So Much More to Mauritius
It is a gorgeous Island to explore with many of the worlds most beautiful resorts. It is a mix of many cultures, African, Indian, European and Asian. Tourism is its main revenue followed by Sugar cane, Rum and Coffee.
The Island has many white sandy beaches , mountains, water falls and lots of fabulous golf courses .It is 4 hours plus GMT. You can fly Emirates from Birmingham via Dubai or Air Mauritius from Heathrow or from Birmingham via Amsterdam.
The weather is tropical with average temperature of mid 20’s.The best months to visit are October to December .The hottest is January to April with the highest rainfall in January and February.
The people are very friendly and they all speak English.
Dolphin Cruise I went on this tour in the South West ,it was beautiful seeing so many riding the waves of the boat. You can go in a small group in a rib and swim in the water near them. It is up to the dolphins if they stay with you
BBQ and Snorkelling Cruise I went on this tour in the North.You visit 3 islands ,one with no beach just for snorkeling and another with a tiny beautiful open air church.They BBQ on the boat
Deep Sea Fishing especially for Marlin My Husband caught one over 6ft
Rum Tasting and Sugar Factory
Grand Bassin Volcano ,Waterfall, Temple, 7 Colour Earth I went on this tour and it was very interesting seeing the sites. You get a different perspective of Mauritius as they are inland.
Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens I went on this tour and the garden are full of exotic species. Very interesting even if you are not a gardener.
Craft markets I went to one in Port Louis . I loved hustle and bustle of the market plus the amazing selection of spices.
Casela Safari Park, Zip Line and Bungee Jumping
Visit the capital Port Louis and Grand Baie. I liked Grand Baie with lots of restaurants,bars and shop .Port Louis had a very nice area by the docks similar to Covent Garden
Horse Racing at the oldest course in the Southern Hemisphere (Open from April to November )
Climbing La Morne Mountain or others
This is just a few options .Why not hire a car and explore the island at your own pace.
Shangri La Le Touessrok -5 Star Hotel
After an extensive six-month renovation, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, reopened on 1 November.2015 .The resort offers an atmosphere of refined island luxury on the east coast .Thoughtfully renovated in accordance with plush contemporary design. Sea views can be enjoyed from all the 205 rooms, which include Deluxe Rooms and Junior Suites, located in either the Hibiscus or Frangipani Wings. To step from your terrace to the sand opt for one of the Beach Access Deluxe Rooms or Junior Suites. You can also opt for one of three beautiful Deluxe Villas which are located on an exclusive islet which is connected to the mainland by a bridge.The resort has two beautiful pools including an adults only .
In addition, with fashionable restaurants, bars to keep the more active world traveller entertained . The water sports and island activities can be customised to suit any guest’s unique interests. There are two islands a short free boat ride from the Resort ,Ilot Mangénie, which is open exclusively to Shangri-La’s guests and features a beach club and on-island butlers, and Ile aux Cerfs, which holds a spectacular 18-hole championship golf course that was designed by the famous pro-golfer Bernhard Langer.
The resorts five restaurants (one lunch only) offering dishes from around the world. At the hotel’s main restaurant, Le Bazar a wide range of Asian-inspired and international dishes are available while at the brand new venue Kushi teppanyaki, tempura and sushi dishes are created by Japanese master chefs. If you are looking for something a little more casual there’s the beachfront Republik Beach Club & Grill, a popular spot to gather to enjoy grilled dishes and live music.The outstanding Resturant is Safran ,the menu was conceived by internationally acclaimed Chef Ramesh Bundi and provides an array of popular Indian dishes served family-style. I thought this was a truly memorable dining experience, from decoration and ambience to preparation and presentation. In addition to an extensive a la carte menu, the restaurant offers set menus, including vegetarian options and a copper clad tandoori oven.
Guests staying in the Frangipani Wing can enjoy breakfast at Republik and a free cocktail hour between 5 and 6 pm on the beach .The hotels entertainment is good with a great bar with live music each evening .Within the lobby area there is a coffee bar with a delicious selection of ice creams .
