For a trendy holiday: LUX* Grand Gaube
With a recent renovation, guests have been flocking to this deluxe destination resort for an effortlessly elegant holiday with an abundance of facilities.
The lowdown…This beachfront hotel, with two beaches and three swimming pools, promises an eclectic “retro-chic” lifestyle and legendary hospitality. In addition to classic beach holiday activities, such as snorkelling, windsurfing, stand up paddle boarding and kayaking, LUX* Grand Gaube also offers SCUBA diving, kitesurfing and water-skiing. Excursions will deliver you to prime fishing spots and special places where you can swim with spinner or bottle-nosed dolphins. Back on land, you can ride horses along the coast, play a round of beach volleyball or attempt Padel Tennis – a fusion of squash, tennis and badminton.
Once you work up an appetite, order a Beach Bento box or sip a cool drink while the sands warm your toes at Beach Rouge. Other dining options include the Banyan Creole smokehouse, Bodrum Blue mezze and Inti’s open grill kitchen and ceviche bar; for more choice, check out the culinary specials from live cooking stations at Palm Court. To unwind, visit the zen LUX*Me spa with three pools, a steam room and a sauna, complete with a Murdock barber shop, Kérastase hairdressing salon and Essie nail station.
Know this…You’re free as a bird at LUX* Grand Gaube, where you can jump in the LUX* Air seaplane for phenomenal bird’s-eye views of tropical blue water and the ever-changing coastline.
LUX* hotels are aptly named; they are indisputably luxe. Their hotels offer supreme services and amenities across the board, and their dedicated list of “Reasons to go LUX*” boasts an assortment of special holiday touches
For couples: Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
Check in to the luxurious Four Seasons Resort on Mauritius’ exclusive east coast for a leisurely holiday with your sweetheart.
The lowdown…You will feel like you have dropped into a tropical fairy tale when you arrive at this elegant enclave. Wander the lush grounds, stopping to greet the giant Aldabra and radiated tortoises by their own pool, and explore the waters by kayak, pedalo or sailboat. You can swim amongst the marine life with a snorkel or view the exciting underwater world from a glass-bottom boat. You’ll find there’s nothing more romantic than discovering new things together.
When you two are not puttering around one of four pools, test your skills on the hotel’s putting green. In addition to six oceanfront holes backed by majestic mountain scenery, the perfectly picturesque Ernie Els-designed course also has a driving range. Head to the spa together next and let massage therapists knead out any knots in your private overwater treatment suite. If you fancy a fancy date night, dine upon classic French cuisine at Beau Champ next to the water’s edge or venture to Acquapazza for Italian specialties; both have tables overlooking the ocean.
Know this…Opt for a secluded picnic beach brunch, packed by the In-Villa Dining team. Hop aboard the complimentary boat shuttle to Ile aux Cerfs, and select a lunch spot on the far side of the island.
Dinner with a view
Indulge in fine French cuisine, while drinking in magnificent island views come sunset.£1848 ppBook a stay
For families: Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort
Couples that loved their Mauritius holidays regularly return to the island – now with kids in tow. Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort caters with a wide range of experiences for all.
The lowdown…Kids clubs are a necessity at any family resort, and Constance Belle Mare Plage delivers with the included Constance Kids Club. The programme will keep the fun rolling as kids swim in the pool, make traditional crafts and play games outside. Kids come first here, where they can create pizza, make ice cream and enjoy dedicated à la carte menus. A private babysitting service is also available at an extra charge.
Meanwhile, you can spend your free time alongside the pool on a sun lounger, on one of two 18-hole championship golf courses or in the water with SCUBA dive masters at Blues Diving Centre. They offer beginners’ expeditions and rousing wreck dives. Other water activities include water-skiing, wakeboarding, windsurfing, kite-surfing, parasailing and more. For pure relaxation, book a body treatment at U Spa and enjoy the whirlpools, sauna, steam room and cold plunge pool. Reconvene at a choice of seven restaurants and bars – or simply order dinner to your spacious private villa for a family meal without the fuss of cooking.
Know this…If you remain health-conscious on holiday, the resort has healthy eating options available in the restaurants and for in-room dining in addition to complimentary group fitness sessions.
For luxury: LUX* Belle Mare
That idyllic Mauritius holiday that you have been dreaming of? You’ll find it, along with all the bells and whistles, at LUX* Belle Mare.
