Ex­plor­ing Mau­ri­tius Re­sorts

Tourism Tattler - - EDITORIAL - By Adam Ja­cot de Boinod

Mau­ri­tius re­ally is an un­spoilt In­dian Ocean is­land, highly rec­om­mended as a des­ti­na­tion for hon­ey­moons, young fam­i­lies or re­tire­ment cou­ples. The re­sorts are ex­cel­lent, the ser­vice won­der­ful, the rooms thor­oughly thought through, and the food is lo­cal, fresh and de­li­cious.

Four Sea­sons Re­sort

My first rest­ing spot, the glam­orous Four Sea­sons Re­sort, lies on the east coast at Anahita. It opened in 2008 and is com­prised of dif­fer­ent grades of villa – all thor­oughly thought through. It's classy. It's all bridges, bi­cy­cles and bug­gies along fresh con­crete al­ley­ways. Per­fect for kids as well as per­func­tory for the de­mands on the staff. It at­tracts chiefly a Bri­tish clien­tele though Dutch, French, Chi­nese and Kore­ans make up most of the rest.

The ho­tel's own golf course, it's orig­i­nal rai­son d’être, was de­signed by Ernie Els while the one op­po­site on the Île aux Cerfs was by Bern­hard Langer. The hourly op­tion of a boat shut­tle to the Île aux Cerfs is highly rec­om­mended. Here I stepped off the quay into a se­cluded cove only min­utes away. A truly idyl­lic par­adise.

The whole stretch of beach to my­self. Bliss!

Lux Le Morne

At my next ho­tel, Lux Le Morne, the rooms have a neu­tral dé­cor. Lots of deck­ing, wood and white with no need mer­ci­fully for any em­bel­lish­ment. The foyer is cool and clean.

Out­side my rooms the gar­den­ers play ‘hook and catch' with co­conuts us­ing an aver­run­ca­tor (a long stick with shears for cut­ting high branches). Next to them there's even a “Tree of Wishes” on which guests tag notes con­tain­ing their per­sonal dreams.

And for par­ents there is the re­lief of is­lands in the mid­dle of cre­atively shaped swim­ming pools from which to watch over their kids' safety from all an­gles. Per­fect for a young fam­ily.

The Cenizaro Res­i­dence

The rooms at The Res­i­dence have beau­ti­ful white shut­ters and out­side there are gaze­bos for quiet con­tem­pla­tion. The few lights on the trees at night make the leaves flow like an or­ches­tra as the palm trees flut­ter. A per­fect en­vi­ron­ment for din­ing in the choice of two restau­rants: The Plan­ta­tion, the lovely airy out­door hall of an orig­i­nal planter's house by the beach which has a menu be­fit­ting a gourmet. And The Veran­dah which of­fers the right va­ri­ety as a high­class buf­fet for those who typ­i­cally stay more than a week.

All felt in­vig­o­rat­ing and new, even though The Res­i­dence Mau­ri­tius has been open for eigh­teen years. It's the English who are the main pun­ters who typ­i­cal stay for two weeks. And now in­creas­ingly come the Chi­nese, typ­i­cally for only five days and only ever the once. I wish I had had two weeks here.

The Hide­aways – Stargazer

So on to my fi­nal place to stay – mem­ber­ship of The Hide­aways Club Clas­sic Col­lec­tion port­fo­lio gives one ac­cess to prop­er­ties all over the world. It's per­fect for some­one who doesn't want to be re­stricted to one lo­ca­tion or have the haz­zle of main­te­nance. As ten­nis player Tim Hen­man says, “With the Hide­aways Club I have a wide va­ri­ety of beau­ti­ful prop­er­ties in stun­ning lo­ca­tions that I can use year round, plus the po­ten­tial growth of my in­vest­ment.”

The master bed­room is the only up­stairs room and be­ing the only dis­tin­guish­ing fea­ture from the other Mau­ri­tian Hide­aways prop­erty called Hibis­cus. Stargazer was built in 2011 as part of Her­itage Vil­las it gave me free ac­cess to the Golf Course, Ho­tels Awani and Telfair and to the C Beach Club (C for Coast and the “Place to C, the place to B” be­ing the chant)! All very spoil­ing on a very un­spoilt is­land!

Idyl­lic co­ral sand beach at Four Sea­sons Re­sort.

Hole num­ber 10 at the Four Sea­sons sig­na­ture golf course. The cre­atively shaped swim­ming pool at Lux Le Morne.

About the au­thor: Adam Ja­cot de Boinod worked for Stephen Fry on the first se­ries of QI, the BBC pro­gramme. While re­search­ing this ar­ti­cle, Adam had sup­port from Pri­or­ity Pass, Gatwick Ex­press, and the Hol­i­day Place (www.hol­i­day­place.co.uk).

The Colo­nial Ocean Front-Suite at The Res­i­dence.

The Plan­ta­tion Restau­rant at The Res­i­dence over­look­ing the sea. The Hide­aways Club Hinis­cus at Bel Om­bre Mau­r­titius.

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