Anyone who says it’s impossible to fall in love over and over again has obviously never been to Mauritius. Away from the crowds but with access to exclusive facilities, this Indian Ocean island nation is the definition of quintessential paradise.
Set beneath sweet smelling palm trees, this 2,000 km country, encircled by a broken ring of mountain ranges and more than 150 km of translucent white sandy beaches, comes to life. The world’s third-largest coral reef exists here which surrounds the island and, speckled in-between the azure waters, are an array of uninhabited islands. Traditional fishing boats prowl for the freshest tuna along the waters edge and inland in the capital of Port Louis you’ll find beaming smiles from Mauritians -multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multi-kind.
Here is your invitation to discover Mauritius with our top three hotel picks for the month of love:
Beachcomber Canonnier Golf Resort & Spa – BEST for the whole family
Park any problems at check-in. This distinctly Mauritian style hotel is perched on a peninsula with two beaches along the North coast of the island. This is definitely the best location on the island, the winds and storms are relatively calm, and the weather is stable and glorious.
You couldn’t, in fact, get any closer to the beach and because of its pristine location, with little swells and dots of beautiful coral, you’ll gladly stay in the turquoise warm waters all day long. This hunk of oceanfront is reason enough to stay at the hotel and of course, you’ll find mini charming thatched huts all over the beach with lounges ideal for bronzing besides the water’s edge.
The hotels aesthetic is one that blends in with its natural surroundings, refurbished in 2017 with natural stone colourings, grey textures and wood, it’s traditional yet soft and simple. But, most important to note, is their astute awareness of plastic wastage and eco-friendly practices. This is no more apparent than with meeting executive Chef Moorogun Coopen, who has been with Beachcomber for twenty-nine years. If it’s ethical, sustainable eating and living you’re after for your vacation, this hotel demands attention.
Not only does a culinary scientist visit the hotel and kitchen on a monthly basis but their focus is also always on seasonal ingredients and sustainability. Boasting a smart kitchen, a different themed dinner every night, proudly hosting fifteen female chefs in the kitchen, a tandoori oven and wood-fired pizza oven and the only hotel in Mauritius to make their own smoked marlin, it’s the best example of buffet style culinary cuisine we’ve experienced in a long time. Apart from this buffet style offering at the Le Frangipanier Restaurant, there is also the Le Navigator Restaurant with a 180-degree view of the ocean and La Serenata Italian Restaurant.
After dining there is a choice of a massage below the allamanda flowers and goliath banyan tree. The entire spa is built inside this exquisite tree and its branches, with only six elite treatment rooms, enveloped by volcano rock pools and the gushing sound of waterfalls the retreat is complimented by the songs from the birds above. This isn’t just a massage it’s a ritual and the unspoken rule is to fall into a drowsy haze. It’s a sensuous art of deep, delicious relaxation and without a doubt should be at the top of your bucket list.
The Canonnier experience is a winning formula, definitely one to write home about.
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Beachcomber Dinarobin Golf Resort & Spa – BEST for sport enthusiasts
Situated on the Southwest part of the island this five-star hotel is located in one of the most untouched parts of the island. There is seven km of unspoiled beach in the forefront and lurking behind is the majestic Le Morne Mountain. Soaking up the beauty of this location has never been easier; it’s breathtakingly perfect with utopian characteristics and grandiose natural marvels.
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Days are spent in one of their one hundred and seventy-two exclusive suites, which have been adorned with luxurious fabrics and wooden finishes. The rooms are exceptionally spacious all with their own balcony overlooking the marvellous view. There are also six pools begging to be used (one specifically reserved for adults only) all overlooking the mountain and the cherry on top has to be the discovery of the ice-cream beach bar. It is guaranteed that you’ll stuff your face with their delectable, velvety smooth, creamy, homemade ice cream selection. We devoured at least two or three scoops daily. The coconut is a flavour-bomb in the mouth and after a freshly caught seared tuna for main; it hits all the right spots.
The hotel boasts four restaurants; L’Harmonie Restaurant the main buffet-style restaurant where breakfasts are enjoyed poolside, Il Gusto Italian restaurant, casual lunch restaurant La Plage and the impressive pan Asian Umami Restaurant. This modern Asian Japanese style cuisine offers roasted eel and futomaki rolls, scallop sashimi with a gorgeous shiso salsa and divine black cod yuzu miso. Cherishing every last spoonful is highly recommended.
Also, take advantage of the musical entertainment by Mauritian artists every evening and have a nightcap under the starlit sky at the Mahogany Bar.
Join the fish for a splash the following day and go snorkelling, diving, waterskiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, sailing or experience the glass bottom boat, kayak or have an attempt at SUP. If you’re more of a land creature, you can come back ashore for a seafood feast, have a go at kite surfing, a game of tennis or football, aerobics or relish at the spa, where you can opt for a chamarel amber oil massage or the most memorable yoga practice by Mohini Purbhoo, who has twenty years experience. This wellness hideout will certainly transform your stay.
Important to know: The Beachcomber Paradis, also one of the most prestigious five-star hotels in the country, is right next-door Dinarobin. Paradis has thirteen brand new luxury beach villas, so close to the ocean’s breeze it’ll take your breath away. Being neighbours means you have full access to the pair of hotels. There is a shuttle service taking you to and from facilities at both locations, all eight dining options and both stretches of beach.
No interruptions, just a glorious, reassuring sanctuary.
Beachcomber Victoria Resort & Spa- BEST for honeymooners
With sapphire waters and golden green palm trees encompassing this superior resort, and a one hundred and twenty-two-metre infinity pool that wraps itself effortlessly around the property, this is what heaven must be like. The original two hundred and ninety-five room hotel with sixty square metre rooms is impressive enough, but the adult’s only zone- Victoria for Two – is where the magic happens. Everyone gets a room with a balcony beach view; seclusion and solace are what’s to be expected. The only rule is you check in barefoot and it is this luxurious shoeless experience that sojourns the entire trip. There is a tablet slab like bar inside the pool where pina coladas can be enjoyed and personalised service can be savoured.
This hotel meets even the most discerning of expectations.
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Why we love Beachcomber:
It’s 100% a Mauritius owned company.
There are eight resorts to choose from in Mauritius alone.
Their level of service and Mauritian hospitality is incomparable.
They are geared towards families; babysitting services are offered at all Beachcomber resorts and there is a Kids Club (for ages 3-6 and 7-11year olds) at each of the resorts.
They offer all-inclusive packages as well as full board and half board options.
They are committed to maintaining the natural beauty of the islands as well as to sustainability and utilizing as little plastic as possible.