9 romantic Valentine's night restaurants
Looking for a special Valentine’s Day restaurant for your Mauritius holiday this year? Whether you’re celebrating your honeymoon or just want to share a memorable meal with the one you love, our hand-picked selection of romantic dining venues is bound to impress.
Le Victoria: La Casa
Open only for dinner, La Casa is Le Victoria’s Italian restaurant and its name, meaning “home” in Italian, offers a taste of what to expect. Enjoying a secluded location overlooking the twinkling skyline of Port Louis, the restaurant’s cosy décor is in keeping with the authentic Italian style of warm tones and elegant wooden and wrought iron furniture. With a menu featuring a host of Mediterranean classics, including delicious anti-pasti, risottos, salads and pastas, guests can be sure of enjoying some lusty trattoria-style fare.
Maritim: Château Mon Désir
Harmoniously situated in the heart of the 5 star Maritim Resort & Spa estate, the Château Mon Désir fine dining restaurant is recognised as one of the best addresses on the island. This gourmet restaurant set in a colonial-style mansion overlooking the Citron river and the historical ruins of Balaclava offers exquisite cuisine, with international, French and Indian Ocean specialities on its menu, as well as world-class wines from its wine cellar. In this enchanting setting, guests can also enjoy a number of exclusive events and festivals, such as the Best Steak in the World Festival or Gourmet Days, which features a 3 starred Michelin chef. Weekend afternoon tea and Sunday Brunch are also popular, all served in a relaxed and refined atmosphere harking back to another era.
LUX* Belle Mare: Amari by Vineet
Recently re-opened after a stylish Kelly Hoppen makeover, LUX* Belle Mare welcomes the culinary talents of chef Vineet Bhatia, dubbed the ‘finest modern-Indian chef anywhere’ by The Times’ critic AA Gill. Combining a masterful use of flavours and textures with a deep respect for Indian cooking techniques, Vineet has created the concept for the menu at Amari by Vineet, LUX* Belle Mare’s new fine dining restaurant. For an unforgettable Valentine’s night meal, take a seat in this contemporary and opulent space, with carved wooden screens, spice-lined walls and a view over the ocean to treasure forever.
Paradis Hotel & Golf Club: La Ravanne
Located at the far end of Beachcomber’s Paradis Hotel & Golf Club resort, La Ravanne welcomes romance-seekers for a dinner that takes Creole cuisine to new heights. Weather permitting, the evening begins with a brief boat ride inshore in a traditional wooden pirogue, which departs from the outside the Blue Marlin restaurant and drops off guests at La Ravanne’s private jetty. Guests are then invited to dine under rustic thatched pavilions on the sand, with the beach and the ocean as the perfect Valentine’s backdrop.
Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa: Il Corallo
For a romantic Valentine’s meal with a Mediterranean twist, Il Corallo at Trou aux Biches offers a menu of traditional Italian receipes featuring high-quality products sourced from the finest gourmet regions of Italy. Situated under a large shingled roof, the restaurants shares its stunning location with international restaurant La Caravelle, and opens to the beach on one side and glistening ponds on the other. Wine-lovers can toast their union with a trip to the walk-in wine-cellar reached by stepping stones across the water, while those wanting total privacy can opt to enjoy their meal in a private over-water gazebo.
Sofitel So Mauritius: La Plage
Sofitel So Mauritius’ oceanfront restaurant La Plage offers a romantic ambience and a setting next to the lagoon, accompanied by the distant sound of waves breaking on the reef. For a memorable Valentine’s meal of fresh Indian Ocean seafood cooked before your eyes, make time for this spectacular dining experience surrounded by twinkling candles and Lek Bunnag’s Zen-like minimalist design.
One&Only Le Saint Géran: Indian Pavilion
This tropical waterside restaurant on stilts enjoys a magnificent natural setting. Passion, creativity and attention to detail define the wide variety of Chef Faizan’s signature dishes, all served in a cosy, candlelight-filled atmosphere – making it the perfect destination for treating your food-loving partner to a dream date. For even more exclusivity, indulge in a One&Only private dinner on the beach or by the private tipi, and enjoy the finest of foods under the stars, served by your very own waiter.
Heritage Resorts: Chateau de Bel Ombre
Valentine’s Day takes on a completely new meaning in the timeless setting of Le Chateau de Bel Ombre, an authentic 19th century mansion. With its old-world grandeur, discreet service and tranquil beauty, it’s one of Mauritius’ most romantic venues for those looking to spend an enchanted evening.
The candle-lit dinner will feature a five-course menu with an aphrodisiac twist, plus a musical trio to serenade each table and a few extra surprises on top. Guests will have the option to dine inside the chateau surrounded by antique furnishings and traditional décor, or out on the open air verandah overlooking the French-styled garden filled with large old trees.
At Angsana Balaclava this year, expect to be swept off your feet with a special gastronomic Valentine’s Day menu for him and for her. Specially created by Executive Chef Suardi, the duo set dinner will be accompanied by live piano music in an intimate candle-lit setting and will feature such delights as an oyster rock feller amuse bouche, oven-roasted lamb loin, blue cheese lobster and red caviar. Chocolate lovers are also in luck, with a selection of different flavoured Valrhona chocolate pralines.
Win a stay in Mauritius One&Only Le Saint Géran
To experience One&Only Le Saint Géran’s Indian Pavilion above then enter our new Romance Made in Mauritius competition.
Over the next three weeks, we’re giving away three 7-night holidays at some of Mauritius’ finest luxury hotels, including return flights on any of Air Mauritius’ direct routes and the chance to experience a number of exciting activities, both at your hotel and around the island.
This week, our first giveaway is a week’s stay at One&Only Le Saint Géran. To enter the competition, simply visit the Romance Made in Mauritius app and build your dream romantic holiday from the choice of flight and transport add-ons, plus the activities you’d most like to experience while you’re here. And if you’re not successful this time, you still have two more chances to win. Stay tuned to find out where you could be staying in weeks 2 and 3. Good luck!
Photos: Le Victoria: La Casa, Maritim: Château Mon Désir, LUX* Belle Mare: Amari by Vineet, Paradis Hotel & Golf Club: La Ravanne, Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa: Il Corallo, Sofitel So Mauritius: La Plage, One&Only Le Saint Géran: Indian Pavilion, Heritage Resorts: Chateau de Bel Ombre, Angsana Balaclava, Win a stay in Mauritius