With its miles upon miles of powder-soft white sands caressed by the sparkling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean and fringed by lofty swaying palms, Mauritius is simply dreamy – the perfect place to settle into married life together and indulge in a little luxury.
Our pick of the properties consists of one boutique hotel, two larger hotels, and two resorts, at a variety of locations across the island – so we hope there is something to suit all tastes here!
We start on the north coast of Mauritius, at the aptly named Paradise Cove. This property is set within 3 hectares of gorgeous garden grounds, with lots of colourful flowers. Designed to blend into the natural surroundings, Paradise Cove oozes laidback island charm. It is close to a secluded sandy beach and just 5km from the vibrant village of Grand Baie. Its communal areas include a great mix of restaurants and two freshwater swimming pools!
Paradise Cove offers two fabulous honeymoon packages. If you opt for a deluxe room, you will be treated to a floral decoration, surprise gifts, a bottle of sparkling wine and fruit platter accompaniment, a candlelit dinner, a photo souvenir, and a few interesting activities, such as an introduction to diving and an exotic cooking class! Select a deluxe premium room, club junior suite, or club senior suite, and receive all the above as well as a bottle of rum, a romantic break at restaurant Le Cove, and a special discount at the hotel’s spa. Whatever accommodation you choose, you are guaranteed a comfortable stay, with the option of plenty of watersports should you wish to get active!
Heading clockwise around the island’s scenic coastline, our next stop on the tour of honeymoon havens is Constance Le Prince Maurice, on the north-east shores. This is a super-luxurious hotel, named after the Prince of Mauritius! It incorporates no fewer than 60 hectares of beaches and gardens on a private peninsula, while its main buildings boast an opulent yet pleasingly rustic style. They include a lounge bar, library, spacious swimming pool, spa, and two restaurants, one of which is situated on a lagoon! Overall, there is plenty of wow factor here.
Accommodation at Le Prince Maurice is spaced along the coastline, nestled amid the gardens, or perched on stilts above a fish reserve! Whichever location appeals, you are guaranteed ample privacy and the ultimate in creature comforts. The honeymoon package offered by the hotel includes in-room gifts, a champagne breakfast, exclusive wine tastings, romantic dinners, couple massage, and a stunning sunset cruise. And as at Paradise Cove, it is entirely up to you how you spend your time – if you venture outside your sumptuous suite, you will find an excellent assortment of activities!
Next, we have to mention Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. This is another super-luxurious property, situated on the east coast of Mauritius. It closed in April 2015 for renovations and reopened on the first day of November the same year, to worldwide acclaim! Occupying a very long stretch of coastline, merging seamlessly with the natural beauty of the island, Le Touessrok defines utopia. With five restaurants providing a marvellous medley of cuisine, some top-notch lounges and bars in which to relax and unwind, a spa complete with frangipani pool, plus health centre, shopping arcade, and massive swimming pool for keeping cool and comfy, the resort caters for your every need!
Le Touessrok provides a truly first-rate honeymoon package. On arrival, newlyweds receive a bottle of champagne! You are also treated to a tropical fruit basket that is replenished daily, a delicious breakfast every morning, a private culinary experience at the dining destination of your choice, a signature Polo shirt and pareo, a private romantic cruise, a tailor-made island tour, complimentary use of watersports equipment, a romantic spa treatment, and even a 30-minute photo shoot to create a personalised album. A stay here really is a memorable one!
Our next honeymoon haven is located on the south-west coast of Mauritius. This is superb resort LUX* Le Morne, benefiting from possibly one of the finest settings on the island! On one side, there are breathtakingly brilliant beaches; on the other, there is the majestic mountain Le Morne. And the property is very appealing architecturally, using stone, wood, and thatch materials. It includes three restaurants, three bars, a boutique, a fitness centre, a spa, and plenty of swimming pools in which to chill!
Le Morne offers accommodation specifically for honeymooners. This is the Honeymoon Suite, positioned close to the seafront. Each suite contains a king-size bed and sumptuous dressing room, along with a host of mod cons such as air conditioning and mini bar. Presently (Summer 2016) there is a special offer in place for honeymooning couples – one of you gets a 70 per cent discount! This represents great value for money, at a really amazing property that provides all the watersports you could require in addition to some pretty unique experiences such as phoning home from a traditional red phonebox and enjoying a cinema screening under the stars.
Our final stop on the tour of honeymoon havens is The Oberoi, a refined resort on the north-west coast of the island, not far from Grand Baie. Set in 8 hectares of tropical gardens, and with buildings constructed from wood and thatch, this is another property with oodles of charm! And not only that, The Oberoi is of interest to keen historians, as the site is home to four national monuments, all dating back to French colonial times. These formed part of the island’s defence system and today the main gunpowder store is one of the property’s restaurants! There are three eateries in total, as well as a bar, a fitness centre, a spa, tennis courts, and two swimming pools.
The Oberoi provides a package entitled Exotic Honeymoon, supplying luxury accommodation, daily breakfast, complimentary wellness and cookery classes, and all sort of surprises throughout your stay! As if that was not enough, the resort has loads of activities to keep you entertained – not only an impressive range of complimentary watersports but also the intriguing ‘Touching the Senses’ programme, which includes art classes, sculpture classes, and guided nature walks. If you like a little culture on vacation, the Oberoi will suit you perfectly!
One idyllic island, five paradisiacal properties… if any of the hotels and resorts we describe above has whetted your appetite for a truly heavenly honeymoon, just get in touch with YZ and together we can start to plan your romantic vacation!