Helicopter transfers and butlers are available, private plunge pools together with some of the top gourmet restaurants in the region and first-rate spas. It’s not intriguing that Mauritius often makes it to the top in the lists of the world’s most romantic holiday islands. There’s also a plethora to do and see away from the beach, from visiting mesmerizing places of worship and colonial buildings, vibrant markets to the excitement of riding the longest zip-line ride in the world or a tandem breathtaking skydive from 10,000 ft. For many, romance is affordable in our paradisiacal island.
1. 20 Degrees Sud
The hotel, one of the first boutique hotels to open in Mauritius, is simply beautiful- white and creamy colours, including the painted wooden walls and beams under thatch, give it a beachy feel.
Ideal for those who like to explore, but don't want to be tied into a resort, for those who want somewhere peaceful and private to come back to and those looking for something a bit different.
The hotel has 29 air-conditioned "charm" and "beachfront" rooms and six suites with terrace or balcony and roll top bath. All individually decorated and sprinkled with antiques in the manner of a private home.
2. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa
Le Touessrok is all about tropical beauty in a divine setting, to a mostly British following. It was voted 'Best Hotel in Africa and the Indian Ocean' three years running in The Daily Telegraph's Ultra travel Awards.
Together with amazing facilities, an elegant location on a private promontory and commendable service, Le Touessrok's two offshore islands definitely allow it to stand out from the crowd.
3. Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
The vibrant yet intimate five-star, colonial-style resort is situated on a calm and narrow stretch of sandy beach with a bit of offshore typical for the southwest, with nice water sports. It also has its own kite surfing school.
Among the few colonial-style hotels in Mauritius, the hotel is a picturesque "French village" just two storeys high, with old fashioned signs and classically beautiful rooms in white painted wooden buildings.
4. Shanti Maurice
Earthy colours and rural like thatch represent this informal and intimate family-run boutique hideaway blending into its surroundings. It is splendid, with an innovative sunset sega ritual at its award-winning spa, cookery evenings in resort with a local village Grandma and a new shabby chic rum shed to taste the local tipple. The romantic resort stands between the sea and sugarcane fields in a tranquil and private spot among sleepy fishing villages in the wilder "unspoiled" south, between Le Morne and Blue Bay.
Tucked away in flower-filled tropical gardens, nothing is run of the mill at this bold and different inland retreat. It has a lively, bohemian vibe with pebbles inscribed with inspirational words, a fresh sugar cane body scrub room gift and statues of deities in the lovely garden.
The suites and eco-lodges are nestled among frangipani and hibiscus, mango trees and suites have lavish private pools and impressive coastal scenery. Cookery tutorials, meditation and yoga are also on offer.