The best Mauritius wellbeing experiences
Modern travellers are placing increasing demands on their long-haul holidays, expecting them to fulfill multiple needs and desires. No longer content with the ‘fly ‘n’ flop’ package break, today’s vacationers are looking to enjoy everything from cultural immersion and learning new skills to sporty physical challenges and new ways to rebalance body and mind. Wellbeing – in particular – is a buzz word that’s not going away, with many holidaymakers placing special emphasis on activities that can help shake up stagnant health or fitness regimes and leave them feel rejuvenated.
We take a look at how some of the island’s leading resorts are responding to the latest expectations of their guests…
Book a stay with Angsana Balaclava and you’ll be introduced to a variety of activities such as mountain trekking, trailwalking and eco-tourism adventures designed to keep you moving and active during your stay. “It’s important to take a step back from your day-to-day routine,” says Assistant Spa Manager Ana. “Yoga, tai chi, hiking trails and other wellbeing activities help guests to relax and explore a side that they’re perhaps not able to do in their everyday life.”
If you prefer something a little less energetic, choose from early morning yoga sessions on the beach accompanied by the chirping of the dawn chorus, silent meditation in the relaxation area, or one of Angsana’s special spa experiences.
The Balinese Massage at Alizee Resorts’s two hotels is practiced with essential oils including rosemary and lavender and combines gentle stretches with acupressure. Add in a classic massage and aromatherapy and you’ll soon be on the way to inner peace.
For something longer, treat yourself to the half-day Detox Package, which includes a 30-minute hammam session followed by a scrub, seaweed wrap and stimulating massage. After a light lunch of healthy food and detox drinks, you’ll enjoy an extreme comfort facial, followed by a manicure or pedicure.
One&Only Le Saint Géran
Rejuvenate, restore and revitalise in tropical surroundings with the popular sunset yoga sessions at One&Only Le Saint Géran. Classes are held for all different levels, so you’ll soon be well on your way to improving strength, flexibility and balance. These expert-led sessions involve beautiful and calming sequences of asana (postures), breathing and relaxation of body tension.
Sofitel So Mauritius
Sofitel’s fully trained therapists offer qi gong, tai chi and yoga sessions in the Yoga Pavilion, though you can also opt to enjoy these sessions on the beach or in the privacy of your garden. For something a little different, there are also treatments inspired by traditional Chinese medicine, using seasonal ingredients to help balance the body’s energies.
To relieve stress, rebalance the body and boost energy, Heritage Resorts regularly host wellness breaks featuring international wellness experts. Each break focuses on the practice of well-recognised relaxation disciplines, including qi gong, pilates and reiki. You can also experience a wellness trail at the adjacent Frederica Nature Reserve: an invigorating walk through this endemic forest of Mauritius, with breathing exercises and meditative relaxation sessions included.
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Photos: Angsana Balaclava, Alizée Resorts, Yoga by the sea, Sofitel so Mauritius, Heritage Resorts.