The Oberoi Mauritius
What We Love
- Private atrium outside your shower
- Free activities including star-gazing and yoga classes
- Delicious food using prime imported ingredients and local specialties
- Outdoor couples massage
- Artwork by Mauritian artists
- Stunning views from every room
What To Know
- Transfers are available to/from Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) for a fee
- Breakfast is included in rate
- Free WiFi available in public areas only
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Kids Club
- Parking On Site
One might think that at a far-flung African isle, tucked behind Madagascar, I’d have to skimp on creature comforts. But the Oberoi Hotel’s amicable service, natural elegance and secluded setting is as close as I’ve ever been to paradise. Hidden away along the north coast, not far from the island’s vibrant capital, The Oberoi is set on 20 acres of sub-tropical gardens. It feels grand without losing its island charm.
Mauritius is a culturally diverse, microcosm-of-the-world destination with 87 different races and religions. I pass a Hindu temple, decorated lavishly with sun-washed pink columns and yellow and blue carvings of Ganesh. I hear chanting of Shiva Om in the distance. I take the winding country road past sugar cane fields where a group of mud-covered workers convene for lunch to the sounds of sega music playing from an old stereo.
I arrive to a welcoming passion fruit thirst-quencher that helps cut the heat. On the beach, half-submerged stone heads are perched throughout the pale sand. Past lush gardens, my villa is decorated in neutral colors and indigenous elements. The headboard, woven from sugarcane leaves, is a nod to one of the island’s tradition.
The bathroom has a sunken tub and shower set with a view that makes it hard to tell where the exterior begins. The tub faces a private pool and garden atrium and I slide the glass door open so I can bathe with the butterflies and birds. It’s bliss. This alone is well worth the 24-hour journey from New York.
Resort food can be ho-hum but The Oberoi has hired Chef Igor Bocchia, who makes delicious repast from imported and local ingredients. Succulent aloo pharata, Mauritian puffed up flat bread called ti puri and Creole sausages with coconut chutney win me over. All of the resort’s restaurants are set in half-open pavilions so I never feel too far away from the sea and the stars. The night sky is so brilliantly starry that The Oberoi organizes stargazing activities with a local astronomer.
The nearby town of Port Louis perks me up; the blazing sun, the pungent smell of spices and the mosh-pit of people doing their daily chores instantly remind me of Delhi, India. The bazaars and markets sell everything from local fruit to the latest Bollywood flicks to Yankees gear. I laugh with a young boy in a Derek Jeter jersey. For lunch I buy a dholl puri, a flatbread made from smashed yellow split peas with vegetable curry. I wash it down with an ice-cold alooda (a milkshake filled with agar) that’s just sweet enough.
How to Get There
We were looking for a place to stay to spend a peaceful Easter Weekend. We found this and more. On arrival, we were met by name, with a cooling towel and a refreshing drink. The individual welcoming service was a wonderful surprise. We found the room well appointed with everything you would need for a comfortable stay. For the few things we required, the staff were most willing to assist with and provide promptly. The staff are friendly and helpful. I would recommend a visit to the spa for a lovely relaxing massage. Food was delicious (on half Board). Breakfast choices were delicious. On the Rocks for dinner was spectacular for venue and food. We felt looked after from the moment we arrived to the moment we left with a lovely sendoff from hotel staff including water for our onward journey.
We were actually guests in the close by Maritime hotel, but wanted to have dinner in another place, so we have chosen the Oberoi. As expected service and the whole spot are really different in a exceptional positive way. Although the price for the dinner is pretty high, food and service were very nice, not to compare with the buffet restaurant in Maritim.
But both hotels are almost at the same beach, which is not the nicest at Mauritius. ..so if beach and water are important, don't book these hotel there.
The hotel is really great.we stayed there 3 nights and of we would have known how it is,we would have stay there a week.we travelled a lot in great hotels and resorts but this one is really cool if you want to forget everything.the rooms are very private,quite big..would like to repeat this trip!
My sister and I spent two weeks at The Oberoi in March and can’t wait to return. We have both been fortunate enough to stay at many of the worlds leading 5 star resorts but after our brother and his family had been here 5/6 times - we had to try it out for ourselves! Everything is excellent. Honestly it is. The location, the gardens, the layout of the hotel gives you absolute privacy, the facilities (though we didn’t use the spa much we did use the gym, do the painting and the sculpting classes and use the bikes) and the restaurant/bar (including the musicians at the bar). We also experienced near perfect weather (around 30 degrees).
There were two things that really stood out though- firstly the food and secondly the customer service.
Food- we love Indian food and having a Mum who is an excellent cook means we are fussy! Chef Daman was amazing. Everything from the breakfast parathas to the various dinners he made us (often taking requests for items that weren’t even on the menu) were delicious. He was also super friendly and courteous, coming out to check on us during meal times. A true gent.
Customer Service- my sister once mentioned that she liked the coconut tuilles and from then on a few were left in our room during turn down every evening. That is just one example of the great customer service. The staff are all delightful, attentive and courteous. We would love to mention everyone because everyone was genuinely really nice and very professional but a special thank you has to go to Nishal (Food & Beverage Service Manager) who was utterly charming and helpful.
We will definitely be returning.
Early this week I was at The Oberoi as it is my favorite hotel in Mauritius.
Seated under the huge banyan tree next to the main bar, we could enjoy the sunset while having some nicely made ice tea and The Oberoi signature mojito.
The snacks were a blend of savory chicken Tikka, salmon fish with pickles, méditerranéan vegetables, and originality: banana chips and sautéed peas.
We didn't stay for dinner but shall be back for sure in the course of the year.
Thanks to bar team, Baboo, the Indian bar trainee, Sonah and Nischal.