Cocooned in a tranquil beachside coconut grove, this refined and characterful boutique resort is made for romantic breaks.
The word most often used to describe the only Relais & Châteaux property in Mauritius is “charming”, and it’s not hard to see why. Some of 20 Degrés Sud’s irresistible appeal is down to its enviable setting in a shady coconut grove right at the water’s edge, which helps to conjure up a secret-garden vibe. Then there are the coolly elegant colonial-style buildings with their palm-thatched roofs and white slatted shutters, and the breezy, pale interiors furnished with cleverly chosen antiques that make each space unique. And there are quirkier touches – an aquarium in the library – which all help to create the impression of being as far as it’s possible to be from the bustle of modern life.
If the hotel as a whole is restful, the intimate spa takes relaxation to another level, with a roster of indulgent treatments and rituals designed to soothe the soul and nourish the body. The refined Mauritian-influenced cuisine and the settings in which it is served, whether that’s under a sail on the sand or on a vintage motorboat in the middle of the bay, is also certain to conjure up a glow of contentment. Activities are of the just-active-enough variety. If snorkelling, kayaking and windsurfing don’t appeal, you can board a traditional barge for a trip to a tiny island or to admire the sunset, or hop on the hotel longboat to be whisked to the relatively bright lights of nearby Grand Baie.
The 36 cool-toned rooms and suites are individually decorated with antiques, gauze-draped four-poster beds and claw-foot baths, creating the impression of stepping into a private house. The Charm rooms are the smallest, though some are larger than others, and a lucky eight have an outside shower under the palms. With a bit more space and a seaside setting, Beachfront rooms are a step up, but for a truly special occasion, it’s worth opting for one of the seven suites. There are three types, all beside the beach, the pick of which is the wonderfully secluded Secret Suite, which has a private pool and direct access to the spa and beach – the ultimate romantic getaway.
On the north coast of Mauritius at Pointe Malartic, within easy reach of the resort town of Grand Baie
Good to know
Minimum stay: 4 nights 26 Dec-06 Jan.
36 rooms and suites
2 restaurants, dinner cruise, lounge bar
Breakfast at L’Explorateur.
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half board • Breakfast and à la carte dinner at L’Explorateur • Afternoon tea
Full board • Breakfast, à la carte lunch and à la carte dinner at L’Explorateur • Afternoon tea.
*Denotes local charge