We were the first ones through immigration thanks to disembarking first. After collecting our bags, which took a little longer than I hoped, we met the St. Regis representative. I read in advance that St. Regis transfers were a little more costly than taxis (roughly $100), but much more comfortable. The hotel offered either:
- Luxury Coach – 5500 MUR (~$150)
- Audi Q7 or Range Rover – 8000 MUR (~$220)
We chose the Luxury Coach (described as a minivan via email), but we were upgraded to the Range Rover at no additional charge. I saw the Q7 on property, in fact we were “upgraded” to it on the way back to the airport, but I never saw a van, so I’m skeptical whether or not it actually exists or whether they are just happy to take an extra $70 from some people who don’t know better…
The ride to the St. Regis Mauritius Resort took just over an hour and the sun set toward the end of the drive–most of which was through the middle of the island and not terrible picturesque, though the last 20 minutes or so were mostly along the water. Our driver, I forget his name but he’s pictured here in the right of the frame was awesome. As we found out on the ride back, it doesn’t necessarily have to be a smooth ride, and this was great. Not only that, but he gave us a great history of Mauritius and lots of info on the island. The hotel also provided a complimentary hot spot in the car which was nice given that data pricing is outrageous there.