12 Best Resorts in Mauritius
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When you want to get away - really, really get away - Mauritius makes a great vacation destination. The island, formerly a territory of Britain, Holland, and France, is in the Indian Ocean, more than a thousand miles off the southeast coast of Africa.
Independent since 1968, the island nation is surrounded by tropical white-sand beaches and lagoons, with inviting turquoise water and gentle surf. You'll also find windy beaches, and reef areas with some of the world's best and most consistent kitesurfing.
The beach areas and the surrounding towns are filled with a wide variety of hotel and resort choices. The majority of the brand-name luxury resorts (Shangri-La, Four Seasons, etc.) are in the Beau Champ area on the eastern coast of the island. You'll find a lot of the mid-range resorts on the northern tip of the island, and budget resorts in various locations, sometimes inland, not directly on the beach.
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Best Luxury Resorts in Mauritius
You'll find more than a few seriously luxurious resorts on Mauritius. Luxury resorts offer villa accommodations, private beaches, butler service, and world-class fine dining.
1. Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Experienced travelers to Asia (and Paris, London, and Toronto) know Shangri-La's reputation for extreme luxury, warm personal service, and Asian-inspired food and design elements. The idyllic Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa (one of the largest resorts on the island) occupies its own peninsula on Trou d'Eau Douce Bay on the east coast of the island.
The Shangri-La resort has 200 rooms and suites, along with three beach villas, set in six different beach areas. All the accommodations have ocean views with private terraces or balconies, and some are right on the sand.
Like some other resorts, the Shangri-La has its own remote, lightly developed islet, called Ilot Mangenie. The area has more butler-serviced beach areas, a restaurant, an outpost of the hotel spa, and two 18-hole championship golf courses.
Back at the main resort, the Shangri-La's Chi the Spa has a variety of treatments enhanced by organic, local products and traditions. A range of Asian-inspired mind, skin, and body treatments are available.
When you get hungry, there are five different restaurant options. The resort does something called Dine by Design, where their chef comes to your accommodation and prepares a special dinner per your selections. You can also do a Dinner Under the Stars private dining experience on the resort's private island, complete with a butler who stays with you and lights a fireworks show just for you after dinner.
Accommodation: Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
2. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is an all-villa resort set on its own remote lagoon on the east coast of the island.
Villas range from one to five bedrooms, and all of them include their own private plunge pool, outdoor shower, and sun deck. Premium villas are right on the sand, facing the sea, while standard villas face the gardens.
If you fancy some golf, the Four Seasons has two challenging courses (greens fees are complimentary for guests), one designed by Ernie Els, another by Bernhard Langer.
There are also excellent waters ports to be enjoyed, which are easy to do in the protected lagoon. The resort has a twice-daily complimentary snorkeling excursion enabling guests to explore more of the reef with a guide. The Four Seasons even offers a Marine Discovery Program, which gives guests a chance to learn more about the local environment.
If all that wasn't enough, guests of the Four Seasons have exclusive access to the Ill aux Cerfs, the resort's private remote island. It's a popular place to spend the day; there's a hotel restaurant that serves lunch on the sand.
Accommodation: Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita
3. Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
If you want to combine golf with your Mauritius vacation, the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort is your best luxury choice. One of three Heritage resorts on the island, the Hertiage Le Telfair presents a more refined, small boutique luxury hotel experience. The all-suite beachfront resort has only 158 suites.
Accommodations have a tropical/colonial feel, with inviting wood floors, four-poster beds, and freestanding clawfoot bathtubs. Designed to replicate Mauritian beach homes, they start at garden-view suites and go up through oceanfront suites with patios leading onto the sand. There are also accommodations right on the golf course, which come with a butler and unlimited golf.
The highly-rated 18-hole course is set between the mountains and the lagoon, like a tropical Pebble Beach.
Aside from the beach and golf course, the resorts have their own large nature reserve, which can be explored on foot, by jeep, or by ATV. The resort can arrange for picnics as well. There's also the nearby UNESCO Biosphere Bel Ombre, which can also be explored with guided nature walks.
Le Telfair's Seven Colours spa focuses on whole-body healing and wellness, with an extensive treatment, diet, and mindfulness menu.
Between the three Heritage resorts, all located close to each other in the Domaine de Bel Ombre area, there are 12 different dining options of all types of cuisine and all levels of formality (fine dining to beach cafés).
Accommodation: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
4. Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort
Another Heritage resort property, the Awali Golf & Spa Resort has its own beautiful 18-hole golf course, along with a large spa. While Le Telfair has more of a wellness vibe, the Awali focuses more on the family and on relaxation and activities. It's all-inclusive and has a lot of activities for families and for kids. Two kids up to 12 years old stay free in their parents' room.
