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Mauritius is positively studded with luxurious resorts. Your only difficulty should be deciding which part of the island you’d prefer to lay your head at the end of the day. Would you like to be closer to hiking trails and national parks? Is bustling nightlife more your cup of tea? Or would you rather spend your day luxuriating on the beach? Our Forbes Travel Guide editors help you narrow it down to the top places to stay:
1. Le Touessrok. Based out of lovely Trou d'Eau Douce, Le Touessrok is unique amongst the array of luxury hotels lining the East coast in that it also owns not one, but two islands. Robinson Crusoe-themed Îlot Mangénie is a private retreat and the renowned Île aux Cerfs is the postcard-perfect watersports center of the hotel. Spread out along the lagoon, Le Touessrok is home to five restaurants, a world-renowned 18-hole golf course and a Givenchy Spa. All rooms have ocean views and 24-hour private butler service.
2. One&Only Le Saint Géran. Amidst the lush coconut palms of the Pointe de Flacq peninsula, this hotel features 163 suites and one villa, each with its own private terrace or balcony opening onto a lush garden or overlooking the ocean. Le Saint Géran purportedly has the most returning visitors amongst luxury hotels, and with one look around at this elegant charmer, it’s easy to see why. Drop your children off at the kids’ club and while away the day undisturbed on the beach, butler at your beck and call.
3. The Oberoi Mauritius. Situated halfway between the Mauritian capital of Port Louis and the undisputed nightlife capital of Grand Baie, this Pointe aux Piments hotel is an ideal jumping off point for all the north has to offer. The African and Asian-themed Oberoi spans 20 acres of sub-tropical terrain, including plenty of prime beachfront. Each room features four-poster beds under romantic wood-slatted ceilings, and honeymooners will enjoy a sunken marble bath overlooking a walled garden. For extra privacy, stay in a luxury villa with your own swimming pool.
4. Maritim Hotel. Located on pristine Turtle Bay, one of only two protected marine parks on the island, this hotel is Balaclava’s finest in tropical-colonial style. You may never want to leave the Maritim’s 25-hectare park, complete with nine-hole golf course, tennis courts, horseback riding, archery and a helipad. The marble lobby is a terraced wonder, but we suggest you wander the grounds and indulge in high tea at the Château Mon Désir, built on the ruins of a centuries-old French arsenal.
5. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita. The Four Seasons has it all: kids’ club, over-the-water spa, stunning golf course, four pools, snorkeling excursions and lots more. Throw in the famous Four Seasons service and beautiful rooms and you’re guaranteed an idyllic holiday. Rent your own sailboat. Sign up for a cooking class. Ride bikes along the resort’s lovely pathways. Or simply swing in a hammock under a palm tree. You won’t want to leave this pampered paradise.