With its curious blend of French and Creole influences, this tropic island off the southeast coast of Africa has been a perennial favourite for those seeking to escape the crowds on the more popular island destinations. First class resorts, fantastic beaches, lagoons and reefs, interesting local culture and lush mountainous vegetation all add to its appeal as a relaxing getaway. Here is an overview of some of the best hotels in Mauritius.
LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residencies
The sheltered lagoon of Grand Baie on Mauritius’ northern coast provides a calm haven for swimming and sunbathing. British designer Kelly Hoppen has designed the sophisticated, yet laid back interiors. With an emphasis on conscious, eco-friendly living in the resort, guests can choose from healthy plant-based menus, take a hydrothermal bath journey and enjoy a cutting edge spa treatment on an ergonomic sand bed. Hang out at Beach Rouge, the restaurant and beach club, or on the rooftop at Bisou restaurant and bar and eat at Ai KISU. Don’t miss the perfect photo op, as you take a seat in the wooden swing that hangs above the rooftop infinity pool, looking out over the lagoon.
This stunning basalt beachfront retreat is set on Turtle Bay and comes complete with a number of luxury pavilions and pristine private pool villas that are set in perfectly manicured tropical gardens. The Oberoi has long had a reputation of being one of the most romantic islands in the whole of Mauritius and guests are treated to plenty of privacy as well as a first rate service. People who choose one of the luxurious villas will be treated to full use of their own dining pavilion as well as a butler service that means that they never need to see another guest if they do not wish, while enjoying cocktails here as the sun slowly sets over the ocean is an enchanting experience.
The St Regis
Guests are invited to select a room in this former sugar baron’s plantation house, which commands an excellent position on Le Morne and provides plenty of luxury and a truly memorable service. Guests are treated to private access to one of the most stunning strips of sand in the area, while a range of special trips are organised by the dedicated staff such as a trip to Black River Gorge National Park and an unforgettable dolphin safari. Each room has been designed so that it faces the ocean and boasts large picture windows to let in plenty of air and light. The Beachfront Grand Suites are especially grand, while those who are travelling in a group and want to take advantage of extra space and luxurious touches should reserve the magnificent four bedroom villa.
Shangri La Le Touessrok
This award winning hotel combines Asian-style elegance with plenty of Mauritian charm to create a unique and very luxurious tropical effect. This large and lovely resort gives guests full use of five private white sandy beaches, which are lapped by cool and clear turquoise waters. Wandering along palm fringed paths to reach the spacious villas is an enchanting experience, while every moment spend here is sure to uplift the sense. While there are just over two hundred rooms and suites to choose from, those that are most coveted are set in the Frangipani Wing and can be reached from the mainland by crossing a wooden bridge. These stunning suites boast egg-shaped bathtubs, while the three-bedroom private villas are among the best accommodation options on the whole of Mauritius.
People who crave pure peace and luxury are sure to love staying at this romantic and yet very informal boutique hotel, which is set in tropical gardens that grace the edge of a pretty horseshoe-shaped cove. Guests can take their pick from stunning suites and private villas and everything at the Shanti Maurice has been created on a very grand scale. Both the onsite spa and restaurants have won awards for excellence and guests should make sure that they take the opportunity to indulge in pure pampering before taking a seat at one of the elegant dining pavilions to sample some of the best cuisine around.
One and Only Le Saint Geran
Set on a private peninsula in perhaps the best location in the whole of Mauritius in terms of natural beauty, guests are treated to more than a mile of private white sand and 60 acres of tropical gardens to explore. This luxury hotel was created in 1975 and was the first accommodation option of its type to grace the island. There are 142 guest rooms and suites and guests can choose from ocean or cover facing rooms depending on their mood and personal preference. No matter which option is selected, guests can be sure that they will be treated to a very comfortable and memorable stay along with a huge number of enmities for both those who want to be pampered and activity seekers.
The Residence Mauritius
The style of this colonial-style hotel takes its inspiration from the local plantation houses and this is a topical getaway that makes guests feel right at home as soon as they step inside the lobby. Set on the east coast of Mauritius, The Residence treats guests to more than a mile of powdery white sand to spread out on and stroll along at sunset. In addition to all of the comforts and luxurious that guests would expect from a world class hotel, this establishment goes the extra mile by offering touches such as a decadent VIP lunch on the beach and a personal speedboat service to a tiny tropical island.
LUX Grand Gaube
Set on the edge of the traditional fishing village of Grand Gaube, this exclusive hotel serves as an exclusive retreat that no lover of luxury could resist. There are three main swimming pools for guests to choose from including one pool that has been reserved just for adults. While the little ones are made welcome, this is also the perfect place for adults to play and unwind in style and each room, villa and suite faces the sea.