Hotel Review – Sugar Beach Hotel, Mauritius, by Carolyn Pearson

Mauritius ViewAfter a long British winter, many of us are craving some serious rest, relaxation and a welcome dose of winter sun. Because our summers are so short, I always take a winter break and this year the destination of choice was Mauritius.

I’d vowed to make this break a restorative one of healthy eating, exercise, yoga and spa treats and that is exactly what was delivered.

Often marketed as a prestige destination, which of course Mauritius is, there are plenty of deals to be had and prices are currently favourable against other destinations such as the Caribbean and the Maldives.

Half the fun of a holiday is in the planning and narrowing down those last two or three choices to the perfect destination. For me that means a place I can swim in the ocean, no traffic noise, powder white sandy beaches and a spa. One of the key considerations for Mauritius is ‘East or West’. Whilst the East coast of Mauritius has arguably some of more well-known resorts on stunning beaches the winds are higher and often accompanied by more cloudy days. By contrast, the West coast is more notable for its stunning sunsets and sheltered coves, perfect for swimming, leading me to choose the colonial five-star Sugar Beach Resort.

Mauritius BeachSugar Beach resort is located on a private beach close to Flic-en-Flac, a local hub of shops and residences. After a traditional Mauritian welcome of local cocktail and cooling towels we were escorted to our gorgeous beach front apartment. Whilst I knew that any sea view in Mauritius was likely to be breathtaking, nothing could have prepared me for our view out directly through the palm trees to the white sandy beach and Indian Ocean beyond.  Having requested a quiet apartment, we were placed close to the ‘quiet pool’, an adults only infinity pool located half in the grounds and half on the beach.

I’d vowed to make this break a restorative one of healthy eating, exercise, yoga and spa treats and that is exactly what was delivered.

The award-winning aura spa was comparable in quality to many of those I have enjoyed in other parts of the world. Guests are encouraged to arrive early and lounge in the luxurious hammam, with saunas, heated marble benches and hot and cold pools. There is an extensive array of luxurious spa treatments, expertly administered by a charming team of therapists and I enjoyed a variety of restorative and relaxing massages.

Mauritius PoolWhilst the resort was quite full there was plenty of space for everybody and it wasn’t unusual to have the pool to myself for a pre-breakfast dip, likewise there is adequate space on the beach to feels like you are on your own desert island. As I preferred to take my exercise outdoors, I skipped the well-equipped gym and opted for the outdoor yoga classes at the sports centre, the classes were excellent quality, the instructor knowledgeable and catered for classes of mixed abilities (and flexibilities!).

Sugar Beach ticked all of my boxes and after 10 days I regretted not booking for two weeks. It’s certainly a destination that one can return to and on speaking to some of our fellow guests, many already had.

Guests can also enjoy a range of water sports although due to the sheltered located and low tides I didn’t get to indulge in any sailing or windsurfing activities but those less energetic can take out a pedalo or kayak.

There are plenty of dining options at Sugar Beach, the Mon Plaisir buffet has a huge selection of different tasty cuisines each night and is of excellent quality. Citronella’s serves authentic Italian cuisine right on the beach and the more intimate and romantic Tides Restaurant serves excellent quality sushi and seafood again down by the beach

In all cases, guests are asked to dress appropriately for dinner so even those dining in the buffet can enjoy a refined experience.

Sugar Beach ticked all of my boxes and after 10 days I regretted not booking for two weeks. It’s certainly a destination that one can return to and on speaking to some of our fellow guests, many already had.

About the author

Carolyn Pearson is our Travel blogger and founder of Maiden-voyage.com. maiden-voyage.com is an award winning global business travel network for professional women. Follow Maiden-Voyage: Facebook, Twitter, Linked In

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