With the glorious Indian Ocean providing a stunning backdrop, Mauritius is the place to find a number of different preserved beaches and all year sunshine. Popular with the rich and famous, it stretches across 1,900 square kilometers and offers an impressive 300 km of stunning coastline.
You can also take advantage of beautiful coral reefs, while the country is renowned for a host of ethnic groups which gives it its rich cultural diversity.
In addition to this, you can take advantage of a wealth of diving and fishing opportunities as you watch the sun set. The principal hotspot can be found in Grand Baie which is situated in the north and enclosed by an attractive lagoon.
Meanwhile, the eastern side is popular for its exclusive hotels, pristine white sands and calming waters to dip your toes in. For a place to rest your head, here are some top options for beach villas in Mauritius.
10 Beachcomber Paradis Hotel & Golf Club, Junior Suite, Beach Front: $725 Per Night
Based on the tranquil Morne Peninsula, The Beachcomber Paradis Hotel and Golf Club has a host of lovely sandy beaches and tropical palm trees to admire. With four restaurants to choose from you will not be short of sustenance with seafood and local Creole specialties available. If you have the desire to work out then there is also an onsite fitness center as well. However, the main highlight is of course the suites which are directly on the beach and are priced around $725 per night. These include natural interiors, plasma TV screens and boast incredible views of the Indian Ocean.
9 Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa, Senior Suite with Private Pool – Beachfront: $740 Per Night
Having undergone a $100 million revamp, the all-suite Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa is one of the hottest venues in Mauritius. Situated on a sandy beach you can admire the plethora of waterfalls which provides the perfect tropical escape. There are more than 100 different plunge pools, whilst the large suites are just a sight to behold. Generous in size you can enjoy two or three bed villas with a host of facilities and even shower outdoors. Other amenities feature private terraces with dedicated barbecues, air conditioning, Nespresso coffee makers and swimming pools. Priced at $740 per night you can gaze in awe at the inspiring views across Trou aux Biches beach.
8 Angsana Balaclava Mauritius, Pool Suite: $1,020 Per Night
One of the latest five star venues in Mauritius, Angsana Balaclava is the epitome of the ultimate hideaway. Located in Turtle Bay, this adult’s only resort is the perfect place to relax and unwind. The magnificent Beachfront Suites enjoy more than 500 square feet of space and include a steam shower and lavish infinity pool just moments from the beach. If you want even more luxury then check out the Imperial villa, containing four beds with your very own butler service.
7 Beachcomber Royal Palm Hotel, Junior Suite: $1,050 Per Night
With sweeping views across Grand Bay, Beachcomber Royal Palm Hotel is another strong Mauritian contender. Exclusivity is the order of the day here. You can arrange a transfer either by a private Rolls Royce Phantom vehicle or helicopter if you really want to arrive in style. It benefits from a private beach, while there is also an open air swimming pool. You can also practice your swing on the range of tennis courts or simply rejuvenate in their well-being center. Water sports are in abundance but you may not even be able to tear yourself away from the impressive suites. Priced at $1,050 per night, elegant interiors dominate, where each one comes with a private terrace and vistas that look out onto tropical gardens. You certainly won’t go hungry as there are three restaurants delivering a wealth of diverse cuisine.
6 Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre, Beach Villa: $1,065 Per Night
On the southern peninsula of Mauritius lies the beautiful Sofitel So Mauritius Bel Ombre. A real 5 star feast for the eyes, its location benefits from majestic views across the mountains not to mention the Indian Ocean. Guests can walk freely along the private beach or sample some innovative French cuisine at Le Flamboyant Restaurant. Other facilities on site include an outdoor pool and a spa where you can select from numerous treatments and therapies. There are even T'ai Chi sessions on the beach if you want to find your inner calm. Water skiing is offered free of charge and for the more adventurous, you can swim with dolphins. The villas are sensational and worth every cent of its $1,065 daily price tag. They come complete with outdoor tubs, sweeping ocean views, lush gardens and private butler service.
5 LUX* Le Morne, Junior Suite with Ocean View: $1,150 Per Night
The ultra-premium 5-star LUX* Le Morne comes with its own stretch of pristine white sand. You will soon switch off among the peaceful surroundings and calm blue waters. If you want to explore then there are hiking trails available nearby or golf courses less than 30 minutes away by car. You can experience al fresco dining at LUX* Le Morne, while its facilities will ensure you are occupied all day long. This includes a spa, tennis courts and its very own Turkish hammam. For $1,150 per night, guests can relax in Junior Suites with glorious ocean vistas. Dark wood interiors combine beautifully with a private outdoor area, where you can plug and play all your tunes via individual iPod docks.
4 One&Only Le Saint Géran, Junior Suite, Beach Front: $1,300 Per Night
Surrounded by coconut trees, the One&Only Le Saint Géran is one for the elite. If you want to relax then the ESPA wellness centre certainly fits the bill. Set in lush ground, it provides not only numerous massages but tai chi and a plethora of treatments. For the sportier among you, there are five tennis courts which are all flood-lit as well as a fitness center boasting state of the art equipment. There is even a 9 hole golf course endorsed by a legend of the game Gary Player. Foodies are really spoiled at this 5 star deluxe hotel thanks to top Michelin star cuisine which can be sampled while taking in ocean views. Oozing luxury, the rooms are really something special. Seconds from the sand, they include docking systems, dressing rooms, mood lighting, dedicated lounge space and private pools.
3 Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa, Executive Villa, Beach Front: $1,320 Per Night
For $1,320 you can sample an Executive Villa at the plush Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa. Based on Flic en Flac Beach, guests can take a dip in their own plunge pools and enjoy a range of benefits from air conditioning and modern interiors to iPod docks and striking Indian Ocean views. Water sports facilities including kayaking are readily available, and you can explore the bottom of the ocean thanks to daily glass-bottom boat excursions. There is also a host of international treats on offer or you can gorge in the comfort of your own room with round the clock room service.
2 Le Prince Maurice, Beach Villa with Pool: $1,525 Per Night
Offering spacious villas and breath-taking lagoon or beach views, the sumptuous Le Prince Maurice provides a wealth of attractive villas. For $1,525 per night they come complete with private pools, marble bathrooms, plunge tubs and separate dining areas. You also get your very own tropical garden thrown in for good measure. With plenty of Indonesian design influences, it really is a calming oasis to lose yourself in.
1 St Regis Mauritius Resort, Grand Deluxe Suite Beach Front: $4,100 Per Night
The perfect melange of urban New York inspiration and tropical design meet at the St Regis Mauritius Resort. Situated on the Le Morne Peninsula, it combines touches of colonial style that is set among pure white sand. The Grand Deluxe Suites are the ones in demand boasting large terraces, extensive bathrooms and a range of modern conveniences. Under the supervision of Michelin star impresario Atul Kochhar, its restaurant Simply India brings many a far flung guest to sample its cuisine. If you really need to recharge then a visit to the high-class Guerlain spa is a must.