The Indian Ocean is synonymous with romance.
The allure of its sparkling crystal-clear turquoise waters, gorgeous white sandy beaches and continuous warm weather is undeniable and make for the most perfect of intimate destinations, none more so than magical Mauritius.
I have worked with the fabulous people at Beachcomber for a long time and as the very first hotel company to become established on the island, they managed to secure some of the most stunning beachfront locations.
Having visited or stayed at each of their eight wonderful resorts, along with consistent plaudits from my clients, I know that the luxurious accommodation options, impeccable service, delectable dining and dreamy settings are ideal for romantic desires and memorable honeymoons.
Unique to Beachcomber, honeymooners can choose from a selection of very different 'experiences' at whichever of the hotels they have chosen to stay with: a day’s mini-moke hire; a horseback ride around Le Morne; parasailing over Grand Baie for the more adventurous; a full day boat trip with lunch and a swim with the dolphins or a romantic sundowner cruise.
If heavy-duty relaxation or a post-wedding detox is more the order of the day, then perhaps a couple’s massage at a luxury spa or discovering the art of wellness with a sunrise beach yoga session may appeal.
A comprehensive selection of complimentary water sports is also included, with waterskiing, windsurfing, kayaking, sailing, glass-bottom boats and pedalos all popular activities.
Each of the properties has a unique flavour but I have chosen three that I believe offer the consummate elegance and ingredients for a memorable time together in this very special part of the world.
Victoria Resort & Spa
This fantastic resort always had huge appeal for an intimate and serene holiday experience together.
Then in 2018, a new section of the hotel was added, exclusive to adults only with a new concept - Victoria for 2, geared specifically towards those who dream of being alone in the world with a loved one.
The complex has its own restaurant and swim-up bar, and Victoria for 2 guests can also enjoy all the facilities of the Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa.
Located north-west on the coast of Mauritius, the resort is conveniently situated between the tourist hub of Grand Baie and Port Louis, the capital city.
Victoria for 2 fits perfectly into the authentic charm and peaceful atmosphere, and its forty rooms with idyllic decor face a private beach on the ocean.
Romance is present 24/7 on this beach, which has its own bar, and à la carte restaurant.
There are 17 swim-up rooms in total with direct access to a pool and 23 Ocean View rooms with an awe-inspiring view of the lagoon.
Facing the splendid sunsets, the spacious yet intimate rooms offer contemporary comfort and a touch of tropical elegance, perfect for lovebirds to spend quality alone-time together.
Guests can also indulge in the natural, serene and comforting vibe of the hotel’s spa that houses five treatment rooms (four singles and one double), each providing a different design and atmosphere for the soothing of body and mind.
The restaurant offers fantastic views towards the Indian Ocean with gorgeous sunsets and is open for breakfast and dinner. Alternatively, you can swim straight from your room to the Nautil Cafe to enjoy a wide range of drinks and snacks.
This is a top choice for a tranquil honeymoon to start the opening chapter of married life.
Trou Aux Biches Resort & Spa
I will confess to a touch of bias, but this is my very favourite hotel and one I would love all my clients to experience.
Also located on the west coast near to both Grand Baie and Port Louis, this is an all-suite property offering an impressive choice of accommodation, including romantic beachfront suites with their own private plunge pools and spectacular views of the lagoon.
It has an outstanding setting with a lovely laidback vibe to it, with its beautiful contemporary designed suites and a feeling throughout of tropical elegance.
In addition to no less than six garden pools ideal for a refreshing dip, Trou aux Biches has the most romantic and undoubtedly one of the finest beaches on the island, simply perfect for fairy-tale strolls across the powder sand.
The fine dining here is sensational, with six superb restaurants to enjoy, including the Mahiya Indian with its beautiful décor and the home of one of the tastiest meals I have ever had the pleasure to enjoy.
The wide range of complimentary water and land sports is of course on offer here too, including six floodlit tennis courts and the delightful, spacious and modern spa.
Beachcomber provides ample opportunity to connect with “The Art of Wellness” and to relish being pampered together.
Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury
This world-famous hotel was the Indian Ocean's first Leading Hotel of the World and continues to set the standard in terms of luxury and service.
The best address in Mauritius has just 69 intimate and elegantly decorated ocean-facing suites and is set on an idyllic stretch of pure white sandy beach just a short walk from Grand Baie.
The personalised and exemplary service provided by a team of dedicated artisans is legendary, with hotel staff outnumbering guests by three to one.
Hotel residents receive a dry beach towel on their sun lounger after every dip in the Indian Ocean and there is a stamp of the hotel’s logo in the sand each morning to show that the area has been freshly prepared.
This is one of the island’s most desirable places to dine with superb cuisine from internationally recognised chefs led by the award-winning 'Meilleur Ouvrier de France' offering a diversity of culinary experiences across its three restaurants.
An outstanding wine cellar offers tasting experience according to preferences and is paired with a selection of tapas.
All the Beachcomber hotels offer a selection of special treats to honeymooners and every 5th year wedding anniversary couples and a selection of packages are available providing various inclusions and extra touches along with great value wedding and renewal of vows packages too.
I will, of course, be happy to organise everything required whatever your preferences, including weddings and arrangements for invited loved ones you wish to share your day with.
At Holidaysplease, we also offer a fabulous gift list service where friends and family can contribute towards honeymoon activities.
One that unsurprisingly gets snapped up swiftly is the idyllic private candlelit dining experience under the stars in a secluded beachside setting surrounded by flame torches and a personal waiter. Just a tad romantic!