Saint Geran

On the dawn of 17th August 1744, the Saint Geran , a majestic vessel under the command of Captain Delamere appeared in the North of the island. It was its first trip in the region.

Six months earlier, that is, on the 24th March, several passengers boarded the vessel at the port of Lorient, along with cargo which included windmills ordered by Mahe de Labourdonnais for Villebague Sugar Estate, situated near Pamplemousses.

All of a sudden, at two in the morning, the ship was violently shaken. The alarm rang. Everybody, some still asleep, rushed outside on the deck. They were terrified by what they saw. The main mast was broken, crushing the lifeboats under its weight. Merciless waves had split the vessel into two. The passengers knelt to pray, the crew made a raft, which rapidly sank with its victims.

There were only nine survivors inspired by the tragic plight of these lovers, Bernardin de Saint Pierre wrote “Paul et Virginie” in 1787.This novel which vents the charms of the tropic has become over the years, the symbol of love and fidelity.

C’est un navire dont les Mauriciens ont toujours partagé avec fierté les secrets, surtout quand Bernardin de Saint Pierre l’immortalisa dans son roman « Paul et Virginie «.

Armé de 23 canons, avec un tirant d’eau de 600 tonneaux, il fut lancé à Lorient le 11 Juillet 1736 le capitaine Laurent du plessis lui fit prendre la mer pour son premier voyage de Lorient à Pondicherry le 11 novembre 1739. Par la suite, il fut commandé par le Capitaine Porée de la Toche.

Le Saint Geran devait faire naufrage le 17 août 1744 au Nord de l’île de France, aujourd’hui appelée Maurice. Ce fut le Capitaine Richard de Lamarre qui accompagna le SAINT GERAN vers son destin, avec à son bord un équipage de 149 hommes, 13 passagers, ainsi que plusieurs esclaves.

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#1 C'est Moi on 12.03.08 at 3:38 am

This Saint Geran? North or North East

Le Saint Géran Hotel in Mauritius

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LOCATION: Le Saint Géran Hotel faces the Belle Mare Peninsular on the north east coast of Mauritius. A luxury hotel in 60 acres of tropical gardens. The Indian Ocean on one side and a sheltered lagoon on the other side giving 1.5km of beach.

Le Saint Géran Hotel consists of junior suites, 109 with King sized beds, 31 with double queen beds. 12 Ocean Suites, 1 Royal Villa. The rooms either face the sea or lagoon, have furnished terraces or balconies. All rooms have, private bath with shower, toilet, hairdryer, minibar, electronic room safe, individual controlled air-conditioning, ceiling fan. In room entertainment system comprising, multi-system stereo TV, satellite TV, DVD/CD player with a wide selection of DVD’s and videos for rental. IDD telephone with personalised voice mail, internet/email access through the TV. One junior suite has been adapted for paraplegic guest. Public areas are suitable for wheelchair access. Personal butler service, in-room dining. The suites are equipped with in-room business services, fax/computer hook up, modem phone-jack. Computer and fax machines available on request.

La Terrace, set around the pool, overlooking the sea. Offers a variety of local and international cuisine. Buffet breakfast (07h30-10h30), Lunch (12h30-14h30), dinner (19h00 – 22h00), includes table d’hôte, gala and theme dinners.
Paul & Virginie, lunch (12h30 – 14h30), dinner (19h30-22h00). Specialists in seafood and local specialties.
Les Casades, open (19h30 – 22h00 6 days a week), an indoor gastronomic restaurant serving an a la carte menu.
Le Badamier, Ocean-side alfresco lunch and drink venue.

Pool Bar, open (09h30-24h00), serves light snacks and afternoon tea. Casino Bar, open every evening from 21h00 Paul & Virginie Bar, open (09h30-22h00). Golf Bar, open from 08h00 until sunset. Beach service from 10h30 to 17h00.

Live music every evening. Extensive cabaret programme. Casino open from 21h00 daily.
Free Sports:
Water sports: canoes, hobby cats, kayaks, laser sails, minisails, pedalos, snorkeling, unlimited water-skiing, windsurfing, small game fishing, aqua gym classes in the pool, glass-bottom boat.
Land Sports: 9 hole golf course, floodlit tennis, bocciball, cycling, internet cafe, jogging, nature walks and trekking.
Chargeable Sports:
Scuba diving, parasailing, big game fishing, catamaran cruise and horse riding.

A fully equipped Givenshy Spa with qualified personnel. 8 treatment rooms. Offering a full range of beauty and health treatments.

Doctor on call, business services including fax, photocopier, laptop hire and daytime secretarial service, exclusive tours, free shuttle to Le Touessrok, Laundry/dry cleaning service (same day), shopping arcade offering large range of gifts, conference and meeting facilities.

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