5 great healthy hotels in Mauritius
Hotels are no longer just paying lip service to health and wellbeing. Over the last few years, it’s become a fundamental part of their offering. As increasing numbers of people view their holiday as an opportunity to focus on their body and mind, more and more hotels are providing far-reaching and innovative ways to help. We look at how five resorts in Mauritius are leading the healthy hotels trend.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
Constance Le Prince Maurice is home to the amazing Spa de Constance, with its full range of body treatments, personal training, yoga, and bodyweight training, while the Sisley spa treatments have won the attention of the international clientele that has come to expect the best from Constance.
Good nutrition is also high on the list of priorities at Le Prince Maurice and guests can take part in the Kickstart the Fast Diet programme, brought to Le Prince Maurice by the co-founder of the 5:2 Fast Diet, Mimi Spencer. Every Fast Diet dish is handpicked to suit a Fast Day, or created to encourage healthy eating on a Non-Fast Day. Real enthusiasts can even take part in a Fast Diet cooking lesson on the pool deck.
LUX* Le Morne
The peninsula setting of LUX* Le Morne is enough to instil a deep sense of wellness all on its own, though the luxury resort also offers a multitude of ways to get you back into shape and feeling great.
The LUX* Me programme is tailored to every individual by the hotel’s own Spa Concierge, built on the core principles of nutrition, fitness, yoga, meditation and spa. And speaking of nutrition, LUX*’s philosophy is that healthy food must also taste delicious, so its main pillars are high quality virgin, cold pressed olive oil, natural sweeteners only, unrefined whole grains, low dairy or fermented dairy products, fish and game meats and, of course, plenty of fresh and local Mauritian fruits and vegetables.
At Shanti Maurice you can indulge in a 7-day Ayurveda programme which will ensure you return to your home country feeling utterly restored and refreshed.
The Shanti Preserve is an Ayurvedic journey which includes a full wellness consultation resulting in 8 personalised Ayurvedic therapies throughout your stay. You’ll also receive sessions of reflexology, Hatha yoga, Reiki and meditation, among others, plus an Africology bespoke facial and as much aqua fit, tennis and morning powerwalking as you can handle. On top of that, there’s unlimited use of all the spa facilities, such as the swimming pool, Jacuzzi, sauna and steam room.
One&Only Le Saint Geran
At Le Saint Geran on the island’s exclusive east coast, great pains are taken to deliver an outstanding health and wellbeing experience. The internationally acclaimed One&Only Spa offers a holistic approach to your goals, by putting together a personalised nutritional analysis and sports programme.
The tranquil setting of the Garden Spa Pavilion is the ideal place to relax after a quick session in the private lap pool or a hardcore workout in the gym. And the exquisite treatment rooms can’t fail to instil a sense of serenity and calm. You can also partake in all kinds of watersports such as unlimited water-skiing, kayaking and snorkelling, or enjoy a core class, yoga class, or game of volleyball on the beach.
Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa
Set against the beautiful backdrop of Le Morne mountain, Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa offers all kinds of ways for health fans to work up a sweat. The hotel has its very own kitesurf school for starters, plus the chance to try out stand-up paddleboarding, which is an ideal way to build up muscle strength and improve core balance, by standing up, kneeling, or sitting on the board and rowing.
The hotel’s gym is one of the best facilities on the island, and you can also take part in dozens of classes including aerobics, aqua gym, circuit training, spinning, vibro training, step, yoga and stretching. And after all that, it’s time to soothe your mind at Spa by Clarins, for a well-deserved massage in a rustic thatched pavilion.
Read our article about Why wellness holidays are one of the hottest new trends for 2014.