This hotel is part of a smaller chain that we had heard good things about and so we decided to make it the site of our first night’s stay in Mauritius. It turned out to be a charming surprise with an excellent location and a winning sense of hospitality.
Like most places on the island, Shanti Maurice is pretty easy to find, follow a coastal road to the larger town which it is considered part of and from there you will see road signs around 5km out. We found it without any hassle driving after a long flight on the opposite side of the road!
Right away we found out the routine of how arriving to resorts works in Mauritius. If you are driving yourself (which most tourists don’t do) the guard will curiously look at you as you pull up. It helps to go ahead and begin the conservations stating that you have a reservation and waiting for them to find you name on the list.
As we came in and pulled around to the covered entrance, hospitable staff came to take our bags and whisk the car off to parking. We were ushered out to the bar area overlooking the sunset views of the pool and bay to receive a refreshing welcome drink while the manager stopped by to say hello and the check in was done remotely.
Once we were shown to the room we found a spacious yet simply decorated space. There is a sea view balcony that feels quite private even though there are four units per building. The bed was very comfortable and the bathroom quite large with a soaking tub, shower and plenty of closet space.
The beauty of the resort is that it sits in such a way between a public beach and a turn in the coastline that it has a very private and exclusive feel with unhindered views. Even though it is on the South side of the island and the Western side has the preferred sunset views, the sunset here was spectacular as well.
There are three main restaurants in the hotel which operate off and on for various mealtimes. Visitors should be aware that many of the food items contain meat and seafood. While there are a few vegetarian options they are not abundant or varied. The breakfast has a nice selection of items for all types of consumption.
Probably the winningest feature of the hotel we found was the spa. It is small but beautiful. It captures the feeling of a resort within the resort. It is a compound with lush gardens, walled porches, impressive stonework and flowing waters. There are two pools, sauna, steam room and outdoor jacuzzi. Even when the hotel was quite busy the spa never felt crowded.