Mauritius is the most accessible island in the Indian Ocean - a tropical paradise akin to Maui or Martinique but more budget-traveller friendly. Though nestled up alongside Africa, it's actually more influenced by its British and French ties and predominantly Indian workforce. Mauritius will enchant you, will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. The contrast of a multitude of colours and tastes, the island set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity.
Few who come here ever leave disappointed - the lively and warm people, the relaxed vibes and the music of everyday life are likely to leave an even greater impression on any visitor than even the most sumptuous palm fringed beaches, luxurious hotels and crystal-clear waters.
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The most secluded of the hotels in Mauritius, Le Touessrok is also the best equipped. The hotel boasts its own 18-hole golf course designed by Bernhard Langer. The place is dramatic and a touch theatrical. Many guests have written about the experience of arriving to be greeted by the massive banyan tree decorated with lanterns and gongs that stands guard at the entrance.
The most distinctive feature of Le Touessrok however, apart from the impressive facilities like the four beaches, two swimming pools, a famous kids club and a fully comprehensive spa, is that the Frangipani Suites are located on a private islet; a Kasbah-style village resort set off the east coast, connected by a covered bridge to the hotel’s public areas on the mainland.
The place is dramatic and a touch theatrical.
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£1,839 per person
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It’s a peaceful, romantic setting that encapsulates all that is so attractive about Mauritius, including a turquoise lagoon and a sandy beach surrounded by tropical gardens and framed by the verdant green rainforests of the island’s volcanic mountains.
Apart from the natural beauty, the thing that sets Maradiva apart is that all the guests are accommodated in private villas. These “cocoons of luxury” each feature their own infinity-edge plunge pool, a private patio and a 24-hour butler service. The name of the game at Maradiva is peace and privacy. This is not a destination for people who want to meet and mingle. It is an escape that provides a much needed tonic to the stress and speed of contemporary city life.
Maradiva, overlooking Tamarin Bay, is situated on the west coast of Mauritius, famous for its sunsets and for its dry, warm climate, even in winter.
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£2,399 per person
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The Oberoi is all about its intimate beach coves, its setting in 20 lush acres and its exemplary service. Its dominant feature is half a kilometre of beachfront spanning three crescents of white sand between the warm turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the mountains.
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£1,699 per person
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