Still sensationally unspoilt with dramatic natural topography, Mauritius feels almost otherworldly … and there are some deeply smart places to stay. Whether you’re looking for an isolated stretch of sand or a family-friendly resort, Sun Resorts has enough options to suit every type of traveller. So, what are you waiting for?
Discerning guests seeking a blissful haven will instantly fall in love with the grande dame of the Sun Resorts group, the magnificent five-star Long Beach. Fringing the famed beach at Belle Mare along the untamed East Coast of Mauritius and encompassed by dense tropical gardens, the resort manages to be both incredibly spoiling and completely laidback.
The generous luxury rooms are tastefully kitted out with sleek and stylish furniture and natural, mid-toned décor. Each one features a private balcony or terrace and close access to its stretch of beach, garden or pool. That’s not all – king-size beds, speedy Wi-Fi and air-conditioning add to the ultimate personal comfort. If you can, book a Junior Suite with a sea view, which has a stunning sea view including a spacious private furnished terrace overlooking the lagoon.
There are several slick restaurants serving elegant food – think inviting breakfast buffets at Le Marché, fresh seafood, shellfish and local specialities at Tides, spectacular Italian-inspired dishes at Sapori and Asian cuisine with a modern flair at Chopsticks. Wine buffs should head to our top pick, the quietly glamorous Hasu. We highly recommend the five-course wine-pairing menu, which presents some of the most pristine plates we’ve ever seen, all washed down with perfect wine pairings.
Spa buffs are equally well looked after. Go fully horizontal at the super-luxe Cinq Mondes spa hidden amongst lush gardens and surrounded by water – there are authentic traditional treatments and terrifically good back, neck and shoulder massages as well as high-tech anti-ageing facials and Shellac mani-pedis. The best part is that while you’re enjoying some me-time, the children can be kept blissfully busy at the Sun Kids club, where they can try exciting archery lessons taught by a professional coach, pizza-making classes, painting classes or yoga sessions.
Ile aux Cerfs leisure island is the best reason to visit Long Beach. Keen golfers can learn how to play or perfect their swing at the Golf Academy, challenge themselves to an 18-hole course designed by two-time Masters Champion Bernhard Langer or relax on Fillbusters, the exclusive beach for golfers. On the private beach, guests are left alone on their little dot to mooch around the fresh coconut and cocktail bar, stretch out on a day bed or take a dip in the turquoise water. There’s also a public beach, beach restaurants, an adventure park and a wide variety of water sports.
Back at the resort, there’s an abundance of beachside activities, land-based activities and water sports. Try the snorkeling, one-hour nature trail and wall climbing. There are also some unforgettable experiences centred around wellbeing, art, food, music and sports from sunrise to sunset as well as chic bars, live music and culinary experiences in the evenings.
Whether you want your hotel to provide wild spaces for children to roam or the best eco-credentials, the elegant five-star Sugar Beach along the sun-drenched, sheltered bay of Flic-en-Flac is designed to cater for kids with lots of attention lavished on parents and couples too. A testament to the aesthetics of colonial estates in a bygone era, today the refurbished resort is the epitome of a holiday in paradise.
Bordered by crystalline waters and manicured gardens, the plantation-style resort offers a mix of ambiance and amenities that are sure to up the luxury factor on your next vacation. There’s a wide variety of accommodation options, each of which masterfully balances old-world opulence with modern comforts and panoramic views of the sunset over the ocean. Kids under 12 stay, eat and play for free. Each room also includes complimentary Wi-Fi, 40” LED TVs and individually controlled air conditioning
The resort has exceptional restaurants that provide varied gastronomic experiences throughout the day and night: Abundant English buffets and themed dinners at Mon Plaisir, wood-fired pizzas and delicious Mediterranean salads at Citronella’s, and gastronomic wonders, cocktail perfection and renowned music at our favourite by far, Buddha-Bar Beach. Expect a large sushi and sashimi selection plus dishes like seared tuna tartare, rock shrimp tempura, sea bass ceviche and wagyu rib eye steak.
The way you spend your time in this waterworld wonderland is entirely up to you. Spend the day blissfully lounging at the pool or on the flawless beach. At night, lie in bed or out on the starlit terrace and feel like you’re adrift on a yacht. You can also unwind at the spa, which offers an array of Cinq Mondes experiences steeped in time-honoured ritualistic ceremonies and ancient healing techniques from around the world. The use of the hammam, complimentary with any treatment booked, is not to be missed. Children can join their parents in the pampering or be kept occupied by Sun Kids.
Fresh, fruity cocktails are synonymous with a fine beach holiday at Sugar Beach, so a mixology class with one of the resort’s talented barmen should be right at the top of your to-do list. Another way to embrace the dusk is with a special Mauritian-themed cocktail hour with front-row seats to a gorgeous sunset. There’s no better way to start your day than with invigorating sunrise activities like yoga, Bodyblade or Zumba followed by a healthy detox drink to boost your system. Come sunset, watch the dramatic descent of the sun into the ocean from the water itself on a stand-up paddle board.
Water lovers can also indulge in exploring the colourful marine life in the topaz lagoon, enjoying a group activity in the pool or learning a new water sport. Those who’d prefer to not get in the water can view vivid corals and beautiful sea creatures on the phenomenal glass bottom boat or navigate tropical terrain with an exciting mountain bike excursion.
Did you know? Sugar Beach’s facilities are fully interchangeable with its sister hotel – the four-star La Pirogue – located next door. Guests therefore have the advantage of enjoying the benefits that two spectacular hotels have to offer, such as a wide variety of unlimited land and water sports that are on offer free of charge to all Sugar Beach guests.
Book your next holiday at a Sun Resort through World Leisure Holidays through a friendly agent by calling 011 285 2500. Alternatively, you can book and pay online by visiting www.wlh.co.za.