Mauritius is a very popular honeymoon destination with honeymooners and engaged couples alike. The island is a beautiful mix of Oriental, European, Indian and African influences. This is one of the reasons why it’s such a desirable location for a honeymoon, not to mention the pristine white sand beaches! The island is surrounded by a coral reef, making it ideal for snorkelling and boat trips. With well over 100 hotels across the island to choose from, it will be tough making a decision!
That being said, if you’re after luxury you will absolutely love Heritage Le Telfair, located on the Domaine de Bel Ombre in the southern part of Mauritius. This exclusive 5* plus resort is part of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World and you can see why, it’s absolutely stunning. In October last year, I was very kindly invited to experience this hotel and some local activites. In the name of research I could not turn this opportunity down!
The hotel is a short 30minute car ride from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, the main airport on the island. Upon arrival, we were greeted by delicious iced cold drinks – much needed after being in a stuffy car! We arrived in the afternoon so were greeted with the stunning view of the sea which you simply cannot look away from.
The rooms are dotted around the main reception building and restaurants in little blocks. Each block has around 8 different rooms I was in a deluxe room (but not for long) which featured a large king size bed overlooking the balcony and palm trees. The room was airy and large with beautiful neutral décor. Upon walking onto my private balcony, the one thing I noticed was the silence. All I could hear was the birds in the trees, very relaxing for whiling away the hours with a book.
Later on, that evening the events manager very kindly upgraded my room. I thought to myself, could this deluxe room even be beaten in terms of luxury? Well, indeed it can! I packed up my belongings and a porter turned up to drive me and my luggage 2 blocks down. The first thing I noticed with the Junior Suite is the space, it’s huge! The four posted bed is situated in the centre of the room with a small lounge and desk just off to the side. A huge bathroom with roll top bath in the centre and separate shower and toilet meant the room was very light and airy. The one thing I love about the bathroom is that you can slide the wall behind the sink open, which then connects the bathroom with the bedroom.
I was informed that the Junior Suites are very popular with honeymooners. I can see why! It’s not too over the top, but it is indeed luxury. It felt more like a little apartment compared to a hotel room! These rooms also include the services of your very own private butler. If you opt for a ground floor suite it boasts an amazing outdoor shower. Also one for the coffee lovers, there’s a Nespresso machine with pods. Perfect for your morning caffeine fix!
Heritage Resorts offers three accommodation options. The first and the most luxurious is Heritage Le Telfair (where I stayed), the next is Heritage Awali and for all-out luxury and privacy there is Heritage The Villas. All three are within walking distance of each other, or a short drive in a golf buggy along dedicated small tracks.
Each resort features unique restaurants and guests can book tables at whichever restaurant they choose. On the first night I dined at Gin’ja on the beachfront. This pan-Asian restaurant is a must for any Asian food lovers. Delicious sushi, curries and also a Teppanyaki dining experience.
The newest and extremely popular restaurant Zafarani will not disappoint. This Indian restaurant offers the very best dishes from northern India. I chose a selection of vegetarian curries alongside rice and freshly baked naan bread. I can honestly say this is the best Indian meal I have ever eaten. Nothing else has compared to this and I would gladly eat at this restaurant each night! I highly recommend booking a table as it can get very busy.
Towards the end of my stay, I dined at the romantic Le Château de Bel Ombre. This elegant 19th Century chateau feels as though it has been stopped in time. Beautifully restored to its former glory, this is an ideal location for a romantic meal. The terrace overlooks the manicured gardens and golf course. The menu is inspired by local cuisine and includes fresh fish, locally sourced meats and vegetables.
In the mornings, I headed down to Annabella’s which serves a delicious buffet-style breakfast. A large choice of the usual continental offerings, pancakes made in front of you, fresh homemade juices and delicious hot food cooked to perfection. I’m a big fan of breakfasts and Annabella’s did not disappoint! There was just something about sitting out on the terrace each morning, hearing the birds singing that made it the perfect start to the day!
Across the resorts are seven bars, all different and unique. My favourite being Le Palmier, located on the beachfront next to the main pool at Heritage Le Telfair. Alongside the bar you can find tables and chairs so you can have a light meal on the beach whilst your toes sink into the sand. Alternatively, waiter service is available so food and drinks will be brought to you beside the pool or whilst relaxing on a sun lounger on the beach. I highly recommend ordering a few drinks at the bar and watching the sunset over the sea in front of you, it’s absolutely stunning!
If you’re feeling adventurous head to C Beach Club, part of Heritage Resorts, and just a short walk from Heritage Le Telfair. It has a completely different feel compared to the other areas of the resort. The beach club features a modern bar overlooking the swimming pool, a restaurant and a boathouse offering a wide range of activities. You can take out a kayak or glass bottom boat, (at no extra charge) which you can row along the beachfront. In the summer season there are beach parties, live music and even a cinema on the beach. Many other activities are available to book from the beach club, such as waterskiing, kite surfing, dolphin watching and many others.
During my stay I spent the morning at the nearby Frédérica Nature Reserve, also part of Heritage Resorts.A short 5-minute drive from the resort itself, this beautifully-preserved area stretches over 1,300 hectares. I boarded the 4×4 which took us high up into the hills for some breathtaking views. Along the route, I managed to catch a quick glimpse of a bat and also watched deer grazing in the fields. Deep in the reserve is a secluded waterfall, an ideal location for a romantic picnic. I highly recommend booking a tour of the reserve, the guide was so well informed of the history and the area. It was an extremely interesting tour!
There are many other activities on offer across the island, both on land and at sea. One of the must-do activities was sea karting, it was incredible! After a briefing on how to operate the sea kart, we hit the water. Following the security boat and in the designated formation, we were led along the coast and stopped twice for a swim in the sea. The water is so pure and blue it’s simply beautiful!
Heritage Le Telfair is an elegant five-star hotel designed in colonial style, with three gourmet restaurants including award-winning Annabella’s and Gin’Ja, a Pan-Asian teppanyaki restaurant. Luxury rooms come complete with sea views, French windows and private balconies. Suites additionally have personal butlers.
A deluxe room at Heritage Le Telfair starts from £260 per night (two sharing) on a B&B basis. For further information call: +230 266 9768 or tap here to visit: heritageresorts.mu
Planning to visit Mauritius? For further information and to discover attractions across the island, visit: tourism-mauritius.mu
Feeling adventurous? Seakarting is available from Fun Adventure, visit: fun-adventure.mu
Fly to Mauritius with Emirates, for further information visit: emirates.com