The lowdown…LUX* hotels are aptly named; they are indisputably luxe. Their hotels offer supreme services and amenities across the board, and their dedicated list of “Reasons to go LUX*” boasts an assortment of special holiday touches: a red telephone box that allows you to make local and international calls for free (with VOIP technology), hidden messages in a bottle that are redeemable for goodies and a unique Tree of Wishes sculpture that may win you a complimentary LUX* holiday.
When you wake up at the immaculate, contemporary LUX* Belle Mare Mauritius, you can greet the day with a beach yoga class, soothed by the sound of waves gently washing into shore. Continue the day with a wide array of included water sports – from stand-up paddle boarding to windsurfing and water skiing. You can even explore the ocean in glass-bottom boat or hobby cat at no extra charge. For more aquatic adventures, slip into the island’s largest swimming pool or head to the spa for the heated pool, Jacuzzi and chilled plunge pool. You can also repose in the sauna and steam room.
Know this…When you’re playing tennis, you need to wear proper sports attire. No jeans or sandals allowed here, love.
For affordable luxury: The Residence
With a mile-long white sand beach and enviably green gardens, you will want to retreat to this refined hotel, whose stately colonial style mixes with modern elegance.
The lowdown…The sprawling lagoon-style pool, with multiple distinct sections, is the most prominent feature at The Residence Mauritius. Sunbathe here or catch rays from the open water: paddle boating, canoeing or snorkelling. The Planters Kids Club will concurrently keep children entertained with cooking classes, treasure hunts, pony rides and more, fuelling them with buffet lunches and dinners. This means that you can enjoy indulgent lobster nights along the seashore in peace. An extra charge is applied for these meals, and most kids wouldn’t appreciate it, anyways. Once all are happily watered and fed, close the evening together with a movie under the stars.
Unlike many hotels, The Residence makes looking after your health easy on holiday. You can receive complimentary circuit training from 8.00am to 9.00am, or you can test your athleticism on the beach volleyball and floodlit tennis courts. If you prefer to be pampered, seek serenity in their zen-inspired spa, The Sanctuary. Here you can receive massages and personalised therapeutic body treatments. For instance, the ‘Well-Sun’ combines a steam bath, body exfoliation and body wrap, before finishing with a full body massage.
Know this…For a dash of extra luxury, request a private butler, who can help you to unpack, iron your clothes or prepare you a relaxing bath.
Settle into the bright and cheerful rooms at Tamassa Resort, which evoke the tropical nature of Mauritius.£1229 ppBook a stay
Savour the flavours
Mauritian cuisine is inspired by traditional food of many different cultures. Duck Laundry at LUX* Belle Mare serves contemporary Chinese dishes.£1087 ppBook a stay
Kids clubs to the rescue
Many Mauritius hotels have kids clubs to keep your children entertained. The kids club at Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort even leads yoga classes.£1274 ppBook a stay
For mid-range budgets: Tamassa
Enjoy the vibrant, youthful vibe at the four-star Tamassa, which provides a range of activities and dining experiences.
The lowdown…When you stay at Tamassa resort in lovely Bel Ombre, you will want to divide your time between sports and leisure. Gear up for rounds of golf and tennis matches or cool off in one of four pools. When you’re peckish, beach service will deliver treats directly to your lounger. If you feel like exploring, you can borrow a bicycle from the hotel or make the trip to Iles des Deux Cocos, which can be reserved for day trips, overnight stays and exclusive soirées. For a health-centric excursion, enjoy access to the divine LUX*Me spa and fitness suite.
Come dinnertime, fill up your plate at the main restaurant, Show; then chow down and do it again. You will be spoiled for choice at this buffet restaurant with European, South-East Asian, Indian and Chinese food stations – in addition to fresh fruits, salads and pizza. Playa features fare inspired by the Mediterannean, but if you’ve got a hankering for a taste of Mauritius, order a hamburger and home-made fries with a selection of typical local toppings. You can carry on with drinks in B Bar until midnight, then move the party to the on-site Jalsa nightclub on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
Know this…Tamassa claims, ‘a beach holiday without ice cream isn’t a beach holiday at all’. If you agree, head to their ice cream parlour in the afternoon for fruity sorbets and other frozen treats.
