Heritage The Villas
It’s hard to imagine a more perfect location for a villa holiday than a 6,000-acre former sugar plantation by the sea complete with its own nature reserve. At Heritage the Villas the impression of spaciousness carries through to the villas themselves, with their large, open-plan spaces indoors and generous outdoor terraces screened by lush greenery. It would be tempting to stay put in your multi-generational family bubble, enjoying the infinity pool, the views down to the sea and stress-reducing included services such as daily housekeeping, plus optional extras such as a private chef. But the joy of Heritage the Villas is that the Domaine is also home to two five-star resorts, so if you want to mingle there are plenty of restaurants, bars and more in which to do so, all just a short golf-cart ride away.
The selection of places to eat covers everything from haute cuisine in what was once the estate owner’s house to more laidback options by the beach or one of the five swimming pools. When it comes to activities, there’s an award-winning 18-hole golf course with a well-equipped club house, and pitch-and-putt and introductory lessons for the less experienced. Down by the beach, guests can get on the water in kayaks, paddleboards or sailing boats, and there’s a bewildering variety of land-based action, too, from tennis to hikes through the nature reserve. If all that exertion creates aching muscles, two sizeable spas have the remedy in the form of massages and wellness rituals.
As for the villas themselves, they’re individually decorated in a calming, neutral style with African and Mauritian flourishes: mirrors framed in seashells, colourful paintings and baskets of orchids. Each villa has a private infinity pool and plenty of outside space for lazing and eating, and all the bedrooms are en suite. The Pool Villas come in two-, three- and four-bedroom versions and look out over the golf course and the leafy grounds. Ocean View villas will suit larger groups, with the option of three or four bedrooms; as the name suggests, they come with Indian Ocean views.