Mauritius is a small island nation located in the Indian Ocean, roughly 900 kilometers east of Madagascar. It’s an island of stunning natural beauty – its coast is lined by glorious white beaches and clear, turquoise water whilst its interior features mountains, volcanoes and lush forests. Mauritius is inhabited by descendants of African, Indian and Chinese traders and labourers as well as French and British colonists. This intriguing ethnic mix is best reflected in the island’s colourful markets and its amazing cuisine. To many visitors, Mauritius is the perfect island paradise. There are a variety of luxury resorts around the island. One of the resorts that effortlessly combines luxury, a relaxed atmosphere, excellent service and a wide array of activities (if you manage to tear yourself away from your beach chair!) is The Residence.
The Residence – a luxury getaway
The Residence recaptures the elegance of the turn-of-the-century plantation houses adding in a twist of 21st century luxury. Located on the North Eastern coast of Mauritius around an hour from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport this resort offers a spacious getaway for those interested in a taste of colonial Mauritius.
The suites are all decorated in colonial style – muted colours such as white and beige which are complemented with honey coloured woods and wrought iron, as a shrine to a bygone era. Many of the rooms offer Ocean views or terraces overlooking the hotel gardens letting you relax and take in the scenery from your room.
A stunning location with an unusual history, Mauritius remained uninhabited until the 16th century but is now a multicultural society providing a unique blend of cultures. Its capital Port Louis is Africa’s wealthiest city and with its varied local cuisine and flawless beaches, it offers holiday makers a real taste of luxury in paradise. With a huge assortment of activities available, whatever your cup of tea is, chances are you can find it here.
Located amidst tropical gardens with a chalk white sand beach and azure blue ocean, this resort presents Mauritius in its former glory. Embodying the height of a luxury holiday, guests staying in a suite are provided with a personal butler to do everything; from running a bath to unpacking, making this resort the ultimate place to restore your piece of mind.
The Zen philosophy inspired spa caters to the individual. Dedicated to the well-being of the mind and body, the Sanctuary Spa, which offers custom made programmes including Carita skin care treatments and massages will leave you regenerated and refreshed. Take up yoga, be pampered or relax in the steam room and sauna to bring back your inner calm.
The Dining Room, The Verandah and The Plantation restaurant all offer a range of cuisine and dining styles, whether you want the more formal setting of The Dining Room, poolside snacks at The Verandah or to dine with an ocean view at The Plantation, all your tastes are catered for in these three beautiful restaurants.
Parents can leave their kids with a clear conscience at The Plantation Kids Club which caters for children between the ages of 3 and 12. Housed within a plantation style mansion amidst a tropical park and playground, the club offers everything from pony rides to snorkelling classes as well as fashion shows, movies and plays by night. If this wide array of activities doesn’t suit you, nannies are available at all hours of the day and night, letting you holiday without the hassle at The Residence.
Bringing Mauritius back to its roots, this resort delivers peace, quiet and sunshine for the perfect excuse to put your feet up if you aren’t off trying out the cornucopia of outdoor pursuits and water sports they offer.
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