Travel writer and founder of Hotel Chic, Sara Bliss dishes on her recent trip to the island of Mauritius.
The journey: A 28-hour trip from NYC, thanks to two flights and layovers. The distance is the main reason you won’t run into many Americans on the island.
The island: Given how far I traveled, I did expect this island in the middle of the Indian Ocean to feel a bit more remote. But with over 160 hotels, Mauritius is very much a resort island. It’s ideal for someone who wants to experience the tropics, without having to rough it (or worry about things like cobras and scorpions).
The Beach: The Indian Ocean is this indescribable inky blue/green color that is so stunning. Because much of Mauritius is protected by a coral reef, the water is totally calm for swimming, paddleboarding, and snorkeling. Or, you can just relax under a palapa.
The Food: Because the island has an incredible cultural mix, this is great foodie destination. You’ll find good Thai, Indian, Japanese, Chinese, French, and Mauritian cuisine. The Boathouse bar and grill at the St. Regis is an idyllic place for taking in the sunset and dancing to the DJ at night. For lunch, try the Dinarobin Hotel’s laid back beachfront restaurant with showstopping views of the Indian Ocean.
Hotels: The new St. Regis is sophisticated and glamorous with all the bells and whistles—6 restaurants, a spa, a kid’s club, lovely boats, butlers, it goes on. The setting on a quieter part of the island under the shadow of the majestic Le Morne peak, is spectacular. It’s also next to a Kite-Boarding mecca. Many of the rooms have the beach, a mere steps away from your front porch. The hotel would be ideal for a multi-generational trip—everyone from your 2-year old to your grandmother will be happy.
Shanti Maurice: This 61-suite oceanfront spa/hotel opened last year and reflects the cultural mix of Mauritius with French, Asian, Indian, Creole, & African influences in the architecture, design, and food. Set on 36-secluded acres in Southern part of Mauritius, the resort has a very mellow vibe, a lovely beach, and a creative spa. It’s a total romantic escape.
Trip highlight: Swimming in the open ocean with wild dolphins all around.