In 1896, when Mark Twain, author of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn, visited Mauritius, he wrote, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was created first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” This veritable Garden of Eden with its fine sand beaches bordered by filao and tamarind trees, the crystalline waters of its lagoon and the intense green color of its mountains in the background, have earned Mauritius the nickname given to it by 18th century navigators: “the star of the Indian Ocean”. Located east of the African coast and Madagascar, the island is surrounded in part by a coral reef. Discovered by the Arabs, then colonized by the Dutch, it was finally named “Maurice” - Mauritius - in honor of Prince Maurice of Nassau. Originally uninhabited, it became populated with Europeans, Indians and an increasing number of slaves from Africa and Madagascar. The French took possession afterwards, followed by the English. In 1968, Mauritius became an independent country at last. The present day inhabitants are a mixture of races from three continents, a throwback to the island’s colonial past. This ethnic mixture is further heightened by the existence of temples, minarets and church steeples.
Although renowned for its long stretches of white sandy beaches, Mauritius also has a wide variety of landscapes including huge sugar cane fields in the vast plains, tea plantations on the hillsides and in the mountains, and immense waterfalls flowing in the middle of the tropical forest. The gentle climate, the turquoise water of the lagoon and the magnificent nature make this island paradise a dream destination for deep sea divers and nature enthusiasts as well as those seeking a restful, relaxing and carefree vacation.
The 65 villas of Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, situated in an immense, richly colored tropical garden, overlook the crystalline water of Tamarin Bay at Flic-en-Flac, on the west coast of the island. Inspired by India and Bali, influenced by the colonial style and heightened by touches of Islamic art, the architecture of these luxury villas are in fact typically Mauritian, bearing witness to the wealth and diversity of its culture, thus creating a blend of all these external influences with deep red colored roofs, like those of the first constructions in the 18th century, visible beams, window doors to let the sunshine in and facilitate ventilation, moucharabiehs, etc.
The villas, all single level, even for the presidential suites, possess the same indefinable charm, luxury and refinement without ostentation, giving one the feeling of serenity. The interiors use noble materials such as teak for the floors, rosewood for the doors, sandalwood furniture and sober tones of cream, beige and chocolate. The extended terraces contain a private outdoor shower and a swimming pool varying in size with the largest measuring 56 square meters.
While comfortably ensconced in a soft cushioned couch, guests can spend the day relaxing and be served dinner under the stars. A spa, inspired by Indian philosophy and a stunning black slate swimming pool facing the turquoise water of the lagoon, reinforce the peaceful atmosphere that prevails throughout the hotel. There is also a huge beach, facing the lagoon where guests can dive in the midst of the coral or have a drink as they watch the sunset.
The Coast to Coast restaurant facing the sea specializes in fish dishes and a bit further on, the Cilantro is a veritable shrine to new Asian cuisine, enabling guests to discover the most refined aromas and flavors of Japan, Thailand, Vietnam and India; a veritable gastronomic journey through Asia!
The emblem of Mauritius is a one-meter tall bird of the pigeon family which unfortunately disappeared from the island with the arrival of the Europeans.
Five stars / Resort / Member Leading Hotels of the World / Private villas with pool / White sand beach / Intimacy / Idyllic hideaway / Haute cuisine / Two restaurants / Personalized dining experience / Lounge Bar / Beach Bar / Spa / Ayurvedic treatments / Rejuvenation cures / Beauty salon / Yoga classes / Fitness / Golf / Water sports / Catamaran cruises / Swimming trips with dolphins / Infinity pool / Kids club
Open all year
Double occupancy from 570 euros
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport (MRU) - Port Louis
MARADIVA VILLAS RESORT & SPA
Flic en Flac
Approximately 11 hours
+ 4 hours From November to March
+ 2 hours from the end of March to the end of October
Tropical climate in the Southern hemisphere regions, with two inverted seasons in comparison to the Northern hemisphere
Southern region (November to April): hot and humid (22°C at night and 30°C during the day)
Winter (May to October): less hot (17°C at night, and 24°C during the day)
Passport whose validity is superior to at least six months from the date of scheduled departure
A return ticket
Proof of a hotel reservation with the name and address of hotel, and proof of financial subsistence ($100 per day)
Yellow fever vaccination required for visitors over one year of age who have visited a country or an infected zone
The Mauritian rupee (MUR)
English, French, Creole, Bhojpuri
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