Nicki Grihault, The Daily Telegraph, September 24, 2014
20 Degres Sud
The hotel, one of the first boutique hotels to open in Mauritius, is elegant without being over the top - white and creamy colours, including the painted wooden walls and beams under thatch, give it a beachy feel.
Ideal for those who like to explore, but don't want to be tied into a resort, for those who want somewhere peaceful and private to come back to and those looking for something a bit different.
The hotel has 29 air-conditioned "charm" and "beachfront" rooms and six suites with terrace or balcony and roll top bath. All individually decorated and sprinkled with antiques in the manner of a private home.
Address: Coastal Road, Pointe Malartic, North Mauritius
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Le Touessrok delivers tropical elegance in a devine setting, to a largely British following. It was voted 'Best Hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean' three years running in The Daily Telegraph's Ultratravel Awards.
Along with fabulous facilities, a beautiful location and outstanding service, Le Touessrok's two offshore islands make it stand out from the premier crowd.
Address: Trou d'Eau Douce, East Mauritius.
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Shanti Maurice - A Nira Resort
Rustic thatch and earthy colours characterise this intimate and informal family-run boutique hideaway which blends into its surroundings.
This romantic resort stands between fields of sugar cane and the sea in a private, peaceful spot among sleepy fishing villages in the wilder "unspoiled" south, between Blue Bay and Le Morne.
Address: Riviere des Galets, Chemin Grenier, South Mauritius
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Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
This dynamic yet intimate five-star, colonial-style resort is located on a quiet but narrow stretch of sandy beach with a bit of offshore current typical for the southwest, with good watersports, including its own kitesurfing school.
One of the few colonial-style hotels on the island, it is a quaint and intimate "French village" just two storeys high, with old-fashioned signs.
Address: Domaine de Bel Ombre, Mauritius
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This romantic all-suite hideaway has volcanic lava walls, rich teak furniture and woven leather and hessian-lined cathedral ceilings under thatch with splashes of tropical colour.
Nestled in an ultra private, peaceful spot at the end of the road in Turtle Bay on the northwest coast, the hotel is backed by fields of sugar cane. Beyond its small protected cove is a panorama of mountains surrounding the capital, Port Louis.
Address: Turtle Bay, Balaclava, Northwest Mauritius
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St Regis Mauritius Resort
Breakfast at Tiffany's meets the tropics in this sumptuous former sugar baron's plantation house.
You’re made to feel a house guest, with a butler on standby. Made of basalt and wood, and painted a tranquil taupe, the Victorian colonnades, mother of pearl inlaid panels in the 1904 bar, and muslin-draped sun loungers by the pool, invoke a past times glamour, whereas the Iridium spa is daringly contemporary.
Address: Coastal Road, Le Morne, Mauritius
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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, in Mauritius, is a five-star hideaway on the west coast with private pool villas, great food and an ayurvedic spa. Owned by a fifth generation Mauritian family, this award-winning hotel is the only all-villa hotel on the island.
Originally a Taj hotel, Maradiva’s architecture now reflects the island’s mixed heritage. With cathedral ceilings, earthy yellow and ochre walls and polished Madagascan Rosewood floors, it’s luxurious without being showy.
Address: Wolmar, Flic en Flac, Mauritius
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Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge
Nestled in flower-filled tropical gardens, nothing is run of the mill at this daringly different inland retreat. It has a convivial, bohemian vibe with pebbles inscribed with inspirational words, statues of deities in the lovely garden, and a fresh sugar cane body scrub room gift.
The eco-lodges and suites are hidden discreetly among mango trees, frangipani and hibiscus. Cookery lessons, yoga and meditation, on a platform overlooking a labryrinth, are also available on demand.
Address: Piton Canot, Chamarel, Mauritius
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One & Only Le Saint Géran
With the whole island to choose from, this resort settled for the best spot - a stunning sandspit on the glam northeast with more than a mile of white sand beaches and watersports including kite surfing. There's also 60-acres of gardens, a nine-hole Gary Player golf course and ESPA spa.
What sets it apart is outstanding service. The staff, some who have been there since the opening, are an absolute gem and nothing is too much trouble.
Address: Pointe de Flacq, Belle Mare, Mauritius
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In a tranquil protected bay on Mauritius's northernmost tip, Zilwa overlooks two tiny forested islands that belong to the resort. A beautiful vista of the sloping Coin de Mire island, viewed across the swimming pool on arrival, adds to the wow factor.
This rustic chic all-inclusive hotel also offers a taste of island life as part of a range of "experiences" and includes a dawn boat trip with a local fisherman, Creole lessons under the trees or a home-cooked dinner in a local home.
Address: Royal Road, Kalodyne, Mauritius
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