Paradise on earth? Head to Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius
Having recently visited the five star Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa it came as no suprise when I heard that the serene resort had been awarded the prestigious World’s Leading Island Resort at the World Travel Awards 2010 Grand Final Gala Ceremony during a glittering event at Grosvenor House in London earlier this month.
A 12 hour flight from London, Mauritius was our first choice for our honeymoon last month and it’s fair to say it’s the most beautiful place I have ever been to and I’m yet to find someone who hasn’t fallen in love with the warm weather, lovely people and amazing food.
Maradiva is an hour away from the airport on the west coast of the island, rumoured to be the best spot for watching the stunning sunsets. There are 65 villas cleverly laid out amongst the lush tropical gardens offering the ultimate in privacy and seclusion. Once inside your luxury villa, complete with your own private garden, pool, outdoor dining area and outdoor shower, you immediately feel as if you’re on your own private island.
In one word, the resort is zen and if you’re in need of a well-deserved break this is the perfect place to kick back, relax and forget about the stress of urban living.
The best views to be had are from the beach – where views of Le Morne are uninterupted and almost hypnotic. A World Heritage Site since 2008, the mountain was used as a hideaway in the 19th century by runaway slaves. When slavery was abolished in 1835 a police expedition travelled to Le Morne to tell the slaves that they were free, however the slaves feared they were about to be killed and jumped off the cliff. Today, it has become one of the ‘must visit’ sites on the island.
If you can bear to tear yourself away from this idyllic retreat, the picturesque Flic en Flac is only a five minute drive away. The bustling village is worth a visit if only for its traditional restaurants and local arts and crafts but my guess is you’ll just want to lounge by your private pool, cocktail in hand!
If you’ve been tempted visit www.maradiva.com for more info, I highly recommend a visit.