Luxury vacation MauritiusMauritius - Off Grid
You consider yourself a beach connoisseur. The Caribbean in winter and Europe in the summer are your playground. There’s not a table on Nikki Beach you haven’t danced on, or a plage club in the South of France you haven’t graced with your Herve suit. So what’s next? Something exotic, far-flung and off the grid. It’s times to move east. Mauritius is a stunner - powder sands, emerald waters and the Four Seasons, which is reason enough to add this country to your travel list. A beach destination with a powerhouse of international influences, you get your dose of relaxation and culture, all in one.
Good for: While perfect for a honeymoon, Mauritius is entourage-ready with diving, fishing, biking and hiking. Even better when that entourage is family, especially with the Four Seasons as your brood’s home base.
Suggested Stay: At least 4 days, but there is plenty to see to extend to a week. If you’re coming from the US, it’s a long trip so maximize your time on the isle and/or combine Mauritius with a trip to South Africa.
Why Now: Baby, it’s cold outside above the equator, and this is a haven from the turmoil of oil prices, volatile markets and government instability. And sometimes, you need a real island getaway to decompress that is far enough to get a real vacation but close enough to have good Wi-Fi connection to manage the real world while you’re poolside with cocktail in hand.
Why we like it: A melting pot of exoticism and beauty, Mauritius has British and French influences combined with rich African heritage and a largely Indian population.
· The Four Seasons. Yes, there are other places to stay on the isle, but if you’re not willing to settle for less, then call the Four Seasons home. Rooms are elegantly lavish, with rain showers, plunge pools, private gardens and outdoor lounge areas that lead directly to the beach. Stargazing gets elevated to a whole new level from the privacy of your room each evening.
· Rum tasting. Who knew Mauritius was a premium producer of rum? Well, now you do. The drive through the rainforests and sugar plantations defines scenic on your way to Rhumerie de Chamarel, where the vanilla is a favorite as is the lunch at the distillery restaurant.
· Visiting the stunning Le Morne, a UNESCO World Heritage site since 2008. Bring your bathing suit and enjoy a quick dip in the water.
· Taking a day trip to Isle Aux Gabriel, an uninhabited island, on a catamaran.
· Visiting the Bazaar in Port Louis, a local market for teas and spices.
· Beaching it up; after all, you are in Mauritius. Make sure to have Grand Bay and Pereybere Troux aux Biches on your exploration list.
· Getting active at Isle aux Cerfs with snorkeling and parasailing at this lovely lagoon, which is just 10 minutes away from the Four Seasons.
· Playing a round of golf at the Ernie Els designed 18-hole, par-72 championship course, which is accessible from the property and overlooks the Indian Ocean. Yes – just about perfect.
The Inside Scoop: The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is conveniently located on the east side of the island, and approximately 45 minute drive from the airport. After a long flight, the hospitality starts as the Four Seasons picks you up in an air-conditioned Land Rover with a smorgasbord of snacks, including dried fruits, juices and cool water. The welcome continues as you arrive at the hotel and you are greeted with a refreshing and nourishing drink, while you take in the stunning views over the lagoon waters from the foyer. The 64-acre resort is exquisitely styled with perfectly manicured lawns and a lush, tropical setting.
You’re not going wrong with any room on the property at the Four Seasons. The ocean villas are slightly more private with an undisturbed view to the ocean, and the beach villas gives you direct access to the beach. The resort has three beautifully maintained private beaches and all are situated in front of the beach villas. The rooms are quintessentially Four Seasons, with a modern feel and high end finishes.
With the melting pot of cultures, the food is excellent on the isle. Check out our restaurant list for the best of the best, as you know we like our food. These recs are even better as they’re from Mauritius born, New York transplant Nandini Austin. For those wanting to stick closer to home for at least a few eves, the Four Seasons offers a selection good enough to make you not want to leave the resort. Beau Champ serves up simple yet flavorful seafood and grilled meats, Acquapazza brings on the Italian specialties from the wood-fired oven (sometimes you just want a pizza) and Bambou innovates with international cuisine.