Elements from the past in a contemporary universe. Le Canonnier Beachcomber has created a successful meeting with history under so many aspects. Step by step, pages of colonial history turn to reveal themselves to the visitor in an establishment which is turned towards the future.

18th century cannons look impressive on the terrasse of the Navigator. So much so, that you could easily slip into the shoes of a pirate. The restaurant overlooks the lagoon, offering an idyllic view on the islands of the North. Under the shade of the coconut tree, one can enjoy fresh seafood and the catch of the day.

After a few months’ renovation, Le Canonnier re-opens with flying colours.

A successful lifting combining modernity and past times. Big spaces as if to accentuate a feeling of freedom. Bober colours for an appeasing sensation. Contemporary furniture and beautiful materials to procure comfort. The hotel, which is part of the Beachcomber group, scores high grades for decoration, as well as for the sense of welcome.

Stretching on over 17 acres, Le Canonnier is surrounded by a seemingly endless golden beach. Palm trees, Banyans and colourful flowers constitute lush gardens and immerse the visitor in a tropical and peaceful atmosphere, in true nature.

Le Canonnier’s other major asset is history, which gifts this place with a peculiar charm. Cannons dating from the 18th century, a renovated lighthouse and ruins of a fortress are reminders of the highlights of the construction of Mauritius as a country. A land lost in the Indian Ocean, sought after by the British as much as the French. They are all historical remnants which reveal the beauty of contemporary decoration.

Fashionable furniture, decorative elements, and a savvy and classy layout… and there we have it. From one end of the hotel to the other, a sobre and pristine esthetic puts its best foot forward. The establishment proposes various categories of rooms: Standard garden view, Superior garden view, Standard sea view, and Superior sea view among others. They all offer the comfort worthy of a 4-star establishment. Le Canonnier is the ideal place for family vacations. Clients also have privileged access to 4 golf courses: le Paradis Golf Club, Mont Choisy Le Golf, the Avalon Golf Estate and the Tamarina Golf Estate. Geared with the safe bet of past glory and contemporary elements, Le Canonnier keeps on writing its story with the best of taste.

At nightfall, the hotel bathes in new lighting and unveils other charms. The lobby evokes harmony; a happy combination between stone, wood and thatch. The furniture just melts into the decor. Majestic stairs would almost give you vertigo. Lamps and wall appliqués by Metalite sketch graphic and geometric plays of lights which would leave none indifferent.

A playful and relaxing area laid out with finesse. Mirrors stretching on the whole height of walls, with wallpaper adorning floral patterns bring character to the room. Open, it lets in massive amounts of light, which brings out  the furniture and grey flooring’s tropical elegance.

Furniture with clear and sober colours. A mirror to widen and maximise space, and reflect light. A pristine lamp with a touch of nature thanks to a beautiful flower vase. This is pure elegance.

Furniture with clear and sober colours. A mirror to widen and maximise space, and reflect light. A pristine lamp with a touch of nature thanks to a beautiful flower vase. This is pure elegance.

La Serenata restaurant, only open for dinner, offers italian specialties. Decoration relies on the play on colours, shapes, and materials. Black synthetic rattan armchairs highlight the washed off white on wooden tables. Our favourite: the wall painted in a very trendy greyish green, decorated with plates in various sizes, declined in various green hues evocative of nature.

A spa built in the trees, to be in perfect unison with nature. The ideal place to reboot, and balance the body as much as the mind. A natural charm as well as the architecture have fully integrated the moods of this scenery. Six cabins are arranged between branches and creepers of a 100-year-old banyan tree. Stone stairs and basins of running water contribute to a serene experience of untarnished relaxation.

Once again, one easily gets the chosen materials. Thatch, ravenala, wood and stone unite for a natural-looking ensemble. The basin in carved stones is lengthy, and welcomes various wooden sculptures for a zen atmosphere.

The Planteur Bar opens on a terrasse dominating a perfectly calculated stretch of water. Appeasing waterfalls gush from stones, forming basins surrounded by a luxurious green. An old nautical anchor becomes an unmissable decorative element which has all its meaning in this serene environment.

Dreaming of vacation? Head to Le Canonnier, your feet in the sand, surrounded by palm and coconut trees, this nook of the hotel is the promise of a sweet getaway. The hammock, under the shade of the coconut trees, with bean bags and low garden furniture altogether create a cosy ambience.

The room with Standard garden view showcases a pristine and elegant decor. Comfortable, it unites warm materials for a welcoming atmosphere. Wood, rattan and jute are the inescapable allies of a modern and trendy decor. The mural sketch printed on a wide format is designed by Florent Beusse.

As soon as you enter it, this room with sober colours eases you in. Combinations of grey, light-coloured wood and natural materials such as a jute rug complete a pleasing esthetic. The wooden headboard adds some warmth to the room, and an impeccable bathroom invites to relax and unwind.

Another room, another mood. The Deluxe sea view room is luminous. Clear tones harmonize with indoors and outdoors furniture by Vincent Sheppard, combining comfort and esthetics. This artisan has a passion for the tradition of handloom. A sketch of Le Morne Mountain in large size is also designed by Florent Beusse, as in affirmation of the authenticity of the establishment. The arrangement of the room is optimal, and the terrasse offering an ideal view on the sea is charming.

Source: Magazine Lacase No53
Article: Michel Alphonse
Photos: Jean-Noël Ahkee