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At a glance

  • All accommodation is generously sized and ocean facing

  • Bountiful herb and vegetable gardens provide the Chef with fresh and organic ingredients

  • The Nira Spa- one of the largest Spas in the Indian Ocean, combining Ayurvedic regimes with international treatments

  • Authentic 'Grandma’s Kitchen’ experience allows guests to dine at the home of the Grandmother of one of the resort's own team members

  • Fish and rum shack on the beach, with barbecues and traditional sega dancing

  • All villas have their own private pool

Description

Shanti Maurice is a truly luxurious resort set on the South coast with lush tropical gardens providing a beautiful backdrop. Water features, lawns, a small indigenous forest filled with exotic birds make this place truly special. The stunning white sand beach can be viewed from all suites and villas. Coral reefs circle the sand and clusters of black volcanic rock create pools as the tide goes out. The beach is always tranquil, since only non-motorised water sports, such as windsurfing, sailing, pedal boats, snorkelling and kayaking are on offer. Activities such as waterskiing, fishing and scuba diving can be arranged further afield.

The 61 spacious suites and villas at Shanti Maurice are all ocean facing and are among the most generously proportioned in Mauritius. The villas all have private pools and are surrounded by exotic private gardens, terraces and courtyards. The culinary experience at Shanti Maurice is an unforgettable mix of local and international cuisine. Fresh from the ocean, the garden or nearby farms, the chefs offer local produce and imaginative choices. With casual beach barbecues, fine Cape-inspired dining at the oceanfront restaurant and simple, healthy fare from the wellness cuisine menu, there is something to inspire every palate.

Personal tours of the Herb Garden can be taken and picnics can be arranged in the beautiful gardens. Activities include yoga, meditation, nature walks and treks, deep-sea fishing, tennis, cooking classes and golf, which can be arranged at the nearby golf course on the Bel Ombre estate, less than 15 minutes away from the property. For those who prefer to relax, the spa is an absolute must offering an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments. The spa therapists work with nutritionists, personal trainers, Yoga masters and Ayurvedic physicians to encourage optimum health, mental wellbeing, revitalised senses, positive dietary changes and spiritual awakening.

Whilst the adults are relaxing, the children can be kept well entertained at the specially designed Kids Club set within its own grounds beside the Nira Spa. Facilities here include a toddler’s pool, games room (including snooker, table football and tennis), children’s DVD films, computers, Play Station and Wii games. There are different activities arranged each day and children can choose to join in as they wish.

Accommodation

Within Shanti Maurice there are various options and style of room or villa. All are spacious and have an ocean view and lovely gardens. The Junior Suites are generously proportioned and designed to blend modernity with practicality and are housed in attractive villa buildings with four suites per villa. Like all guest accommodation at Shanti Maurice, the suites are equipped with plasma TVs, DVD players and broadband Internet access.

There are a further eight Luxury Villas with swimming pool, five Luxury Suite Villas with living room and swimming pool, three two-bedroom Suite Villas with large living room and pool and the Shanti Villa, one of the most prestigious accommodations on Mauritius.

Childcare

Children are most welcome and there is a complimentary Kids Club for children between 3 and 12 years old. It is beautifully set within its own grounds beside the Nira Spa and comes complete with its own toddler’s pool, games room (including snooker, table football and tennis), children’s DVD films, computers, Play Station and Wii games.

A weekly activities programme, crammed with fun-filled pursuits, such as flower making, kids yoga, face painting and musical games ensure that younger guests are entertained during their stay. In addition, field trips are arranged to the nearby Crocodile park and Casela bird sanctuary.

A babysitting service is also available.

Facilities

The facilities at Shanti Maurice are very good and include two floodlit tennis courts, together with complimentary tennis initiation and coaching available. There are a range of restaurants and bars to chose, car hire and excursions, as well as a delightful boutique selling a range of local and international goodies. The resort offers WiFi connectivity in public areas and broadband internet access in all rooms, The well stocked library is the ideal place to unwind, alternatively, feel free to browse the internet with two state-of-the-art iMac desktop computers offering printing facilities, or avail yourself of a selection of international newspapers and magazines. There is also fitness centre including yoga and glorious Nira spa.

Activities

Shanti Murice resort offers non-motorised water sports including pedalos, kayaks, snorkelling and windsurfing. Deep sea fishing, scuba diving and water skiing are available on request and are located off the property. There are group tennis lessons on two flood lit courts, morning yoga sessions, evening meditation, pranayama, Ayurveda lectures, cooking classes and fitness centre. Tennis coaching and golf are available at the Bel Ombre estate.

Services

A babysitting service is available on request.

When to travel

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.

The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.

Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.

Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).

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Location and directions

South Coast, Mauritius

Nestling between sugarcane fields and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, Shanti Maurice is located in the southern and most unspoilt part of Mauritius, by St. Felix.

How to get there

Mauritius can be accessed by a 12-hour international flight from London airport Heathrow. It is also a 4-hour flight from Johannesburg, or a 6-hour flight from Dubai. The airport is located in the south of Mauritius, and the main method of transport is by taxi or private car when on the island. The south coast is approximately a 35km drive from the airport.



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