T-Club (the Kids’ Club) is open from 9am to 10pm daily. Access is free for all children aged between four and 11 years old. The large, well-equipped clubhouse provides fun, imaginative programmes and activities. Children can enjoy golf, tennis, windsurfing and swimming, as well as a variety of educational exercises. Babysitters are required for unaccompanied children younger than four years old, and are available at an additional charge. Access to the Teens Club is free for children from 12 to 17 years old. Here, teens will meet new friends from around the world in a fun, safe environment and enjoy sports, educational outings, dancing and themed evenings.
A range of complimentary water sports, (at Hibiscus Beach), sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, water skiing, pedal boating and Hobie cat sailing. Moreover, take on additional exciting activities, such as kite surfing, parasailing, big game fishing and scuba diving, for a fee.
The spa has 8 serene treatment rooms Including Chinese and Ayurvedic treatments, the spa’s menu provides holistic wellness to meet each guest’s particular needs.
7 nights in June in a Ocean View Room Half Board From £2074.00
Four Seasons Anahita -5 Star Hotel
This luxurious tropical sanctuary, with a lagoon and beaches to relax on each day on the East Coast .Whether you’re playing a complimentary round of golf on the Ernie Els-designed Golf Club or splashing with the family in the private plunge pools or in the 4 pools . The Resort is designed for relaxation, romance in a spectacular setting within the Anahita Wilderness Sanctuary, this award-winning resort features outstanding facilities .The resort is divided between the mangrove-fringed mainland and its 11-acre private island, which overlooks a sheltered lagoon and has three beaches. Nothing is too much trouble – whether you need your sunglasses cleaned or your sunbed moved plus hourly little tip bits . I found the staff so friendly and willing to help and make your stay a memorable holiday . There is a Spa at Four Seasons that offers 12 overwater treatment rooms.
Dining options are from contemporary Italian by the lagoon-side Acquapazza ,a French bistro menu at Beau Champ. Mauritian, Indian and Asian cuisine can be enjoyed al fresco at the laidback Bambou, and Il Forno at the Golf Club.
Luxurious 131 villas are set throughout the resort, each with its own plunge pool and covered terraces . You can enjoy breakfast or a romantic in-villa dining experience for no extra charge Garden Pool Villas and Mangrove Pool
Villas are situated on the mainland, with their own private garden. Guests in the Ocean Villas on the private island can enjoy direct access to the lagoon from their gardens, while those in a Beach Villa can step straight onto the sand from the terrace. For something extra special opt for one of the exclusive Residence Villas which have either two or three bedrooms.The beds were fantastic with pillows you just kept sinking into , pure luxury .The bathroom included two shower inside and outside rain .
Enjoy complimentary bicycles, snorkelling ,cooking classes , WiFi ,yoga ,tennis and the playing with the hotels tortoises .
The Resort has marvellous facilities for children and teenagers .For children aged 4 to 9, the Hobbit Village Kids’ Club includes its own swimming/paddling pool, amphitheatre, bakery, quiet room, playroom and sandpit, all supervised by friendly and dedicated Kids’ Club staff from 9.30 am to 8.00 pm .The centre for teenagers is amazing with a place to relax with their own age group with a wide choice of cool activities at Karokan. From table tennis to a home cinema, table football, the latest computer games and even a DJ booth
7 nights in June in a Garden Villa with Plunge Pool Half Board from £2222.00
Long Beach Resort – 5 Star Hotel
The luxury Mauritius 5 star resort on the East Coast Long Beach offers no less than 5 quality restaurants. At the heart of the hotel, restaurants surround the bustling plaza. Restaurant menus were developed in consultation with international famed chefs.Mauritius flavours and traditional cooking styles mix with Japanese, Italian, Creole, Chinese or French dishes .
The 255 Rooms are stylish, spacious and light, set in three crescents around the resort. Superior Rooms and Superior Seaview Rooms are in two-storey buildings with the Deluxe Beach Villa Rooms – which are slightly larger and closer to the beach.Family Junior Suites have a separate room with two sofa beds and an extra shower room while the huge Beachfront Senior Suites are right on the ocean.
