Mauritius … simply because I owe it to myself!
Some people live to work, some work to live, I am Adam: I live and enjoy life to the full!
As my job places considerable demands on me, I decided to treat myself to a few days relaxation and vitamin D in the form of sunshine before the energy-consuming Christmas season kicks off. The choice of where to recharge my batteries for the remainder of the year is quickly narrowed down to the paradisiacal island of Mauritius – a spot that has so much more to offer than known to date.
But we want to start at the beginning: There are a number of beautiful hotels on Mauritius, making the choice somewhat more difficult and the anticipation all the more sweet. I follow my friends‘ suggestion and check into the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness in the southwest of the island. There is nothing better than a personal recommendation, because my dear friends only want the best for me – and this proved no exception.
Roughly 40 minutes’ drive from the airport, I arrive at Domaine Bel Ombre, 2500 hectares of land with one highlight after the next.
The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, next to it the family friendly Awali Resort, the 18 hole Heritage Golf Club, which manages to combine the prestigious European Tour, the Asian Tour and the Sunshine Tour in one tournament, the Mauritius Open, is within a few minutes’ walking distance.
The villa area „Villas Valtice“ is situated adjacent to the golf course. Every single house offers a breath-taking view of the golf course or Indian Ocean. The villas are serviced by the Heritage Resort and can either be rented or purchased. The Frédérica nature reserve boasts 1300 hectares and is ideal for excursions and Jeep safaris. The Chateau de Bel Ombre manor house from the 19th century accommodates one of 12 restaurants that pamper the guests‘ palates on the domain with local or international delicacies.
I chose the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, which is currently shining in new splendour following a „complete rejuvenation“. The particularly attentive personnel at the hotel, which exclusively offers suite accommodation and is situated directly on the beach at the Indian Ocean, fulfilled my every wish to make my stay unforgettable.
It is my objective to relax and enjoy the moment but also to experience something. This can be accomplished easily in one week, although I would have liked to extend my stay by a few days to make the most of the perfectly tailored services on offer at Le Telfair. Following an 11-hour flight, I partook of a jetlag massage in the new Wellness Pavilion to relax my back and legs. Even at this early stage, I am already aware of the numerous small loving details, which can be found throughout the entire Heritage Resort following its elegant redesign. The Wellness Pavilion is far from the standard spa one may have come to expect. It is an entire area, reminiscent of an Asian temple complex with little ponds, paths, courtyards and small individual houses. Yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and numerous other offers take place at different locations to the massages and beauty treatments. The Seven Colour Spa uses its own specially created products. Oh, I could let myself be pampered there every day.
I am a bon vivant, therefore I follow the principle of trying out a number of things with the aim of discovering something wonderful ….and then stick to that. These discoveries include the Strand Restaurant PALMIER. I am served finely dressed seafood with a glass of Sauvignon Blanc on the elegant wooden deck. Delightful …..this would be the ideal moment to press the „pause button“ and simply linger. I have arrived at a stage of complete relaxation.
I have not even tried any of the numerous activities yet. Cycling along the beautiful coastline with the electric bike, stand-up-paddling on the sea and my first yoga lesson in the middle of the nature reserve – my perfect holiday.
The day before I leave a hotel guest tells me that he has gone swimming with the dolphins – an overwhelming experience. I definitely do not want to miss that opportunity and ask the hotel staff to help me organise it. So shortly before I settle into my cosy seat on the plane I can add one more highlight to my list.
Mauritius, your beautiful countryside, your hospitality and above all your friendly and welcoming inhabitants – you all made my week wonderful. Thank you!
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness we will definitely see each other again soon!
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