Mauritius is truly an Indian Ocean paradise, you can expect paradisiacal sweeps of tranquil white sands, backdrops of rugged, rainforest-carpeted mountains and some of the best hotels in the world. Lesley was lucky enough to visit the hotels with the Veranda and Heritage Resort family in October 2012.
Each hotel had something different, its own personal style and charm. Which I found very exciting. I hate to send clients to the same old boring chain hotel – This is what I love about Veranda and Heritage
, they have allowed each of the hotels to develop its own personality.
A delightful oasis in the heart of bustling Grand Baie, this small and charming property is a Creole paradise of palms and tropical flowers, set beside a white sand beach. Completely renovated in 2010, the Veranda Grand Baie ideal for enjoying the island’s beach life and nightlife.
A friendly and popular hotel, offering great value, a ‘barefoot chic’ theme and stylish, contemporary decor. Kick off your shoes, feel the sand between your toes and go with the flow.
There are two restaurants and two bars overlooking the lagoon. Senses offers buffet-style cuisine with Mauritian specialties, whilst the Sandy Lane Grill opens for dinner and has a grill station or seafood à la carte menu (extra cost, closed Sundays). Other facilities comprise three inviting swimming pools including a children’s pool and adults-only pool, Seven Colours Wellness Lounge located on the beach, bicycle hire (extra charge) and the Timomo children’s club. Land and water sports include table tennis, snorkelling, pedal boats and kayaking, and evening entertainment ranges from Sega dance shows to live music or DJs.
Heritage The Villas
Built with excellent quality finishes, the villas all have air-conditioned master bedrooms with en-suite bathrooms, infinity pools, large verandas, state of the art communications, a barbecue area, a gazebo and landscaped tropical gardens. They are fully furnished and equipped and they offer free internet access and satellite TV channels as well as daily cleaning and 24-hour concierge service.
Each villa includes indoor/outdoor open plan with combined living, dining, kitchen and veranda accommodation, ideal for day and evening casual relaxation. ‘En-suite’ bedrooms have air conditioning, silent plantation style ceiling fans, patio doors and plantation style shutters. The spacious outdoor veranda with an outdoor dining area and a secluded bar includes a bar fridge for cooling one’s preferred beverages.
A private study/TV room with LCD flat screen television, internet, television and alos offers a bouquet of movies on demand and there is a separate barbecue area and a tropical pool with infinity edge and a gazebo offering fantastic views on the ocean over the golf course. – These villas are extreme luxury and rank as the best on the island.
Nestled amidst a pristine white sand beach, championship golf course and a 2,500 hectare nature reserve, Heritage Le Telfair’s
elegant romanticism, beautiful colonial architecture and delectable fine dining truly reinforce its status as a well-deserved member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World.
Three restaurants include Annabella’s, with an innovative chic brasserie menu and river views, and the beachfront Gin’ja offering Pan-Asian inspired cuisine. For gourmet dining, Le Château de Bel Ombre is a beautifully restored 19th Century house overlooking a French style garden and serving local Mauritian cuisine. The Cavendish bar hosts live music, and whiskey connoisseurs will take delight in its menu of 100 single malts. Guests also enjoy the use of two other restaurants in the nearby Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort. Attached to the resort is the 100 hectare, 18-hole Heritage Golf Club golf course (unlimited free green fees for guests, excluding equipment), and the Seven Colours Millesime Collection Spa is a haven of tranquillity. Other facilities include a kids’ club, teens’ club, swimming pool, fitness centre, tennis courts, C Beach Club, and a host of land and watersports from horse riding to mountain biking and scuba diving (some at extra cost).
This truly enchanting hotel has delightfully furnished and decorated sea-facing bedrooms. The romantically named Veranda Paul & Virginie, is based on a mythical story of two young lovers. It is a delightful offering with thatched roofs, stone walls, natural woods and a charm and ambience all of its own. The friendly staff and the generally mellow, laid-back atmosphere will ensure that it is always a clear favourite among our clients.
The picturesque beach restaurant, is literally at the edge of the lapping water and is the perfect spot to enjoy a candlelit romantic dinner. Veranda Paul & Virginie has the added advantage of being just a short drive away from the resort of Grand Baie.
A stylish and contemporary luxury resort on the south coast of the island. Its superb facilities, fine dining and range of activities make Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort an excellent all inclusive choice for golf enthusiasts, spa lovers and families alike.
Dining options comprise two bars and three restaurants at the resort, plus access to an extra seven restaurants within the Domaine de Bel Ombre. There are freeform swimming pools, mountain biking, tennis, a fitness centre, Timomo children’s club (2-11 years), teens’ club (12-17 years), and watersports including sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing. The Seven Colours Spa (18 years and above, extra cost) has 20 treatment rooms and offers individual treatment programmes, with a variety of massages based on the seven colours rituals as well as signature treatments. Guests also enjoy free green fees at the nearby Heritage Golf Club – a magnificent par-72 golf course covering 100 hectares, situated between the mountains and the sea.
Also, don’t forget for guests staying at The Villas, Heritage Awali
, or Heritage Le Telfair
have access to the amazing C Beach Club. A great way to spend the day or evening chilling and absorbing the fantastic atmosphere and beach lifestyle.
The visit was not just all hotel visits, a particular high point for myself was the cooking class. –
Given the ethnic mixture, it hardly comes as a surprise that there’s a wide variety of cuisines: Chinese, Indian, European and Creole provide a great choice, using the natural resources of this tropical island.
Mutton, chicken, fish, seafood and vegetables are offered in delicious curry sauces. Dishes will appear accompanied by rice and, usually, achards, a variety of vegetable chutneys, and perhaps pickled limes. One of the island’s favourite dishes with visitors is millionnaire’s salad, made from hearts of palm.
If you’re not a spice lover, fish and seafood or freshwater crayfish provide local flavour. Smoked marlin is an island delicacy.
Fresh fruit abounds: lychees, pineapples, bananas, mangoes, papaya, passion fruit and guavas are piled high in the markets and the hotel dining rooms.
For aperitif there are some very good rums, and rum goes into many of the desserts, too. Imported wines are expensive, but local wine (made from imported grape juice) is appreciated by many, as are the island-made beers.
Every hotel that I visited the food was fabulous ! I suppose a Mauritian winning BBC Masterchef shouldn’t have been such a surprise. I just love Mauritius, the people and Veranda and Heritage Resorts, I can not wait to return.
Lesley travelled to Mauritius courtesy of Air Mauritius and Heritage Resorts. To share Lesley’s Mauritian experience call her on 0207 720 8484 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Air Mauritius fly directly to Mauritius from London Heathrow, regional connections are available via Paris or London. Alternatively British Airways offer a direct flight from London Gatwick and Emirates offer connections via Dubai from London Heathrow, Gatwick ,Birmingham , Manchester , Newcastle and Glasgow.