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.
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What a lovely hotel, beautiful rooms, gardens, beach, pool all excellent and the welcome and hospitality of the lovely staff was superb. Delicious food served in all three restaurants. I will go again and happily highly recommend.
We had stayed at Oberoi Beach Resort for 4 nights in October. The property is very well planned and designed. The highlight of the property is the waterfall created near the reception area.
Our cottage was far from the Ocean, but the walk towards the same was worth it.
As we were vegetarians, the choice of food was very restricted, specially during lunch and dinner. The breakfast was very good with good choices of Indian Vegetarian items.
The water activities were very time restricted. Could not enjoy any of the same.
Having stayed at the Oberoi, Bali ... comparisions are bound to be there. With nearly similar architecture at both places, Oberoi - Bali, was a better experience compared to Mauritius.
And yes, the property is very expensive.
We stayed at the hotel for 6 days to celebrate our anniversary and my husband's birthday. From the moment we entered the hotel and saw the blue sea to the last sun set before we left, every minute of the stay was like living in paradise. We were constantly conflicted if we should explore Mauritius or just stay put at the hotel, because the landscaping, the view from the room and the beach areas are so stunning that you don't want to leave that and go anywhere. The staff is kind, friendly and attentive. We ate pretty much all our meals in the hotel because the food was amazing. Housekeeping went out of their way to surprise us for our anniversary, concierge was so proactive in helping us find our luggage (lost by Air Mauritius). Natacha and her whole team made these 6 days so comfortable that I never wanted to leave. It's one of the best hotels I have ever stayed in. Thankyou everyone at the hotel for making our special days even more special, I hope to come back soon.