The 10 Best Cultural Hotels in Mauritius | The Art of Luxury
An idyllic sun-soaked holiday destination, Mauritius is famous for its affordable world-class hotels and resorts. With an offering of scenic ocean and mountain views, striking beaches and blue lagoons, outstanding architecture, limitless activities and geographical diversity, our handpicked selection of art and culture hotels captures the Island’s mesmerising beauty, warm hospitality and multicultural heritage. Read on for the best cultural hotels in Mauritius.
In the heart of the seaside town Pointe aux Canonniers, the Baystone Boutique Hotel is a top destination combining authentic luxury with immaculate service. Situated at the edge of the magnificent bay of Grand-Baie, the hotel offers a panoramic view of the cobalt blue lagoon. Designed by New York-based architect Albert Angel, the hotel’s fascinating wave-themed walls, custom-made furnishing, light colours and spacious rooms give it a modern avant-garde allure. The hotel’s restaurant offers an exciting daily menu of refined dishes based on the catch of the day and fresh seasonal ingredients, matched by an exquisite champagne selection. The hotel’s world-class spa operated by an expert team has a hammam (steam room) and is also famed for being the only in-hotel spa in Mauritius to have a relaxation flotation tank.
La Pirogue Mauritius | Image courtesy of Sun Resorts Hotels
Situated on the island’s west coast in the charming coastal village of Flic en Flac, La Pirogue overlooks one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius. Perched on the edge of a fairytale coconut grove and lush garden, La Pirogue is made up of Mauritian-style thatched bungalows. Inspired by the traditional Mauritian fishing boats ‘les pirogues’, the origin of the hotel’s name, La Pirogue’s distinct structures were built using local volcanic rocks, and the main building symbolizes a boat’s sail caught in the wind. Every evening La Pirogue comes alive with the rhythm of its in-house orchestra and diverse events exhibiting the best of local dance and music. A unique warm and friendly atmosphere reflecting the best of Mauritian hospitality, La Pirogue promises a memorable holiday.
A luxurious hotel situated on peaceful private peninsula, Le Prince Maurice is an oasis of beauty and quality in the midst of luxuriant vegetation and next to a natural marine reserve situated. Created by the architectural genius Jean Marc Eynaud and designer David Edwards, Feng Shui, principles of harmony and circulation of energy are embodied in the hotel’s design and furnishings. From gourmet Mauritian cuisine in the L’Archipel to a romantic seafood dinner on one of the floating decks of the La Barachois, the hotel has four fine dining restaurants and a number of chic bars. Le Prince Maurice offers guests various activities, from snorkelling and waterskiing to windsurfing and sailing, as well as scuba diving and deep-sea fishing.
One of the few hotels combining refined luxury with environmentally conscious tourism, the Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge is a remarkable architectural landmark located in the picturesque valley of Chamarel, surrounded by the Black River Gorges National Park, a protected heritage site. A quaint boutique hotel, Lakaz Chamarel has 20 rooms and suites, each with unique décor and furniture representing the multicultural heritage of Mauritius. Devoted to the well being of the body and serenity, the hotel offers a range of relaxation activities, including sauna, massage, reflexology, guided walks and a space for calm reflection. The restaurant’s kitchen is open to and welcomes curious guests who want to learn local fine cuisine from the chef prepared ‘couma la kuisine d’antan’, Creole for ‘the old-fashioned way’.
At the forefront of luxury, the Oberoi Mauritius consists of a series of villas made out of stone, wood and palmed thatch, portraying a blend of Mauritian, European, and Asian architecture and design. Each villa has a breathtaking view of the clear blue waters of the Indian Ocean, its own dining gazebo, and a marble bathroom with a sunken bathtub overlooking a closed-off blossoming garden. Of varying indulgence and comfort, most of the deluxe villas also have private swimming pools. The hotel’s restaurant has a delightful menu featuring a selection of continental, oriental and Creole dishes. The perfect place for an extravagant romantic getaway, the Oberoi provides the best of tropical elegance.
One of the leading hotels in the world, Le Touessrok is a popular tourist resort that lies on a beautiful stretch of coastland providing spectacular views across the Trou d’Eau Douce Bay. Le Touessrok has a top 18-hole championship golf course located on Ile aux Cerfs, one of its two exclusive resort islands. All the guest rooms have large bay windows and convey a mix of contemporary and classic colonial style décor. There are also three fabulous waterfront luxury suites with sculpted stone bathtubs leading out to an infinity pool and tropical vista. The medley of restaurants and bars nearby offers an extensive range of fine cuisine from around the world with options for classy or casual dining. The extensive choice of land-based or water activities makes the hotel an ideal setting for families, friends and couples.
Opened in 2011, the Long Beach Hotel is a lively urban resort nestled bordering one of Mauritius’ longest, widest and most stunning beaches. The hotel’s modern architecture, based on Mauritian building materials and forms, gives it a unique, contemporary tropical feel. A vibrant central square provides a fantastic selection of restaurants, bars and boutiques catering for every indulgence. A defining feature of the hotel is eight musical zones showcasing varied musical entertainment daily. From electronic music in the Shores Bar that also welcomes live bands, DJs and traditional dance shows, to Asian lounge music in the hotel’s Japanese restaurant – music is an integral part of the hotel’s offering. For snorkelling enthusiasts, the lagoon next to the hotel is home to rare coral formations and rich underwater fauna.
Love at first sight, the gorgeous St. Regis Hotel and Resort is situated along the white sands of Le Morne beach in the southwestern part of Mauritius. With the impressive jagged La Morne Mountain in view, the St. Regis was meticulously designed by internationally renowned architect group Stauch Vorster and interior designer Trevor Julius, reflecting a blend of Mauritius’ colonial past and striking natural resources. The main building is a colonial-style house with paintings and wallpapers illustrating events in Mauritian history and aspects of the country’s rich flora. There are six distinguished restaurants each offering an enticing culinary journey, including Simply India, the signature restaurant by Michelin starred Chef Atul Kochhar.
Offering luxurious comfort at its best, The Labourdonnais is the highest-rated hotel in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital and largest city. Centrally located at the Caudan Waterfront, the hotel is within easy rich of major tourist attractions and the business district. Recently renovated by top interior designers, The Labourdonnais combines cutting-edge technology with sophisticated décor, utmost comfort and outstanding service. The Labourdonnais is equally renowned for its world-class cosmopolitan restaurants, headed by award-winning Executive Chef Nizam Peeroo. Choose from the glamorous La Rose des Vents, casual dining of La Terrasse Café or enjoy a fusion of European, Thai, Indian and authentic Creole cuisine at L’Escale.
Dedicated to those special ‘you and me’ moments, and exclusively for adults, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel is the ideal hideaway for travelers seeking complete calm. Situated in a secluded cove, the hotel is surrounded by rich foliage and palm trees inviting both solitude and exploration. The hotel’s consistent wooden theme and warm colors reflect the colonial influence of the East India Company in the country, adding to the hotel’s elegantly undisturbed atmosphere. Paradise Cove’s enchanting infinity pool extends to the horizon against the backdrop of the lagoon’s crystal blue waters, providing a splendid view of the northern islands. With four restaurants exploring international and local cuisine and attentive and smiling staff, a visit to the Paradise cove is a truly exceptional experience.
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