Location, location, location: 6 stunning hotels in Mauritius
The remarkable tropical vistas and outstanding quality of hotel design are two of the many reasons people return to Mauritius year after year. If you’re looking for a slice of holiday heaven, take a look at our pick of the most stunningly located resorts on the island…
Constance Le Prince Maurice
Eat: With elegant bars and restaurants, the only problem is deciding which to choose. You’ll find gourmet fare with a Mauritian twist at L’Archipel headed up by Executive Chef Michael Scioli, beside the hotel’s infinity pool. Le Barachois offers fresh seafood on a floating deck above the lagoon. Or head to the exceptional 25,000 bottle capacity wine cellar for a tasting with cheese and other savoury treats.
Play: If you can drag yourself away from the spa, there’s almost every kind of water-based fun you can imagine, from wakeboarding and kayaking to deep sea fishing and scuba diving. Add to that a pair of floodlit tennis courts, and the nearby Championship golf courses of sister resort Constance Belle Mare Plage, and you’re all set.
Sleep: All accommodation at Le Prince Maurice features stunning architectural design which makes the most of the natural light. Reflecting the spice route theme of the hotel, spacious Junior Suites boast huge beds and bathrooms and a large terrace or balcony. Or opt for the ultimate in laid back luxury, with a private beachfront villa and your very own heated pool.
Beachcomber Royal Palm
Eat: Three highly acclaimed gourmet restaurants are overseen by Michelin-awarded Executive Chef Michel de Mattéis, whose menus shine a light on the wide variety of Mauritian produce. Set in beautiful oceanfront locations with all encompassing views of the beach and sea, you’ll see why these venues are much lauded by connoisseurs around the world.
Play: Sporty types will love the variety of activities available at Beachcomber Royal Palm. On dry land, there’s tennis, squash and a brand new bocciball court to enjoy, while water babies can try their hand at stand-up paddleboarding, waterskiing and windsurfing. Too energetic? Head to the Spa by Clarins for an afternoon of ancestral rituals and pampering.
Sleep: Whatever your needs, there’s a perfect space for you and yours. Nine categories of accommodation range from the peachy-toned Junior Suites with views over the bay, to Ocean Suites directly opposite the turquoise sea, to the ultra-grand Penthouse or Presidential Suite with its own private infinity pool.
LUX* Grande Gaube
Eat: The barefoot, laid-back dining style at LUX* Grande Gaube belies the exquisite gourmet cuisine on offer. Enjoy perfect seafood platters under the stars at Abalone, or some traditional Mauritian street food at Banyan – The Island Kitchen. Whatever you fancy – even if it’s just a simple cup of island-roasted organic coffee – there’s a venue to suit.
Play: Create your own integrated spa, fitness and lifestyle experience from the LUX* Me ‘Me Time’ menu – everything from luxurious facials and massages to personalised yoga classes. Or switch it up a gear with a game of beach volleyball, floodlit tennis or a bike ride through tropical landscapes to a local market or village.
Sleep: Six room categories reflect the island’s energy and ambience, all of which feature a tranquil palette of soothing tones. Choose from the warm and woody Superior Rooms, ocean-inspired Superior Suites and sun-dappled Deluxe Rooms, or the Junior and Senior Suites with private terraces, balconies or gardens. And for the ultimate hideaway, splurge on the one-of-a-kind LUX* Villa with its own private beach.
Oberoi at Pointe aux Piments
Eat: Dining at the Oberoi’s main restaurant is pure theatre, with evening meals enjoyed against a backdrop of gorgeous sunsets with tropical blooms and flickering candles on the surface of the pool. The breathtaking view is complemented, of course, by an outstanding menu of continental, international and Creole cuisine.
Play: Activities at the Oberoi revolve around the Spa, which is quite simply one of the finest on the island. Choose from a number of revitalising body therapies such as the wonderful Coffee & Mint Wrap, or opt for a longer indigenous ritual like the 3-hour Spirit of Ayurveda session. Fitness fanatics can also keep up with their daily fix at the state of the art gym, alongside the steam room, tennis courts and outdoor pool.
Sleep: Accommodation choices include luxury thatched pavilions and a whole range of villas with private pools. All feature a romantic four-poster bed, wooden slatted ceilings and bathrooms with sunken bath and separate showers. Villas also have private dining gazebos and sparkling pools set within a walled courtyard garden.
The St. Regis Mauritius Resort
Eat: Six amazing restaurants – reflecting a global range of gastronomic influences – make the St. Regis one of the best dining destinations in Mauritius. Experience French flair at Le Manoir Dining Room, south east Asian-inspired dishes at the Floating Market, authentic Indian cuisine at Simply India and oysters with vintage Champagne at the Boathouse. And don’t miss the chance to indulge at tiny Inspiration, probably the most exclusive dining room in Mauritius, followed by a nightcap at the colonial style 1904 bar.
Play: If you’re staying at St. Regis, then you’re based in one of the world’s best kitesurfing spots – the Le Morne peninsula – so spend at least half a day at the on-site Club Mistral Prestige Kitesurf Center to get a taster of this exhilarating sport. Follow up with a trip to one of the Iridium Spa’s 12 treatment rooms for a heavenly coco cup massage.
Sleep: The 172 suites and private villa at St. Regis are decorated in traditional colonial style, with lots of white plantation-style woodwork and elegant rattan and hardwood furnishings. All feature wonderful ocean views, private terrace or balcony, with the private four-bedroom villa also boasting its own butler, chef and private gym with hammam.
Eat: Enjoy a different dining experience every night of your stay. Three-Nine-Eight buffet restaurant features three floors, nine regional cuisines and eight show kitchens. Barlen’s beach restaurant fuses Asian and European influences, and Safran offers authentic Indian cuisine from its open kitchen and mother of pearl-embellished tandoori ovens.
Play: Many come to Le Touessrok for the legendary 18-hole golf course or Givenchy Spa, but there are plenty more activities to keep you occupied during your stay. Try a spot of petanqué, archery, or catamaran sailing aided by the southern trade winds of the Indian Ocean. Or keep up your fitness levels on the hotels own jogging track – they’ll even provide you with a jogging partner.
Sleep: Every Le Touessrok guest enjoys ocean views and 24-hour personalised butler service, regardless of accommodation type. Choose from Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites, or the even more luxurious Ocean Suites which include a separate lounge and private dining room. For the ultimate in privacy and style, choose a cool and contemporary luxury villa, which come complete with high vaulted ceilings and your own private infinity pool.
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