Passing the meticulously tamed tropical wildness of Beau Champ along the way, my taxi arrives at the Four Seasons. The sprawling sanctuary resides in the very heart of the unspoiled East coast of Mauritius: the prestigious Anahita. The estate unfolds over 213 hectares of lush gardens and 6 kilometers of pristine coastline. This afternoon, my friend Sandra and I will unwind in one of their mangrove villas after a lunch and a private tour of the equally exclusive Île aux Cerfs.
Beach home away from home
A private villa overlooking the mangroves
Our new home has an outdoor lounge, desk, plunge pool, walk-in closet, ensuite bathroom with a bathtub, shower and my favorite feature – an outdoor waterfall shower. Creativity and innovation, the theme of the luxury brand, are seamlessly incorporated in the clean-lined wooden and marble finishes within the interior and exterior, accented by soft white paint and cream curtains. The contemporary design remains warm and inviting. No detail is left unattended to.
There’s no shortage of things to do at the Four Seasons Mauritius. Besides enjoying a range of soul-soothing treatments within its award-winning spa, there are cooking classes and cultural tours. You can, of course, hop on your private mountain bike and explore the surroundings. Unfortunately, I’m not a golfer, but the Ernie Els-designed golf course situated in the resort is supposed to be the Best Golf Resort in Africa and the Middle East, according to Golf Digest.
The 5* culinary experience
Dinner at the Umi-Zaka
In the evening, we swap our one piece for our finest resort wear and make our way to one of the eight restaurants, the Umi-Zaka. A seafood-inspired Asian culture and African island setting come together here on the plate to create a multi-sensory experience not only influenced by taste but also by the starlit ocean side and subtle Japanese decor. Our menu comprises local produce and herbs plucked from the Four Seasons’ backyard garden, creating a distinct Afroasian palette.
Tonight sushi chef Ritesh Rajguru not only outdoes himself with the wasabi prawns, vegetable gyoza, vegetarian sushi platter, mochi ice cream, and mango chocolate molten cake, but also with the equally tasteful presentation of his dishes. Blown away by the 5* fine dining experience, we stroll back to our villa that is now transformed for the night. With the remote, we release the mosquito shields in front of our sliding door so the ocean can rock us to sleep.
I find it challenging to maintain a gluten-free diet, even more so when traveling. So I’m naturally curious about the Four Seasons breakfast after a quick lapse in the glistening pool.
To my surprise, the gluten-free options can not be any more extensive. I only start sipping on my double-shot vanilla latte when waiter Vinesh arrives with a stash of freshly gluten-free pancakes. ‘I thought you would like to try these too,’ he smiles.
Why to choose Four Seasons Mauritius
what I love about the resort
- The privacy you get being in secluded villas is top-notch. It’s a vibrant yet tranquil place to unwind even though there are plenty of guests.
- The staff at the Four Seasons is all about creating an exclusive experience for their guests with utmost care and passion. It definitely feels like coming home.
- The privately owned highlight of Mauritius, Île aux Cerfs, is just around the corner.
Fore more info and bookings check the FS Mauritius in Anahita website
Note: this post takes part in my Columbus Travel Magazine Press Trip and the FS content creation project. As always, all opinions are mine, and mine only.