Earlier this year, our blog had the awesome privilege of visiting the grand Indian ocean island of Mauritius. We’ve written about the best time to visit Mauritius and we’ve told you about some of the activities and things to do on Mauritius but we haven’t chatted about where to stay on Mauritius!
So, as per usual, we never write about places we haven’t actually stayed ourselves or about things we haven’t done, we’ve put together a quick list of four of what are UNDOUBTABLY the best places to stay in Mauritius.
Now keep in mind, this is not a “Mauritius on a budget” article, it’s actually more suited to a “Mauritius as a honeymoon” kind of piece because we were totally spoilt. As you are about to see.
The Hilton Mauritius Resort and Spa
The Hilton Mauritius was my first impression of Mauritius because I landed there on the island late at night after my direct flight from Cape Town (5 hours) and woke up there. Flying over an island like Mauritius in daylight hours is obviously first prize, and although I never had the opportunity to see Mauritius when I landed, the blow was immensely softened by waking up in the Hilton.
The resort is every travellers version of paradise. Tall and short coconut trees, sky blue pools, complemented by a warm turquoise ocean, wooden decking, lush tropical plants everywhere and a beautifully planned resort. Everything has been thought out and everything has an element of fun.
During my time at The Hilton I lunched on the beach, enjoyed dinner and cocktails, watched the sundown ceremony, swam while the staff taught salsa lessons, cycled through the town of Flic an Flac, swam in the ocean, enjoyed a morning dolphin tour and had two incredible “island style breakfasts.”
Of all the hotels I stayed at in Mauritius, the Hilton stands out as the place I had the most fun at. I’d easily recommend the Hilton to all my friends and family.
DinaRobin Hotel Golf and Spa
If you’re looking to escape the of bustle on Mauritius (yes it’s an island, but people live and work there. There’s bustle and traffic) then the Dinarobin Hotel, Golf and Spa is where you want to go. I’ll never forget walking into the reception area: it’s like walking into a different world. They blend the large main swimming pool effortlessly with the entrance. The architecture of this entrance is nothing short of a masterpiece.
The rest of my time at the exquisite Dinarobin was spent Kitesurfing in the shadow of Le Morne, walking along the kilometres of unspoilt beach, watching the sun slowly slip beneath the horizon, walking in between the beautiful palm trees, eating, drinking and being merry.
It’s difficult to describe to the experience at Dinarobin without sounding too dramatic. But it’s just that. The Dinarobin is an exclusive break that your soul needs. The backdrop of Le Morne personifies the my experience and to know it it’s situated right at the “iconic” underwater waterfall spot just finishes it all off. I loved my time at the Dinarobin and would recommend it in a heartbeat.
Constance La Prince Maurice
Might be the best luxury hotel I have ever stayed in. And trust me, this is no light statement. The Constance La Prince Maurice was the third hotel I stayed in in Mauritius. By this stage I’m generally thinking ok, nothing can beat the first two, so lets just check in and enjoy what they have to offer. But what the Constance La Price Maurice has to offer is truly exceptional. First of all, champagne on arrival, is there a better way to get greeted and smooth over the check in process?
Secondly, the aroma. I’ll never forget the smell as I walked in the main entrance, which is colossal I might add. You get the feeling that you are walking into a resort that has been tailor made for you. And I expect that everyone feels that way. It puts an immediate smile on your face. Next up, I enjoyed a stilted villa over a lake full of tropical fish which meant that art anytime, I could simply walk out onto my balcony and look down onto scores of beautifully coloured tropical fish beneath me…it was the first time I’ve ever experienced anything like it.
Later I headed over to the award winning spa and enjoyed an invigorating hour long massage before dinner. However, before dinner I had the opportunity to explore and enjoy a few drinks in the biggest cellar in the Indian Ocean! That’s right, Constance La Prince has the Indian Ocean’s biggest wine cellar, stocked with an impressive number of titles.
Dinner is no ordinary affair either. We dined on the floating restaurant (booking essential) where tropical fish and the resident reef shark swim around the pontoons at night. It was one of the best meals of my life. Everything was experience. And everything was exceptional.
Unfortunately I didn’t have the time to explore Constance La Prince like I had for my other two hotels but it left it’s mark on me nonetheless. If you can. Then this is where you want to stay.
Maritim Balaclava Resort and Spa
For my fourth and final hotel I got the opportunity to spend a night at the Maritim Balaclava Resort and Spa on the North West of Mauritius. It’s important to remember that Hotel’s on the west have the best sunsets and the sunset on my final evening in Mauritius was the best of my entire trip. And it’s definitely what stood out to me most about the resort.
The resort itself is typical of tropical islands hotels. Beautifully manicured lawns and gardens, a stunning beach and pool area flanked my restaurants (meaning you don’t have to leave should you wish) and a list of activities. The Maritim Balaclava is absolutely huge (to the point where we took a fun golf cart ride to dinner!) and there is something for everyone. This is a true family resort and I’d encourage anyone looking for accommodation options on Mauritius to please look their website.
Unfortunately, do to my schedule, I didn’t have time to enjoy a massage in Maritim’s spa, which has one of the best reputation’s on Mauritius, but this is not a mistake i’ll make twice and look forward to the opportunity to visiting it in the future.
Dinner was an stunning affair as we dined in Château Mon Désir, and overlooked the historical ruins of Balaclava and the Citron River. The Château Mon Désir is a world class restaurant and is more than worthy of your time, so please make a reservation should you be interested in fine dining in Mauritius. It would be a shame not to.
So that’s that. Thanks for reading and if you are headed over to Mauritius anytime soon then please please please check out these hotels!