The island of Mauritius is one of the world’s most desirable locations for a beach getaway, and with its huge collection of immaculate, luxury hotels spread across the stunning coastline, it’s no surprise. With so many amazing accommodations to choose from, picking exactly where you wish to spend your relaxing getaway can be difficult so to help with the decision, we’ve listed just some of the best.
With 36 acres of lush green sugarcane fields on one side and the vast turquoise ocean on the other, Shanti Maurice is an idyllic retreat away from some of the more crowded beaches on the island. This resort truly prioritises the wellbeing of its guests, as demonstrated by the comfortable, spacious suites and villas which all face the ocean and the excellent spa facilities, as well as yoga studios, Pilates studios and a number of meditation rooms. There is also plenty to offer in terms of entertainment on the resort, water sports include windsurfing, snorkelling and dolphin watching with pedalos and kayaks available for hire, and there are also tennis courts and a golf course with spectacular views on the site. For any families staying at the resort, there is a kids club to keep younger children entertained throughout their stay.
Shanti Maurice also doesn’t disappoint when it comes to dining, there is a very wide choice of options available at the resort. For a romantic dining experience, the Stars restaurant provides an intimate and atmospheric setting. For a more social restaurant, the Rum Shed is a great choice, where traditional Mauritian dishes are cooked using a barbecue and wood fired oven.
The Residence Mauritius
Known for its crystal-clear and beautiful white sand beaches, The Residence Mauritius is one of the most luxurious hotels in the Indian Ocean. With its lavish grounds and entrance, spacious rooms, perfect beach, butler service and excellent kids club, it really is no surprise that this property is particularly popular with repeat guests. The hotel has a huge range of activities to keep couples and families entertained, with an award-winning spa, fitness room, Pilates and yoga studios, and endless amounts of water sports including an underwater walk all available.
Of course, the location of The Residence Mauritius means that staying within the resort and declining to explore the nearby area is not advisable, as you’ll miss out on discovering the lush green mountains, glistening blue lagoons, fantastic rivers and waterfalls, historical volcanic craters and charming little local towns that the island presents.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
If you’re looking for a peaceful, private getaway, the Constance Le Prince Maurice is a must. Tranquillity personified, the hotel is settled within acres of landscaped garden and sits between sandy beaches on one side and a calming lagoon on the other. The hotel was recently the subject of a grand refurbishment, and the result is 76 luxury suites, all with comfortable sleeping and living areas as well as a private balcony or terrace.
Although the beaches, two swimming pools and Sisley spa mean that relaxation is key at this resort, there is also plenty to do for leisure on the water including water-skiing, snorkelling and kayaking, and golf is also available nearby.
One&Only Le Saint Geran
The One&Only Le Saint Geran was the first five-star hotel to open on Mauritius, and to this day remains the standard-bearer when it comes to luxury accommodation on the island. This all-suite resort offers a truly private experience, each suite has its own private terrace or balcony and you will be provided with a 24-hour butler and twice-daily maid service. The cuisine options at Le Saint Geran are first-class, there’s a choice of eight unique restaurants and bars all suited to different taste buds.
There are plenty of activities to enjoy at the resort, the lagoon is the ideal site for kayaking, pedal-boating, waterskiing and waterbiking, while the ocean is perfect for even more water sports such as diving, snorkelling, windsurfing and kitesurfing. Inland, there are 5 tennis courts and a 9 hole golf course. For families travelling here, there is a kids club for ages 3-11 where the themes of activity include nature, sports, and arts and crafts.
Shangri-La Le Touessrok
Reopened in November 2015 after extensive renovation, Shangri-La Le Touessrok is in an ideal location on the stunning east coast of Mauritius, perfect for a relaxing, tropical getaway. The hotel is constructed from thatch and timber within the natural confines of palm trees and sandy beaches, this combined with the immaculate décor give it a real chic appearance. An excellent resort for relaxation, there is a main swimming pool as well as private lounge areas scattered throughout the resort. For a truly luxurious escape make sure you visit Ilot Mangénie, a private island open exclusively to Shangri-La guests, possessing its own beach club with immaculate sands and perfect blue waters.
For anyone looking for a slightly more active trip, an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Masters Tournament winner Bernhard Langer and considered by many to be one of the best golf courses in the world is available, as well as a huge range of water sports and even a gym where you can book your own personal trainer to help you reach your fitness goals.
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