Shanti Maurice Resort & Spa
Shanti means peace in Sanskrit and as soon as you enter the gardens of Shanti Maurice, you’re surrounded by tranquil groves of frangipani trees and bougainvillea blooming in the dappled shade. Set on a secluded cove on Mauritius’ quieter southern coast, the hotel looks out across the Indian Ocean, with the Chamarel Mountains rising up behind.
Just 61 generously-proportioned rooms and villas are tucked between the foliage. The designers here have worked hard to balance aesthetics and functionality with contemporary furnishings and traditional Mauritian thatched roofs.
Aside from the long sweep of white sand, the highlight of the hotel is arguably the range of inventive dining options, which aim to give you a glimpse into Mauritian cuisine and culture.
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The spacious rooms and villas have been carefully designed in a contemporary style with all the facilities you could want for a luxurious stay. All are air conditioned and have a television, DVD player, tea/coffee facilities and minibar.
The south of Mauritius is far less developed than the rest of the island; as you drive to and from the hotel you’ll pass sugar cane fields with views beyond of deep forests and dramatic black mountains.
Shanti Maurice is set on a long, gently curving bay of white sand overlooking the turquoise Indian Ocean. The town of Chemin Grenier is approximately ten minutes’ drive away and has a small selection of shops, restaurants and bars.
Food and drink
The range of dining at Shanti Maurice is certainly one of the hotel’s highlights with some creative concepts to try.
La Kaze Mama, or ‘Mama’s house’, is set within the hotel’s herb garden and offers an authentic, home cooking experience with a Mauritian ‘mama’ cooking up traditional dishes for a small number of guests in a relaxed, intimate setting. We suggest booking a table in advance.
Stars is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner with an innovative menu that takes as its inspiration the traditional dishes of the many nations that border the Indian Ocean.
For a relaxed dinner with the feeling of the sand between your toes, Fish Shack offers a traditional barbecue on the beach. Driftwood furniture is set on the sand and the menu depends on the catch of the day, with some dishes grilled to order in front of you. There’s often a traditional sega band performing.
The Rum Shed bar and restaurant is popular with both locals and guests alike. Following the design of the traditional rum shed frequented by Mauritians for decades, this rustic style shed has a relaxed, friendly feel. Sample one of the 180 different rums or relax with a beer along with the locals who head there particularly at weekends. The menu offers sharing platters with an international street food theme.
Picnics can also be arranged throughout the gardens and there’s also a lounge bar to relax in the evenings for a cocktail or two as the sun sets over the ocean.
Please note that restaurant openings will vary according to weather and hotel occupancy, but there should be a choice of two or three options every day.
Shanti Maurice welcomes families — children will be spoiled by staff — and has a complimentary children’s club open 10am to 10pm for 3-12 year olds. The villas have plenty of space for children to explore.
Facilities and activities
Shanti Maurice offers a range of watersports including stand-up paddle boards, kayaking, snorkeling, and pedalo.
Land based activities include two floodlit tennis courts, beach volleyball, circuit training, bicycles and various yoga or meditation classes along with a weekly schedule of activities.
While the beach at Shanti is lovely and usually quite peaceful, please note that it is affected by tides that mean at certain times of day the water is too low for some activities. The boat house staff are on hand to advise.
The extensive spa at Shanti Maurice is one of the largest in the Indian Ocean. Set among scented fig trees and palms, there are 25 treatment rooms, a calming spa pool, a yoga pavilion, pilates and a Jacuzzi.
The hotel does not have its own dive facility, but will be happy to help you arrange diving locally. There are a number of dive sites around the coast from a shallow lagoon reef suitable for beginners, to more challenging caverns and crevasses.
The hotel’s south coast location makes it well-placed to explore the Chamarel Mountains and Black Gorges National Park. The hotel can also help you to arrange sailing trips, bicycle rides and various activities to help you explore the island.
We love the ruggedness of the surrounding landscape which adds to the secluded, relaxing feel of the resort — and with only 61 rooms set over such a large area it never feels busy. The range of dining options makes this ideal for long stays where you can try a different experience each night.