Mauritius, located in the center of the Indian Ocean, almost certainly requires a considerable amount of time to reach. But once you step onto the island, enveloped in warm breezes, with swaying palm trees stretching to the horizon, the arduous journey will be almost immediately forgotten…
If you haven’t read my posts about Mauritius yet, I highly recommend it.
Mauritius offers amazing opportunities for diverse recreation, whether it’s adventurous activities, water sports, or a relaxing beach vacation. Those who prefer extreme experiences will find impressive options for rock climbing, paragliding, and other active pursuits. For those seeking relaxation, the pristine white sand and warm waters are perfect. Everyone who visits Mauritius leaves with indelible memories of its beauty and a variety of entertainment.
The South, with its rugged cliffs, hiking trails, and dense forests, is a land of adventures. Passing through fishing villages and sugarcane plantations, you arrive at Heritage, another smart independent local brand. The 2020 renovation brought vibrancy to the rooms. Walls are adorned with botanical prints, and Mauritian-style tiles in the bathrooms add bright colors. The beach may be windy, but two pools attract many local and international families. Be sure to visit Château Le Bel Ombre, a beautiful colonial-era villa with redwood furniture and antique hand-painted frescoes, attached to the resort and overlooking the golf course. It’s a place for guests who want to explore the surroundings. The chateau allows guests to immerse themselves in the old-fashioned atmosphere of a 19th-century colonial mansion, complemented by beautiful French-style gardens. The charming apartments on the top floor are a timeless experience with creaky floorboards, a four-poster bed, and a dining table large enough for a cabinet meeting. Just don’t bring children – this place is for adults only and costs around $250, including dinner for two and breakfast. Another option is to explore the UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, where you can go on a safari by off-road vehicle or a guided hike with experts from the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation.
2. One&Only Le Saint Géran
One&Only Le Saint Géran is situated on 24 hectares of tropical gardens on a secluded peninsula, bordered by over a kilometer of white sandy beach. Founded by South African hotel magnate Sol Kerzner, it was named after the ship Le Saint Géran, which sank off this coast and inspired the 18th-century French novel “Paul et Virginie.” The first resort in the exclusive One&Only collection, this 142-room grand hotel underwent a $55 million transformation in December 2017. The iconic colonial-style architecture of the hotel has taken on a restrained modern look, and new buildings are inspired by the island’s original sugar factories and plantation houses. The renovated Le Saint Géran promises adventures. In addition to numerous water sports, diving, and deep-sea fishing, you can explore the coastal islands or ride electric bikes through the quiet fishing villages of the resort.
3. Shangri-La Le Touessrok
Just a 10-minute drive from the gentle curves of Le Touessrok is the private island of Ilôt Mangénie. Everything at this old resort on the east coast feels organic: tables made from petrified teak trunks, and rattan transformed into daybeds. The more spacious rooms in the Frangipani wing are equipped with complimentary minibars (good old M&Ms and paprika-flavored Lays, not artisanal vegetarian chips). For small children and strollers, the more budget-friendly Hibiscus rooms, which open directly onto one of the resort’s six beaches, are ideal. In the morning, opening the bedroom doors, you can see red-white-blue Pirogue boats gliding on the smooth water and fishermen catching bream in the depths. Budget villas start at $25,000 per night, providing a private beach and a team of staff. Additionally, there are four tennis courts and two magnificent golf courses (which attract Brits). The pagoda-style spa salon offers the most exquisite massages. In the Kushi sushi restaurant, the chef will tempt you with pan-seared red grouper with miso-teriyaki, and at the Te bar, you can savor the delicate Chamarel on the rocks.
4. Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort
If you dream of a splendid luxury getaway for your family, take note of Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. An exemplary luxury resort, it boasts several unique features, with the most notable being its exceptional location on the southwest tip of the island on the picturesque Le Morne Peninsula, against the backdrop of the legendary Le Morne Mountain. Paradis Beachcomber Resort offers elegant accommodations in rooms, suites, and villas, washed by the pristine white sands of the beach and the largest lagoon on the island. Adjacent to the Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, both resorts share common infrastructure and undoubtedly create one of the most attractive sets of attractions in terms of quality and diversity on the island. For hotel guests, there is diving, snorkeling, and windsurfing equipment, a golf academy, a tennis court, a volleyball court, a night club, and a children’s club with a pool. The hotel also features four luxurious golf courses: Mont Choisy Le Golf, Heritage, Tamarina Golf Estate, and Avalon.
5. SALT of Palmar
The cobalt blue sky, pink sunsets, green sugarcane fields, and the explosion of colors adorning the houses on the island inspired the designer to create vibrant interiors for SALT of Palmar, an adults-only resort that reflects the true heart of Mauritius. The strikingly designed SALT of Palmar resort is sure to captivate you! The hotel is located on the white sandy beach of Palmar on the east coast of the island, 1.7 km from Belle Mare resort. Artist and designer Camille Walala used natural elements and works of outstanding island craftsmen to create a playful atmosphere, tailored specifically for the hotel. Everything was specially created for the hotel: woven black and white chairs for the pool, beach, and bar, mosaic tables, cushions, loungers, rugs, and more. The hotel rooms embrace minimalism, with fiery orange-red chairs, striped cushions, turquoise-blue wooden furniture reminiscent of Palmar Lagoon, and vibrant woven beach bags serving as color accents. The blue and peach-colored terraces echo the hotel’s exterior, creating a sense of being outdoors. This is one of my favorite hotels. Next time, we’ll definitely stay here!