There's a baby club, a kids' club, and a teen activity program, with most activities supervised during the day. Guests can take advantage of free resort-wide Wi-Fi and a free shuttle service that will take you to the other Heritage resorts.
Rooms and suites have an African safari vibe, with basic rooms facing the garden and higher category rooms and suites with ocean views. There are also beachfront suites on the sand and a large, private villa with its own private beach. All the accommodations have furnished balconies or terraces.
There's a great buffet and a few different dining options at the Awali resort, and you have access to 12 different restaurants at the three different Heritage resorts. A highlight at the Awali is Boma, the nightly fireside, outdoor beach dining experience with African drummers.
Accommodation: Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort
5. Sugar Beach Mauritius
On a beautiful bay called Flic-en-Flac, the Sugar Beach resort rises like a giant plantation-style mansion.
With 238 rooms, suites, and villas, there are a wide range of accommodation options. Some have garden views, and others have sea views; all have private balconies or patios. Seafront rooms on the first floor have direct beach access. Larger family-sized rooms are also available. Kids stay free with adults, and there is an extensive kids' and teen activity program.
You have three dining options: Buddha-Bar Beach Restaurant with a contemporary menu, DJs, and a lounge vibe; the Mon Plaisir buffet; and Citronella, a beach lounge and seafood restaurant.
Sugar Beach is one of five Sun Resorts on Mauritius. Guests at any of the Sun Resorts can access restaurants and amenities at any of the other resorts. Sugar Beach is on the western coast, and the other resorts are located all around the island.
Accommodation: Sugar Beach Mauritius
6. LUX Le Morne
The LUX Collective is a Singapore-based hotel operator with three resorts in Mauritius (a fourth is scheduled to open in 2021). The LUX Le Morne is their most exclusive, most luxurious option. It has an Instagram-worthy location, a remote section of beach on the southwest coast of the island. That southwest location also makes it known for especially beautiful sunsets.
The resort is backed with a tall cliff and mountain for which Le Morne is named. There's a line of trees serving to separate the essentially private beach from the resort area. The LUX's luxe beach services, like roving sunglass cleaners, roving face spritzers, and beachside waiters, give you a five-star vacation.
Le Morne has five swimming pools, including a large, free-form lagoon-style pool with a poolside café and waiter service. There's a large spa and even a wellness concierge, who can consult on spa treatments, diet, and excursions.
The resort is close to Black River Gorges National Park and One-Eye, one of the world's best kitesurfing spots.
Accommodation: LUX Le Morne
7. The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius
Oberoi is an Indian-owned luxury hotel company mainly known for their ultra-luxury palace hotels located throughout India. The Oberoi Beach Resort, Mauritius delivers an exotic, five-star beach resort experience, with an Indian influence on service, design, and food.
The Oberoi resort is set amid 20 acres of subtropical gardens on Turtle Bay, a protected marine park. The all-villa accommodations start with luxurious pavilions with thatched roofs. You can also get pavilions with private gardens and private pools, and Premier Villas directly on the sand. There are also Royal and Presidential Villas with multiple bedrooms.
The Oberoi also caters to couples and romantic getaways with wedding, honeymoon, proposal, and vow renewal packages available. The resort is also kid-friendly, with a kids' club and lots of children's amenities and goodies.
More than just wellness, the hotel presents something called Touching Senses, which directs guests to focus on mindfulness, as well as challenging the mind and relaxing the soul. It's done through yoga, running, tai chi, nature walks, cooking classes, artisan workshop visits, and other activities that get you out into the local area.
On Saturday and Sunday nights, The Herb Trail restaurant presents a communal dining experience in the herb garden. Food is cooked on an underground fire pit and in a purpose-built smokehouse. You can also eat at the main restaurant, or dine on a jetty extending into the water. There's also an 18th-century former gunpowder storage area that hosts a nightly fine-dining experience.
Accommodation: The Oberoi Beach Resort Mauritius
Best Mid-Range Resorts in Mauritius
Also located all along the island's coastline, Mauritius has a good selection of mid-range beach resorts. These resorts, some catering to families, provide a wide range of activities; multiple dining options; and stylish, contemporary accommodations at a reasonable price.
8. Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort
This large resort is in the Bel Ombre area. It's set in tropical gardens, with the accommodations in low-rise buildings. Part of the Outrigger hotel company from Hawaii, they bring their Aloha Spirit to another island destination.
You can swim in any one of the resort's four swimming pools. Most non-motorized water sports and activities are all complimentary, and a range of activities, from sailing to swimming with dolphins to golf are all available at an additional charge. There's also a kids' club with daily, organized activities for children.
