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.
4 Hip Hotels in Mauritius
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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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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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£2,599 per person
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If you can picture yourself wading through clear blue shallows, over white sand beaches or upon immaculate green fairways, then One&Only Le Saint Géran is for you.
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£1,879 per person
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Of the top three hotels in Mauritius, The Oberoi is all about the beach and its intimate beach coves. Apart from its setting in 20 lush acres, its dominant feature is its more than half a kilometre of beachfront. Located in the less touristy northwest corner of the island along the Baie aux Tortues or Turtle Bay. The hotel offers a comprehensive selection of spa treatments for those looking to indulge in a bit of R&R, with guests raving in particular about the hotel’s signature paillasson (coconut) massage.
The main restaurant features a soaring roof of palm-thatched timbers and offers panoramic views across the Indian Ocean. As all the food is excellent, the main choice you have to make is whether to dine inside among the pillars, or outside under the stars.
The Oberoi is a beach resort for people who have no intention of roughing it.
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£1,759 per person
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