South Africans love Beachcomber resorts in Mauritius. With eight hotels in the 4-5 star categories, occupying the best beachfront sites on the island’s west coast, you'd be forgiven for struggling to choose between them. So, which Beachcomber hotel should you choose? We look at what makes each special so you can find your perfect fit…
Firstly, why the west coast of Mauritius?
The west coast is the preferred side of the island for its perfect sunsets and best beaches. It also boasts the best weather as it’s more sheltered from the trade winds.
Le Mauricia 4* - Best value for money
Best for:Fun-lovers, honeymooners, families and solo travellers who want to be in vibrant Grand Baie.
What makes it special?Cosmopolitan and relaxed, but with a festive buzz. Two swimming pools right on the beach, an array of water activities and you can also enjoy the facilities and restaurants at sister hotel Le Canonnier - two hotels for the price of one!
Le Canonnier 4* - Fun for all ages
Best for:Families, the fun-loving crowd, weddings and honeymoons.
What makes it special?Located on a peninsula 5km from the heart of Grand Baie, the hotel has 2 separate beaches each offering a unique sea view. It’s fascinating for those who enjoy a little bit of history - nestled in the tropical gardens are an old lighthouse, the ruins of ancient fortifications and old cannons.
Did you know? Most standard Beachcomber packages booked through Sure Travel will include return airfare from Johannesburg, return airport to hotel transfers in Mauritius, accommodation, breakfast and dinner, and selected land and motorised water sports. Browse a selection of Beachcomber packages and enquire for more info.
Le Victoria 4* Superior – 5 star facilities at 4 star prices
Best for:Families, all who want easy access to the capital Port Louis and Grand Baie, shoppers, business travellers and groups. Read about a family holiday to Le Victoria here.
What makes it special?Le Victoria is well known for its spacious rooms. Enjoy snorkelling in the Marine Park and walks on the long stretch of beach.
Don’t miss!The sensational sunsets – the perfect Instagram #sunset awaits.
Best for:Action-filled holidays for families, groups and nature lovers.
What makes it special?It’s only 10 minutes’ drive from the airport – start your holiday immediately! Set on a private peninsula, Shandrani boasts three different beaches to enjoy. Take a turn on the hotel's 9-hole Par 29, "pitch & putt" golf course or head to the sailing club and dive centre. The hotel is surrounded by a marine park which does not allow water sports, so you can expect tranquil waters and excellent snorkelling.
Don't miss!A short boat ride inshore takes you to the famous Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve where you can see giant tortoises and other unique species in their natural habitat.
Trou aux Biches 5* Superior - Made for Romance
Best for:Weddings, honeymooners - and families too.
What makes it special?All-suite all-villa accommodation - no standard hotel rooms here! Loved by generations of South Africans, it's an eco-friendly resort on one of the island's finest beaches.
Don't miss!Enjoy a magical shower under the stars - all villas come with an outdoor shower.
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Paradis Hotel and Golf Club 5* Superior- The finest leisure resort
Best for:Families, golfers, pleasure seekers and sports enthusiasts.
What makes it special?It’s the ultimate five-star resort for all ages. A stunning beach that stretches for kilometres around the famous Le Morne peninsula. An 18-hole championship golf course. Eight dining venues to choose from (four at Paradis and another four at sister hotel, Dinarobin). What more could you want!
Dinarobin 5* Deluxe – Tropical elegance
Best for:Foodies, honeymooners and those looking for a grown-up luxury break.
What makes it special?Five accommodation crescents (all-suites and all-villas) with pools in the centre for privacy and relaxation. A superb mix of international and local cuisine for delicious meals.
Don't miss!Adults only? Dinarobin offers an adults-only accommodation crescent with extra perks and facilities only available to those staying there.
Did you know? You can swim with the wild dolphins in Mauritius! Check out this video. It’s a short boat ride from Dinarobin and Paradis – ask your Sure Travel consultant for more info when booking.
Royal Palm 5* Exclusive - The most prestigious address
Best forDiscerning guests, VIPs and those wanting only the finest things in life.
What makes it special?Royal Palm Mauritius is included in the Leading Hotels of the World portfolio. A high staff-to-guest ratio ensures superb, discreet service.
Don't miss!The Michelin-accredited executive chef delivers mouth-watering cuisine at the three restaurants and if you’re a half-board guest, both breakfast and dinner can be enjoyed in your suite at no extra charge.
Or if you really want to splurge, book a helicopter transfer from the airport to the on-site helipad. (Paradis and Dinarobin also offer helicopter transfers).
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