During our time in Mauritius we had the opportunity to indulge in some of the island’s best properties and having seen most of them, we can say that the Oberoi deserves its distinction as the best hotel on the island.
From the moment we entered the property there is a noticeable difference here from everywhere else on Mauritius. Whereas the other luxury chains try to maximize their space to fit villas and rooms on their beautiful beach resorts, the Oberoi leaves vast portions of the property for gardens, waterfalls and winding forest paths.
The property has just 77 accommodations for guests, from regular rooms to private villas, the experience is all about exclusivity, a tropical garden paradise and a hideaway beachfront. The property has some historic treasures, a preserved battery from the days when it served as a defense port and architecture that blends colonial looking structures with open air restaurants and bars covered by Polynesian style huts that stretch high and lofty covered with tropical grasses and decorated with lava rock.
The hotel offers hospitality on a personalized scale that is quite memorable and one of the most raved about sectors is the culinary scene. The degustation menu at the “Gunpowder Room” is a must try and casual dining at “On the Rocks” is only a stone’s throw from your beach chair. Breakfast is served a la Carte with Indian and Mauritian specialties. There are herbs and vegetables grown on the property and one can even dine gardenside.
Activities are a highlight of the relaxing seaside experience: such as complimentary yoga, kayaking, water skiing and paddle boarding which will keep you active and energized. Special guided events like glass bottom boat tours or stargazing with an actual astrophysicist are regular occurrences here too.
Mauritius is an island of beauty and enchantment, but the Oberoi is a destination within a destination. From the beautifully appointed rooms, to the relaxing spa, lush green and historic spaces to the culinary wonders it will be hard to say goodbye this hotel.