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Review / Mauritius

Are you looking for the best beach on the island or a foodie favourite? Perhaps you need a family suite that will comfortably accommodate the whole tribe, or somewhere with a raft of activities to keep everyone entertained. Our travel specialist, Amelia Hoyes runs through her personal highlights from her trip to Mauritius, to help you decide which of these luxury hotels is the right one for you.



The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Picking up new skills: This hotel is well known as one of the best spots for kite surfing - Sir Richard Branson has even tested out the waters here. It's located at the bottom of Brabant Mountain on the south west coast, so has some of the best weather, even in low season.

Don't leave without trying: the Champagne sabering ritual. This was performed for us by award-winning Head Sommelier Vikram, who is quite possibly the best in Mauritius.

I loved: the live music playing each night by jazz artists and the resident pianist.



Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

In three words: Tranquil, intimate, romantic.

Refreshed: Maradiva unveiled refurbished villas earlier this year, which all have their own private plunge pool and open dining terraces. The new Hermès designed wallpaper and amenities give the space an ultra-luxe feel.

Location, location, location: Ideally placed with just a short five minute drive to Flic en Flac, so there's a greater choice of local restaurants and bars to choose from. It's also close to Tamarin Bay - a notable area for watersports and spotting dolphins.

One&Only Le Saint Géran

Picnic perfect:The 'Lunchbox on the Beach' offering is a great concept. All we needed to do was order in Prime and then head on down to the beach. A large box with our three course lunch (mixed salad, a wagyu beef burger and raspberry cheesecake) was delivered very shortly after.

One for the kids: Arguably Mauritius' most established family retreat, the Kids' Club here is fantastic. Children can splash about in their dedicated pool or join the resident gardener in the herb garden.

kids club
wine cellar

Constance Prince Maurice

Tempting tour: We were shown around the underground wine cellar, which holds more than 25,000 bottles from around the world. It's very impressive.

Grown-up playground: There are two 18-hole golf courses available - 'Links' at Constance Prince Maurice and, just five minutes away, 'Legend' at sister hotel Constance Belle Mare Plage. Guests play free of charge at both.

Suite sensations: For families who prefer to stay together in one room and are not looking to blow their budget on a villa, the Family Suites here are spacious and ideal as can accommodate a family of four.

The Oberoi Mauritius

Foodie favourite: All meals here are à la carte, even breakfast. The Gunpowder Room was a particular highlight - it's a restored 19th Century fortress building. Seating just six couples, it offers authentic homemade creole cuisine and intimate local rum and wine tasting sessions.

The Gunpowder Room

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