announcement About Passports

Passport Expiration Scare: Your Passport may not be accepted even if it has not expired yet

After a 48 hour whirlwind travel experience, I’m finally settled in to my villa in paradise – otherwise known as the Four Seasons in Mauritius. While I have already mentioned in this space that I will be writing about my amazing travels across the world, this story is about how the trip almost never happened. It may not be for the faint of heart, but as I sit here in the luxury of a tropical destination, I feel I can already look back at what happened and breathe a sigh of relief.

It all started innocently enough. Wedding reception on Saturday (blogged about here), travel plans beginning with a 7 AM flight on Monday morning, and then after 45 hours of travel, arrival in Mauritius. While I wasn’t looking forward to the time of the travel, we were able to secure business class seats for most flights, so at least we could get some sleep on the plane.

The least of my worries was the first day of travel, which featured a seemingly routine flight from MSP to Washington Dulles Airport, with a ~7 hour layover before our next flight to Paris. In fact, it was so routine that I made a list of tasks I wanted to accomplish while sitting in the Air France ‘Salon’ for that entire time. A mix of personal and professional tasks would keep me busy that entire time, no doubt.

After checking in to the Air France Lounge, the attendant asked us to have a seat while she looked made sure everything was in line with our tickets. While seated in the lounge, I was looking up information about things to do in Mauritius, trying to change our train tickets from Munich to Paris later in the trip, etc. Basically tying up last minute details.

The lounge agent came up to us and said, in her best and most condescending French accent (it helps if you read it all with an accent):

“We have a small problem. You can’t go to Mauritius and I am canceling your tickets” [Read more…]

Next Stop: Mauritius and Oktoberfest!

Man, it seems like years ago that I first blogged about our planned honeymoon in Mauritius. Come to think of it, it was nearly a year ago that I first booked the trip.

Now we are exactly 1 week away from our departure to the promised land(s)!

Since then, a lot of the details of the trip have rounded out and I plan on blogging about the aspects that my wife will allow me to talk about.

Here is what you can expect to see from me if all goes well and motivation stays high:

  • Delta Lounge at Washington Dulles (if this exists)
  • Flight Report: Air France Business Class from Washington DC (IAD) to Paris (CDG) on the Airbus A380
  • Air France Lounge in Paris
  • Day Trip to Paris
  • Flight Report: Air Mauritius Business Class from Paris to Mauritius (MRU) on a 777-300
  • Staying at the Four Seasons Mauritius
  • Scuba Diving and Snorkeling in Mauritius
  • Sight Seeing in Mauritius
  • Golfing at the Ernie Els Designed Course at the Fours Seasons Mauritius
  • Flight Report: Air Mauritius Economy Class from Mauritius to Paris
  • Flight Report: Air France Paris to Munich
  • Staying at The Hilton Munich Hotel
  • Sight Seeing in Munich
  • Oktoberfest in Munich
  • Driving to Berchtesgarden, Germany
  • Staying at The Intercontinental Berchtesgaden
  • Sight Seeing in Berchtesgaden
  • Train from Munich to Paris
  • Staying at Park Hyatt Vendome Hotel
  • Sight Seeing in Paris
  • Flight Report: Air France Business Class from Paris to Washington DC on the Airbus A380

Wow, this is a jam packed two weeks of travel! 4 overnight flights and 11 nights in premium hotels (four of these using points). 7 Total flights, a train ride and two car rentals. 4 Hemispheres.

I can’t wait for this trip and I hope you stick with me as I share the details (once again, as long as my wife allows it).