September 12, 2018
By Richard Holmes
It’s hard to imagine a tropical island better geared up for stress-free holidays than Mauritius.
With dozens of high-end hotels strung out along the island’s lush coastline, the resorts may seem to be variations on a theme: stylish rooms, a selection of restaurants, a range of activities, and levels of luxury that you can dial up or down as your budget allows.
But bells and whistles aside, there are some resorts that are simply better suited to specific types of travellers. Whether you’re planning a family holiday to Mauritius, looking for the best resort for an island honeymoon, or want to make the most of the island’s superb golf courses, here’s our ultimate guide for where to stay on Mauritius.
If you’re looking for an island holiday with the kids, Mauritius is a superb family travel destination. It’s safe, the seas are warm, the climate mild and the locals hugely welcoming of young travellers.
Sugar Beach on the east coast has long been a family-favourite on Mauritius. Set in the sheltered bay of Flic-en-Flac, the resort offers seven different room categories, but the Sea-View Family Suites are the best bet, with two inter-connecting bedrooms (twin, queen or king size beds) giving onto a spacious private terrace. Alongside the usual array of water sports, the Sun Kids programme lays on everything from beach adventures to golf lessons to keep young ones entertained. What’s more, accommodation and meals are complimentary for two children (under 12 years old) sharing their parents’ room.
On the south coast, which offers shorter transfer times to/from the airport, the Outrigger Mauritius is another great choice. Beachfront family rooms offer roll-out beds or bunks, while upgrading to a Beachfront Villa brings separate rooms for kids with a private terrace. Complimentary resort activities range from glass-bottom boat tours to stand-up paddle boarding and volleyball on the beach.
Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort and Spa manages to cover the best of both worlds: it’s a superb escape for couples, as well as being a great option for families. That’s thanks to its enviable position on a peninsula in Trou d'Eau Douce bay. The resort’s 200 rooms are spread across the peninsula, with five distinct locations and room categories. While families will enjoy the Hibiscus wing, with easy access to the resort’s main pool and beach, couples and honeymooners should book a suite in the Frangipani wing. Rooms here are set on a secluded island, with an adults-only pool and chic beach club. Guests at Shangri-La also have exclusive access to the private island of Ilôt Mangénie, and the resort’s culinary offering – from high-end Japanese to Indian – is amongst the best on Mauritius.
Constance Le Prince Maurice is also no slouch when it comes to wining and dining. This five-star resort boasts a unique setting overlooking both sun-kissed sands and the mangrove forests of a protected wetland. The range of luxe rooms and suites make the most of the stellar views, with subtle Asian-inspired décor and plenty of mod-cons. When it comes to food, Archipel and Asian dish up superb continental and eastern cuisine, but it’s Le Barachois that is most memorable. Tables are set atop five floating pontoons, delivering an unforgettable waterfront dining experience that dishes up some of the best seafood on the island.
If you’re a repeat visitor to Mauritius looking for something new, two of the island’s classic resorts have recently undergone major upgrades.
One&Only Le Saint Géran has been an icon of Mauritian holidays for nearly 50 years, but had been beginning to show its age. So in 2017 One&Only shuttered the resort and poured millions of dollars into a major revamp. The result is nothing short of breathtaking, with new swimming pools, new public areas, new dining experiences and all-new décor in the revamped rooms and suites. The Grande Dame of Mauritius is back, bigger and brighter than ever before.
Up in the north, LUX* Grand Gaube has similarly enjoyed a dramatic overhaul, with a $32-million overhaul reimagining all that the resort has to offer. The revamp is evident from the moment you arrive, from the new-look public areas dishing up jaw-dropping sea views to the new-generation LUX* Me spa. Of course the revamp also included a complete overhaul of the 186 rooms and suites. LUX* is a brand known for its out-of-the-box offerings, and this resort is no different. The six restaurants and seven bars offer something for every palate, from the Creole Smokehouse combining island flavours with America’s Deep South, or the Rum Treehouse stocked with 88 varieties of island spirit.
Mauritius ranks amongst the world’s finest golf travel destinations, with a wide range of well-conditioned courses across the island.
Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is the resort of choice. The preferred hotel partner for Mont Choisy Le Golf, guests enjoy pre-booked tee times at preferential rates, branded golf carts and dedicated locker space in the chic new clubhouse.
Over on the east coast, Constance Belle Mare Plage is your best choice for golf escapes. This five-star family friendly resort offers luxurious rooms and suites looking over a two-kilometre stretch of beach, and golfers will love the easy access to two of the leading golf courses on Mauritius. There are two courses, the Legend Course and the Links Course, to play on. Guests at Constance Belle Mare Plage enjoy complimentary green fees for both courses.
Green fees for the impressive Heritage Golf Club are also complimentary for guests staying at all three of the Heritage Resorts properties on Mauritius. The five-star all-inclusive Heritage Awali is a superb choice, offering seaside luxury on the quieter southern coast of the island.
Last, but not least, Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in the south-west of the island is a great choice for golfers with family in tow. Home to one of the island’s oldest courses, the 18-hole layout occupies a superb location between the Black River lagoon, Le Morne-Brabant Peak and the sparkling Indian Ocean, with the final holes played right along the water’s edge. For non-golfers, the lagoon offers a superb range of watersports – sailing to water-skiing, all included in the room rate – while the well-equipped Bob Marlin kids’ club will keep young ones happy. Guests at Paradis also enjoy full access to the facilities and restaurants at the neighbouring Beachcomber Dinarobin resort. Two resorts for the price of one!