If there's one hotel group, where for sure you'll be guaranteed heightened luxury and exceptional service, it's Oberoi Hotels. When I came to Mauritius for the first time, The Oberoi Mauritius was the first hotel I visited. This resort spreads over 80,937sq metres of lush greenery and sub-tropical gardens. It's also directly located on the picturesque white beach of Turtle Bay, a natural marine park.
The dramatic entrance showcases views of the entire resort and comes with its very own large waterfall feature. Oberoi Hotels are known for their grand designs and decadence, they do not hold back on the wow factor. We hadn't even checked in and already I was ready to explore every inch of this glamorous resort. If there's one word to describe this place, it's that it's very green (nature and plant lovers, this is for you).
Shortly after check-in, we were taken to Luxury Villa with a Private Pool and dedicated garden area. These elegant rooms included a sunken marble bath, raised outdoor dining pavilions, and lavish bamboo furnishings. The outdoor space was a nice touch to our stay, as we were able to enjoy the hot East-African sun from our own loungers and have some downtime. If you don't have a room booked with a private pool, there's no need to worry. You'll likely be visiting the beach anyway, or you can also have a dip in the hotel's main pool. I would also like to add, that an adorable family of ducks are residents at this resort and sometimes you'll see these ducklings have a swim in the morning. No complaints there - it added a dose of cuteness for the guests to watch!
Although this expansive hotel stretched out quite far, everything was within a great walking distance and there were plenty of shaded areas. In some of the larger resorts I've stayed at, I've had to take a buggy everywhere because of either a) everything was extremely spaced out or b) it was just too hot to walk and you lose so much energy. As someone who considers themselves active and healthy, I know it sounds extremely lazy of me to make a statement like that. However, there have been times where I've been absolutely exhausted walking 30 minutes up-down hill, in 32-degree heat with all my camera and snorkel gear.
At the Oberoi Mauritius, you will be spoilt for choice whether you want to have an activity-fuelled trip, a time to reconnect with nature or a romantic honeymoon. This place will certainly be able to cater to whichever style of holiday you prefer. We took to the Indian Ocean and tried everything from paddleboarding, snorkelling and even water-skiing. Believe it or not, water-skiing there was actually my first time and I'm already hooked! Yes, it took a few attempts, but luckily our guide was so patient with us and eventually saw our progression throughout our stay. Even though you can snorkel along the shore, I highly recommend you take the 1 pm boat trip to venture into the clearer areas of water.
After a day out at sea, we spent the next morning with the resorts Touching Senses yoga, a gentle flow designed to relax your mind and challenge your soul. This was taken in the garden area, which again had scenic views of the ocean and hills.
When it came to dining options, you had a choice of The Restaurant, The Gunpowder Room, The Herb Trail and On The Rocks. During our stay, for dinner, we tried both The Restaurant which offered Creole, Indian and international dishes. As well as, On The Rocks, perched on top of volcanic rocks overlooking the sea and serving up locally sourced fresh seafood. Both restaurants had a good selection of vegetarian offerings and the service always had a warm, welcoming atmosphere.
Breakfast was served at The Restaurant with a menu including traditional breakfast staples, as well as a few Indian inspired dishes. If are lucky enough to have a villa with a Private Pool, you can also experience a very Instagram-worthy floating breakfast to enjoy in your own pool, which is available upon request. The only thing I would call out would have been to have some items available as a buffet such as the fruit and pastries.
Whilst this resort is open to families, I'd also suggest this to couples that are seeking secluded luxury in Mauritius. Since having a fantastic experience with Oberoi hotels, I now have Oberoi Udaivilas on my bucket list. To give a quick overview, it's a romantic hotel that was built to resemble a traditional Indian palace — and certainly embodies all the luxury of one from what I've heard about and seen.
This holiday was gently offered by The Oberoi, Mauritius. All views and opinions here are as usual my own.