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
- 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
It was again a great experience returning to the Oberoi - this time for our honeymoon. A great place to stay in beautifully maintained gardens and beach For pure relaxation. Excellent Spa Service used delivered by very professional and friendly staff.Make sure you make a reservation for the Gunpowder building for dinner one or two evenings during your stay as this was a great tasting of Mauritian or Japanese food.
We stayed there. Great property. But villas were small for the price.
Poor service. In the morning they they don’t answer the phone when I asked for coffee.
Too many steps. People stumbling.
Snorkeling boat was terrible. Old boat. Bad equipment.
Food was good.
It needs leadership to be in the 5 star league
We stayed at the Oberoi as a couple during the last week of November 2018, which was our fourth holiday at this excellent resort.
From the time of our dedicated pick up and transfer from the airport, to our reception, and check in to a pre arranged villa with pool everything went perfectly with professional courtesy.
A birthday cake and bottle of wine had been left in our room without prompting that my wife’s birthday had just been celebrated!
This is a beautiful, tranquil resort where all the staff are pleasant, professional, courteous and will go the extra mile to make sure your stay is perfect.
Although the beginning of our week’s stay saw a high occupancy rate, the hotel, grounds, beaches, pools and restaurants were never crowded, although evening dinner service was very busy all courses were served in a timely fashion.
The fine dining aspect in the main restaurant is of a particularly high standard, all a la carte, and should you require something special or off menu then the very attentive chefs Singh, (both of them) and chef Igor are always at service ensuring that you enjoyed your meals. This is also often the case at breakfast as well.
The On the Rocks restaurant serves excellent bbq. food and I particularly recommend the grilled lobster.
What contributes to a high end establishment such as this are the staff, all of them.
I make particular mention of some of the key staff we have come to know well, as they ensure excellent service, these supervisors, Prakash, Sonnah, Jerome, Rossan and others, thank you.
Other servers, amongst many, for the same reason, Oomar, Chris, Rabin, Amrish and
Hans, for there jolly and friendly service.
The level of house keeping also deserves recognition, a main room clean and replenishment of amenities every morning and a clean and turn down service every evening, the place was spotless, fresh,towels bottled water and top up of tea, coffee and fresh fruit daily. Thanks to Antish our cleaner.
The private pools at the villas are professionally cleaned daily and the pool villa gardens are secluded.
We were able to relax and enjoy everything, we did not use the spa facilities, or the water sports out of choice.
We will return, and enjoy all these things over again, hopefully next year.
One word: wow!
From arriving to leaving this haven of peace, beauty, tranquility and excellence, our experience has been amazing.
Our honeymoon was made extra special by so many dedicated staff...too many to mention for fear of missing someone out.
A few highlights: sunset in the pool; packed lunch prepared with no prompting at breakfast; room service breakfast early one morning to facilitate a day trip; learning to waterski; sailing a hobbicat; on the rocks dinners; cocktails by the pools; rum tasting; japanese evening; towel art and impeccable room cleanliness and service; rose petal bubble bath.... I could go on.
We had a superb 9-day break at the Oberoi in October. We had high expectations and were not disappointed. We stayed in a "regular" pavilion which are organised in rows of 3 or 4, all seemed to have sea views and most have quite private gardens.
From the moment of our arrival we were blown away by the warmth and professionalism of all the staff who seemed to outnumber guests by about 4 to 1. The attentional to detail at this hotel is second to none. For example, you leave your i-pad out on the desk in the room, it has a few finger marks on the screen, you return later to find a cleaning kit sat beside it!
The grounds of the hotel are immaculately kept and the layout of the hotel gives a great feeling of privacy.
Food at both restaurants is excellant; casual BBQ style at On The Rocks and more formal dining at the main restaurant supervised by both Indian and Italian chefs.
I enjoy scuba diving which was efficiently organised with the PADI centre in one the neighbouring hotels. The dive trips were very professionally conducted and sites in the northwest are worth an explore.
Mrs B. reported her "best massage ever", the Oberoi Signature, at the spa.
All in all, we had a wonderful time at the Oberoi and will be returning without doubt.