This exclusive mountain retreat, surrounded by tropical gardens within The Black River Gorges National Park, is one of our best kept secrets.
Managed like a guesthouse but with the full service of a 5-star hotel, Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge is a resort to behold. With luxurious bespoke lodges dotted across the subtly landscaped vegetation, this mountain hideaway instantly induces a sense of serenity and offers both vast ocean and mountain views across its abundant estate. From the fruit trees planted by the owner’s daughters to the beautiful pieces of furniture fashioned from a tekoma tree collected after a cyclone, the resort is embroidered with charming stories and an unrivalled level of care exudes from its core.
This impeccable attention to detail continues through to the lodges, each thoughtfully named and inspired from the captivating melting pot of Mauritian culture. Symbolic trees grace the lodge’s bathrooms – olive representing longevity and hope, bamboo linked to friendship and frangipani, a symbol of divinity – and each is complimented with hand-crafted furniture and local artist’s work. This heart-felt authenticity is paired with luxurious cottons, sumptuous bath robes and lavish open-air rain showers for that ever-present sense of indulgence. Opt for one of the suites that feature a stylish private pool, and you may never want to leave.
Despite its seemingly off-the-beaten-track sense of location, some of the island’s most beautiful beaches can be reached within 10 minutes by car and the resort is surrounded by popular landmarks such as Chamarel’s Seven Coloured Earth. With free bicycle hire and plenty of paths leading from the estate, guests are at leisure to explore the peaks, valleys and waterfalls independently, but guided daytrips are readily available should you prefer. Back at your secret hideaway indulge in a relaxing treatment at the Sauna and Wellness Hut, take part in a blissful yoga class or simply lounge by one of the peaceful salt-water pools. There’s a fascinating mini labyrinth to explore too but we’ll leave owner Francois to explain that one.
In the south-west corner of the island, surrounded by The Black River Gorges National Park, a 10-minute drive from the beach
Good to know
Minimum stay: 3 nights 22 Dec-05 Jan; 2 nights at other times.
20 lodges and suites
1 restaurant, 1 bar, private and in-room dining, room service (delivery charge)
Half board • Breakfast and dinner at the main restaurant.
*Denotes local charge