Known for its picture-perfect beaches, lagoons and reefs, Mauritius is upgrading its accommodation so that visitors can experience luxurious views inside and out. Rob Gill reports on the latest reopenings.
Next year promises to be a big one for Mauritius as the Indian Ocean nation celebrates the 50th anniversary of its independence, as well as looking set to benefit from a swathe of luxury hotel refurbishments.
Anniversary events will be held throughout the year, but the main celebrations will be focused around National Day on March 12 when there will be ceremonies, live music and performances.
The island is hoping to build on a successful 2017, which has seen visitor numbers rise by 6% compared to the previous years – driven largely by an “enhanced luxury offering”, according to the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).
This momentum is expected to continue into 2018, especially with extra flights from Europe, while the luxury hotel market is being boosted by several refurbishments to top resorts.
Kevin Ramkaloan, director of tourism at the MTPA, said: “2018 is gearing up to be an exciting year and we look forward to welcoming more visitors to our beautiful island. Properties such as the One&Only Le Saint Geran and Lux Grand Gaube have led the way with extensive refurbishments to ensure the quality of facilities and accommodation on the island are continuously being improved.”
The prospect of new resorts in Mauritius is also back on the agenda following the end of the government’s two-year ban on new hotel developments, which helped to raise occupancy levels at existing properties.
Here we take a look at three of the most significant reopenings on the island for the luxury market this year: Heritage Le Telfair, Lux Grande Gaube and One&Only Le Saint Geran.