Walking through the entrance lobby of Heritage Le Telfair feels as though stepping back to colonial times with its elegant architecture, teak details and rich décor. Mauritius has a long heritage, once colonised by the Dutch, later by the French, followed by the British who brought with them Indian workers, so it’s no wonder the country has become a melting pot of different cultures and religions. Similarly the hotel has a rich heritage, once a functioning sugar cane plantation, now a hotel, it is a key example of the island opening up its economy to tourism as the sugar trade became more and more competitive with other sugar producing countries.
Heritage Resorts is more than just a reference to the country and hotel’s history, it is a place for guests to experience the real Mauritius. It is not just a hotel with a swimming pool by the beach, but one with a whole domain of activities such as a golf course, a nature reserve, a plethora of water sports, wellness sessions and a staggering twelve restaurants spread over the tropical grounds and gardens!
The wonderful thing about the hotel is its proximity to the beach. Just a few strides away lies one of the most beautiful long, sandy beaches with crystal, clear waters typical of the south coast of Mauritius. It’s great for both seaside lovers and swimming pool loungers to have the two contrasting waters side by side.
The hotel proudly holds the title of the best golf course in the Indian Ocean, which is quite an accomplishment considering the popularity of golf in this part of the world. It’s little surprise once you set eyes on the expansive golf course with rolling, verdant hills in the background and small lakes and streams across the landscape.
Calm and serenity instantly welcome you at the spa. Bamboo trees and water fountains make the spa a place to re-energise, relax and let time stand still for a while. A favourite treatment is the Coco Ritual, which encompasses a heavenly coconut body scrub, a deep head and shoulder massage and a hydrating coconut milk massage which will leave your skin as soft as silk.
C Beach Club
The C beach club is the perfect place to kick back, relax and enjoy a cocktail on the beach. Loungers and palm trees are dotted over the white sands and an upbeat soundtrack plays in the background, so finding a nice spot is no challenge at all.
All of the twelve restaurants spread across the hotel offer fantastic food and all of them are unique from each other allowing you to sample dishes from across the world as well as traditional Mauritian cuisine. For a culinary experience to remember, ensure to dine at the 19th century castle which was once the home of Charles Telfair. The food is divine and the setting is magical, try to reserve a window seat where the fairy-lit banyan tree sparkles in the outside darkness.
Dinner on the beach
The hotel and its entire staff go above and beyond to accommodate. If you have a special occasion or a reason to celebrate you can organize a beautiful dinner on the beach. Nothing quite beats eating wonderful food in good company, feeling the sand between your toes and watching the sun slowly sink into the horizon in the distance.
The grounds of the hotel are home to a nature reserve spanning 1,300 hectares where guests can enjoy buggy rides or quad biking passing by cascading waterfalls and tropical vegetation. The real beauty lies in the wildlife and species that inhabit the reserve including monkeys, parakeets and wild boars. (Photo by Quad Biking Mauritius)
As well as the main hotel, there are private villas dotted across the domain, which can be rented by families or groups of friends. The villas are the epitome of luxury with beautiful interiors, infinity pools, intimacy from the main hotel yet access to all of the hotel’s facilities and the same level of 5 star service in house.
Rooms can be booked through the Heritage Resorts website.
World of Wanderlust was welcomed as a guest of Heritage Le Telfair and Heritage Resorts, however, all opinions are those of the writer.