03 December 2020
What makes Mauritius different is its Dutch, French and British legacy - reflected in colonial mansions and botanical gardens – blended with the African, Indian and Chinese heritage and warmth of its people. Beyond the beaches, you can explore colourful markets and temples, fusion cuisine, and séga rhythms.
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
On the west coast – the sunniest of the island - Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa celebrated its tenth-anniversary last year by being crowned the World’s Leading Luxury Villa Beach Resort at the World Travel Awards. The only all-villa hotel on the island, and one of the most private, it's set on a quiet stretch of white sand, just half an hour’s stroll from Flic-en-Flac, a popular family beach. Maradiva is privately owned by a Mauritian family, with architecture reflecting the island's mixed heritage and 65 elegant pool villas hidden away amidst lush gardens. They’re luxurious yet understated, with Hermès decor and amenities, an outside living area and shower and some of the most private pools you’ll find on the island. Many guests choose to stay in their villas or head to the peaceful ayurvedic spa for deep muscular and aromatherapy massages. Dine under Raj tents on the beach or try a cooking lesson at Karo du Chef, the organic garden. Be sure to take the hotel’s private boat to swim with the dolphin pod in Tamarin Bay, or their Rolls Royce Phantom for a gourmet beach picnic.
The Oberoi Beach Resort
An hour further north, The Oberoi Beach Resort is set on Turtle Bay, a natural marine park in historic Balaclava. The capital Port Louis with its vibrant arts, architecture, museums and markets is just a 15-minute drive away. It's one of the island's most romantic hotels, spread over twenty acres of lush, sub-tropical gardens peppered with Asian and Indonesian artefacts. The luxury pool villas have traditional thatched roofs, natural cane and bamboo furniture and sunken marble bathrooms. Relax in your heated swimming pool, set within a walled courtyard garden; choose a Premier villa, closest to the seafront, for unparalleled views of Turtle Bay and its unforgettable sunsets. Wellness classes from the award-winning temple-like Oberoi spa – one of the island's finest – are extensive and include sensory experiences alongside eastern and western treatments. A ‘Touching Senses' programme designed to relax the mind includes everything from hatha yoga and T’ai Chi to stargazing, visits to bespoke silversmiths and henna painting.
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Lastly to east coast, the most renowned, with some of the most celebrated hotels and stretches of arguably the most beautiful white-sand beaches. Here, on a secluded lagoon overlooking Bambous Mountain, you’ll find Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. Each stylish thatched villa has its own plunge pool and alfresco shower set in a private garden, with outdoor terraces overlooking either the garden, mangrove, ocean or onto one of three pristine beaches. The most exclusive are set across a bridge on private Cat Island. Everyone has a bike to get about, and paths criss-cross the resort to the waterfront dining pavilions on the barachois. As with every Four Seasons resort, there are unrivalled family facilities including a Hobbit Village kids' club, feeding-time visits to the four giant Aldabra tortoises and horse-riding, ziplining and quad-biking in the nearby Domaine L’Etoile eco-park. A new beach experience has been introduced on the famed Ile aux Cerfs, an island famed for its white-sand shorelines and swimmable turquoise lagoon waters, just a 10-minute speedboat shuttle across the bay. As the most popular tourist attraction in Mauritius, it can grow exceptionally busy, but fear not – you’ll be able to while away the afternoon at a secluded cove reserved exclusively for Four Seasons guests, and enjoy catch-of-the-day lunches under the thatch and canvas of the beach bar and grill. Back at base, enjoy sunrise yoga or a relaxing treatment at the spa; there are 12 huge sea-facing suites on stilts overlooking the mangrove.
Good to know
The clean-up following the giant oil spill in July off Blue Bay continues apace and recently secured additional grants. Although up to 12kms of coastline and surrounding lagoons on the south eastern part of the island were hit, more than 310kms (97%) of beaches and coastline (where most of the hotels and resorts are situated) remain unaffected. Tourism will continue to be invaluable to the island’s recovery.
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