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Today: Top 10 best luxury resorts in Mauritius
Located to the east of Madagascar, the idyllic island of Mauritius with its unspoilt beaches and azure waters offers a unique experience of European, African and Asian cultures. It is one of the top four island destinations for a tropical holiday in the warm Indian Ocean (the other three being the Maldives, Zanzibar and the Seychelles). The island is famous for its lush greenery, rich wildlife, warm hospitality, and turquoise lagoons, which caught the attention of many early visitors, including Charles Darwin, Ernest Hemingway and Mark Twain. Just as was the case for many of these visitors, the island continues to captivate travelers today due to its diverse landscape and natural beauty across both land and sea. The island also boasts some of the most luxurious and famous hotels in the world; here’s my selection of the top 10 best resorts in Mauritius.
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10. CONSTANCE BELLE MARE PLAGE
Constance Belle Mare Plage is located along one of the best beaches in the east of Mauritius sits on the tranquil east coast ofthe island, around 60 km (37 mi) from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport..You can stroll down the endless white sand beach, play golf on two championship golf courses, snorkel in the Indian Ocean, or pamper yourself at the resort’s Shiseido Spa. There are seven restaurants to choose from, offering everything from elegant fine dining experiences to burgers and salads on the beach. Seize the opportunity to try new things whether it’s diving for the first time, water skiing, kite surfing or just picking up some gastronomic tips from the world-class chefs in one of the cookery classes.
- Hotel website: Constance Belle Mare Plage
9. LUX* LE MORNE
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Le Morne mountain in the South West corner of Mauritius, and sheltered from trade winds by the rugged Le Morne Brabant peak (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), LUX* Le Morne boasts splendid white sandy beaches that unravel as far as the eye can see and are the ideal decor for romantic sunset walks. Featuring woven rugs, white shutters, and stunning wallpaper, the 149 rooms & suits have been ingeniously designed to be meditative and escapist. Set in delightfully landscaped gardens, four pools, a spa and several restaurants – where island-inspired dishes are paired with New World wines – contribute to this resort’s excellent reputation.
- Hotel website: LUX* Le Morne
8. ROYAL PALM BEACHCOMBER LUXURY
The Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury is a peaceful haven for connoisseurs, all the while providing a pleasant, homely feeling. With suites set amid a backdrop of fine-grained sandy beaches and emerald blue waters, the establishment has earned a rightful place among the most refined hotels in the Indian Ocean. Sheltered on the northwestern coast amidst lush gardens, this property is laid out so that all the suites face the lagoon, where guests can enjoy complimentary water sports. Its pristine stretch of beach is as sparkling white as the uniforms of staff who know guests by name. While the resort’s acclaimed spa, amenities and activities are decidedly 21st-century, the views of the crystalline sea and the palm-lined coast could be plucked straight out of Bernadin de Saint-Pierre’s 18th-century novel, Paul et Virginie, set on the island.
- Hotel website: Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury
7. CONSTANCE LE PRINCE MAURICE
Designed by architectural mastermind Jean Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards, Constance Prince Maurice is where style, space and architectural designs create the perfect Mauritius hotel lifestyle. The 5-star resort enjoys an idyllic location amidst lush tropical greenery on a private and completely unspoilt land on the north-east coast of Mauritius, ensuring maximum privacy for our guests. Guests can choose from one of 64 Junior suites, 12 Family suites, 12 Villas or the lavish Princely Villa. The resort’s tropical gardens consist of rare and luxuriant vegetation, and the calm turquoise lagoon blends perfectly with the lush, green landscape and the secluded beaches of brilliant white sand. A natural fish reserve situated in the western part of the hotel adds to the uniqueness and natural beauty of the location. natural beauty of the location.
- Hotel website: Constance Le Prince Maurice
- Other accolades: Constance Le Prince Maurice also features in my top 10 list of the most beautiful overwater bungalows in the world.
6. MARADIVA VILLAS RESORT & SPA
Nestled on the beautiful west coast of Mauritius, renowned for its amazing sunsets and white sandy beach, and overlooking Le Morne Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the private pool villas of Maradiva are at the heart of a vibrant paradise. Inspired by the colonial residences of the sugar cane plantation owners and designed by Mauritian architect Maurice Giraud, the resort is home to an impressive range of flora and fauna. Featuring an outside living area and outside shower, the villas boast a mix of traditional and contemporary designs with Hermès decorations and amenities. With a large infinity swimming pool, an award-winning holistic spa, three à la carte restaurants, and several dining options, as well as a bar, Kids Club, a sports and fitness center, and a boathouse, Maradiva offers world-class facilities and the personalized service of a family-owned and -managed resort.
- Hotel website: Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
5. JW MARRIOTT MAURITIUS RESORT
Located along a dreamy beach, JW Marriott Mauritius Resort -formerly known as the St Regis Mauritius Resort – is a luxury family friendly hotel which provides idyllic views over the lagoon with a befitting backdrop of Le Morne Brabant Mountain, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The resort offers immersive experiences and endless recreational activities, and is just a cornerstone away from the iconic ‘One Eye’ surf spot for kitesurfing adventures. There are 172 lavishly appointed guest rooms and suites, fitted with a colonial-inspired decor, that all offer breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean waters. Revitalize your mind, body and soul at the luxurious Pure Spa; be nourished with a culinary journey in the resort’s 5 fine-dining restaurants; or experience meaningful moments together for a movie in our private cinema or library.
- Hotel website: JW Marriott Mauritius Resort
- Review: to read my review of JW Marriott Mauritius Resort here.