There is an amazing offer that Children up to 12 stay and eat for free
Free golf and the same course as le Touessrok.
This Mauritius Spa is certainly one of the major assets of the Long Beach. A temple of calm with lava rock walls, surrounded by tranquil waters, the Sea Spa is situated away from the more lively parts of the hotel so as to preserve the tranquillity of your visit.The Sea Spa has twelve treatment rooms, an outdoor pavilion, a Hammam, a relaxation zone, a Turkish bath and a boutique as well as a beauty salon offering hairdressing, manicures and pedicure.
The hotel has a lot of activities included with free water skiing , tennis , beach games and a climbing wall. Free Kids Club from 2 to 11 years from 10 am to 10 pm plus baby sitting service. There is also Free wifi and a nurse at hotel 24 hours .
It is a very popular destination for weddings ,but they only have one wedding per day
7 nights in June in a Superior Room Half Board from £1439.00
Constance Belle Mare Plage -5 Star Hotel
This resort is on the East coast with a mile-and-half long beach. This beach can be windy but it is sheltered . The recently-refurbished Constance Belle Mare Plage features a traditional island design as well as modern details and state-of-the-art facilities. Ideal for golfing enthusiasts, the resort has two 18-hole championship golf courses that are free to use throughout your stay., one is a Links course.
Seven distinctive restaurants and six bars ,one with swinging bar seats .
Breakfast and dinner are served daily at the main buffet restaurant La Citronnelle, while gourmet European and Mauritian dishes are served nightly at the Blue Penny Cellar which has over 15000 bottles of Wine,and is only include once in a 7 day stay and the Deer Hunter Restaurant. Mediterranean dishes can be enjoyed at the beachfront restaurant La Spiaggia at lunch and dinner. One of our favourite spots is the laid-back Lakaze restaurant which is located on the beach and is open for lunch and late afternoon and early evening sweet treats. The waterside Indigo is a popular spot due to its incredible views and Asian and European fusion dishes.
It is a large hotel with 278 rooms, suites and villas ,housed in delightful thatched two and three-storey buildings throughout the resort. The traditional Prestige Rooms are ideal if you want to be close to the main facilities while the Junior Suites allow for a little extra space. If you’re travelling as a group or family and are seeking a little indulgence, opt for one of the Two Bedroom Villas, some of which are located right by the beach and feature a pool on the terrace .
There’s lots going on and a good choice of facilities for families. The Constance Kids’ Club welcomes children aged 4 to 11 and has a games room, playground and daily supervised indoor and outdoor activities. Babysitting is also available on request
The facilities include 4 pools, spa*, floodlit tennis courts*, fitness centre with classes, watersports*, dive centre*, bike rental*, boutiques*, Wi-Fi
7 nights in June in a Prestige room Half Board from £1332.00
Constance Le Prince – 5 Star Hotel
In a secluded setting, Prince Maurice – a member of the Leading Hotels of the World with an exclusive, yet relaxed ambiance and the effortless service renowned of the Constance brand on the East Coast .It always features as number one or two on trip adviser . The beautiful tropical gardens house extensive facilities including the U Spa by Constance, a kite surfing school and a beautiful beach-front infinity pool. Guests can also enjoy complimentary green fees at the two golf courses at the nearby sister resort Constance Belle Mare Plage.
You have a chose of four restaurants and three bars .At the main restaurant, L’Archipel, guests can enjoy a buffet breakfast and an à la carte lunch and dinner, while the laidback Beach Deck is the ideal spot for lunch. The Asian restaurant has a beautiful water-side setting and is open for lunch and dinner, with a Japanese sushi bar. The excellent Barachois, where tables are set on five floating decks on the shimmering lagoon. There’s also a floating bar – perfect for a sundowner. The resort’s Wine Cellar is the one of the largest in the Indian Ocean with over 25,000 bottles and a dedicated area for wine tastings.
