Island Luxury: Mauritius
It would be hard not to fall madly in love and become enchanted with Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean. The contrast of vibrant colours and cultures of past and present form a rich, historical tapestry of the island’s heritage. With its dramatic volcanic mountains as a backdrop, sun-kissed beaches that stretch for miles and sky-coloured crystal clear waters inviting you to swim, it’s a lens to a plethora of water sports and kite surfing. Mauritius is home to wildlife such as the pink pigeon, the Mauritian kestrel and the giant tortoise which stands as a reminder of the island’s abundant marine environment.
A place to stay
We stayed at the award winning, luxurious and picturesque Maritim Resort and Spa. Maritim is one of the best known privately-owned German hotel chains. The five star resort recently celebrated its 25th anniversary and is located in the north of the island between the capital Port Louis and the village of Grand Bay. It is set in 25 hectares of award winning tropical gardens and ancient fig trees with historical buildings and the stunning natural lagoon of Turtle Bay, a marine area with a protected tortoise park and equestrian centre. The long, natural, golden sandy beaches are ideal for sunbathing and watching the world go by with a tall, refreshing cocktail in hand.
The hotel hosts a number of activities including a glass-bottomed boat tour, archery and croquet. If you need to keep up your fitness levels and for an additional charge you can hire your very own personal trainer. It’s your holiday and the hotel enables you to do as much or as little as you want.
Room with a view
The large, well appointed, light and airy room in soft, neutral shades is both elegant and welcoming. It includes a large balcony with ocean views – it was a joy when breakfasting to take in the sights and sounds of the tropics
With five restaurants and three bars we were not disappointed with the range of cuisine. We ate at the Chateau Mon Desire that overlooks the 18th century ruins of Balaclava and the Citron River. The colonial style mansion is home to fine dining and a piano player who adds to the ambience and dining experience. We enjoyed a spectacular culinary delight at the hands of chef Rakesh Munoruth, who told me that his food is influenced by French and local cultures and by sourcing vegetables from organic farms. We agreed that the food was delicious.
Getting out and about
We walked amongst the hustle and bustle of Port Louis with its backdrop of colonial buildings, shopping areas, harbour and museum. It really was the place to catch a slice of local life. If you enjoy diving, head for Flic-en-Flac’s, which has some of the most impressive diving sites close to its shores.
The Spa appeal
After taking in the charms of Mauritius we headed to the Tropical Flower Spa. Exotic flower arrangements marked the entrance and a range of tropical plants is used in your treatment. I had an ylang whole body massage which was a welcome treat after a long flight from the UK. I was left with less tightening in my back and felt relaxed and focused. My colleague had the comfort facial for men his skin was left even and clear with laughter lines less visible. He said how pleased he was with the results, as we both drank mint tea in the relaxation area.
The Wow factor
We experienced a lush and tropical sanctuary with superb views of the Indian Ocean, fine cuisine and a relaxed beach retreat. Surrounded by luscious, award winning tropical gardens with golden sandy beaches which glitter in the warm sunshine, the glistening sapphire coloured sea, the charms of the Mauritius lifestyle coupled with high-end and superlative accommodation provide a welcome resort for the global traveller.
Maritim Hotels has two beautiful properties in Mauritius; the 5* Maritim Resort & Spa and the 4* Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel.
The 5* Maritim Resort & Spa is an exclusive resort of the highest international standard and is the preferred choice for those looking for a relaxing and luxurious beach holiday.
Seven nights starts from as little as £1,470 per night for two adults sharing a room on an All Inclusive basis. For further details on either hotel or to make a booking, please contact your preferred tour operator or visit www.maritim.mu
For information about Maritim Resort and Spa, Mauritius,
Dawn-Maria is Editor in Chief of the Yorkshire Women’s Life Magazine www.yorkshirewomenslife.co.uk
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Photo credit Dez Grant
Photo credit Dez Grant