Mauritius is so much more than just another island holiday! Whether you are into history, nature, adventure or food, travelling with friends, family, or looking to plan a romantic getaway; the island will not disappoint.
I’ve been lucky enough to visit the island twice. The first time was in 2014 for a family vacation and we stayed at Heritage Le Telfair. The hotel is in an enviable position on the tranquil south-west coast and is perfect for anyone wanting top class service, exquisite food and luxury!
Named after Charles Telfair, a famous Irish naturalist who lived in the area in the 19th century, Le Telfair hasbeen inspired by and lovingly developed on the site of the former sugar plantation estate of Bel Ombre. Whilst it lies right next door to its sister resort, the African accented Heritage Awali, the Heritage Le Telfair adopts a totally different style all of its own with architecture and décor that takes its inspiration from the grand colonial sugar estate mansions that were built across the island in times long past! Compared to the business of the north of the island, this part of the island is quiet and peaceful, and the site itself is stunning! The hotel is set amongst wonderful tropical gardens and nestles breathtakingly between the dreamy turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and the lush green slopes of the new championship golf course at the foot of a mountain.
On arriving at Le Telfair, the reception is welcoming and leads on to a comfy lounge and bar area, a large swimming pool and then finally the fine white sands of the beach. The 158 rooms and suites are clustered together in villas dotted through the grounds and are all spacious and beautifully decorated.
From golf on the impressive 18-hole Peter Matkovitch championship golf course to some spa pampering at the Seven Colours Spa, not to mention the impressive children’s club with its own swimming pool complete with mini sun-loungers and all the usual selection of land and water sports are available.
After a busy day in the sun, a variety of restaurants and bars are on offer: the main restaurant, Annabella’s, is laid out over four floors and affords stunning views of the sea, mountains and river. Gin’ja specialises in seafood and pan-Asian cuisine and is situated on the powdery white sand of the beach next to the lagoon or you could also try Le Palmier, located between beach and pool, which offers light Mediterranean style cuisine influenced by the flavours of open wood fired cooking. For a very special romantic experience, treat yourself to dinner at Le Château de Bel Ombre, the estate’s original 19th century manor house.
After dinner, guests gather in comfortable armchairs for a night cap and cigar in the very elegant Cavendish bar and lounge whilst relaxing to the sounds of a live band performing on the stage overlooking the river. All in all, a wonderful first trip to Mauritius!
Second time I visited the beautiful island was when hubby whisked me off on a birthday holiday last year. This time we stayed Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritius. This 4-star property, part of Maritim Hotels, is located on the East coast of Mauritius in the attractive setting of Belle Mare, along one of the most beautiful stretches of the island made up of fine white sandy beach. Just as beautiful as the rest of the island, but the weather does tend to be much windier on this side.
Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritius is an elegant and contemporary property with an architecture, interior design and concept inspired by the sugarcane. The hotel has 181 luxurious rooms of minimum 50 sqm including spacious Deluxe Family rooms of 95 sqm with a large living, separated room for children and extensive bathroom with a wide-open shower and free-standing bathtub, all with stunning sea views.
The hotel also features a fabulous choice of restaurants and an infinite range of culinary delights, from international toAsian cuisine, from buffet to exquisite ‘à la carte’ restaurants & from relaxed to refined atmosphere.
To our delights, the hotel has 2 bars, one of which is located directly on the beach, enabling guests to kick back and relax. As you can assume, we spent most of our time here!
The Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritius offers also an extensive range of leisure and recreation facilities including 2 heated swimming pools, one with a whirlpool for adults and a children’s pool of 50 cm depth, which overlooks the tropical lagoon and a comprehensive selection of land and water sports including beach volleyball, aqua-gym, diving and kite surf centers on site to name but a few.
There is also a fitness centre and a fabulous Wellness & Beauty Care Center featuring the French aromatherapy spa brand Décléor for facial rituals, all of which combine to ensure the ultimate relaxing and memorable holiday for all ages. It was definitely a Sweet’ Ile Escape for me!
A big compliment to Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritius is that the staff was amazing! They knew us by name and went the extra mile to ensure we had an amazing holiday. We even got a room upgrade and champagne just because we were celebrating my birthday.
Mauritius is definitely one of my favourite holiday locations and what makes it even better is that the island is beautiful all year round! The best time to visit depends on you – if your top priority is pleasant weather, plan your trip between May to December, which is the winter season but for those who do not mind the heat and want to explore Mauritius minus the crowds and at much cheaper rates, off season is the best. Temperatures are around 33-degree Celsius from January to April.
Planning a trip? Pack lots and lots of sunscreen, always opt for the all-inclusive option and go one a yacht day outing, you won’t be disappointed!