The island of Mauritius enchants as it is, wild and free. To surprise has available colors, lights and smells great, the Indian Ocean a clearer sky and untamed vegetation. You would not need other charms. However, if this were not enough, offers a wide range of accommodation to suit all tastes and budgets, from rental apartments to large luxury resorts, up to the old colonial mansions turned into farms and historic hotels that have invested in time the quality of services and catering. We propose a journey through some of the most prestigious hotels and resorts of Mauritius, the discovery of elegant villas, apartments dream, infinity pool reaching out towards the sea, and spas where you can ask everything, or almost.
Our journey begins in the south of the island, along the Riviere des Galets. Here, next to the little village of St. Felix, is the boutique resort Shanti Maurice, embraced by tropical vegetation, fields of sugarcane and coral bay. The low and sandy coast and the extension of the resort, which is spread over 15 acres of gardens, give an idea of size and total liberty, and the feeling of experiencing true Mauritian nature without sacrificing comfort. The apartments are 61, all facing the ocean, including 17 villas with private pool, outdoor shower and dining area, the 44 junior suites are beautiful apartments, spacious rooms and a terrace or garden overlooking the beach. Housing – explains the staff of the resort – are arranged so that everyone has their own living space and can enjoy privac, stillness and silence, even in peak times you feel the crowding of the structure.
The service is impeccable, makes you feel pampered, as well as the award-winning Nira Spa treatments available. Surrounded by lakes, sculptures and flowering plants, the Spa at Shanti Maurice occupies 7 000 square meters and includes 25 treatment rooms, in which therapists, Ayurvedic doctors experts and massage therapists offer guests a relaxing break. The proposals range from massage, thalassotherapy, yoga or pilates, ayurvedic treatments and watsu training, and supplies being used are Africology line, and at the end of a session you can indulge in a ginger tea or a healthy snack, as well as a sauna, a turkish bath or a swim in the pool.
Sports fans have access to the gym and tennis courts, families can count on the Kids Club for children up to 12 years, and everyone can enjoy the exquisite cuisine at Shanti Maurice, giving ample space to Mauritian tradition.
In a blend of African flavors, Indian, Chinese and Europeans, all the resort’s restaurants offer high quality products and boast impressive frames: Stars is the signature restaurant dedicated to contemporary cuisine, Pebbles serves an international menu, while Fish and Rhum Shack – among the top 10 beach bars in the world according to CNN – is on the beach and enhances the quality of the territory with a tasty BBQ fish and meat. But the initiative is the most interesting culinary Grandma’s Kitchen, which gives guests the opportunity to dine at the home of a true Mauritian grandmother, after shopping with her and have contributed to the preparation of the menu. The price of dinner is 25 euros, 5 of which are donated to the foundation Grandma’s Shanti Home for the elderly and needy children.
The Shanti Maurice is not only an oasis of peace, but a good starting point for exploring the southern part of the island. The staff of the resort will offer numerous activities such as swimming with dolphins at the Tamarindo Bay or a guided tour of the Bois Cheri tea factory.
The second stage is along the north-west, in the enveloping Turtle Bay. The boutique resort Angsana Balaclava is a 15 minute drive from Port Louis, capital of Mauritius: the 52 suites, small villas in exotic style, gather around the pool and nice restaurant and the beach lined with palm trees to watch ‘ ocean and the port on the left. Design and respect the landscape come together in this modern, spacious and at the same time collecting, adorned with frangipani and bougainvillea. All rooms have a private pool overlooking the sea, with the exception of the Garden Suite, which have a lovely garden and the swimming pool has a common central fund borrowed from the white sand coast and touches the bar, so that customers can sip a cocktail in the water, comfortably seated on stools submerged. Again, do not miss the spa, large, accurate and complete in terms of facilities: a scented cradle in which benefit from massages and rejuvenating treatments in the hands of expert therapists trained by Banyan Tree Academies.
