Terry has recently returned from Mauritius, where he was able to catch up with some of our favourite hotels, check out the newly renovated ones and bring back all the latest news from the beautiful Indian Ocean isle. Please call him on 01428 658777 or email [email protected] to find out more…
Terry flew with Emirates via Dubai with a short lay over. The route via Dubai does give the perfect opportunity to not only break up the journey, but also to extend you holiday by a few nights and experience this continually growing Emirate.
Terry’s first stop was at HERITAGE LE TELFAIR, located in the south of Island and with a mountain backdrop of the Domaine de Bel Ombre – the Frederica Nature Park is close by. The accommodations are housed in villas dotted around tropical gardens and the atmosphere and décor is very ‘Colonial’. Children under 12 can stay free of charge if staying in their parent’s room and at the adjoining Heritage Golf Club, golf is complimentary for guests.
THE ST REGIS RESORT is located close to the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Morne Mountain and only opened officially in March 2013. The hotel feels like a residence rather than a ‘hotel’, with many dining options (one of which has a Michelin star chef). The rooms are spacious and scattered around the grounds as well as having luxury suites in the main house. Fantastic facilities for children and teens.
LUX Le Morne is still on the southwest coast beneath the Morne Mountain. The décor of LUX Le Morne is colourful and bright décor with lots of wood, wrought iron and natural materials. Lots of activities for adults and children. It is possible to upgrade to an all-inclusive package here.
SUGAR BEACH is situated on the west coast of the island and was last refurbished in 2008. Vast spacious grounds, with plenty of grass areas leading onto the beach. Excellent choice for families as it offers ‘Family Units’. The resort has a quieter area – South Village and has great dining options. Plenty of activities for all including unlimited water-skiing and windsurfing. PADI open-water courses. Horse riding and mountain biking.
The MARTIM is in the northwest on a 25-hectare private estate known as Balaclava. The capital, Port Louis is approx. a 20-minute drive away. A great location with the Marine Park in front of the hotel and the Nature reserve behind.
PARADISE COVE is a delightful boutique option with 67 rooms. An Indian concept with the styling of rooms using silks and vibrant colours. Small beach, which leads out towards a creek and all rooms’ here face towards the ocean. This is the perfect hotel if you wish to be near Grand Baie.
LUX GRAND GAUBE is currently undergoing a soft refurbishment that will be complete in October 2013. Well located and with easy access to Grand Baie on the north east coast. Crescent shaped bay and peninsular (windy on one side). Numerous water sports activities including submarine safaris, catamarans. Also there is a small seaplane for hire.
VERANDA PAUL & VIRGINIE is on the north west coast. This is a boutique option with only 81 rooms. It has a small beach and accommodation blocks offer thatched roofs, stonewalls and natural woods. A good choice for those looking for a more casual property and good value for money.
On the east coast is CONSTANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE, which is very popular with families, couples and golfers, as the 18-hole course is just opposite the hotel. Whilst the belief that ‘West is best’ when it comes to the location of hotels on the islands (because of high winds and choppy waters), the Belle Mare Plage has a fabulous beach and this did not appear to be an issue.
The CONSTANCE LE PRINCE MAURICE was un-questionably Terry’s favourite hotel. Approximately a 10-minute drive from sister property Belle Mare Plage, so easy access for golfers. There is also a complimentary Shuttle bus that runs between the hotels. A discreet oasis offering the very highest impeccable service. A peaceful option offering luxurious rooms and one to be considered and one of only 17 hotels in the world to be awarded the highest honour by Relais & Chateaux.
FOUR SEASONS RESORT AT ANAHITA is surrounded by a private sanctuary and covers a vast estate. All 123 Villas are very private with plenty of vegetation in-between properties, so always a sense of privacy. All the usual water sports and an ‘Ernie Els’ golf course – complimentary for guests. Excellent kids clubs for 4-9years and teenagers 10+years centre.
LE TOUESSROK (on the east) has 200 rooms spread directly along the beach and also on Frangipani Island reached by a short bridge. On Frangipani Island the pool is a quiet area and only for adults. Guests staying at Le Touessrok have the option of visiting Ile aux Cerfs for a picnic and options for water sports or the private retreat Ilot Mangenie – where guests can spend the day. Both Islands a short boat ride away and directly to and from the Le Touessrok. Golf (Bernhard Langer course) available on Ile aux Chefs. A good selection of restaurants and bars.
PRESKIL BEACH RESORT is only a 15-minute drive from the airport. Set in 3.5 hectares on a secluded peninsula – one side a lagoon and the other a beach. The I’lle aux Aigrettes, a unique bird sanctuary, is close by. A good 3.5 star option for those on a budget.
The roads in Mauritius are generally of a good standard, but a new motorway is being constructed to by-pass Port Louis – congestion at peak times can currently cause long delays.
So what else can you do in Mauritius?
- Sunset Cruises
- Helicopter tours
- Day trips to Reunion or Rodrigues Islands
- Flora and Fauna tours
- ZIP wiring options
- Deep sea fishing
- Submarine tours
- Underwater helmet walking tours
- Shopping in Port Louis or Grand Baie
- Visit to La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes – home to 2000 Nile crocodiles
- Wildlife Sanctuary to view rare pink pigeon, breeding programme for Tortoises
- Safari Subscooters
- Garden tours
- Visit the Seven Coloured Earths, the Chamarel Falls and the Black River Gorges National Park.
For further details on these hotels in Mauritius or any of the other wonderful properties on the island, please call Terry on 01428 658 777