There are only 89 luxurious suites and villas are set throughout the resort. Junior Suites are either in the tropical gardens, by the beach or on stilts over the edge of the lagoon. The Villas on Stilts overlook the lagoon and offer even more space including a living/dining room, while the Villas Beachfront feature a plunge pool on the terrace. For families we recommend the Family Suites which have a second bedroom with bunk beds.
7 nights in June in a Junior Suite Half Board £1884.00
Attitude Hotel Group
They have a new concept which is different and unique with its 100% Mauritian experience .The group is owned by a father and son from Mauritius ,they were founder owners of the Beachcomber Hotel Group.There are nine 3 or 4 Star hotels under their management.
Entirely thought and designed with the aim of sharing the simple and genuine life of the islanders with its guests. Attitude invites families, couples and newlyweds to live unique experiences inspired from local tradition,a charming and somewhat unique hotel concept.
What really sets Attitude Hotels apart is its experiences.. The Otentik Attitude programme allows you to really get to know your destination with cooking classes, market visits culture and heritage tours.You can enjoy dinner at a local home with the family, take a Creole language lesson or explore a Mauritian bazaar.
Taba-j is a way to eat street food but with the hotel ground . The local vendors rent various sheds and cook their food . All the profits go to the vendor. All the musicians and entertainment staff are local people . There are Bazars in all hotels with craftsmen selling their local products
Another great idea is an App that can take you on an adventure by foot,bike,scooter or car . They routes are unique and let you see another side of the island .
Zilwa Attitude – 4 Star Hotel
Zilwa Attitude situated on the north coast of Mauritius, in Kalodyne, In Creole, “zilwa” means an “islander”..
The resort has 7 restaurants and 2 bars.Each restaurant gives you a new taste experience, whilst many also host special cooking evenings where you can try your hand at creating authentic Creole cuisine, and enjoy it afterwards.
Contemporary 214 rooms are inspired by traditional Mauritian seaside bungalows, with a ‘rustic chic’ design including bare concrete floors.They feature the standard mod cons as well as pieces created by local artists and craftsmen. They range from the Superior Rooms up to the Privilege Junior Beachfront Suites has a real welcoming vibe and plenty of authentic touches.
7 nights in October in a Superior Room All Inclusive from £1664.00 ( High Season )
Ravenela Attitude – 4 Star Plus Hotel
The Ravenala Attitude is a fresh and welcoming resort on Turtle Bay, which is in the North West near Grand Baie. Set throughout tropical gardens and fronted by a gold-sand beach, this is the perfect spot for relaxation. If you’re looking for a more active break have a go at paddle boarding, windsurfing and canoeing or splash out on diving, parasailing or waterskiing.
There is a particular emphasis on cuisine here with 10 dining outlets – from family friendly to adults only. A buffet breakfast at the main restaurant while lunch can also be enjoyed at the waterfront restaurant Ō, Beach BBQ and Taba-j. It’s at dinner when the resort really comes into its own with eight restaurants to choose from, seven of which are included in the all-inclusive package.
There are 272 rooms with a huge variety of combinations .Family Suites offer enough space for up to two adults and three children while Couple Suites are great for a romantic break or a holiday with a friend. Guests in the Executive Beachfront Adult Suites can enjoy access to the dedicated beach bar area – a great place to relax throughout the day.
The All Inclusive package starts as soon as you arrive until you leave, even if your room is not ready or you have a late flight .
The mini bar within your room can be personally selected by you from the Off License with in the hotel .This is a great idea .
You can dance the night away to the latest tunes in the night club .
7 nights in June in a Couple Suite All Inclusive from £1447.00
St Regis Resorts – 5 Star Hotel
Set on a white coral-sand beach on the South West coast with Le Morne mountain providing a dramatic backdrop, this serene resort is dedicated to relaxation and has the intimate feel of a boutique hotel – you will feel like a special guest in a private home. The décor is fresh and natural with wood, stone and white furnishings creating a soothing setting by the main pool and in the sophisticated open-air lounges. It has a colonial air with elegant furnishings and a traditional bar creating unique cocktails including their famous Bloody Mary’s.
The reef-protected lagoon is perfect for water sports and you can enjoy twice-daily snorkelling trips. You are also close to one of the world’s best kite-surfing spots. The water is not tidal here and calm. A great idea on the sun umbrellas is a button to call the waiters .
