Our favourite destinations for toddlers
Anahita the Resort
East Coast, Mauritius
On the east coast of Mauritius surrounded by sugar plantations, Anahita offers family friendly suites and villas with excellent facilities, including a children's club for children aged 8 months -12 years and two golf courses on site.
At a Glance
Children’s club for babies as young as 8 months
All suites and villas are perfectly set up for dining in - perfect for families
All suites have private plunge pools and villas have larger private pools which can be safety guarded for smaller children
Exclusive beach on the island, Ile aux Cerfs
Graduated entry pool - perfect for little ones
Complimentary golf included on two championship golf courses designed by Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer
Domaine de l'Etoile - adventure park close by with quad biking, zip lining and horse riding
Every suite has a small plunge pool which can be covered for guests with young children if required. Suites themselves can also be child proofedGemma Dobson
To cool down around the pool, head for the drinks station serving fresh coconut water in the shell. Coconut water is an excellent source of hydrationKatie May
Anahita the Resort is the first resort in Mauritius to provide a free app service for their guests. It makes booking tables, tee times and excursions so easyScott Dunn team
Bikes are complimentary to all guests and there are even children's bike seats available so that no-one is excludedVictoria Douglas
Take the boat over to the exclusive beach on Ile Aux Cerfs and enjoy a BBQ lunch on the beachAlice Moseley
Ensure you take the complimentary short boat trip to Ile Aux Cerfs for an unspoiled beach experience or a game of golf at the 18 hole private golf courseAna Albiol
Take a helicopter excursion and see Mauritius from the air, taking off conveniently from the resorts helipadJack Mace
The villas here are exceptional for families offering lots of space, privacy and of course your own poolEmma Mark
Drop the kids at the wonderful kids club and enjoy a relaxing lunch or a round of golf!Claire Walker
Meet our specialists
Call us on (858) 523-9000 to start planning your vacation to Anahita the Resort
Anahita the Resort is the epitome of a great family resort. At the heart of the estate overlooking the turquoise lagoon are 70 one, two and three bedroom suites and 28 luxury villas. The suites are situated on the ground, first or second floors and each has been crafted into an apartment-style, sleek and restful retreat. These boast generous living areas with modern amenities and private plunge pools.
The villas are perfect for families wanting even more space, with plenty of areas both inside and outside, as well as very flexible dining options. Guests can use the private butler service and have breakfast cooked in the villa at no extra charge. For those on half board, there is no extra cost for room service so you can eat on your own terrace at lunch or dinner. You can also try the private chef option for dinner one night, which involves an amazing dinner being prepared just for you. Either option is useful for families preferring not to have a babysitter each night. The covered terrace has a living and dining area, giving you protection from the sun, and the pool has the option to be fenced off. We can arrange to have your fridge stocked on arrival, and you can also indulge in various in-villa beauty treatments.
Anahita the Resort has a good choice of restaurants and private dining options using fresh local products. Origine, overlooking the ocean, serves delicious breakfasts and then opens for dinner. Il Forno serves an appealing selection of delicious traditional Italian dishes for dinner. Guests can enjoy eating with their feet in the sand at Bliss - where the lunch menu is perfect for the whole family. The resort can also arrange a personalized picnic or BBQ on a secluded white sandy beach, taking you there by boat.
Anahita has its own small beach at the resort as well as a second, exclusive beach on the Ile aux Cerfs island, accessible via a short free boat shuttle. Here you will find 300 meters of white sandy beach and crystal clear water, unspoiled by development or hawkers. Enjoy a simple but tasty grilled lunch here and enjoy the peaceful location.
Children can have a fantastic time at the children’s club whilst you perfect your swing on either of the Championship golf courses, or indulge in a massage. The children's club is a haven for younger guests, managed by nannies with internationally recognised childcare qualifications with input from Scott Dunn's childcare team when initially set up. Action-packed days are filled with activities such as kayaking, tennis sessions, trips to lle aux Cerfs, papier-mâché modelling, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat trips. A new adventure park Domaine de L'Étoile, which is close by, has fabulous facilities for older children, including high rope trails, quad biking and horse riding.
