Stay in Paradise: The best hotels in Mauritius

Circled by a series of stunning lagoons and white-sand beaches lapped by the warm, cobalt-blue waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a tropical island paradise that gives destinations including Seychelles and the Maldives a run for their money. Close to the sandy stretches of Mauritius are pleasant towns and luxury resorts, with brand names such as Four Seasons and Shangri-La concentrated in Beau Champ on the eastern coast. Towards the north of the island, you’ll stumble across plenty of respectable mid-range resorts, while budget accommodation can be found in various locations, often more inland. While some visitors say the beaches of the Maldives have a slight edge over those of Mauritius, most visitors agree that both Indian Ocean islands are on par when it comes to resorts, with Mauritius often being the better value choice. Mauritius also offers lots in the way of adventure and activity, from kitesurfing in lagoons to snorkelling around coral reefs. Because it has been a territory of Holland, France and Britain, Mauritius boasts a plethora of diverse historic and cultural sights. When you’re ready to kick back and make the most of blissful relaxation, consider booking a stay in one of the best luxury hotels or boutique hotels in Mauritius.

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Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok | Photo: Kevin Kaminski

1. Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Occupying its own private peninsula on the northernmost point of Mauritius, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel is a picturesque adults-only retreat with an abundance of luxurious facilities to make the most of the tropical climate. It boasts its own private beach with activities ranging from snorkelling to catamaran cruising, not to mention facilities such as a spa, four restaurants and bars that make for perfect evenings under the stars. All guest rooms are super stylish with luxuries such as balconies, modern gadgetry and workspaces. Despite being able to offer guests all the finer things in life, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel places focus on sustainability, with initiatives such as a recycling programme and ingredients sourced from local farmers.

The hotel’s palm-studded beach is lapped by the temperate waters of the Indian Ocean and features a three-tiered waterfall pool that’s fed with fresh seawater. On the peninsula, you can dip into an infinity pool that’s heated in winter and offers views stretching out across the ocean to the uninhabited islets of Mauritius. There’s also a main pool surrounded by loungers and a small lap pool closer to the suites. Head to the spa to dip in the plunge pool before being treated to a massage curated by Parisian brand Cinq Mōndes. When you want to escape the sun, you can look forward to a bathtub, double shower and a terrace at your suite. Opt for an upgraded room at the peninsula’s farthest end, and you’ll gain more seclusion and unobstructed views of the cove.

With four distinctive restaurants, Paradise Cove caters to the pallets of all guests. For a contemporary Mauritian breakfast or seafood dinner with Indian influences, grab a table at the Dining Room, which features a crisp interior with spacious balconies and cove views. At the XO restaurant, you can dig into sashimi and sushi, while you can enjoy tapas-style bites with sundowners by the pool at the Peninsula Restaurant. The Cove, however, is the hotel’s culinary showpiece, serving exquisite seafood concoctions like the vanilla-flavoured lobster on avocado tartar.

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok | Photo: Kevin Kaminski

2. Shangri-La's Le Touessrok

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok is a vast resort overlooking Trou d’Eau Douce Bay and is widely considered to be the pinnacle of 5-star luxury on Mauritius. The resort’s 200 whitewashed suites, rooms and beach villas are connected by cobbled pathways that weave through tropical gardens. All rooms provide views of the bay and Indian Ocean, which laps six different private beach areas. A short boat ride from the resort is the paradisical island of Ilot Mangénie, Shangri-La’s private island in the lagoon it faces. In the same lagoon sits the island of Ile aux Cerfs, home to an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Bernhard Langer.

Le Touessrok was once a notorious hedonistic getaway choice for the rich and famous. Since being taken over by Shangri-La in 2015, Le Touessrok’s vibe has been given an injection of sophistication, though that’s not to say it lacks variety with regards to entertainment. Besides being home to seven esteemed restaurant options, which include Dining by Design and a top-rated Indian restaurant, Le Touessrok provides guests with late-night entertainment such as live reggae, blues and jazz music at a rum and tiki bar. There’s also a Givenchy spa that occupies its own peninsula and offers Asian-inspired body, skin and mind treatments using local and organic products.

3. One&Only Le Saint Géran

Situated within 60 acres of tropical gardens fringed by white sand on a secluded and sheltered peninsula, One&Only Le Saint Géran has been a style icon of Mauritius for over five decades, particularly since its USD 55 million-dollar makeover in 2017. This resort hotel draws inspiration from colonial-style architecture with contemporary touches, while new structural additions reimagine the original plantation houses and sugar cane factories of Mauritius. 142 accommodation options feature terraces or balconies with lagoon views, and the beachfront rooms are just steps from the resort’s private beach. There are also two infinity pools – not including the one at the spa – that provide panoramic lagoon views.