Bar Bleu is the resort's beach café and lounge, known island-wide for the American pancakes they serve each afternoon. There's also Edgewater, a more fine-dining restaurant with local cuisine; a seafood restaurant; and Mercado, a food market (somewhat buffet) concept restaurant with various international food stations.
Accommodation: Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort
9. Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
This beachfront resort is also in the Flic-en-Flac area on the central part of Mauritius' western coast.
Rooms and suites are large, with a clean, modern design, and have private furnished balconies or terraces. Deluxe Family Rooms are perfect for families traveling together, as they are two connected rooms with two bedrooms and two bathrooms. One has a king bed; the other two twin-sized beds.
The Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa is a great hotel for families, with a kids' club, a kids' menu in the restaurants, and even a special kids' goodie bag on check-in. It's right on the sand, so you can just walk off your terrace and enjoy the beach.
The sparkling white sand and warm water offer a range of water sports and beach activities. Most non-powered options, like snorkel gear, beach volleyball, rafts, boogie boards, and stuff like that are all free. Kayak and sailboat rentals (and lessons) are available.
The Hilton has three restaurants: a buffet restaurant, a Thai restaurant, and a gourmet restaurant with a Creole and French menu. There's also a small spa with body and beauty treatments and massage. The hotel has a fitness studio and gym, with regular yoga and tai chi classes.
Accommodation: Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa
10. Zilwa Attitude
This mid-range resort focuses on its Mauritius-ness. Instead of providing an Indian, African, French, or Asian style, the Zilwa has indigenous designs, menus, and activities. Even the name Zilwa means "islander" in the local language. The resort is on the eastern side of the northern tip of Mauritius in an area called Calodyne.
You have 214 rooms and suites to choose from, each a bit different and furnished with local crafts. There is also a lot of artwork, both hanging on and painted on the walls themselves. Getting back to that local theme, all the furniture, and even the coconut fiber rugs, are locally made. Some rooms and suites are family-focused, with extra bedrooms and space. Some are great for couples, with private patios and balconies and locations right on the sand.
The Zilwa Attitude has seven different restaurants featuring Creole, Asian, Indian, and European cuisines. If you're doing the all-inclusive, half-board package, there are four restaurants you can select from, so you have a chance to try different cuisines.
The resort offers the standard array of water sports and beach activities. The Zilwa stands out with some unique options, like an early morning fishing trip with a local fisherman, or a day-long immersive adventure in "day-to-day" Mauritius, showing how locals live.
Accommodation: Zilwa Attitude
Best Budget Resorts in Mauritius
If you plan to spend most of your time on the beach and prefer to explore local cuisine without needing a hotel restaurant, a budget resort may be right for you. Mauritius has many budget resorts with clean, basic accommodations. Some may not be right on the sand, but most have their own pool, and locations that allow for local exploration.
11. Mon Choisy Beach R.
This French-managed aparthotel offers modern studio units with stylish, high-spec kitchenettes. It's in the Mon Choisy area, near the west side of the north tip of the island.
Accommodations include garden-view studios, which have kitchenettes and private balconies. There are also sea-view studios, which face the ocean. These have private patios and private sun lounging areas.
The small resort has an ocean-view, saltwater infinity pool and a private, beach-like sand area with sun loungers. There is no real beach at the resort - the coastline has large rocks. The real beach is 10 minutes away.
Breakfast is available; the Wi-Fi is free. They provide beach towels and daily maid service, plus there's a coin-operated laundry room.
Accommodation: Mon Choisy Beach R.
12. Otentic Eco Tent Experience
A great budget Mauritius resort option is Otentic, the island's only eco tented glamping site.
More than just tents, you stay in hand-crafted tent-cabins, raised above the ground, at the foot of a mountain. With a thatched roof and rustic wooden furnishings, each villa-like tent offers a very cool vibe, with modern amenities like Wi-Fi and a full bathroom. Each unit has a double bed and two or three single beds for two adults and up to three children or four adults.
The camp is near the village of Deux Freres in a lesser-visited east coast area of the island. They offer a daily boat shuttle to three of Mauritius' most beautiful beach areas: the islets of Iles aux Cerfs, Ilot Flamand, and Ilot Mangenie. The shuttle takes you to the beach at 9:30 each morning and returns you to the resort at 1pm for lunch.
Activities abound: Right near the camp, you can hike in the forest or go kayaking or stand up paddleboarding in the local river. Mountain biking is also popular. Beach activities are also available as part of the daily excursions.
Otentic has its own restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner, all Creole-style. Breakfast is included in the nightly rate, and for lunch and dinner, the food is charged prix fixe per meal, including a desert and non-alcoholic drinks throughout the day.
The camp is about an hour from Port Louis, the island's capital, and about 45 minutes from the airport. They have a camp car for airport pickups and other transportation needs.
Accommodation: Otentic Eco Tent Experience