Anahita offers guests complimentary golf on two Championship courses - the Anahita course designed by Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer's course on the Ile aux Cerfs.
Anahita the Resort has a dive center that is fully PADI accredited. Situated in the perfect offshore oceanic current, the East coast of Mauritius is one of the richest in corals and fish on the island. The boats accommodate 10 divers per trip and exploration dives are organized daily in conjunction with beginners courses. With a diverse range of water sports, tennis courts and a gym which offers personal trainers, there is plenty of action for everyone. This can also be the perfect relaxing resort, as the children can be entertained whilst parents take it easy at the pool or enjoy a rejuvenating massage.
All accommodation at Anahita is perfectly designed for families, especially those with younger children. 70 one, two and three bedroom suites each have a private infinity plunge pool, dining area and kitchen and enjoy breathtaking views of the garden, golf course or Indian Ocean. Ideally situated, they offer the ultimate in privacy and are just a short stroll away from the beach and resort amenities. There are 28 spacious three to five bedroom villas situated on the golf course, all with a private swimming pool, contemporary fitted kitchen and large outdoor patios and gardens. The villas offer either a view of the lagoon or the beautiful mountains of Mauritius. The large contemporary kitchen gives the flexibility to prepare a gourmet meal or, alternatively, guests can dine in the restaurant or 'dial-a-chef' for the evening. Your Villa Master coordinates the stocking of room refrigerators and pantry or the buying of household goods (charged at cost with a reasonable fee).
|One Bedroom Junior Suite - Garden View||
New for late 2016, the new junior suites have been built especially for those who do not require as much space as the larger prestige suites. Located by hole number 1 on the golf course, the suites span 60sqm and comprise of a bedroom, ensuite bathroom with bathtub, living area, kitchenette and private veranda with seating area.
|One Bedroom Prestige Suite - Golf or Sea View||
Measuring a spacious 160sqm, the one bedroom suite boasts an ensuite bathroom with a luxurious bathtub with spectacular views; a veranda with private step-up plunge pool with infinity edge; a gourmet fully-fitted kitchen; living/dining area; guest WC; vast walk-in closet in master bedroom; flat screen TVs - LCD and DVD; complimentary WIFI and broadband access and air conditioning throughout the whole suite. Suites can have a view of the golf course or the Indian Ocean. Twin beds will be set up as German Twins with one base and two mattresses side by side with individual bedding.
|Two Bedroom Prestige Suite - Golf or Sea View||
The two bedroom suites are 180sqm in size with two en-suite bathrooms, one with a luxurious bathtub with spectacular views; gourmet fully-fitted kitchen; living/dining area; veranda with private step-up plunge pool with infinity edge; guest WC; vast walk-in closet in master bedroom; flat screen TVs - LCD and DVD; complimentary WIFI and broadband access and air conditioning throughout the whole suite. Suites can have a view of the golf course or the Indian Ocean. Twin beds will be set up as German Twins with one base and two mattresses side by side with individual bedding.
|Three Bedroom Prestige Suite - Golf or Sea View||
The three bedroom suites are a very spacious 210-240sqm in size with three bathrooms (2 ensuite and 1 separate), luxurious bathtub with spectacular views; gourmet fully-fitted kitchen; living/dining area; veranda with private step up plunge pool with infinity edge; guest WC; vast walk-in closet in master bedroom; flat screen TVs - LCD and DVD; complimentary WIFI and broadband access; air conditioning throughout the whole suite. These suites can have views of the golf course or the Indian Ocean. Twin beds will be set up as German Twins with one base and two mattresses side by side with individual bedding.
|One & Two Bedroom Deluxe Villas - Golf View||
Situated on the golf course between holes no. 1 & 9, these villas have been designed to align elegance and intimacy.
