For people travelling from the Middle East, even the 45-minute drive from the airport to Four Seasons Mauritius Anahita is like stepping into another world. The small winding roads are flanked by greenery – in fact, there are over 700 different species of flowering plants on the island. The landscape is covered in a thick blanket of trees including Mauritius ebony and takamaka.
Four Seasons has made the most of the location, spreading the hotel around 64 acres, making sure that every structure, including the 136 villas and residences, are unimposing. This gives you a perfect view of the sea on one side, and a backdrop of Bambou Mountain on the other.
The open-air architecture reflects traditional Mauritian homes, with thatched roofs scattered amongst palm trees. The one-bedroom villas are a ideal balance between rustic and luxurious, with plenty of dark wood, a deep-soaking bathtub, and a huge private outdoor shower.
Each has a 1.2m plunge pool, next to a covered outdoor dining space – and all the flora and fauna makes sure you’re never overlooked.
The hotel has three restaurants offering authentic Italian, Indian, Asian and Mauritian, ensuring you won’t get bored after a few days. Beau Champ, where an extensive cooked and buffet breakfast is served, is a far cry from an “all-day dining” restaurant. The space is almost completely open, meaning that many tables are right beside the lagoon, making it the perfect spot for a romantic dinner.
The Italian restaurant, Acuapazza, overlooks an enclave of the sea that wraps itself around the main parts of the hotel. Regular gala dinner evenings give you the chance to try less common Italian dishes, all while being serenaded by a local band.
Let’s face it – when you’re somewhere as beautiful as Mauritius, nobody is going to judge you if you choose to do nothing but lay back on the white sandy beach. But if you do decide to tear yourself away from your book, there’s plenty to do within the resort.
The hotel offers complementary use of the Ernie Els golf course. The par-72 course offers 18 holes – including some with stunning oceanfront views.
There are also complementary watersports available on the hotels’ beach, for those looking to try the likes of kayaking and wakeboarding.
The award-winning spa has seven overwater treatment rooms, offering a tranquil space to enjoying a massage or facial. We recommend opting for the Mauritian Fusion or Jetlag Revival early on in the trip to start your holiday tension-free. There’s also an open-air yoga studio with views that stretch out over the sea.