Set back from an unspoilt beach, this new Anantara resort has a remote feel and an enviable setting next to the Blue Bay Marine Park.
This Anantara resort, which is located down in the southeastern corner of the island is a new addition to Mauritius’s breathtaking coast. We love that the hotel is set back from a wonderfully wild and untouched beach at the western end of the Blue Bay Marine Park; it has that longed-for remote feeling that makes it hard to believe that you’re 10 minutes away from the airport. The resort is modern in style but with a nod to the style of the island with exposed dark brick walls that are complemented with light and natural tones and fresh white furnishings.
Your days could begin with a sunrise stroll along Le Chaland beach followed by a hearty breakfast at Horizon, the resort’s all-day restaurant. You’ll then have all day to make the most of the locally-inspired excursions like the tour of the winding and narrow lanes of Mahebourg and the visit to a tea plantation and rum factory. Back at the resort, lunch and dinner are served at Horizon, the signature restaurant Sea. Fire. Salt., and the clean-eating venue Bon Manzer. Between meals, island explorations and underwater adventures in the nearby marine park, we recommend making sure there’s time to spend at the Anantara Spa. The wellness space at Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is a tropical retreat where you can indulge in treatments and traditional hammam rituals.
The rooms, suites and villas are a haven of calm, with cool white décor and crisp sheets accented with a pop of dark blue thanks to the soft furnishings. Premier Garden Rooms overlook the gardens from the upper floors while the ground floor Deluxe Garden Rooms open out onto the grass. We recommend opting for a room or suite with a sea view like the Deluxe Ocean View Rooms and the Ocean View Suites, or one that’s on the ground floor and is just a short walk away from the sand. There are also villas that have two or four bedrooms, large living areas and lots of outdoor space with a private pool (from October 2020).
Set back from Le Chaland beach, on the island’s south-east coast
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164 rooms and suites and 8 villas
• Tour the former capital Mahebourg with the resort’s ‘Streetwise Guru’ who will show you hundred-year-old wooden houses and pirogue sailing boats* • Start the day with some yoga on the beach* • Hear tales of the island from the Cultural Guru • Follow the tea and rum route to a plantation and the famous Chamarel Rhumerie (requires advance booking)*.
4 restaurants, 2 bars, dining by design, in-room dining
Meal upgrade options (per person per night)
Half Board • Breakfast and dinner at Horizon • Dinner at Sea. Fire. Salt (pre-booking required; some dishes at a supplement)
All Inclusive • Breakfast, lunch and dinner at Horizon • Lunch and dinner at Sea. Fire. Salt (pre-booking required; some dishes at a supplement) • Lunch at Bon Manzer (some dishes at a supplement) • Selected alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks served at the bars and restaurants throughout the day.
*Denotes local charge