When it comes to hotels, Mauritius isn't playing around. The accommodation here is big, beautiful and beachy, and many have seen recent renovations, so they've got that shiny, new feel to them. Stars mean nothing to this luxurious collection – here, everyone's a winner.
Even the giant, lagoon-style pool at this hotel has views of the sea. Tucked alongside Le Morne Beach, Riu Creole Hotel has the sea just at its feet and waves of trees at its back. Your days are taken care of here with watersports down at the beach including windsurfing, snorkelling and kayaking, while night-time is reserved for a disco and karaoke.
The TUI Sensimar Lagoon gets its name from two sources – the Anse La Raie lagoon, on which it's perched, and its massive lagoon pool. There are three restaurants to choose from, plus local street food and a barbecue lunch. Watersports are alive and well too, with catamaran sailing, a diving centre and windsurfing on offer. Nights see live music and dancing along with four bars, but it's the rooms here that really shine – some dial the luxury factor to all new heights with terraces featuring private hot tubs.
The garden-surrounded Lux Tamassa is full of unexpected surprises like messages in a bottle scattered around for you to find and a phone booth for free calls home. Basically every watersport you've ever heard of is on offer here, not to mention a deluxe spa and sauna. Located along the beachfront, the hotel features three pools and a buffet restaurant sporting worldly cuisine, plus a beach bar, live entertainment and a nightclub.
Just over an hour from the airport, Sensimar Lagoon Mauritius is something special. It is nestled into the Anse La Raie lagoon, which opens up the possibility for numerous watersports, but there are also three pools to be enjoyed. Three restaurants serve up a varied cuisine and the rooms can be as understated or luxurious as you want, as some have private whirlpool baths. An onsite spa will definitely help to remove any lingering tension, too.
Looking every inch a tropical hideaway, the Ambre Hotel is an adults-only paradise designed to cater to every whim. Located directly on a bright white beach in the Belle Mare region, which is just an hour from the airport, it is a palm-fringed dream with a lagoon on one side and large sea-view pool on the other. The restaurant serves excellent food throughout the day and all rooms come with a balcony or terrace.
An hour from the airport, the Long Beach Golf and Spa Resort hasn't skimped on the details, boasting three pools (one is an infinity design), five restaurants and even waiter service on the beach. Rooms are sumptuous but modern and well equipped, each offering a dramatic view of the Indian Ocean, but it's the extra touches that makes this hotel stand out, such as heating the pool in winter and an onsite Japanese restaurant.
Barely over an hour from the airport, this adults-only haven is geared towards ultimate relaxation and luxury and it delivers. The beachfront location and tropical gardens create a secluded feel, while the pool encourages a laid-back approach to each day. Two restaurants offer a piquant mix of casual and formal dining options and in terms of the bedrooms, you'll find dazzlingly bright and cool spaces that you'll love to crash out in at the end of the day.
Another adults-only hideaway, Emeraude Beach Attitude offers a full complement of relaxation and fulfilment, in the form of a high-end spa, beachfront sunbathing and local cuisine, expertly prepared. Two pools are on hand to refresh after a few hours in the sun, and the capital, Port Louis, is just 20 miles away, making more active day trips eminently possible. Adjacent to farmland, the produce will be incredibly fresh and the beach-hut aesthetic outside is carried through into the nautical bedrooms.
An hour's drive from the airport, on the west coast, the Sugar Beach Resort sits pride of place on Mauritius' longest stretch of beach. Two pools and a pair of restaurants keep things interesting and there's a full roster of activities for active holidaymakers to enjoy. Designed to look like a sugar plantation, the colonial villas are gorgeous and have a real weight to them, which is beautifully contrasted by the light and airy onsite spa.
Rustic chic and all-out luxury comes together at the Zilwa Attitude Hotel, which showcases gorgeous beach houses but also offers access to four beaches and two private islands! Five restaurants and three pools really add to the desired 'island culture' ambience, making it near impossible to venture outside of the complex, but Grand Bay is only eight miles away and definitely worth a look. You might find that the 90-minute transfer from the airport is all you want to see of the outside world…
An easy hour from the airport, the Lux Grand Gaube is a rare hotel that caters for everyone, thanks to an adults-only wing. Spread out along a beautiful and quiet lagoon, the complex is extensive, with two pools, a Creole smokehouse restaurant (in addition to four others) and access to three beaches. There's even a cinema! The staff like to entertain guests with fun extras, such as spa vouchers and hidden messages, and the bedrooms look like something straight out of a Vogue editorial.