Five restaurants offer distinct culinary experiences, bringing together French-inspired cuisine and Asian flavours. Enjoy French Creole dishes in a colonial home setting at Le Manoir Dining Room. The Boathouse Bar & Grill will tempt you with its fruity cocktails, light meals and oyster platters while Floating Market serves South East Asian-inspired cuisine in a tranquil pool pavilion setting.
Simply India offers a traditional and innovative menu of authentic Indian cuisine and Atsuko offers a calming experience, with modern dishes from the Far East – with a particular emphasis on Japanese cuisine including teriyaki, sashimi and tempura.
The spacious 172 rooms and suites are set within two-storey pavilions scattered along the beachfront and in the gardens. Each offers garden or ocean views and complimentary access to the spa (treatments at extra cost).
Junior Suites are set in tropical gardens while Beachfront Junior Suites offer direct beach access .The impressive Oceanview Manor House Suite within the main building is hugely spacious and features an in-room spa facility for two – perfect for romantic couple’s massages. All rooms offer the pressing of two garments per person per day.
For the ultimate in luxury opt for the fantastic St. Regis Villa which sits right on the edge of the resort
There is a 40 ,very comfy seater cinema with 3 shows per day of the latest movies .
Horse riding on the beach and into the jungle is available here .
7 nights in June in a Junior Suite Half Board from £1649.00
For the ultimate in luxury opt for the fantastic St. Regis Villa which sits right on the edge of the resort.
The St. Regis Villa
This is the largest villa in the Indian Ocean where many famous names have stayed .
Indian Ocean sunsets have never been more seductive than from the elegant outdoor spaces of The St. Regis Villa. Three of its four bedrooms feature a private furnished deck and a heated plunge pool, and two of them afford an outdoor shower. Additionally, the villa boasts a heated infinity pool with a children’s area and a Jacuzzi, as well as several outdoor seating areas and a bar.
The villa is dramatically distinguished by its numerous indoor facilities. When its sliding doors are open, a formal lounge allows stunning ocean views from contemporary sofas and chairs, while an informal lounge is equipped with a 56-inch LED TV, a Sony PlayStation® PS3™, and a Nintendo® Wii™. The secluded office contains a modern desk and seating, a computer, a printer, a scanner, and a 32-inch TV. A steam room adjoins the fitness room, which has both cardio and weight machines; a personal trainer can be arranged upon request.
Gourmet meals can be prepared in the fully-equipped kitchen by guests or by a private chef. An indoor dining room with seating for 12 overlooks the infinity pool and the ocean, and an outdoor dining table seats eight.
Each bedroom is accompanied by its own living room and en-suite bathroom. Every living room provides ample entertainment options with a 56-inch LED TV, a DVD player, and Dolby® surround sound. Amid a neutral tone-on-tone palette of colors, stone flooring, and thoughtfully selected artwork is a king-size St. Regis bed with a handcrafted wooden frame; a 52-inch LED TV is nearby. A walk-through wardrobe leads to a sublime bathroom that comprises a standalone bathtub, a separate walk-in rainforest shower, and premier bath amenities.
Villa guests enjoy 24-hour St. Regis Butler Service, which entails the unpacking and packing of luggage, shoe polishing, the pressing of two garments per person per day, and discreetly addressing guests’ needs. Also included in each stay are roundtrip airport transfers with Yu Lounge access, an eight-hour trip on the resort’s private boat, and eight hours’ usage of one of the resort’s luxury vehicles.
Exceptionally and upon request only, The St. Regis Villa can be divided into a two-bedroom villa and two one-bedroom villas. The two-bedroom villa includes the central infinity pool, private gym, two indoor lounges, and office. Each one-bedroom villa features an outdoor terrace with direct beach access.
I was lucky enough to spend an evening here as the management arranged a party for us. It was the most amazing place I have ever been to. The villa was enormous and had every thing you could possible want.
I have been lucky enough to holiday in Mauritius 4 times and I will definitely return again.