Beautiful location in the south of Mauritius around 45 minute drive from airport. I recommend flying overnight with BA from London as it is a 12 hour flight and this doesn't use up any precious daylight hours!
The hotel is stunning and you can see so much thought has gone into every single detail in the design and decor. The grounds are beautiful with lots of lush greenery and exotic flowers and trees. The hotel is situated on a picture perfect beach which you can go walking/jogging for miles. It seems safe too and I never had any problems while out walking alone during the daytime. There were always people about and the locals seemed friendly. You won't find any hawkers either which was great and no one bothers you.
The Indian Ocean was lovely and calm and a beautiful turquoise colour. The water close to the beach is actually a lagoon so very few waves and safe to swim in the cordoned off area in front of the junior suites.
Weather was perfect in my opinion! late 20's/early 30's for end of November when I was there. Lovely breeze most days which was refreshing. I experienced a few heavy downpours but mainly at night so didn't affect holiday at all. Sunset around 6.45pm.
Complimentary Wi fi available throughout resort including in suite but was a bit hit and miss particularly on the beach and signal sporadic in general. Library has two pc's guests can use with free online access.
Mainly French and German guests when I stayed here. Mainly couples as expected but some families with small children also. I wouldn't let the fact that kids were there put you off as the resort was so spread out you hardly noticed the kids most of the time plus I imagine the families had a pool villa so didnt need to hang out in the pool/beach area. The hotel offers a kids club too I noticed.
All Staff exceptionally friendly and efficient and seemed to aim to please at all times. Speak both French and English.
The beach staff were great and offer complimentary cleaning of sun glasses, bottles of water, bar service, towels etc and also a daily complimentary sorbet if you are lounging on the beach which was lovely!
There are the usual lounge hoggers here like you find in most resorts and I discovered most days you did have to get up at 8am in order to secure a lounger and parasol on a specific part of the beach. Otherwise you would always get one by the main pool.Main Pool was wonderful and the water very refreshing. Beautifully laid out.
I stayed in a ocean front junior suite which was really lovely and spacious. Balcony directly overlooks beach. Large suite, Tv, DVD player, nespreso machine with complimentary capsules replaced every day, fridge, mini bar, flip flops and robes provided. Complimentary water replaced in room and available on beach daily.
Restaurant menu in Stars and Pebbles never changes. Becomes a little boring after a few nights and I was only there a week! They should think about offering nightly specials to add a little variety. In general however, the food was of very good quality and I ate lots of fresh local fish. There was an Indian menu also available.
The fish and rum shack is located on the beach over by the pool villa's and as far as I can tell only opens a couple of nights every week weather dependant. Only open once when I was there and I spent seven nights here. Again this was an additional charge if you wanted to attend and from memory think it was around £50 per person which I thought was v expensive and didn't sign up on that basis. I was staying on a half board basis which covered breakfast and dinner so it didn't make sense to then pay more for the privilege of attending the Rum Shack in my opinion.
The hotel offered other nights like this such as Thai Night and African Night in Stars and Pebbles restaurants but again all at additional costs similiar to above.
Breakfast was great and offered a really wide and extensive menu that you couldn't get bored with. You could order as much as you like. It was served from 7 to 11am which was ideal.
Alcohol v expensive as expected. Glass of wine circa £8.cocktails the same price. I suggest bring a few bottles of wine with you if you don't want to spend a fortune. Stars and Pebbles feature South African wines.
Hotel does offer room service at no extra charge which is good for evenings when you fancy a night in!
Hotel could offer a better activities schedule in my opinion and I understand from staff that they offer more in high season/christmas such as spin classes.There were no organised walks and jogs on beach offered during my stay despite being advertised on website which was disappointing. I was told the hotel was full and was under the impression this time of year was high season so not sure how the hotel define it.
Gym classes weren't great in my opinion and comprised mainly of 30 minute toning and stretching classes.The gym itself is small and basic but does the job as long as it doesn't get busy.
Tennis lessons v expensive compared to what I pay in London at around £45 for a lesson which I declined although would have loved to have had some lessons.
I did a bike ride one day to Gris Gris and Rochester Falls with the guide from the resort Ravin who was lovely and very informative about the local sights/culture etc.It was excellent and would highly recommend it.i got to see a bit of the island and some of the main attractions in the area. took around 3 hours and we did 20 km so a good workout. This was at an additional cost of £15 but worth it!
Spa is fabulous and set in a beautiful location in the grounds. Prices in line with Uk so don't expect treatments to be any cheaper. I had a couple of massages and a facial which were all really lovely and would throughly recommend.
Hatha Yoga is available every morning for free in the Spa area.Watch out for mossies in open air studio as I got eaten alive first time I attended as its on at 8.15am and I forgot to put on bug protection. Big mistake! Apart from this incident I didn't get bitten at all.
Early in morning and at sunset the beach is at its best and is lovely and peaceful.all you can hear are the waves. Unfortunately a couple of the afternoons I was at the beach, it was very busy with locals as it is not private to the hotel and everyone swims in the section that is cordoned off in front of the hotel so it gets really noisy and pretty much ruins the tranquility of the location in my opinion. I ended up moving to the main pool area on these days to get away from the noise which wasn't the end of the world and generally the beach was very peaceful. The main pool was further along the beach and always very quiet and chilled out. The pool at the Spa was lovely and peaceful too.
The Shanti Maurice is a beautiful hotel in a stunning location and the above points are really just minor things to be aware of so you can make the most of your holiday. I still highly recommend it.
One of the reasons I chose Shanti Maurice was because it appeared to tick the boxes for what i was looking for in terms of offering activities and gym classes etc so I could be equally as active and lazy. it was disappointing that this wasn't the case which I discovered on arrival and majority of activities were either not exactly what I had envisaged or they involved an additional charge where even group snorkelling with one of the staff on the hotel beach was charged for which I thought was a bit OTT!
I did not leave for the airport until 5.30pm on my last day as was flying back overnight with BA and the hotel were very accommodating in letting me have use of my suite until I left at no additional charge.
If you intend to get out and around the Island I would recommend you take Mauritian Rupees with you as is the local currency. Everything within the resort you can put on your room tab.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Shanti Maurice is a luxury lifestyle resort comprising 61 suites and 17 villas on the untouched south of Mauritius. The Nira Spa set in 75,000 sq feet of tropical gardens, provides traditional Indian Ayurveda and international spa treatments. Dining options include Stars, with contemporary Cape cuisine; Mauritian dishes and Wellness cuisine at Pebbles, or beach-side dining at The Fish and Rhum Shack. Shanti Maurice welcomes couples and families perfectly catering for weddings or honeymoons. ... more less
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- Also Known As:
- Shanti Maurice a Nira Hotel Chemin Grenier
- Shanti Ananda Maurice Mahebourg
- Shanti Maurice A Nira Resort Mauritius/Chemin Grenier