Best hotels in Mauritius 2022: Where to stay for local buzz, eco digs and plantation-style luxury

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Settle up for a relaxing stay in Mauritius  (Otentic River)
Settle up for a relaxing stay in Mauritius (Otentic River)

With beautiful beaches and a calm lagoon cradled by coral reef against a backdrop of wind-sculpted forested mini-mountains, Mauritius is a bucket-list destination, complete with a fusion cuisine worthy of a visit from Masterchef .

A romantic favourite, it has a reputation for ‘affordable luxury’. Around 160 hotels are stuffed into an area the size of Surrey, from pampering palaces complete with spa, golf and helicopter transfers to boutique hideaways and even a riverside glampsite.

The best hotels in Mauritius are:

  • Best for foodies: Constance Prince Maurice, Booking.com

  • Best for romance: Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel, Booking.com

  • Best for a nature retreat: Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge, Booking.com

  • Best for a boutique experience: 20 Degres Sud, Booking.com

  • Best for local buzz: Veranda Tamarin, Booking.com

  • Best for an eco stay: SALT of Palmar, Booking.com

  • Best for fashionistas: LUX Grand Baie Resort & Residences, Booking.com

  • Best for luxury: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, Booking.com

  • Best for glamping: Otentic, Booking.com

  • Best for families: Shangri La Le Touessrok, Booking.com

Best for foodies: Constance Prince Maurice

Celebrities have stayed here, which is always a good sign (Constancehotels)
Celebrities have stayed here, which is always a good sign (Constancehotels)

Neighbourhood: Poste du Flacq

It’s no surprise that the Masterchef judges chose to stay at this seductive, spacious and secluded ‘six star’ boutique haven on the northeast coast. Foodies flock to its Michelin star-studded food festival each spring, and it offers private food pairing dinners among 25,000 world wines in its cellar. Lantern-lit seafood suppers are at the island’s only floating restaurant, tucked in the mangrove. Its 89 suites have polished teak floors and plantation-style furniture, and the most coveted are the overwater suites on stilts, with a view of the mountains.

Price: Doubles from £242, B&B

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Best for romance: Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

This boutique is a little slice of paradise (Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel)
This boutique is a little slice of paradise (Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel)

Neighbourhood: Anse la Raie

This plantation-style adults-only hotel around a man-made sandy cove is made for lovebirds. Think candlelit suppers in thatched overwater kiosks, muslin-draped four-poster beds scattered with rose petals and tandem massages on the clifftop. A Small Luxury Hotel of the World, the 75 rooms and suites have homely leather armchairs, double rainforest shower heads and sea-facing balconies.

A clifftop infinity pool offers a view of the Northern Islands and swing beds and thatched love nests are scattered in the gardens. ‘You&me moments’ range from free stargazing with cocktails on the peninsula to an island-hop by traditional pirogue for snorkelling and a picnic.

Price: Doubles from £201, B&B

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Best for a nature retreat: Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge

Discover fantastic walking spots at this exclusive lodge (Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge)
Discover fantastic walking spots at this exclusive lodge (Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge)

Neighbourhood: Chamarel

This boutique retreat in the highlands has just 20 TV-free wooden eco-lodges and suites, most with private pools and four-poster beds, in peaceful flower-filled tropical gardens. For sea views opt for a suite on the hilltop, or enjoy a Chamarel rum sundowner at the View Bar, before heading to the open-sided garden restaurant for a Mauritian dinner.

Complimentary yoga is offered in the gardens and there are free bicycles to visit natural attractions: the seven coloured earths geopark and Chamarel waterfall, Ebony Forest, with rare birds and plants and a zipline across the forest canopy at Lavilleon.

Price: Doubles from £182, half board

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Best for a boutique experience: 20 Degres Sud

Watch the most beautiful sunsets at this boutique hotel (20 Degres Sud)
Watch the most beautiful sunsets at this boutique hotel (20 Degres Sud)

Neighbourhood: Pointe aux Cannoniers

The island’s first boutique hotel is cosy and charming, with ivory-painted clapboard buildings under thatch in a coconut grove beside the sea. Squishy sofas, antique furniture and hundreds of books gives the feeling of being a houseguest in an elegant home, and a small private beach offers free watersports. A Relais and Chateâux hotel, a highlight is an intimate five-course seafood gastronomic cruise on Lady Lisbeth, the hotel’s restored vintage 1920s motorboat.

Each of the 36 rooms and suites has a four-poster bed and the vast Austral suites have an outdoor plunge pool or jacuzzi. Restorative comfort zone treatments are offered at the Secret Spa. It’s a short bike ride or a 10-minute shuttle to bustling Grand Baie, or hire a mini moke from the hotel to pootle along the north coast.