The spa at One&Only Le Saint Géran is home to 12 treatment rooms, an adults-only spa and a hammam. Traditional Mauritian treatments make use of coconut, honey and sugar body scrubs plus the likes of hot volcanic stones for chakra-balancing massages. After a rejuvenating spa experience or day on the private beach, indulge in exquisite food at one of five revered restaurants. The Tapasake restaurant showcases Japanese fusion cuisine while Le Badamier’s menu takes inspiration from southern France and Italy. La Terrasse is a top breakfast and dinner spot with stunning bay views, and you can feast on beachside grilled delights at La Pointe. End the night with a dance and a signature Coco Palms cocktail at Le Badamier, La Terrasse or La Pointe.

Photo: One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

Photo: One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

4. Contance Prince Maurice

The Contance Prince Maurice is a 6-star hotel resort perched on the northeast coast of Mauritius. Besides private, white-sand beaches, the Prince Maurice boasts 89 suites and villas plus three restaurants, a luxurious spa, and a host of tropical gardens that occupy 60 hectares of unspoiled land that’s sheltered from the island’s prevailing winds. Almost all colonial-style accommodation options feature interiors of parquet floors and warm orange hues under thatched roofs. Some suites and villas are just a stone’s throw from the resort’s private beach, while others rest on stilts above scenic mangroves. The Princely Villa is one of Mauritius’s most exclusive places to stay, with two pools, three terraces, its own beach, and a round-the-clock butler.

Regardless of your accommodation choice, you can expect to feel pampered for the duration of your stay at Contance Prince Maurice, which employs nearly two members of staff for every guest. Besides sunbathing and swimming in the infinity pool, the resort’s activities include kitesurfing, water skiing and paddle boarding. There are also two championship golf courses plus a spa that offers manicures through to Sisley anti-ageing treatments. For food, you have three restaurant options, the most notable being the Le Barachois floating seafood restaurant and bar, accessible via a lantern-lit boardwalk that traverses the mangroves. The resort is also home to a wine cellar with room for up to 25,000 bottles as well as a candle-lit dining area on the beach.

Constance Prince Maurice, Mauritius | Photo: Ritesh Innovador

5. The Oberoi Beach Resort

Set amidst 20 acres of stunning subtropical gardens, The Oberoi Beach Resort brings Indian-inspired hospitality to the island of Mauritius. Dotted around the resort are villas and pavilions with palm-thatched roofs, natural tones, and artworks that depict island life. Upgraded accommodation options feature private terraces and pools. Fringing the resort is a 600-metre white-sand beach facing Turtle Bay, a protected marine park that’s within minutes of the island’s capital, Port Louis. Onsite facilities include restaurants serving local, Indian and international cuisine. There’s also a unique spa that offers rejuvenating treatments as well as stargazing lessons and art workshops.

With a focus on mindfulness, activities at the Oberoi Beach Resort include yoga, nature walks, tai chi and cooking classes. There are also beautiful facilities for perfect proposals, weddings and vow renewals. Guests can dig into creole cuisine inside a former 18th-century gunpowder house, in an herb garden or on a jetty that extends out into the ocean. Thanks to the resort’s kid’s club, there’s plenty in the way of entertainment for any accompanying little ones. And if you’d rather not get covered in sand after a dip in the lagoon, you can swim in the infinity pool that offers panoramic bay views.

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The sunsets here are arguably the best on the island, especially when hung above a pod of dolphins playing in the ocean

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6. LUX Le Morne

Situated along a quiet coast to the southwest of Mauritius, LUX Le Morne has around 150 luxurious suites and rooms surrounded by beautifully manicured floral gardens. While activities such as kitesurfing are popular, much of the LUX Le Morne is sheltered from the wind thanks to being backdropped by the UNESCO-listed Le Morne Brabant mountain. The sunsets here are arguably the best on the island, especially when hung above a pod of dolphins playing in the ocean. Besides its near-private beach, LUX Le Morne features five swimming pools, which includes a lagoon-style pool with a café and 5-star waiter service. Foodies are also catered for at the resort’s distinctive Thai restaurant. Don’t miss out on the chance to dig into red snapper followed by a fried coconut ice cream. After your fine-dining experience, head to the resort’s spa – the wellness concierge can recommend spa treatments, excursions and even diet tips. If you prefer an outdoor adventure to an indoor pampering session, try activities such as cycling and hiking. You can also visit the nearby Black River Gorges National Park, or venture out to One Eye, one of the most famous kitesurfing spots on the island of Mauritius.

Photo: One&Only Le Saint Geran, Mauritius

7. Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort

The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, which is one of three heritage hotels on the island of Mauritius, hosts an 18-hole golf course that has been named the best course in the Indian Ocean. It’s also home to an exclusive but narrow white sand beach that enjoys the current of the island’s southwest coast, making it a top choice for those who love water sports like water skiing and kitesurfing. Besides sporting activities, Heritage Le Telfair boasts its own whole-body wellness and healing spa, mountain and lagoon views, and a nature reserve that can be explored on foot or during an off-road adventure. Its 158 colonial/tropical suites feature ocean or garden views, and some extend out onto the beach. Nearby attractions include the UNESCO-listed Biosphere Bel Ombre and two other heritage hotels, which together provide guests with 12 fine-dining options.

