JW Marriott Mauritius Resort

Colonial elegance with island flair

Sitting elegantly between UNESCO World Heritage Site Le Morne Mountain and a stretch of soft white sand leading out into a crystal-clear turquoise lagoon is the stately manor of JW Marriott Mauritius Resort. Housed in a former sugar baron’s plantation house, the hotel embraces its past with colonial-inspired decor, albeit with a contemporary upgrade — think wood-paneled dining rooms serving afternoon tea and wicker steamer trunks in ocean-facing accommodations.

But the design details play second fiddle to Mauritius’ natural charm. Blue-hued views are always front and center, whether from your bed, a poolside lounger or the treadmill. A world-class kite-surfing school helps you take full advantage of those sparkling waters, as does a beachfront cabana for sea-breeze-accompanied massages.

At the end of the day, five stellar dining venues await to provide yet another taste of island bliss — though no one would blame you for ordering room service to enjoy while watching the sunset from your private terrace.

Our Inspector's Highlights

  • JW Marriott Mauritius Resort’s location on Le Morne Peninsula makes it a haven for kite surfers thanks to its clear, shallow waters and windy year-round conditions. Try your hand at the adrenaline-inducing sport with a visit to the world’s first ION CLUB Prestige kite-surfing school, located within the property’s Watersports Centre.
  • The light-filled Pure Spa is a serene spot to while the day away with facials and ayurvedic massages. If you can’t bear to part with those cooling breezes, opt to indulge in some pampering in the spa’s Beach Cabana.
  • For a stunning souvenir, take advantage of the Mauritius hotel’s family photo sessions. These professionally produced shoots take place at sunset, creating gorgeous moments you’ll be able to treasure for years to come.
  • The property’s two sea-facing pools make the most of the hotel’s stunning surroundings. Snag a daybed by the main pool to enjoy chair-side service, or retreat to the smaller garden pool for extra seclusion.
  • Head to the Watersports Centre to enjoy an array of gratis activities, including windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling and pedal boat rides. For even more excitement, opt for an excursion like a sunny morning swim with the island’s resident dolphins or a big-game fishing adventure.

Things to Know

  • A spacious 24-hour fitness center provides all the equipment you need for a vacation workout. Yoga sessions are also available through Pure Spa, if you prefer a more Zen way to start your day.
  • Adventure seekers will want to plan a trek up Le Morne Mountain, a 1,824-foot monolith and UNESCO World Heritage Site. The trail is open to the public, though the concierge can help you arrange a guide, if you prefer assistance navigating the rocky terrain.
  • JW Marriott Mauritius Resort is on the opposite coast from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The 90-minute transfer can be arranged through the luxury hotel, though rental car services and taxis are also available at the airport.

The Rooms

  • Arranged in clusters along the beach, 172 ocean-view suites feature colonial-inspired décor with handcrafted wooden bed frames, wicker cabinets and steamer trunks and period-inspired objets d’art.
  • Spacious bathrooms have duel vanities with stone sinks, freestanding oval bathtubs and green-mosaic-tiled rain showers stocked with Remède amenities.
  • For an even more regal retreat, check into a One Bedroom Villa, where you’ll be greeted by a tropical sunrise each morning from your plush bed. The 1,786-square-foot space has vaulted ceilings, a furnished terrace, a private plunge pool and beach access for stately indoor-outdoor living.

The Restaurants

  • Named for Thailand’s famed boat-filled marketplace, Floating Market provides an atmospheric over-water spot to savor pan-Asian cuisine. Wood paneling, stylistic floral backdrops and chandeliers fashioned from bird cages give an air of authenticity to the serene dining room.
  • Right on the white sand beach,The Boathouse Aegean Beach Grill & Lounge boasts an island-chic vibe with colorful cocktails, grilled seafood and an open-air dining room.
  • Atsuko (“serenity” in Japanese) is a contemporary spot for tempura, sushi and nigiri, washed down with creative cocktails — the wasabi chocolate martini is a particularly unusual concoction.
  • Step back in time at Le Manoir Dining Room during a sun-drenched breakfast, afternoon tea or candlelit dinner. Snag a seat on the black-and-white tiled terrace for pool, beach and Tea Garden views, or head indoors for more stately surroundings with wrought-iron chandeliers, dark wood furnishings and historic photographs.
  • As the name implies, Indya serves up spice-fueled fare from the subcontinent. Designed for sharing, selections include chicken malai kebabs, butter chicken and a gulab jamun (a rose-water-flavored dumpling) cheesecake.

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Getting There
Le Morne Peninsula Coastal Road, La Gaulette le Morne, Mauritius
MRU (1 h 15 min)  
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