The top 5 spa retreats in Mauritius

Mauritius is a beautiful Island in the southern India Ocean, renowned for its lush, jagged mountainous interior covered in tropical forest, beautiful beaches, surrounded by calm lagoons and coral reef which protects the Island. It is also a melting pot of cultures and cuisine, with some fabulous, luxury hotels, but best of all, is surprisingly affordable. There are no shortage of beautiful resorts offering a range of wellbeing and wellness facilities, so here is a selection of the top picks.

1. The Royal Palm

As well as being one of the most exclusive addresses on the Island, and the first ever hotel in the Indian Ocean to become a Leading Hotel of the World, it also hosts a world class spa, by Clarins. Like stepping into a world of peace and tranquillity when you enter the Spa, you feel immediately at ease, the cascading pools and waterfall surrounded by sun deck on different levels lead seamlessly into one the 18 varied indoor and outdoor treatments rooms, all of which feature indoor and outdoor showers.

Royal Palm Spa

There are various treatments on offer including Royal Palm signature treatment, Chinese massages and treatments, Ayurvedic treatments, Algotherapy with private hammam, Reflexology, Yoga, meditation and Reiki. You will also find 2 hammams, a hairdressing salon, beauty salon, a bar where you can try some healthy pressed juices and smoothies or even create your own, as well as state of the art gym with kinetics equipment, dance studio, aerobics room, squash courts, a games room and several tennis courts where private and group tuition is available.

2. The Oberoi

Situated in Turtle Bay on the west coast of Mauritius, facing the setting sun, within lush tropical gardens, you will find The Oberoi – a haven for relaxation with thatched villas dotted amongst the rich foliage, oozing sophistication. Well secluded within the hotel grounds is the spa at The Oberoi, offering a range of luxury treatments including Ayurvedic, Western, Thai, Balinese and also Oberoi signature treatments that blend modern science with ancient philosophies, in harmony. You can also partake in hatha yoga, breathing exercises, t’ai chi and meditation, and there are two beautiful pools, a fully-equipped fitness suite and floodlit tennis courts for year-round use.

Oberoi Spa

As well as a top luxury spa, The Oberoi, Mauritius offers a programme of complimentary activities which change daily and are designed to refresh and rejuvenate the mind, body and soul. These include breathing techniques, sculpture classes, jogging, nature walks and much more. If you stay 5 nights or more, you are also entitled to a free night in The Oberoi, Dubai, which makes for a great stop-over in either direction.

3. Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort

Named after the famous Irish naturalist, Charles Telfair and boasting stylish and elegant colonial architecture, luxury and intimacy, Heritage Le Telfair offers the ultimate in refinement during your tropical island get away. It also happens to be a Member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World. It is also home to the Mauritian Seven Colours Spa, Millesime Collection which offers an impressive 2000m2 including 9 treatments rooms, a vitality pool – relaxing bubble beds, hydro-massage jets & deluxe experience showers, a hammam, and a sauna. It is a truly tranquil and intimate place, with its philosophy being to provide a total well-being experience of body, mind and energy. Seven Colours has created its own brand of cosmetics, oils, creams and fragrances that embody energetic and therapeutic principles and are inspired by nature.

Seven Colours Spa

It too features wellness breaks with sessions from international teachers & practitioners (Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi, Qi Gong…) serving healthy food options in the 12 restaurants of the Domaine de Bel Ombre, which also incorporates the 3000m2 Spa at neighbouring Heritage Awali resort, wellness walks in Frédérica Nature Reserve and Signature massages and treatments. There is even a specially designed Bridal Room, where the bride can have all her treatments and get dressed in same place, prior to the ceremony.

4. Lux* Le Morne

Situated on a peninsula in the south of the Island, sheltered by the rugged and beautiful Le Morne mountain, you will find one of the Islands very highly rated Lux* Resorts. Lux* Resorts, as a brand offer their own unique Spa experience and encourage guests to get in touch with the dedicated wellness concierge prior to their visit to so they can tailor their very own spa and wellness programme accordingly.

LuxM Spa La Morne

Another treatment which is exclusive to LUX*, is where a Chinese therapist will evaluate your needs and treat your individual aches and pains for the ultimate healing spa treatment. It also offers a range of exclusive therapies and products designed by Shirley Page who is an expert in skincare and the use of essential oils.

The Spa also offers a range of fitness classes and a complimentary body analysis to help tailor a programme of wellness, specific to your needs.

5. The St Regis Mauritius Resort

The Iridium Spa can found at the heart of this lavish and sophisticated resort, and is designed in colonial style, overlooking the sea. It focusses on providing sensory experiences using the best results driven skin care products and each spa experience is personally crafted to meet the elemental needs of guests.

St Regis Spa Mauritius

Iridium Spa provides guests with the rarest of luxuries: TIME, luring guests into tailored, transformative experiences, endeavouring to provide a range of bespoke signature journeys that complement the unique experience the resort is famed for. It also offers bespoke wellness packages with a 15% discount for guests who book 5 or more treatments.

There are many other resorts which offer fabulous Spa’s and treatments in calm and peaceful spaces on this gem of an Island, however I feel these 5 in particular offer the very best there is.

Kim Robertson is Director at Your Way (Travel) Ltd.

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