Mauritius. It's the island with a coastline that's whiter than white, and an interior that's greener than green. It showcases get-away-from-it-all resorts, world-class dining, waters teeming with sea life, and some of the best golf courses on the planet.
Things to do
Mauritius is home to beaches you can only dream about, with pristine white sands and turquoise waters. For the more adventurous, there's Grand Baie beach with its variety of watersports and lively buzz. For that dreamy beach, head to Belle Mare Plage, where you'll find 10 kilometres of talc-white sands.
A coral reef stretches almost the whole way around Mauritius, sitting like a halo around the island; it's ideal for divers and snorkellers.
There is so much to see and do beyond the beach in Mauritius. Huge swathes of the island are covered in sugar cane, so a visit to one of the plantations is a must. Or get your camera at the ready for a visit to the Seven Coloured Earths at Chamarel, with its red, orange, purple, and grey sands. The island is also peppered with beautiful temples just waiting to be explored, while 4x4 safaris can take you deep into the Frederica Nature Reserve with the opportunity to hop off and see the waterfalls that dot the park.
Port Louis, the capital city, perfectly blends the old with the new. Local traditions and cultures are present in the street markets, and there's a vibrant waterfront area with a variety of bars and restaurants.
Taste of the isle
Dishes come with a variety of Creole, Chinese, French and Indian influences. Being an island, the seafood is, of course, to die for. Coconut-based Creole curries are popular (you'll see them on a lot of menus) as are spicy, Indian-inspired curries; just ask for an extra dollop of sour cream with them if you prefer to cool things down. To wash it all down, Mauritian rum is right for the job! You can find it in all sorts of delicious flavours, including vanilla and cinnamon.
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Enjoying a perfect location, situated directly on one of Mauritius' most beautiful white sandy beaches protected by an offshore coral reef, the Constance Belle Mare Plage is set in well-tended tropical gardens of almost 20 acres and prides itself on its extensive sports activities. Sporting amenities include a diving centre and two PGA championship 18-hole golf courses. With outstanding cuisine and service to match, the hotel offers the perfect mix for both relaxation or activity.
Evoking the splendour of a bygone era, the Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius is highly commended for its food by the readers of Condé Nast Traveller. This stylish hotel also holds an enviable record of environmental protection. Located on a secluded peninsula bordered by white sand beaches, step into an atmosphere of tranquil luxury that is superbly set amid 60 hectares of tropical gardens. All accommodation and facilities are arranged in small, skilfully designed two-storey houses, some of which overlook a natural fish reserve. Its floating restaurant Le Barachois (unique in the Indian Ocean) is a must try!
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Perched on the stunning east coast of Mauritius and overlooking a protected coral reef lagoon lies the vibrant resort of LUX* Belle Mare. Boasting one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius, LUX* Belle Mare showcases island living at its best, blending traditional Mauritian style with modern amenities. Guest suites are thatched-roofed structures scattered throughout the resort, complemented by contemporary and sophisticated interiors. The hotel also offers a great choice of dining options, with local and world cuisine combined with outstanding service. The choice is yours at LUX* Belle Mare; be pampered at the LUX* Me Spa, chill by the pool whilst enjoying an 'ici' ice cream packed with tropical fruits or indulge in the many resort activities.
Immaculate throughout, the iconic One&Only Le Saint Géran hotel is the personification of island luxury. Exceptional in its setting and glamorous in style, you'll be treated to a service that's attentive yet unobtrusive, anticipating your every need. Fringed by over a mile of the finest sands and calm waters, its sheltered lagoon is ideal for adults and children alike, and for the more active there's an array of water sports. Meticulously designed and sumptuous rooms maintain that much-loved sense of privacy, and the quality of its facilities and restaurants are first class. At the One&Only Spa whether you want to reduce tension or cleanse your body, treatments can be tailor-made to your needs. It comes as no surprise that this notable retreat boasts an endless list of devoted and distinguished clientèle.
