The Awali is one of those rare resorts that really does cater for everybody. I know this not just from the first-hand experience of my own holiday but also because I have had such wonderful feedback from numerous honeymooners, families both with younger and older kids, as well as couples of all ages.
Everybody had exactly the same thing in common - they all loved it!
Situated on the unspoilt south coast of Mauritius within the Domaine de Bel Ombre’s 2,500 hectares of preserved parkland, Heritage Resorts have designed a unique destination with the perfect blend of superb beach, history and adventure, luxuriant nature including its very own reserve, along with proudly claiming the best golf course in the Indian Ocean, a variety of culinary concepts in 12 restaurants, exceptional spas and a 19th century historic plantation house.
Its magic lies within the impeccable balance of affordable luxury, simplicity and friendliness along with an exceptional range of activities and facilities tailored for the enjoyment of all ages.
The resort's ethnic décor and atmosphere is strongly influenced by the island's strong African heritage and cultural influences.
Three types of luxury accommodation are offered with spacious and comfortable rooms offering luxuriant tropical garden or sea views in addition to a villa and five beachfront suites.
Water lovers are well catered for with three swimming pools, including an adult-only one. There is a diverse selection of water sports available and a beautiful beach facing a preserved lagoon with a trendy beach club.
I cannot recommend the premium all-inclusive option highly enough. It is excellent value for money with a fantastic choice of restaurants and bars in comparison to similar types of hotels. There are also some wonderful additional inspired gourmet options, including a selection of private dining experiences.
My personal favourites:
Infinity Blue at lunchtime is unmissable: feet in the sand, gaze out at the incredible ocean view whilst savouring fresh seafood.
Le Château de Bel Ombre
If you have a special occasion to celebrate, it is well worth embarking on a journey through time by dining at Le Château de Bel Ombre in the enchanting setting of a 19th-century stunning property.
Another must-do is the open-air pop-up restaurant Boma where you dine gazing at the stars around a campfire whilst listening to the beats of African drums.
Drinking a cocktail from a coconut carved in front of you from the fantastic beachside Coco Shack. Their refreshing coconut water is also sublime and with an 11am opening, it's great to grab one to have whilst enjoying a morning stroll along the gorgeous stretch of pearly white sand.
This is also a terrific resort for wellness and sports junkies alike. The Seven Colours Spa has an exceptional programme of treatments, including a complimentary one per stay on the Premium all-inclusive package. I cannot tell you how good the massage is - so much so that I had one each day of my stay!
Activities galore are available most hours of the day covering both ground and water sports as well as yoga, Pilates, Tai Chi and Qigong.
Golfers have an 18-hole championship course as well as a PGA pro on hand for lessons for all abilities and the option for a spot of night golf too.
Heritage also understands the happy kids equals happy family concept and has fantastic clubs for the younger ones along with a very impressive teen activity programme.
Venturing out a little, The Heritage Nature Reserve on your doorstep offers wonderful spots for a leisurely picnic by the water, surrounded by a rich variety of plant life, chirping birds and the gentle rush of Jacotet River and L’Exemple waterfall.
The resort’s ideal southern location also makes some prime attractions easily accessible with Chamarel and the Seven Coloured Earths high on the suggested list along with dolphin watching and the beautiful Rhumerie, a working rum distillery and museum set among the hillside plantations, a superb spot for lunch and a tasting of Mauritian and old rums - I couldn't resist coming home with a few bottles!
With average temperatures of 22°C in winter and up to 31°C in summer, the island is an ideal year-round destination, and with the great relationship I enjoy with Heritage, my clients are always looked after beautifully.