For a budget: Émeraude Beach Attitude
Cheap holidays to Mauritius may sound like an oxymoron, but you can enjoy the dreamy destination while based at Émeraude Beach Attitude without breaking the bank.
The lowdown…High prices won’t drive you from the east coast when you stay at this Attitude hotel, which strives to convey the spirit and essence of Mauritius. Cool ocean-coloured accents complement the clean white rooms, along with marine-themed bedspreads and nautical paintings by Mauritian artist Evan Sohun. Each guest room also includes either a furnished terrace or balcony for soaking up the sun in private. When your adventurous spirit strikes, take advantage of complimentary snorkelling and glass bottom boat rides in the lagoon.
You can also simply relax on the beach with a cocktail, served from a typically Mauritian beach cart. To sip a cool drink in the shade, make your way to Tides Bar, outfitted with large wicker chairs covered in cushions. If you love Mauritian cuisine, you’re in the right place because all three of the restaurants at Émeraude Beach Attitude serve it: Taba-J dishes up Mauritian street food; Kot Nov provides Mauritian dinners and Les Alizés caters for all tastes with a mix of local and international cuisine. You can also request picnic boxes to take on the go.
Know this…With free Wi-Fi in public areas, you can stay connected and share all your best holiday snapshots with your friends and family back home.
Newly renovated: One&Only Le Saint Geran
With a recent renovation, the One&Only Le Saint Geran (on its own private peninsula) has just gotten lovelier.
The lowdown…Most of the hotel’s new additions focus on family and fitness. Parents and children can enjoy splashing in the new family pool at Palm Grove, leaving couples and spa visitors to retreat to their own dedicated pools. However, the largest new feature is the massive Club One, equipped with Technogym equipment for cardio and resistance training; it also has dedicated spaces for spinning, yoga and Zumba. Sports enthusiasts can play on the complex’s floodlit tennis courts, volleyball court or the island’s first Henri Leconte Padel courts. If you’re running on empty, grab a nourishing bite or energising juice from the snack bar. Little ones will keep busy with sports, art classes and DJ dance parties in designated KidsOnly and OneTribe recreational centres at Club One.
If you prefer to spend your time on the water, visit the revitalised Pavilion Boat House for complimentary water sports. You can serenely kayak across the cerulean ocean waters or zip across waves on water skis. Don’t forget to pencil in some relaxation time on the pearly white sands or book a Mauritian-inspired treatment in the spa. You will want to arrive early to take laps in the pool or soothe your muscles in the steam room and sauna.
Know this…Once you land in Mauritius, why not lift off again for a 15-minute helicopter ride to One&Only Le Saint Geran? You’ll get the best views of your new temporary digs when you arrange this transfer with the hotel.
Best All Inclusive: Maritim Resort & Spa
Say ‘hello’ to the ultimate convenience when you book an All Inclusive stay at the incomparable Maritim Resort & Spa.
The lowdown…To truly relish an All Inclusive experience, pick a resort with extraordinary scenery, plenty of on-site activities and an incredible line up of restaurants and bars, like the Maritim Resort & Spa. The surrounding 62 acres of tropical beauty, complete with a waterfall, have been declared the island’s most beautiful gardens. Scattered throughout the grounds you’ll find a pool, gym, boat house, diving centre, sports kiosk, beach volleyball court and boccia area – plus a giant chess board, mini golf course, tennis court and croquet field. Children can also enjoy these facilities with the Turtle Kids Club when they are not scampering around the playground or visiting the giant Aldabra tortoises at the animal farm. You can use your free time to enjoy water sports or an Ayurvedic session at the Maritim Tropical Flower Spa.
When you are ready to feast, choose one of five unique restaurants. Tuck into a top-notch buffet at the main restaurant, Belle Vue, or enjoy a casual seafood dinner at La Marée Beach Restaurant. Le Banyan Asian Fusion Restaurant serves sushi alongside other Asian cuisine, and the Les Filaos Beach BBQ hosts special Mauritian Lakaz Kreol barbeque evenings. The Château Mon Désir applies a dress code for gourmet dining in the colonial mansion house.
See our guide to the best All Inclusives in Mauritius – with options for adults-only hotels, family-friendly resorts and accommodation to suit a variety of budgets.
Know this…The resort has a refreshing ‘pocket free policy,’ which means that tips are not required unless you feel like bestowing them.