For luxury lovers wanting an exclusive all private villa with pool resort, Maradiva might just be the perfect one for you. It’s actually the only five-star luxury all-villa resort situated on the West Coast of Mauritius, which is generally regarded by locals and tourists alike, as the warmer, less windy side of the island, making it ideal for year round visits. We found the climate was remarkably warmer and drier travelling west during our review trip, and this did make a difference in terms of being able to enjoy snorkelling and catching some sun. And of course you have the wonderful benefit of spectacular sunsets and views of iconic Le Morne.
Maradiva is family owned too, and as such prises itself in its ability to offer a truly authentic luxury Mauritian experience to its guests, who certainly appreciate the warmth of welcome and unfailingly friendly and smiling staff. You are made to feel special, from the moment of arrival, to your departure.
The resort itself is situated on a stunning natural, powder-soft, white sand Tamarin Bay stretching for miles either way, making it perfect for morning or evening strolls – or runs if you’re more of an energetic type. The view from the pool and beach area is delightful – high mountains in the distance and sea of every blue imaginable. We were lucky to see Le Morne mountain fringed with a rainbow one afternoon, and also pods of dolphins just off from the shore most days. The bay at the resort is very calm and ideal for swimming. The 65 villas are tucked in rows behind the beach, and most do not have beach views, but do have pretty private courtyards filled with tropical plants and flowers of every colour.
The main pool sits right on the beach and you can sun bathe here on the terrace and gaze out across the bay. And do head to the bar area by the pool to enjoy cocktails at sunset, as the sun dips below the horizon in a blaze of reds and golds.
Dining wise, there is a good choice, from western, local to Italian and our absolute favourite, Japanese, a visit to which was a highlight of our whole Mauritius trip.
The villas are spacious, calming, and a romantic refuge from the bustle of life. We found them very attractive, but a little on the dark side – although we understand these have all be refurbished now.
The Ayurvedic spa is very well designed and has its own good-sized pool and offers a wide range of healing therapies carried out by wonderfully skills therapists. It’s won numerous awards – and you can certainly see why.
Maradiva is the perfect resort for those seeking quiet, romance and spectacular sunsets. Being on the western side of the Island does make a difference weather-wise and although it is busier than the east coast, at Maradiva there is no sense of this, as it’s so quiet and private. It’s one we would happily visit again and do highly recommend. www.maradiva.com