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If there are a few places that have been at the top of my bucket list, Mauritius is certainly one of them. It’s no secret that this idyllic island off the coast of Africa is a hotspot — a luxury sojourn in crystal blue waters and lush landscapes.
Set in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius combines both incredible hotels for accommodations with endless options for outdoor adventures. The island is set with commanding mountains that tower over sandy beaches that seem to stretch forever. Needless to say, you wouldn’t have to ask me twice to post up for some time here.
After doing a bit of research, I wanted to share a curated, luxury travel guide to Mauritius. These are the kind of places I would set out to see on my dream trip — the hotels I have bookmarked and most importantly, the kind of experiences that would get me on a plane tomorrow.
As an avid lover for design, space and connection with nature, take a peek at what is grabbing my eye on the island of Mauritius.
A Luxury Travel Guide to Mauritius
Where to Stay in Mauritius
It’s the kind of hotels a traveler dreams of — beautiful spaces blended into the most picturesque settings. But what grabs my attention for these five-star hotels is the focus on not only luxury and comfort, but world-class service. These hotels are certainly a destination in and of themselves and become a stepping ground into the many adventures on Mauritius. Here are my top choices for hotels on Mauritius:
St. Regis Mauritius Resort
With an unbeatable location on Le Morne Peninsula, the St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a dream. Set along those clear waters, the all-suite hotel makes for the perfect home away from home while visiting the island. Within footsteps to incredible outdoor experiences like hiking in Le Morne Peninsula and top kite surfing, the St. Regis tailors each guest’s trip. Matched by incredible service (like unpacking and packing your suitcase), this one is at the top of my list.
One&Only Le Saint Géran
With a long history of being one of the first hotels opened on the island of Mauritius and now rebranded as the One&Only Le Saint Géran, it surely knows how to blend in. Recently renovated, the whitewashed walls of this well-loved hotel knows service, the kind that keeps you coming back for more.
La Maison d’Eté
For those looking to get off the beaten track and retreat to an intimate, boutique hotel, La Maison d’Eté is the place to be. Set on the unspoiled coastline of Roches Noire, the 16 rooms are part of a larger home that is designed to have guests unplug like never before.
Top Experiences in Mauritius
The beaches: It’s the postcards of the white sandy beaches contrasted with the bluest of waters that catch my eye every time I search around on Mauritius. Some of the top places to sit and sunbathe include the long stretch of Belle Mare, Le Morne (even though it’s known for water sports, it’s an amazing spot to take in the view), and the romantic beach of Pointe d’Esny.
Diving and snorkeling: With another incredible world to discover just below the ocean’s surface, Mauritius has incredible snorkeling and diving. Head straight to Blue Bay Marine Park for your underwater adventure.
Kitesurfing: If kitesurfing is what you’re after, look no further than Le Morne. The warm water of the Indian Ocean paired with world-class kite surfing is the best combination.
Hiking: As an avid outdoor lover, the incredible hikes on Mauritius are at the top of my list. Hiking to the top of Le Morne Brabant mountain is one of those bucket list moments on the island with unparalleled views. You can head to the top with the help from a guide or wind partly up the trail to see the view. For more flat ground, the nature reserve of Domaine du Chasseur is the perfect spot to trek around with a chance of seeing some of the local wildlife too.
One of those special gems not to miss on the island is Chamarel Waterfall. It’s the highest waterfall on the island and makes for a great excursion in the early morning.
Top Restaurants in Mauritius
With endless fresh seafood and Creole influence, food is not something to overlook while in Mauritius. Whether it’s a casual seaside bite or an upscale, gastronomic dining experience, the culinary choices are incredible. These ones caught my eye:
- Le Café des Arts: A five-star dining experience that pushes creativity and art.
- La Cabane du Pecheur: Recommended highly by Conde Nasté, this yellow beach shack has some of the best seafood around. Check the chalkboard for the daily specials.
- Le Château de Bel Ombre: A carefully restored colonial mansion set next to a stunning Banyan tree serves exquisite food. It’s one of the best gastronomic restaurants in the south part of Mauritius so be sure to reserve in advance.
- Le Maison d’ Ėté: If you’re looking for lunch with a view, this prix fixe lunch with local favorites is a must.
- Duck Laundry at Lux Belle Mare Hotel: Known for its contemporary Chinese food, the tasting menu reflects the culinary crossroads of Mauritius.
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