Each deluxe villa spans from 190sqm to 215sqm over two floors and has a living space with open kitchen, veranda with comfortable seating and dining areas and a private swimming pool and garden. The first floor comprises of a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bathtub and an open terrace. Two bedroom villas have a second ensuite bedroom upstairs.
|One to Four Bedroom Prestige Villas - Golf View||
Situated on the golf course between holes No. 1 & 9, these villas have been exquisitely conceived to provide a modern and enhanced living experience in a light and fresh setting.
Each villa spans 260 - 550sqm has its own entrance with an inner courtyard, a living space and an open kitchen with wet kitchen to the side, a master bedroom with ensuite bathroom with bathtub, a veranda with comfortable seating and dining areas and a private swimming pool and garden. All additional bedrooms in larger villas have ensuite bathrooms and dressing rooms and each villa has a guest powder room.
|Five Bedroom Prestige Villa - Sea View||
Situated on the golf course and giving views of the Indian Ocean, these villas have been exquisitely conceived to provide a modern and enhanced living experience in a light and fresh setting.
Each five bedroom villa spans 550sqm and has its own entrance with inner courtyard, living space and contemporary fitted kitchen, a veranda with comfortable seating and dining areas and a private swimming pool and garden. There are five ensuite bedrooms (four with bathtubs) each with its own ensuite dressing room, as well as a guest powder room.
The children’s club is a good childcare facility, initially set up by Scott Dunn's Childcare Team. It is unique in its offering of taking children from as young as 8 months old up to 12 years, giving parents an opportunity to take a real break. Open daily from 8.30am to 8pm daily, the club is staffed by a highly trained team organising age appropriate activities. Action packed days are filled with trips to Ile aux Cerfs, snorkeling, glass bottom boat trips, t-shirt painting and much more.
Access to the club is complimentary, although there is a charge for children aged between 8 months and 4 years (hourly charge of 400 rupees - approximately £8 or a daily charge of 2200 rupees - approximately £45). There is also an added charge for meals.
Babysitting is available on request. This needs to be booked in advance and there will also be a taxi fee charged.
|8 months to 2 years old||
Parents can leave their small babies and toddlers here with complete peace of mind. A sleep room,
special babies' pool and shaded area are just some of the facilities that have been created specifically for children of this age. The slightly older children take part in activities including face painting, dressing up, playing in the pool, nature walks and visits to see Tommy the Turtle.
|3 to 5 year olds - Dolphins||
With a chance to make new friends, children here take part in a daily changing program of activities. One day they might be Sega dancing, and the next taking part in a mini Olympic games. Fishing and crab hunting are activities that children love taking part in too.
|6 to 8 year olds - Sharks||
This age group take part in a whole host of fun activities. From arts and crafts to the more adventurous, such as banana boat rides, golf, fishing and picnics on the Ile aux Cerfs.
|9 to 13 year olds - Barracudas||
Just like the other age groups, no two days are the same here. Children can take part in tennis tournaments, go waterskiing and take out pedalos, as well as make pizzas, do henna tattooing and take a trip to the crocodile park.
Catering for teenagers between 13-18 years old, ‘Escape Club’ provides a daily program which includes a wide range of outdoor activities from snorkeling, waterskiing and kayaking trips to friendly tennis knock-outs, frisbee tournaments and trips to Ile Aux Cerfs. Indoor games, internet access, table tennis and video games are also available.
Anahita The Resort has a variety of culinary choice, including three restaurants, in-residence dining with 24-hour room service, plus a dial a chef service. The in-residence dining is particularly good for parents wanting to eat after children have gone to bed as the normal half board menu is available at no extra cost.
There is also an all-day beach and pool service offering refreshments and a light menu. Complimentary access to the 18-hole championship golf course is included, together with golf cart with GPS and practice balls. Other facilities include twin infinity edge pools, overlooking the beach, lagoon and Ile aux Cerfs, a pool with friendly kids corner, boathouse offering a variety of watersports, fitness center, wellbeing lounge, beauty lounge, tennis courts, a hotel boutique and the OurSpace children's club.
Origine - overlooking the ocean, this restaurant is inspired by the best products and flavors of Mauritius. In the morning, a sumptuous breakfast is offered with both Western and local specialties, as well as a selection of freshly squeezed fruit juices. At night the restaurant has a romantic atmosphere.
