Mauritius is a diversified slice of paradise that lets you be as active a family as you want. Historic sights, nature parks and dizzying activities are interweaved with gracefully appointed and superbly equipped hotels. The country is easy to travel around by private car so travelling with the whole family is a breeze. Don’t miss the Water Park, the Crocodile & Giant Tortoise Park and Casela Nature Park. Hotels on the island treat children like royalty! Children’s Clubs are invariably swish and well-staffed with interesting and fun activities to enjoy; babysitting is also easy to arrange. Browse the recommendations below – we’ve chosen them specially.
‘Beach and Water Sports – Golf and Spa’
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, this elegant hotel reflects the history of Mauritius and the Bel Ombre region. Designed as a village of 20 villas, including butler service in all suites, and many overlooking the gardens or the beach from balconies or terraces. The hotel has 1km of beach which offers guests water sports activities that include: kayaking, windsurfing, snorkelling and glass bottom boat trips. On dry land there is tennis, golf, mountain biking and beach games. The spa has a sauna and hammam and there is also a fully equipped fitness centre and for something relaxing try Yoga or Reiki. The three kids’ clubs offer activities for ages 3 – 11, teens age 12 – 17 and babies or toddlers under the age of 3. There are many dining options available at the Heritage Le Telfair or sister hotel the Heritage Awali so guests can choose from Mauritian, Mediterranean, British or French cuisine.
‘Sustainably Focused and Aesthetically Beautiful’
The LUX* Belle Mare is a member of the renowned LUX Resorts & Hotels group and is situated on the east coast of Mauritius overlooking the Indian Ocean. The tropical gardens and pathways of the resort are home to just 174 suites and 12 private villas that offer residences suitable for both couples and families. Suites come complete with both indoor and outdoor seating areas and bathrooms with free-standing or sunken tubs, as well as walk-in or outdoor showers. The resort has one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius with a separate dedicated children’s area. There are activities for everyone including yoga, fitness programmes, and tennis, or guests can enjoy a range of water sports including water skiing, paddle-boarding and wind surfing. The Spa has 12 treatment rooms, as well as a sauna, steam room and chilled plunge pool. For dining there are four restaurants, one overseen by Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia alongside four further bars.
‘Stunning Location with a Plethora of Activities’
Situated on the Le Morne peninsula overlooking the lagoon to one side and the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Morne Brabant Mountain on the other, Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is perfectly located to experience Mauritian tropical beauty. Rooms, suites and villas are located amongst tropical gardens or on the beachfront and each has an outdoor area. The resort offers many land and water sports, a fitness centre, spa and Golf at Pardis Golf Club Course. For children the kids’ club has activities to suit all. There are four restaurants including a Creole venue and an intimate Italian.
‘Pool villas and access to Mont Choisy Le Golf course’
Perfectly positioned on the North-West coast of the island of Mauritius near lively Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches is set along a fine beach. Suites and Villas are built in crescents tucked amongst the tropical gardens or located beachfront. Suites and Villas are available with private pools or have access to shared Crescent pools and the main pool overlooks the beach. On dry land tennis, cycling, table tennis and a sports centre with gym and personal trainers is available; water sports include kayaking, snorkelling, windsurfing and pedal boats and there is access to a PADI dive centre. Mont Choisy Le Golf offers guests at Trou Aux Biches exclusive tee times and advantageous green fees (booking in advance required). There are six dining options including Indian and Seafood and there are two bars serving cocktails as the sun sets.
‘Perfect beach, turquoise lagoon, TWO golf courses’
Overlooking the Indian Ocean from a beach on the Eastern coast of Mauritius, Constance Belle Mare Plage offers accommodation choices from Prestige rooms, Junior and Deluxe suites and Villas. The beach has an offshore coral reef making it perfect for snorkelling and diving and ideal for watersports. The resort has four pools, a U Spa by Constance, a range of land sports and a fitness centre. On site there are two championship golf courses The Legend & The Links which include driving ranges and equipment rental. There are seven restaurants and six bars that will keep you satisfactorily fed and watered!
‘Exclusive Lagoon Spanning Two Coastlines’
On a private peninsula, One&Only Le Saint Geran is plotted between lagoon and mountains to the East and the Indian Ocean to the West. Dutch colonial-style architecture includes 142 rooms and suites which provide indoor and furnished terraces, and balconies that face the ocean, beach, or lagoon. The Boathouse on the lagoon offers a variety of water sports – Hobie cats, kayaks, windsurfing and more, whereas Club One is the destination for land sports. It features a fitness centre, tennis, and mini-golf, and is also home to the Kid’s Only & One Tribe. There are three pools, a beach, and a One&Only spa for those who simply want to ‘flop and drop’. There are six restaurants and bars, as well as private dining opportunities for romance or celebration.
‘Exciting Activities, Mesmerising Ocean View Accommodation’
Shangri-La Le Touessrok is on the east coast of Mauritius and is situated on a 4km stretch of sandy beach. All rooms, suites and villas have views of the Indian Ocean and feature private balconies or terraces to make the most of the surrounding nature. Water sports to choose from include kayaking, windsurfing, wake boarding, sailing and of course snorkelling, on dry land play tennis, volleyball, badminton or bocce ball or head to the gym or nature trails. There are also two pools and a spa. Guests who stay at Shangri-La Le Touessrok have access to two 18-hole, par 72 golf courses with complimentary shuttle and green fees per person, per day. There are 5 restaurants, and 2 bars offering food and drink from around the world including the signature ‘Shangri-La Rum Oak’.
‘Tropical Setting with Access to Two Championship Golf Courses’
Situated on the west coast of Mauritius, and perfect for sunsets, Sugar Beach Resort overlooks a sandy beach and is surrounded by 30 acres of tropical gardens. Rooms and suites are located in the plantation styled Manor House or in separate Creole styled Villa Houses in the grounds. Families will find connecting rooms and there are options for larger groups. You’ll find a dedicated club for 2 to 11-year-olds, plus a teen club both organise exciting activities. There is a choice of half or full board, plus a comprehensive all-inclusive meal plan. Most land and water-sports are included in your holiday cost, however, for a little extra, you can try your hand at scuba diving or water-skiing. Sugar Beach has seven bars and restaurants – you can also stroll the few metres to La Pirogue for even more choices.
‘Hideaway suites and villas in an inspiring location’
Constance Prince Maurice is situated on the north-east coast of Mauritius. The hotel is set in 60 hectares of unspoilt land, tropical gardens and sheltered sandy beaches. The accommodation comprises 64 Junior Suites, 12 Family Suites, 12 Villas and 1 Princely Suite all of which have furnished terraces with sea or tropical garden views. The hotel has a main pool, lap pool and range of free water sports including windsurfing, water skiing and kayaking. U Spa de Constance has a thermal swimming pool, jacuzzi, and steam & chill bath. There is a kid’s club for children age 4 – 11 that offers organised indoor and outdoor activities daily. Four restaurants and three bars offer a variety of dining options including the romantic Le Barachois that serves dinner on floating decks above the calm waters.
Le Morne Mountain Backdrop – Colonial Elegance
Located in the southwest of the island, JW Marriott Mauritius has a backdrop of Le Morne Mountain a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Colonial in architectural style; terraces and colonnades overlook tropical gardens, beaches and the ocean. There are 172 rooms and suites all within steps of the shore and each featuring a balcony. The resort has two pools, a fitness centre, a spa and a range of water and land sports. There are five restaurants offering food from around the world, and one bar.