Head to Heritage Le Château de Bel Ombre to order from the extensive wine menu, or grab a table a Gin’ja to enjoy a unique tepinyaki experience. La Plage is the place to go for picnic-style treats, while Boma at Heritage Awali specialises in African specialities with fresh game. There are also breakfast diners, Mauritian restaurants, Creole food houses and a beach club overlooking the ocean. Purchase the all-inclusive Gourmet Bliss package to feast on treats from all 12 diners during your stay at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort.

Photo: Jorg Angeli

8. Lakaz Chamarel

Nestled in the rolling hills of the southwest of Mauritius at an altitude of 400 metres, Lakaz Chamarel is a uniquely bohemian resort with 20 lodges that represent the island’s diverse cultures. Each lodge is decorated with reclaimed antique furniture and original artworks, surrounded by flower- and statue-filled tropical gardens with mango trees, hibiscus and frangipani. The more private sea view suites boast polished wooden floors, a decent-sized private pool, and a generous terrace. Splash out on the flagship Piton Canot Suite, and you can admire the ocean and surrounding Black River Gorge from the comfort of your own gazebo. Those staying in a lodge without a private pool can take a dip in the resort’s two public pools. Alternatively, jump on a shuttle bus to the beach at Le Morne. Bicycles are also available to rent for free, making it easy to reach the nearby village of Chamarel.

Besides tropical gardens and a total of 15 private and public pools, Lakaz Chamarel is home to a bamboo-walled spa that provides superbly relaxing massages. The indoor-outdoor restaurant features an open kitchen and a menu that changes daily, always showcasing the very best of Mauritian cuisine, with dishes such as fish wrapped in a banana leaf and shrimp and chicken curry. You can also enjoy a candlelit dinner just steps from a rustic bar as well as an alfresco western-style buffet.

Photo: Xavier Coiffic

Photo: Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok

9. Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri

Taking ‘glamping’ to a whole new level is the Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri, where semi-transparent, high-tech biodomes rest on a wooden deck next to a volcanic crater lake in the famous tea estate of Bois Cheri. After walking down a private gravel drive, you’ll reach the unique bubble lodges, which are accessible via an airlock tunnel that ensures the lodges remain inflated with filtered air. These open-plan lodges feature a transparent lounge and a master bedroom with teak bed frames, natural browns and beiges, and an en-suite bathroom (hidden behind opaque walls). You’ll also see decorations such as branch-made lamp sculptures and a faux suede sofa bed. It’s the perfect place to get closer to nature and admire the lush foliage of Mauritius as well as stargaze at night.

Popular activities at the Bubble Lodge Bois Cheri are centred on the neighbouring lake, where kayaking, pedalo rentals and tilapia fishing keep visitors entertained for hours. Also within the resort’s grounds are a tea museum, a quad biking course, and a delectable gastronomic restaurant that’s situated inside a terracotta-roofed colonial house with panoramic views of the wooded lake. Mauritian menu favourites include homegrown palm heart salad with smoked marlin, crème brulee with local vanilla, and house speciality green tea chicken. Breakfast on the veranda and a la carte lunch options are also available.

Mauritius | Photo: Xavier Coiffic

10. SALT of Palmar

SALT of Palmar is an adults-only boutique hotel resort that overlooks Palmar Lagoon and its white-sand beach. From the outside, the resort showcases Moroccan influences, while the 59 average-sized but luxurious rooms pay homage to the diverse cultures of Mauritius. The rooms feature iPod docks, beach bags, tea and coffee kits, AC, and Roberts radios. In the upgraded suites, you’ll have access to Netflix-enhanced iPads and Dyson hairdryers. Despite all the gadgetry, SALT of Palmar is lauded for its sustainable practices and community initiatives, which include charitable local partnerships, a foundation and a development project. The resort features a heated pool and a spa with yoga classes, wellness retreats and massage treatments. There are also three rooftop bars overlooking the ocean, but the resort’s best facility, arguably, is its delicious restaurant.

Almost all ingredients are sourced from local farmers and fishers, with whom the hotel takes great pride in forming personal as well as professional relationships. You’ll be treated to flavours from the world-over, most notably the Middle East, the Mediterranean and, of course, Mauritius itself. Head down for breakfast to make your own fresh peanut butter, or grab a table in the evening to enjoy dishes of slow-cooked meats. Don’t forget to check out the restaurant’s herb wall and vegetable cellar, which guests are free to have a wander around. At night, enjoy a cocktail on a breezy rooftop with endless ocean views and the stars hanging above.

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