Bliss - set on the sand under a pergola, this lunch menu here boasts an impressive selection of Mediterranean salads, toasted sandwiches, oven cooked pizzas and homemade ice creams. For the evening a sumptuous and exciting tasting theme is on offer where the chef can personalize your own menu.
Vu Bar - with the largest lagoon of Mauritius and the legendary Ile aux Cerfs in the background, this bar has a relaxing lounge atmosphere. It serves a selection of light snacks from around the world from 11am to 9pm. On certain evenings there are live bands and entertainment.
Sugar and Savor - offers an assortment of coffees and teas from all over the world and fresh pastries, cakes, pancakes and ice cream.
Nestled between land and sea, in an exquisite natural setting, is the spectacular challenging golf course. Designed by Ernie Els, the Anahita Golf Course is a 6,828-meter, 18 hole, par-72 championship course with large fairways and five sets of tees. Six stunning ocean front holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world. Built to USGA standards, it is the first of its kind in Mauritius. Carefully woven into the tropical sanctuary, the course is set against lush mountains and fringed by a vast crystal-clear lagoon.
The Golf Academy offers instruction and private lessons and the clubhouse is equipped to enhance any golfer’s game. The clubhouse also features a driving range, putting green and Pro shop.
Tee times are available from 7.30am to 3pm daily. One–hour golf initiations are offered daily on a complimentary basis to Resort guests.
Situated at La Place Belgath, is the beauty lounge where you can get a manicure, pedicure or a facial. A wide selection of massages are offered in open air gazebos or in the privacy of your suite or villa.
The boathouse, “Quayside”, offers a variety of d and non-d activities. Complimentary induction courses for non-d water sports are organized daily. Outings on the glass-bottom boat, snorkeling trips to spots inside the reef, free daily shuttle service between La Place Belgath and Ile-aux-Cerfs .
Hobbie Cats, fun boats, lasers, windsurfs, kayaks, pedal boats, water-ski are also available on a complimentary basis.
Exploration dives are organized daily in conjunction with beginners courses. The range of watersports includes sailing, kayaking, windsurfing, waterskiing, kitesurfing and deep sea fishing. Snorkelling and glass bottom boat trips are available, together with beach volleyball, tennis and a fully equipped fitness center with personal trainers. Off-site activities include hiking, cycling, quad biking, horse riding and archery.
The Ernie Els Championship Golf Course has a beautiful, natural setting with spectacular rocky outcrops and stunning mountain views. The 16th, 17th and 18th holes all enjoy ocean views on this impressive course.
The Ile aux Cerfs course, designed by Bernhard Langer, is a 5 minute (complimentary) boat ride away. This championship 18 hole par-72 golf course is often described as a wonder of the game. Covering 38 hectares, the course has natural undulating topography, volcanic rock outcrops, lakes, gullies and a variety of tropical trees and plants. All 18 holes have ocean views and meet the highest international standards.
The Four Seasons Golf Academy offers game improvement in all aspects including the full-swing, short game, course management, practice techniques, mental training, golf-fitness and properly fitted equipment. Guidance is given to everyone from complete beginners to scratch players.
The nearby Domaine de l'Etoile has mini jet skis and quads, a high ropes course, bouncy castles, trampolines and lots more for children aged 3-12.
|Childcare Charges for Infants||
While access to Ourspace children's club is free for 4-13 year olds, a fee is applicable to infants aged from 8 months to 4 years.
Daily rate = Rs 2200 (approx £50)
hourly rate = Rs 400 (Approx £10)
Location & Directions
East Coast, Mauritius
Anahita the Resort on the east coast of Mauritius is just in front of Ile aux Cerfs, and can be accessed by a 50 minute drive from the airport. The east coast of Mauritius is dotted with several lagoons and tiny cove-beaches ensuring shelter from the cool south-easterly trade winds, as well as the stunning long stretch of beach named Belle Mare. Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, it is situated off the south east coast of the African continent, and is 900km east of Madagascar.
When to go
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 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 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 vacations, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).