Recently, I was invited to experience all that Mauritius has to offer, and of course I jumped at the opportunity. It was rather serendipitous as I had been contemplating planning my 25th anniversary vacation for later this year at this idyllic location. In light of our dire global situation, this article is intended to highlight the island for your future travel plans.
We were flown out on the Air Mauritius flight with the A380 plane, a comfortable flight, with great legroom and good entertainment for the 4 hour flight. Our itinerary promised a whirlwind week where we would experience seven of Mauritius’ popular resorts and their top tourist activities.
Mauritius is indeed a paradise island tucked away in the Indian Ocean. The waters are really as turquoise as one sees on the brochures, the people friendly and warm, and hospitality excellent. The culture is still very French, influenced by their colonial history, blended with a strong Indian culture. Gastronomy is therefore top of the list of reasons to visit Mauritius, apart from the spectacular beaches and the wide array of water sports on offer at all the resorts. If you’re an avid beach bum, keen on waterskiing, scuba diving in the bluest waters, parasailing or just a relaxing glass bottomed boat or catamaran cruise, this island is the spot.
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort
Situated on the southern coast of Mauritius in the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, this breath-taking beachfront resort really knows how to do 5-star treatment. The welcome upon arrival, the views as you enter the resort and comfortable rooms, all of which are sea facing, will guarantee a vacation which will remain in the memory banks for a long time to come. The sea was calm enough to take a dip whilst enjoying the most picturesque sunset. They offer a full spa menu at Navana Spa, a serene setting in the heart of the resort where one is transported on a holistic journey to wellness. Enjoy a stress relieving 120 min treatment of a massage and Ayurvedic facial in their beachside kiosk or a private couples VIP cabin. If you’re around the resort for a few days, you can enjoy a fine dining experience at their Plantation Club (on an all inclusive package, a supplement is payable for dinner), or book a cooking class with the resident chef. There’s loads more to experience and enjoy at this unique resort, not forgetting their vow renewal ceremony which takes place against the backdrop of the beach. Now this is a resort to entice any holiday maker.
Lagoon Attitude Resort
Nestled along the northern coastline of Mauritius, this extraordinary adults–only resort offers an authentic Mauritian experience. With remarkable staff, its strong ecological conscience and practices, the lush greenery and signature Otentik experiences, it ranks highly on my list of perfect spots. The Otentik (local) experiences includes food, a unique journal, dinner with locals, self guided tours with the assistance of their app, local music and cooking classes. Their decor is inspired by nature with recycled materials used to create distinctive pieces. Experience an original street food experience from their Taba-J trucks which open for lunch around the resort. Their entertainment includes live music ensuring a lively atmosphere for those who enjoy a good social atmosphere. With a wide variety of free waters ports, and their close proximity to the bustling area of Grand Baie and Grand Gaube, one will find that a week will merely whet the appetite and ensure many return visits to this impressive 4 star resort.
Preskil Island Resort
This family friendly resort is located on the east coast of Mauritius, offering access to an impressive stretch of white sandy beach. It is set apart from the mainland with an isolated island feel, and offers an enjoyable catamaran cruise from their jetty to Ill Aux Cerf Island. It offers spectacular views of the islands of the South-East of Mauritius, including l’île aux Aigrettes or l’île au Phare, and the impressive Lion Mountain. The rooms are newly renovated and boast a light and airy decor theme, with some family rooms being able to accommodate families with up to 3 teens. Their daily entertainment programme is sure to keep guests charmed, along with their interactive guest experiences, such as cooking classes, Mauritian music introduction, Creole classes and outdoor film screening to name a few. The food at this resort is absolutely divine and offers varied themes to suit the most refined, and young palettes. My absolute favourite part of the resort is the utterly tranquil Banyan spa, a haven of relaxation and peace. From couples treatments to bride and groom treatments; or mother-to-be treatments, all of them catering to soul nourishment and mind rejuvenation. Their range of relaxation areas such as the jacuzzis, sauna, hammam and Vichy cabins means one can enjoy the tranquil atmosphere to your heart’s content. With their unique experience, The Waterfall Spa, guests will be able to enjoy the therapeutic benefits of water. This resort is the perfect pick combining complete relaxation with a reasonable budget.
Based at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort which I have mentioned above.
Based at Preskil Island Resort, which I have also highlighted above.
I absolutely adore all things Intercontinental and have plans to return to this resort later in the year. But their spa is definitely worth a mention, with over 50 treatments which range from ancient Ayurvedic rituals to modern therapies. The atmosphere of the spa envelopes one in a cocoon of calmness, immediately allowing one to switch off from the outside world and prepare for proper pampering.
LUXE Le Morne Spa
For an indulgent, luxurious experience this spa ticks all the boxes. From atmosphere, to decor, treatments and extensive menu, they ensure that the holiday glow remains long after you return home. Their unique concept of the Spa Concierge, means you will be able to enjoy a tailor-made pamper package made just for you.
One & Only Spa Le St Géran
This spa is a tropical retreat from the real world, where you can enjoy your treatment in a private room which opens up onto a private garden with an outdoor shower. Some of the rooms open up to their absolutely gorgeous 18m long infinity pool. With no kids under 16 allowed, you can be assured of some well-deserved down time. They boast a unique collection of therapies inspired by local Mauritian traditions and using products which highlight local ingredients. True to the One & Only brand, stepping into this spa will transport you in utter splendour to your very own nirvana.
Expert Travel Tip
Whilst an all inclusive package may seem costly, when comparing it to what is spent on food and snacks on travels, it really is value for money. All your drinks (certain alcoholic brands specifically excluded), food, snacks and mini bar are all included, and if you leave the resort for an activity they will even be happy to pack a picnic basket for you.
Whatever your intention for visiting Mauritius, you will return home rejuvenated, reset and ready to take on the world!
Travel article writen by Rushda
Rushda is the founder and co-owner of a travel business called The Travel Connexion. She is also partner in South African online beauty marketplace, GoBeauty. Her core work has been with women entrepreneurs as a Business Strategist and coach through OrganisedBusiness.Com.
In the past she worked Relationship Manager for the Dubai based, Islamic Fashion Design & Council and is now the editor and founder of RuBe’s Closet a fashion and lifestyle blog, offering wardrobe consulting and stylist services.