6. LUX* Grand Baie
The most famous hotel on the island is visited not only to admire the views, not just the views of the cobalt surf, but also the colorful clientele attracted by the friendly atmosphere. In the hotel’s rooftop bar, exclusively for adults, a slim seventy-year-old woman and her young, slender companion stage a photo shoot on swings swinging over the pool. Three sunbathers with competing Dior beach bags indulge in guacamole with chili and margaritas, while the DJ plays sunset melodies. This place on the north coast, near the rapidly developing Mauritian brand LUX* and close to the seaside town of Grand Baie, has much to offer – one of the best gastronomies on the island, a first-class kids’ club, and a wellness center – all while injecting a large dose of sunny high-glamor fun into the island. LUX* Grand Baie, designed by architect Jean-François Adam, drawing inspiration from the sturdy galleons of his youth, rises above the white sands. The 13-foot-high ceiling, supported by giant steel beams and balau wood beams, is the central element of the hotel. The 86 semi-luxury rooms, all of the same size, are bright and metropolitan, with black “crittal” style doors and clean white lines by designer Kelly Hoppen. In this hotel, where there is much of Mauritius, there are accents of Soho House and 1Rebel. Start your day with a workout in the monochrome gym or a run on the rooftop jogging track, then recharge with a spirulina omelet or hemp seed smoothie. After lunch, you can swim to the rhythms of the poolside DJ or head to the spa for a manicure with stylist Bastien Gonzalez. In the evening, the hottest spot is the Ai Kisu restaurant, where guests are offered a tasting menu with soy sauce and the crispiest duck, after which they move on to the adjacent nightclub. Here, the sparkle of disco balls is only surpassed by the outfits. Read our full review of LUX* Grand Baie.
7. LUX* Le Morne
The luxurious and secluded boutique resort at the foot of Le Morne Mountain will appeal to lovers of conscious luxury. At LUX* Le Morne, there are five pools, a spa center, and three restaurants. Among the interesting options: guests have everything they need for kite surfing and snorkeling. If guests decide to hike the nearby trails, the hotel staff will prepare and pack lunch. The main highlight of the hotel is the pristine beach, from which you can witness the best sunsets on the island. This unique hotel not only embodies the spirit of island life but also makes it the center of attention. LUX* Le Morne is a zero food waste resort. They embrace the Zero Food Waste lifestyle, studying guests’ habits, donating food to school children, and turning waste into compost and animal feed.
8. Marguery Exclusive Villas
This is one of my favorite hotels (villas) on the island. It’s a place where we spent almost a week! I wrote a detailed post about these villas here: Marguery Villas. Marguery Villas are located on the west coast of Mauritius in the Rivière Noire area. The villas occupy a picturesque location, between the sea and the mountains, in a private area called La Plantation Marguery. Here, away from noisy tourist spots, you can fully enjoy a dream vacation.
The former Taj resort, renamed Maradiva in 2009, underwent renovations in 2017. This brought about changes like Hermes wallpaper and teak wood floors with the sheen of an ice rink. The spacious living area leads to a terrace with a deck, where fresh fruits and pancakes on a griddle follow a morning swim in the pool. In the evening, the Teppanyaki restaurant serves “Shanghai” noodles cooked in flames right in front of the guests. Strolls along the beach with the poetic names Flic and Flac (just be careful not to go there during high tide), where queues form at stalls with raspberry-colored paratha, and Mauritian rap plays at parties by the sea, filled with rum. Returning to the hotel, you can easily spend the day snorkeling around the reef, watching colorful dancing fish, or indulging in a rejuvenating massage in pagoda-style spa pavilions. Some resorts may overdo it with the number of daily activities, distracting factors, and group entertainments, but Maradiva proves that sometimes less is truly more.
The Oberoi Beach Resort is one of the finest hotels in Mauritius, situated right on the pristine white beach of Turtle Bay, a natural marine park. Spread across 80,937 square meters of lush subtropical gardens, this 5-star resort offers breathtaking sunsets and a night sky filled with stars. At Oberoi, all villas and pavilions feature traditional thatched roofs, stunning views, and marble bathrooms overlooking the garden. The resort also boasts exquisite rooms with traditional thatched roofs, unique restaurants offering authentic Creole and international cuisine, and the Touching Senses program, which includes daily cultural events and mind development activities.
On the east coast of Mauritius, bathed in turquoise waters, the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita abounds with lush greenery and picturesque views at every turn—from vibrant tropical gardens to the exclusive beach on Île aux Cerfs. The impressive lobby of this rare retreat immediately sets the tone for your stay: a well-stocked cocktail bar gives way to a massive multi-tiered water feature, above which are restaurants offering breathtaking views of the sparkling turquoise lagoon. Bicycles, standing by each villa, allow you to spend your days exploring the lush labyrinth of tropical foliage from a sun lounger to the water spa and then to one of the seven restaurants. Each stylish villa and private residence has its own garden and pool. After a day spent exploring the Indian Ocean or playing on one of the two golf courses, enthusiasts come from afar to play golf on the hotel’s championship course designed by Ernie Els, set against the backdrop of the picturesque Montagne aux Bambous.
Agree, all of these hotels are truly amazing. Write down which hotel you think is the most interesting.
Enjoy your vacation!