It’s hard not to feel instantly relaxed when arriving at Heritage Le Telfair, a colonial-style resort with an intimate French ville vibe. The service is superbly balanced – laid-back yet attentive – with 24-hour butler service, and every aspect is elegantly understated. It’s great for both families and couples.
Named after a former resident, the 19th-century Irish naturalist Charles Telfair, this luxurious all-suite hotel is set in the tropical gardens of Domaine de Bel Ombre, a former sugar estate on the southwest of the island, located on a stretch of golden sandy beach lapped by waters suitable for water sports, especially kitesurfing.
Heritage Le Telfair was designed as a village of 20 villas, each housing six or eight suites. Each suite offers sea or garden views and is decorated with cool, contemporary lines and island-inspired colours.
A stay here means access to an 18-hole championship golf course named the best in the Indian Ocean at the World Golf Awards 2017. There’s a second course, which opened in 2018 and was co-designed by Louis Oosthuizen.
The spa, housed in the vast wellness pavilion, offers well-being classes as well as excellent treatments. There’s also an impressive choice of 12 restaurants, including authentic Mauritian fine dining, pan-Asian cuisine at Gin’ja, and open-air camp-fire fare at Boma.