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The best of Mauritius

Royal Palm Hotel, MauritiusMark Twain  purported that Mauritius was made first, and heaven was later modelled on it.  It may be just a speck in the Indian Ocean, but the  idyllic island has more beautiful beaches and top-quality hotels than any other destination. In a recent article for The Telegraph, Teresa Levonian Cole picks her 10 favourites. They are:

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Paul Johnson is Editor of A Luxury Travel Blog and has worked in the travel industry for more than 30 years. He is Winner of the Innovations in Travel ‘Best Travel Influencer’ Award from WIRED magazine. In addition to other awards, the blog has also been voted “one of the world’s best travel blogs” and “best for luxury” by The Daily Telegraph.

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  1. The Residence at Belle Mare is sensational. There is an air of calm elegance there that is so relaxing and enjoyable, and actually made me feel calm and elegant myself! The staff are utterly charming, and all new guests are invited to a cocktail party with senior staff, who make of point of welcoming everyone individually.

    Restaurant choices are universally excellent, with some of the best food I have had anywhere, including my home city of London.

    Highly, highly recommended.

  2. We cannot make a top 10 hotels in Mauritius. Top 10 means nothing as it is related to which criteria ? Size of the rooms ? Buttler service ? SPA avaibility ? Cleanliness ? … what about the friendliness of the staff ? the avaibility of the front office ? I am not sure that a family will enjoy Oberoi ( ranked no.2 ) – the kids club is small, closed early, not up to a 5-star hotel …. Taj Exotic ( now no more Taj but Maradiva ) ( ranked no 8 ) – the beach is horrible …if you come for the beach you should not go to Taj. What about the following :

    Four Seasons
    Le Trou aux Biches Hotel
    Beau Rivage
    Shandrani Hotel
    Shanti Ananda hotel

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