During the day you can do many activities, from water sports to the gym lessons, cooking lessons from the biology labs at Balaclava Conservation Centre. For the sins of gluttony but there are several restaurants you can always choose to dine in the quiet of your suite, perhaps by the pool, but it’s worth trying the Oryza and its exotic Asian-inspired dishes, the Passion and His Grill barbecues, cocktails at the bar and the romantic formula Sylea Destination Dining, which offers a unique dinner on the beach to the sound of waves and light of stars.
A little further north, 25 km from Port Louis, Grand Baie welcomes the Royal Palm Hotel, a haven of hospitality. Member of Leading Hotels of the World, with its long experience, a dream Spa, an idyllic beach and a sublime cuisine, the Royal Palm is among the most prestigious addresses in Mauritius and its fame has long since crossed the boundaries of ‘island. The impact is huge and spectacular, but it does not hurt the wildness of the coast, green and blue of the ocean are still the best, and the buildings of the resort are part of the palm trees gently, blending. Yet there are as many as 84 different categories of accommodation, including a penthouse of 122 square meters, three Presidential Suite of 178 square meters and a Royal Suite of 300 square meters, which is prolonged sitting outside on a beautiful terrace with private pool and jacuzzi gazebo.
The magnitude without sacrificing quality all at the Royal Palm is studied in detail, and the hospitality is treated as a real art. From good food, the protagonist of the two restaurants Natureaty favors contemporary cuisine and offers three different themed menu, respectively dedicated to wellness, recipes Mediterranean and Oriental cuisine; The Goélette, with 80 seats overlooking the bay, boasts the signature starred chef Michel de Matteis, which enhances the local produce to create delicious combinations of tradition and novelty.
At Clarins Spa – a maze of pools on different levels, low-light rooms but also intimate outdoor areas – there is plenty of choice of beauty salons and hairdressers, Ayurvedic and Thai massage, algae therapy, saunas, steam and yoga classes. A total well-being that continues in the sports center, with art gyms, tennis courts and a squash court. Among the jewels of the Royal Palm is the Kids Club, which welcomes visitors every day under 12 years and arranges for their games, workshops and outdoor activities. There is room for everyone, provided that children under 3 years must be accompanied by a parent or a babysitter, and every detail is suitable for children: tables, chairs shaped like animals, and even keep chairs format mignon.
The journey ends along the northeastern coast, where there are two hotels Constance, the Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice, both perfect for golf lovers. The Belle Mare Plage, set along a sandy bay 2 km, has two 18-hole regulation golf, “The Legend” and “The Links”. Everyone can take golf lessons, but do not have to be a champion for appreciate the resort are the 15 acres of tropical gardens encompass a total of 256 rooms of Prestige Rooms, Junior Suite sea view or beach front, Deluxe Suites 96 sqm, Villas with private pool and a magnificent Presidential Villa. With a capacity so that restaurants could not be numerous, but also worthy of any claim: the Blue Penny Café, The Citronnelle, The Beach, Deer Hunter, Indigo Beach Restaurant, The Kaze, and The Swing serve original dishes, sophisticated or quick, prepared with quality local ingredients.
In the Spa, with Shiseido Pavilion, you can use the fitness center with gym, sauna, turkish bath and jacuzzi pools, and you can participate in aerobics, yoga, tai chi and water aerobics. Guests may also massages, beauty treatments and hairdressing. The twin Le Prince Maurice is no exception. The name refers to the princely Dutch Governor Maurice Van Nassau, royal and befits the environment: from the entrance, leaning toward the ocean, the impression is of grandeur and elegance, which was confirmed in 76 Junior Suites, 12 Villas and in in the prestigious princely suite of 350 square meters.
The golf courses of the Belle Mare Plage are only 5 minutes drive, accessible for free, but you can also enjoy tennis, fishing and water sports. Here too, the relaxation is assured by ‘Health and Fitness Centre, and the great Mauritian cuisine is the star of the three restaurants: the’ Archipel offers a la carte menu and themed buffets, The Beach Deck sits on a wooden platform located on the beach and floating restaurant Le Barachois is a romantic, which is spread over five floating platforms and serves grilled fish and other local delicacies.
Originally posted 2012-07-03 12:59:30.