23rd December 2016: Mauritius is a mix of African, Indian, European and Oriental influences, all set on a spectacular island of white sand beaches, sugar cane fields and mountains. Mauritius plays host to a number of world-class hotels, as well as family-friendly resorts, so on my recent visit we travelled for 7 nights staying in many different hotels. Here are my top ten picks.
1 - Le Preskil Resort
Located on the southeast coast of the island, the Le Preskil Resort is just 15 minutes from the airport, the historical village of Mahebourg and the marine park of Blue Bay. This was actually one of the hotels I would choose to stay in myself, an all-inclusive property with only 200 rooms. With a choice of four restaurants and bars, the luxury Ylang Spa, and a range of activities on both land and sea, a stay here can be as active or relaxing as you please.
2 - Four Seasons
We stayed at the Four Seasons next, a luxurious tropical paradise with plenty of excellent amenities and highlights. The villas and the resort are out of this world, full of sunlight, wood furnishings and stunning views of the surrounding landscapes. In this secluded and spacious resort, you can spend all day coasting across the water in your own sail boat, tour a former sugar plantation, or even make friends with a giant tortoise!
3 - Shangri-La Le Tousessrok
Our next stop was the Shangri-La Le Tousessrok, which is the perfect resort for anyone who wishes to lounge in the sunshine on a perfect beach, or indulge in a little spa treatment. Upon arrival we were also treated to a short boat trip over to the hotel's private island, which features a trendy beach club and on-island butler. With its dramatic tropical landscapes, fantastic facilities, gastronomic dining and 18-hole championship golf course just off the shore, it has everything you need and more.
4 - Zilwa Attitude
The Zilwa Attitude resort is breathtaking; when you arrive the views were out of this world. With lush grounds, spacious rooms and one of the best beaches we had seen, it is one to look out for. Although there are only 214 rooms, there are 6 restaurants to choose from, with a 7th opening shortly. They took us by boat to one of the two islands just off of the hotel, where we enjoyed a BBQ lunch. We also had the opportunity to try paddle boarding and kayaking while we were there, which was so much fun.
5 - Hotel Long Beach
We headed to the Hotel Long Beach next, and this has to be my favourite. It didn’t have much of a Mauritian feel as it was more modern, but in my opinion it had the best spa out of all hotels we visited. With a choice of 5 restaurants, 4 pools, a range of free beach and sea activities and free green fees at the 18-Hole Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club, is there anywhere more perfect?
6 - Constance Belle Mare Plage
The Constance Belle Mare Plage, had a different feel, again. This was another impressive hotel with a beautiful beach of soft white sand and turquoise lagoons, as well as stylish rooms and villas. It offers access to two 18-hole championship golf courses, PADI and CMAS diving courses for all abilities, the rejuvenating U Spa by Constance and gastronomic dining. For me, the restaurants next to golf course, which overlooked roaming deer was something that stood out.
7 - Solana Beach
We traveled on to the Solana Beach next, with a contemporary design, surrounded by natural beauty. We were truly spoilt again, as they had arranged a glass bottom boat trip, where the boys were brave enough to try a little snorkelling as the girls sat back and watched. We then came back for our massage appointment in the Ylang Spa, which was heavenly. When evening came it was an Indian themed night, we enjoyed another delicious 3-course meal. This hotel offers plenty of peace and tranquility, along with exciting recreation activities and a diversity of live entertainment, allowing you to really soak up the culture.
8 - Sugar Beach
We stayed at Sugar Beach next, and what an amazing welcome we had. With an organised dance show and welcome drinks just for us, is there any better way to start your stay here? We enjoyed a lovely walk along the beach and sat and watched the sunset. The hotel is a colonial style, so if you like a mix of relaxation during the day and a more lively evening, this could work for you.
9 - Maradiva Villas
Our next visit was Maradiva Villas, which is perfect if you want a secluded break. All these villas have a private pool, again the accommodation, grounds and service were all 5-star. It is an extremely quiet and laid back small resort, with an award-winning holistic spa. This was an impressive place, but I think it would be hard to stay here for more than a week.
10 - Heritage Awali and Le Telfair
Our last stop was the Heritage Awali and Le Telfair, even though they are part of the same group they are very different in style. The Awali had an African feel, while the Le Telfair was more colonial. Our final night was wonderful started off with a buggy drive through the resort, before we pulled up at to 2 big gates where a security guard was standing. When he opened the gates for us to enter, it was like a scene from Jurassic Park, then we were taken to a 4 bedroom luxury villa!! We were all in amazement as we entered, as this villa is an impressive £10,000 a night and truly luxurious. We felt like celebrities for the night with a private dinner and private fire show, a guy breathing fire and firework display. This was the perfect way to end our last evening.
Mauritius offers a range of fantastic hotels to choose from, and with personal attention and service, every encounter is an opportunity to discover another friendly face. I couldn’t recommend Mauritius enough to anyone.