Natural Beauty: Three Unique Stays That Showcase Mauritius
It may be some 34 times smaller than Tasmania, but the tiny island nation of Mauritius has just as many – if not more – different landscapes to explore and enjoy. While staying in a sprawling, all-inclusive resort is almost part and parcel with a holiday on an idyllic island, spending a few nights at a stay a little closer to nature ensures you are making the most of the pristine, untouched countryside.
See the best side of Mauritius and make lasting memories at any one of these three unique stays.
Constance Prince Maurice
Many island nations and beachside towns have become known for their idyllic overwater bungalows; but Mauritius is still yet to put their entire weight behind the accommodation trend. To date, there is still only one place on the entire island where you can literally wake up atop the Indian Ocean.
Just one part of the extensive accommodation offering at the five-star Constance Prince Maurice, their five overwater suites take pride of place on the sparkling lagoon and natural fish reserve. Each private, stilted bungalow has a view out over the crystal-clear lagoon and mountain ranges from almost every angle in the room – bed, the living space or the fully furnished deck. And if sleeping overwater wasn’t enough, guests even have the option to dine overwater at the Le Barachois seafood restaurant. The unique 40-seat restaurant is housed in five overwater pavilions, down a wooden boardwalk on the very same lagoon.
Sitting on 60 hectares of private, untouched land on the island’s north-coast, the Constance Prince Maurice grounds boasts lush tropical gardens, views of the green hinterlands, brilliant blue lagoons and pristine white sand beaches. It is everything you come to expect of 5-star accommodation in Mauritius.
Making use of the stunning natural surrounds, the hotel offers bicycles, waterskiing, pedalos, snorkeling equipment, windsurfing lessons and kayaks to hotel guests for free. For a fee, guests can also book a parasailing experience, fly fishing, catamaran cruise or scuba diving.
Overwater bungalows starts from $1632 per night, Choisy Road, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius
Accommodation in Mauritius is heavily concentrated around the coastal regions; and for very good reason.
With literally hundreds of beachside options to choose from, Otentic’s mountain and riverside glamping sites on the southeast coast of Mauritius are diamonds in a sea of turquoise. Located in the small village of Deux Freres in one of the most untouched parts of the island, the glamping tents trade modernity for minimalism and are as close to nature as you can get.
Each of the large safari tents at Otentic are built onto a raised wooden deck, with views of the mountains, the river and even out across the ocean (only from some tents at the mountain site). Sleeping up to 4 adults comfortably and with their own private bathrooms, the tents may not be the ultimate in marble and brass 5-star luxury, but they are spacious, well-appointed and focused entirely on the outdoor experience.
Otentic has two sites for guests to choose from; the river site on the Grand River South East and the mountain site at the base of Bambous Mountain. With no phone reception or wifi provided in the valley, guests are encouraged to enjoy the outdoor activities provided at either site.
The starting point for many hikes and trails, guests can choose to go hiking, stand up paddle-boarding, kayaking or snorkeling; or even assist with a spot of gardening in the communal garden or meal prep in the kitchen. There is also a free boat that leaves for the pristine beaches of Ile Aux Cerfs every morning at 9.30am, returning on site in time for a vegetarian lunch straight from the garden.
Otentic’s two sites starts from $238 for one night (off-season), Coastal Road, Deux Freres, Grand River South East
Possibly some of the most unique accommodation in all of Mauritius, the Bubble Lodge gives new meaning to ‘sleeping under the stars’.
Set in two completely opposite locations – Mauritius’ most famous tea plantation, Bois Cheri and on the island of Ile Aux Cerfs – the eco-friendly, transparent tents showcase two very different sides of Mauritius. The bubbles at the Bois Cheri site boast incredible views of the trees, sky and nearby lake; while the Ile Aux Cerfs site is nestled under a canopy of thick vegetation, just meters from the beach. Not only are the bubble tents unique in themselves, but Bubble Lodge is currently the only available accommodation on the pristine, untouched island of Ile Aux Cerfs.
Furnished with a double bed and equipped with their own private bathroom, an open sky shower and dining area, the tents ensure the utmost of comfort for even the most discerning of campers. For an added touch of luxury, guests at the Ile Aux Cerfs site have access to a private butler who can arrange a romantic dinner on the beach or in the lodge’s private garden.
To make the most of the surrounds, the Bois Cheri site offers guests free access to pedal boats, kayaks and tea tastings at the Bois Cheri restaurant (tea factory tours incur an extra fee); while guests at the Ile Aux Cerfs site can enjoy a free golf lesson and access to the green.
Starting from $539 per night, Domaine de Bois Cheri, Bois Cheri and Ile aux Cerfs, Trou d’Eau Douce, Mauritius
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Published 31 August, 2018