My partner and I stayed at the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita for 3 nights as from October 10, 2008.
We arrived at dusk and, being aware that the hotel only opened 10 days earlier, we both thought we were going to be greeted with a paint can and brush...
Instead of this, a magically illuminated main compound welcomed us. This area houses the reception & concierge, the lobby, the hotel's fine dining restaurant and the main bar.
It only took as a couple of minutes to complete the check-in formalities while we sipped at a refreshing welcome drink and were then immediately whisked away to our Pool Villa on a short golf cart ride.
The resort consists of a series of Pool Villas, Suites and two- and three-bedroom Residences scattered around the entire area of the resort, which includes the mainland and its own private island, Ile aux Chats. All 90 Pool Villas are identical and only vary in their location and views, that's why you get the option of booking a Garden, a Mangrove or a Lagoon Pool Villa.
Pool Villas are 105 sqm (1,130 sq.ft.) and include the bedroom facing wall-to-wall glass doors; a large walk-in closet with plenty of hangers of many kinds (those you always long to have upon arriving at your hotel room but rarely find in any wardrobe!); a very nicely appointed bathroom with double sinks and separate shower and bathtub; and an outdoor shower in its own garden to the back of the villa.
The villa's outdoor living and dining area actually doubles the size of the villa and includes a plunge pool, a daybed, a covered patio with dining area and a well manicured garden. Not that you can do some laps in your pool, but it is big enough to get refreshed after sunbathing a bit on your daybed or your private garden. It is not heated though, and you have to consider that in the so-called "winter" months (mainly July to September) it can get fairly cool on Mauritius' east coast, so it won't be used often during that time of the year. The pool is entered by real slate steps, thus very convenient for children or elderly guests.
In your villa you will find all mod cons such as complimentary tea&coffee-making facilities, iron and board (should you really feel the need to use them - laundry service is quite reasonably priced), a 37' plasma TV with satellite TV with dozens of satellite channels, DVD player (there are DVDs to borrow from the hotel's Culture Centre aka library, although their selection is rather meager yet), private minibar, iPod docking station and FREE wireless internet.
Colours used in the room decor are all soft and mixed with dark wood and tiles, which gives it a very contemporary look, neither too "flowery-powery" nor too minimal. Lots of daylight entering through doors and windows help to give the whole villa a very nice yet cozy overall appearance.
There are three small yet wonderful beaches at the resort, all of them on Ile aux Chats. By the time we were there, only the two of them closer to the main pools were being serviced, I guess that due to the logical low occupancy rate in the resort's first fortnight of operations. You will find bedlike loungers by pair on the beach and the very efficient staff there will immediately wrap soft beach towels around the mattress, give you an extra towel and bring you a sun umbrella if you need one. During your stay on the beach (or by any one of the two main pools) you will be offered small refreshments such as honeymelon juice or raspberry sherbet on a regular basis, they will come and clean your sunglasses for you, or get you an ice-cold bottle of Avène Eau Thermale so that you can spray some of it on your face... after a while you start feeling like royalty!
The watersports centre here is called The Boathouse, where all the nautic activities are organized, many of them on a complimentary basis. The lagoon is very appealing and famous Ile aux Cerfs is just in front of you.
Beside these two beaches and watersports centre you've got the two main pools (the other one is the lap pool located at the resort's Fitness Centre): one is called the California Pool, a freeform one which you can enter beach-like, it just slowly slopes down; the other one is the Infinity Pool. Both are freshwater pools and also non-heated. The Bambou restaurant right by the pools is only open for lunch and features a pan-Asian menu, offering dishes from many Asian countries plus a small selection of Western favorites.
With less than 30 villas occupied, Bambou even opened for dinner two nights a week (Friday night it was a "lobster-night" and Sunday night they did an Indian Thali-night with live entertainment).
There are two more dining options: close to the lobby is Beau Champ, where you have your a-la-carte breakfast every morning and where you can have a nice French Riviera dinner either indoor (fashionable open kitchen right by your table) or outdoor. And at Italian Aquapazza on Ile aux Chats you can have pasta, pizza and other delicacies. Don't miss their Liquid Deserts!!
After a good dinner you can have a drink at O-Bar, where tehy were just starting to have live music (a great Mauritian lady-singer accompanied by an accoustic guitar performing jazzy versions of all-time themes) until 10pm.
Their spa consits of pavilions built on stilts over the mangroves and has the same contemporary-yet-exotic design than the rest of the resort. Only 4 rooms were operational at the time of our stay, and then only from 2-9pm every day, and they didn't do all of the treatments they say they will be doing once fully operational. Their sauna and steamroom were not ready either. All of which resulted in not having many options. However we managed to squeeze a 90min facial between beach and dinner and we came out shining, relaxed and happy. They use Just Pure products from Germany and also Indian Ayurvedic-based Sundari creams, oils and lotions, which you can also buy at the Spa's Retail shop.
In brief, I just wanted to stress the point that FS Mauritius really managed to make us (and I guess our fellow guests as well) feel we were staying in a lively and active property rather than in a newly opened one where usually everything goes at half-speed for the first weeks or months. All three restaurants were not only open, but fully set up. There was live music going on at O-Bar every evening and you could almost never see any workmen around.
I can't wait to visit again.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita consists of 136 pool villas and residences and offers unlimited, complimentary golf on an 18-hole championship golf course designed by Ernie Els. The Resort encompasses a private island, which is home to secluded beaches. Each villa features an al fresco shower, extensive veranda, plunge pool and private garden, ideal for honeymooners and privacy lovers. The two, three, four and five-bedroom residence villas offer the exclusivity of a private home for friends and family. The Spa has twelve stilted, overwater treatment rooms. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Four Seasons Resort Mauritius At Anahita Hotel Beau Champ
- 4 Seasons Resort Mauritius At Anahita
- Four Seasons Beau Champ
- Four Seasons Hotel Mauritius
- Four Seasons Resort Mauritius At Anahita Beau Champ