Jane Wilson visits this island idyll
Stunning was my first reaction: overlapping layers of pools and swirls of water shimmering in the sun greeted me as I arrived. I stood under thatched roofs with wooden beams, by the side of volcanic stone, pillars and palm trees. Underfoot, polished wood and in front, those beckoning rattan sink-in chairs all creating that island chic vibe. The drive here journeyed through sugarcane fields bordering each side of the road (driving on the right-hand side). We passed the golf course before iron-laced gates opened into the Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa. Laid back luxury, 5-star ambiance, Mauritian style. Here there is space, privacy and nature in its purity.
Nestled on the south-western tip of the island’s Le Morne Peninsula, the long stretch of white sandy beach fringes the resort allowing uninterrupted views of a perfect sunset. Accommodation is low-rise, comfortable suites, all enjoying ocean views topped with thatched roofs and vaulted ceilings sitting in well-laid out gardens. There are villas and suites for families, a dedicated Zen Crescent for couples and rooms near the reception for those with mobility challenges. And no need to worry about claiming loungers, numerous heated pools are dotted around. The wide choice of dining options includes creative Japanese cuisine, an international buffet, French gourmet restaurant and Creole on the sea’s edge. All this encased by turquoise waters on one side and sheltered on the other by the dramatic backdrop of Le Morne Brabant Mountain, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The Spa has that wow factor. It’s a spiritual sanctuary and a haven of peace and tranquillity. The yoga room is more like a temple with carpets and candles with a golden buddha watching over – a place you feel immediate calmness. Within this haven, there is a choice of wellness experiences as you step over water to reach relaxing corners. For a faster pace, there is tennis, a fitness area with the latest machines. Hiding behind are 10 beehives which serve the honey table at breakfast. Natural water sports, pedal boats and group classes are available daily.
Mauritius is renowned for its beaches and lagoons. Other areas include a rum distillery, cashmere factory, tea, sugar and vanilla plantations. In the north-west of the island is the capital, Port Louis with its French colonial architecture and 19th century Champ de Mars horse-racing track. The 19th-century fortress features a walled courtyard with panoramic views over the city. Life buzzes at the Caudan Waterfront with dining, shopping and a marina. There is the Blue Penny Museum which focuses on the island’s colonial and maritime history while nearby is the Postal Museum. In contrast, the older city centre is packed full of crowded indoor and outdoor markets with narrow streets spilling out with handmade crafts and CDs, spices and sculptures. The central market of Port Louis (also known as the Port Louis bazaar) is one of the most frequented markets. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden in the north is famous for over 85 varieties of palm trees while on the west coast, Flic en Flac is a quaint seaside village with a prized beach. The Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is convenient to the mountainous interior of the Black River Gorges National Park, and the 83m Chamarel’s waterfall. And being a volcanic island, the seven-coloured earth Geo-Park is a natural phenomenon and worth a peek.
When to visit:
Mauritius is an all-round destination. June and July are winter months with fresher temperatures and days are shorter. Summer months are November-March.
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