Hidden Beaches: Mauritius
Mauritius is famed for its beaches, hotels and first-class watersports. But just as majestic are the mountains and lush rainforest that hug the coastline, a gateway to the little-visited interior. Four of our Mauritius specialists discover a very different side to the island.
The Oberoi Mauritius offers pure indulgence in a gloriously scenic location
Lakaz Chamarel, by Holly
Surrounded by mountains, I couldn’t have been more relaxed among the peace of Lakaz Chamarel. It’s easy to explore Chamarel National Park on foot and after a generous breakfast in the gardens, I ventured out, enjoying contrasting views of the mountains and the beautiful coastline. A short distance from the hotel are rum distilleries, waterfalls and the Seven Coloured Earth. After all of the walking I treated myself to a massage and a little sunbathing in my pool villa. In the evening the bar staff taught me how to make local rum cocktails and it would have been rude not to try them! Before I left I squeezed in a morning’s yoga session and bike ride in the Chamarel National Park – what a fantastic few days.
Constance Le Prince Maurice, by Natalie
The panorama of pool, beach and sea that greeted me was all I’d hoped the Indian Ocean would be. The Constance Le Prince Maurice has three restaurants with gorgeous views and plenty of choice so I didn’t feel the need to wander outside the hotel, especially as my Junior Suite was so comfy. There’s a fantastic watersports centre – the snorkelling trips to the outer reef were great and if you’ve never tried water-skiing this is a perfect place to start. Not to mention the nearby golf course and on-site spa – having tried the reflexology there I can definitely recommend it.
The Oberoi Mauritius, by Kate
Set on the northwest coast, the Oberoi Mauritius nestles among subtropical gardens leading down to the beach. With a spa and adults-only pool area, it’s ideal for relaxing and I loved wandering down to the beach to watch the incredible sunset, before heading on to a delicious barbecue at the On The Rocks restaurant. For those who like a little more activity there are tennis courts, a vast array of watersports – including snorkelling, sailing and windsurfing – while their Touching Senses programme includes tai chi, cooking classes and star gazing.
20 Degrees South, by Stacey
A real hidden gem; as soon as I stepped through the doors I felt a million miles away from the rest of the world. 20 Degrees South is a family run hotel with just 35 rooms. The service here is really personal and I immediately felt right at home. If you can tear yourself away from the peace and tranquillity, the hotel is really well located for getting out and exploring the local restaurants and bars in Grand Baie. Dining options at the hotel are flexible so you can swap your evening half board meal for lunch and enjoy dining out.