Price: Doubles from £279, B&B (no children under 12 are allowed)

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Best for local buzz: Veranda Tamarin

Stay here and you might even spot dolphins (Veranda Tamarin)
Stay here and you might even spot dolphins (Veranda Tamarin)

Neighbourhood: Tamarin

This chilled community-spirited three-star plus hotel with 116 boho chic rooms is one of the few budget hotels on the west coast. It’s on a quiet road opposite Tamarin Bay, a legendary surf spot in the 1970s, but where dolphins now play in the early morning. It has a surf school, surf boards mounted on the walls and live local bands at the Crazy Fish bar, also open to locals. Guests can exchange credits earned per night’s stay for a street food tour, a hike up Le Morne mountain or sports fishing with the ‘Fish Whisperer’. For a local experience, grab a cold Phoenix beer and some gajaks (snacks) from the hotel’s roadside kiosk and head for sundown on the beach overlooking Mount Rempart.

Price: Doubles from £85, room only

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Best for an eco stay: SALT of Palmar

The perfect spot for eco-friendly travellers (SALT of Palmar)
The perfect spot for eco-friendly travellers (SALT of Palmar)

Neighbourhood: Palmar

This insta-worthy adult-only boutique hotel has bold geometric designs in eye-catching pop colours by Camille Walala. This zero-waste hotel takes its eco-footprint seriously, with no buffets, TVs or single-use plastics. Guests can visit food producers such as Mr Cangy’s cacao farm on ‘The Route to Chocolate’, and indulge in salt-based treatments at the spa. Food is farm-to-table – with homemade artisanal breads, yoghurt and wild game sausages.

The 59 rooms have organic linen, recycled plastic beach baskets and homemade taro crisps. ‘Bang on the Beach’ rooms lie paces from powder white sand, while ‘Best on the Beach’ are the biggest, with a sundeck.

Price: Doubles from £100, B&B/£73, room only

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Best for fashionistas: LUX Grand Baie Resort & Residences

This grand hotel is fit for a king (Tom Fallon)
This grand hotel is fit for a king (Tom Fallon)

Neighbourhood: Grand Baie

Cool concepts at the island’s first boutique-style urban retreat, designed by Kelly Hoppen CBE, include Olympic-standard running tracks on the roof, a monastic-like spa delivering hydrothermal bath journeys and an eye-popping Miami-style beach club. A rooftop bar has cosy cabanas for sunset cocktails and tapas, and an insta-ready swing over the infinity pool. Sushi at the sceney signature restaurant Ai Kisu, decked in black and gold, comes with a soy sommelier and someone to grate your wasabi.

Of the 116 “smart” suites, villas and residences in calming neutrals, junior suites have chromotherapy showers, while opulent two-storey villas have ‘whipped cream’ staircases.

Price: Doubles from £382, B&B

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Best for luxury: Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort

Find true retreat at this 19th century estate (Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort)
Find true retreat at this 19th century estate (Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort)

Neighbourhood: Bel Ombre

This elegant hideaway on a white sand beach in the green southwest has 158 lofty, contemporary suites with ceiling fans housed in white clapboard buildings (children under 12 stay for free in their parents’ room), and junior suites feature muslin-draped four-poster beds. All come with a butler, on a bicycle.

A highlight is gastronomic dinners in a restored 19th-century château, using produce grown on the estate. Guests can laze in a hammock, play traditional games and lunch in a new family-friendly picnic pod by Frédérica Falls in the Heritage Nature Reserve.

Price: Doubles from £185, room only

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Best for glamping: Otentic

This glamping spot is complete with 12 safari-style tents (Otentic River)
This glamping spot is complete with 12 safari-style tents (Otentic River)

Neighbourhood: Deux Freres village

With 12 safari-style tents on wooden platforms overlooking the river, the island’s only glampsite is a comfortable, affordable and convivial place to stay.

Each solar-powered tent sleeps up to five, on beds made from wooden pallets, with recycled potato crate shelving and a bathroom open to the skies. The communal area has a rainwater pool, honesty bar and Timoune, the camp dog. An authentic Mauritian lunch buffet is cooked up in an old shipping container, using local produce and garden herbs. Guests kayak to the waterfall at twilight, when Mauritian fruit bats feast on the giant mango trees, and monkeys play in the mangrove. In the evening, a lantern-lit buffet is followed by stories and homemade rum arrangé around the firepit, and occasional live music.

Price: Tents from £102, B&B

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Best for families: Shangri La Le Touessrok

Shangri has six immaculate beaches nearby to explore (Otentic River)
Shangri has six immaculate beaches nearby to explore (Otentic River)

Neighbourhood: Trou D’Eau Douce

A Crusoe-style adventure is the draw for families at this iconic hotel on an east coast promontory. Families can spend the day in a private beach cabana with a butler on Ilot Mangénie. With six beaches in total, one is never far away from the 203 rooms and suites in Mediterranean-style villas along the beachfront. The Coral Wing suits those on a budget, while Hibiscus suites have direct beach access and are close to the kids club and family pool. The kids club has a treehouse, decent-sized pool and giant tortoises in the garden. The teens club has complimentary diving initiation, paddle boarding and wakeboarding and a regular shuttle boat to Ile aux Cerfs.

Price: Doubles from £377, B&B

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