4. THE OBEROI BEACH RESORT MAURITIUS
The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius captures the spirit of the Indian Ocean island in a 5-star hotel that combines its abundant natural beauty with refined luxury. Enjoying an idyllic position on the shores of Turtle Bay, the resort is set within a lush subtropical garden, offering almost 600 m (2,000 feet) of oceanfront with a mix of white- and golden sand beaches. Fine international cuisine and Creole specialties are served in the main restaurant, On the Rocks, and in the restored Gunpowder Room, while private candlelit dining can be enjoyed on the beach. Villas have private pools or gardens, ocean views, and sunken bathtubs. The spa features alfresco therapy suites and a range of signature Oberoi treatments.
- Hotel website: Oberoi Mauritius
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and one complimentary lunch or dinner for two).
- Review: read my review of The Oberoi Mauritius here.
3. SHANGRI-LA TOUESSROK RESORT & SPA
Following a renovation that took a total of six months, the iconic Le Touessrok, Mauritius, re-opened its doors in 2015 as Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. The gorgeous property fuses renowned hospitality with legendary history and Mauritian island chic. The resort’s design complements the surrounding landscape, delivering the perfect combination of style, sophistication, and legend. Choose from 200 rooms and suites and 3 private beach villas that overlook sparkling turquoise waters. With its secluded private island, extensive beach, and trendy restaurants and bars, Shangri-La Le Touessrok is one of Mauritius’ best luxury hotels. From water sports to land activities, the resort offers a range of experiences that can be custom designed to meet all interests.
- Hotel website: Shangri-La Le Touessrok
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and a complimentary 50 minute massage).
- Review: read my review of Shangri-La Le Touessrok here.
2. FOUR SEASONS RESORT MAURITIUS AT ANAHITA
Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita welcomes guests to a luxurious tropical sanctuary, where greetings of warm smiles and gentle lagoon breezes fill each day. The property’s 136 villas and residence villas are generous in size and designed to interact with the outdoors. An extensive overwater spa is interwoven into the landscape and offers a diverse range of rejuvenating treatments that draw from local ancestrual wisdom to promote natural healing and relaxation. Whether you’re playing a complimentary round on the thrilling oceanfront finish of the resort’s Ernie Els-designed golf course or splashing with the family by the lagoon, the stylish open-air luxury resort invites relaxation, romance and endless possibilities for adventure amid the dramatic landscape and the vibrant colors of Mauritius.
- Hotel website: Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Classic Travel (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
- Review: read my review of Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita here.
1. ONE&ONLY LE SAINT GERAN
Following a multi-million dollar renovation in 2017, the phenomenal One&Only Le Saint Géran Resort – one of the best beach resorts I’ve ever stayed at – has risen again as the greatest celebration of its unrivaled Mauritian setting. The property is located on a private peninsula, which offers access to more than 2 km (1.2 miles) of white sand beaches along two stunning coastlines: on the east, the Indian Ocean, fringed by swaying palms; on the west, sugarcane-covered mountain views and a tranquil lagoon. Enjoy opportunities to connect with family while experiencing idyllic beaches, two sparkling pools, the blissful One&Only Spa, and Club One – a new hub for all things active. The resort’s collection of renovated and brand-new restaurants features exceptional gastronomic displays and theater-style cooking.
- Hotel website: One&Only Le Saint Geran
- Tip: get complimentary VIP perks when booking via Virtuoso (e.g. room upgrade, daily breakfast, early check-in, late check-out, and $100 USD resort credit).
- Review: read my review of One&Only Le Saint Géran here.
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LUX* Belle Mare is missing 🙂
Mauritius is really a dreamlike place and I think you covered the top resorts onsite. Here is my detailed review of my favorite luxury hotel on this stunning island, which I have just published: Hotel Royal Palm: http://www.swisstraveler.net/2017/03/review-of-royal-palm-beachcomber-luxury.html
Do any of the above hotels have independent local restaurants within walking distance?Whilst we enjoy in-house dining, we also wish to support local and independent businesses and enjoy getting out of the hotel in an evening.
I have stayed at the top 5 on this list. Oberoi & OO St. Geran are the 2 best in Mauritius, debatable which is better even though I prefer Oberoi. Four Seasons, Shangri La and JW are not as good as those 2!
Surprised not to see Lux Grand Baie on this list, that and Saint Geran are absolutely in the top.
Agreed that One n’ Only and Oberoi are clearly the 2 best in Mauritius. While Four Seasons, Shangri La and JW (Former St. Regis) are great, they are not as good as Oberoi and O&O St Geran.
One n Only and Oberoi all the way! The others do not match up to those 2!
Oberoi is my favorite in Mauritius. Its the only “Authentic” hotel of the top 5 named on this list. There is definitely a Mauritian/African vibe when staying at the Oberoi and its truly special. While the other 4 are great properties, they are all modern in design and doesn’t offer anything “Special” that you can’t find anywhere else in the world.
Last year we have traveled to Mauritius and divided our stay into 3 resorts : oberoi/ four seasons/ O&O
For us the best was four seasons due to the service/ food / silent beach/ and trips to the private beach
Oberoi is second on my list
One & only was the most expensive of them – we had a suite at the corner in front of the beach- my recommendation is to take apartment facing lagoon due to no privacy if you are staying in front of the beach- also service was poor in my opinion- paths were washed and grass was mowed just from the early morning so there was no silent … our butler was the worst one we had in our travel history.
Food was superb
In my opinion due to the price you we don’t get what we were expecting.