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Situated on the east coast of Mauritius on a mile long stretch of soft white sands, The Residence is the ideal retreat for those looking for a luxurious escape. Well appointed rooms and suites feature elegant décor and soft furnishings with views of the tropical gardens or Indian Ocean. The option of a butler service is available for those looking to add a little extra comfort to their stay. The resort boasts three restaurants serving a variety of cuisine including local specialities and international dishes. Try 'The Plantation' for spectacular views and delicious seafood. Complete your stay with a visit to The Sanctuary Spa and enjoy a signature treatment inspired by Asian techniques and philosophies.
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Situated on a beautiful white sand beach overlooking the Indian Ocean and within 2500 hectares of unspoilt nature in the Domaine de Bel Ombre, the Heritage Awali Golf and Spa resort is the ideal spot for those looking for a mixture of relaxation and fantastic facilities. The hotel boasts three swimming pools located around the resort and a tranquil spa including 20 treatment rooms some of which are dotted around the tropical gardens. For those who like to be a bit more active, whack a ball down the fairways of the 18-hole golf course or enjoy a wealth of land and water sports. When it comes to dining, there are a whole host of restaurants and bars to choose from including ones suitable for families and ones specifically for adults. Complete the evening by sipping a sundowner at one of the beachfront bars.
Shared facilities at the neighbouring sister hotel, Heritage Le Telfair are currently unavailable whilst the hotel undergoes refurbishment.
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Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, a member of the 'Small Luxury Hotels of the World' group, is located on the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre, which adjoins one of the most pristine stretches of beach on Mauritius. Set in the foothills of the dramatic Plaine Champagne mountain, its surrounding countryside is sure to impress. An excellent array of leisure and sporting facilities include the V.I Kids at Timomo and Friends Children's club, where younger guests can enjoy a superb supervised programme, and V.I Teen Club which offers a wealth of excursions and multitude of activities. Adults can relax at the fabulous Seven Colours Millesime Collection spa or enjoy complimentary golf at the adjoining 18 and 9 hole championship courses at the Heritage Golf Club.
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Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort opened in 2011, bringing a cool and contemporary style to the largest white-sand beach on the island. The heart of the resort is the piazza brimming with restaurants, bars and shops. The modern architecture is softened by local materials and lush tropical gardens, creating the perfect balance throughout the resort. Guest rooms, family rooms and suites are decorated with chic and contemporary designs. Leisure and dining facilities are vast, sample Asian delights or relaxed beach treats and one of the many restaurants. Alternatively, indulge in one of the exciting leisure activities on offer; from wall climbing to snorkelling in the tropical lagoon with rare coral and colourful fish.
Located on a pristine stretch of white sandy beach in a secluded bay, the Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa boasts luxury accommodation with magnificent ocean views, fine dining restaurants and an array of recreational facilities for all ages. Sample intricate Japanese cuisine at the Kushi Restaurant, unwind at the Chi Spa or enjoy a round of golf on the 18-hole championship golf course, located on an island just off the resort's beach. A second island, exclusive for the use of the hotel guests, provides a perfect escape with beautiful beaches, trendy beach club and butler service.
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The 5 Star Maritim Resort and Spa lies amongst 62 acres of lush tropical grounds, encircled by stunning white-sand beaches in one of the island's most desirable locations, the beautiful Turtle Bay Marine National Park. Located only a ten-minute drive from Port Louis and Grand Baie, the hotel is ideally suited for exploring the island. Combining tropical and colonial architecture with a picture-perfect mountain backdrop, the Maritim offers spacious accommodation ranging from airy Privilege Rooms to luxurious Suites. Enjoy an excellent array of activities including snorkelling from the sandy beach, golf (9 holes Par 29), archery and horse riding or relax in the magnificent 'Maritim Tropical Flower Spa' with 12 treatment pavilions, saunas, hammam, 'Kneipp walk' and an exclusive range of treatments such as ayurveda, hot stone therapy and many more. No stay at the Maritim would be complete without a visit to the Château Mon Désir gourmet restaurant, offering exceptional cuisine with breathtaking views over the river and the Turtle Bay.
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.