Guide to Golf in Mauritius
Located in the Indian Ocean, around 1,200 miles from Africa, the spectacular island nation of Mauritius is a paradise for golfers, offering a luxury, breathtaking experience befitting a millionaire, but this gateway to Heaven on Earth is within the grasp of any long-haul traveller in search of something truly unforgettable.
Known for its turquoise sea, white sands and emerald green fairways, playing golf in Mauritius is a sensory feast, possessing a consistently pleasant climate, the best time of year being in the months between November and March, making the islands an ideal destination for UK based golfers desperately grasping for that magical winter retreat.
However, there is much to be said for taking advantage of low season rates and embarking on your journey to Mauritius in May, delivering great value for the striking all-inclusive accommodation that offers many activities and facilities beyond the undoubted quality of golf in the region.
The flight time from London is 12 hours with direct flights from British Airways or Air Mauritius.
Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort 5* is among the standout venues in Mauritius, showcasing the best of African culture through its architecture, decor and ambiance. This Hotel offers a warm, simple luxury that is wholly welcoming and comfortable, aligned with its Seven Colours Spa, Beach Club, and golf course – more on that later – to provide an unsurpassed holiday.
Situated on the south coast of Mauritius, Heritage Awali is set between crystalline lagoon and lush green hills, an immersive landscape from any perspective. There are 160 rooms within the Hotel, mostly deluxe in a space of 52 square metres. The variety of accommodation options make Heritage Awali perfect for families, couples or groups of friends, offering engaging activities for guests young and old.
Additionally, there are some wonderful restaurants at the Hotel. The main establishment, Savana, serves mixed cuisine, buffet style. Infinity Blue offers international and seafood dishes. The very popular poolside bar, Amafrooty, serves snacks and salads. At the Heritage Le Telfair next door, you can find Gin’ja, a Pan Asian restaurant on the beach.
Speaking of Heritage Le Telfair, the adjacent hotel was inspired by Mauritian colonial architecture, enjoying a location within tropical gardens and a lagoon, not to mention boasting a 19th century chateau and a fantastic beach club.
The Hotel, a member of the “Small Luxury Hotels of the World”, is an exceptional venue, featuring luxurious and spacious rooms decorated with fine white woodwork that harken back to the style of the colonial sugar plantation, and that historic atmosphere is only enhanced by the personalised, careful quality of service, including the butler availability in suites. This resort is made for golfers looking to also relax by the sea.
Somewhat removed from the two Heritage venues, Tamarina Golf & Spa Boutique Hotel 4* is a subtle change of pace, also found in the Western Coast of Mauritius, set amongst a beautiful, natural beach that will pull at the heartstrings.
The 50 deluxe rooms provide an outlet for the elegance of the African heritage, designed for comfort and serenity. All rooms have a balconyand face the sea, ensuring that this is a romantic place, where you can relax on long chairs and appreciate the vista across the lagoon.
Included within the all-inclusive, guests have access to three restaurants and bars. Tamarina’s wellness centre has seven massage rooms. This boutique is a true hidden gem.
Other hotels to consider include Constance Belle Mare Plage, Anahita Golf & Spa Resort, and Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.
The Golf Courses
Needless to say, the golf is pretty acceptable in Mauritius. The Heritage Golf Club – set in the heart of the resort - is a Peter Matkovich designed, par 72 championship course that presents incredible views of the nearby coastline and lagoon. But this place offers more than just pretty pictures, as the Heritage is an outstanding layout, renowned for its pristine condition, providing enjoyment for all golfers.
Linked to the eponymous boutique, Tamarina Golf Club was designed by Rodney Wright and opened for play in 2006. This wonderful course lies between the Rempart mountain and beautiful lagoon. During your round, you can sample outstanding views of the surrounding area, while playing from carefully manicured fairways and greens.
When it comes to courses in Mauritius, it would be remiss not to mention the Bernhard Langer designed Ile aux Cerfs. Requiring a ten-minute boat journey to its own island, this layout is based in a paradisiac garden and provides a stimulating challenge for both accomplished golfers and higher handicappers.
Likewise, the Anahita Golf Club was laid out by four-time major champion Ernie Els, a course that measures up to 7,500 yards, but luckily for the majority of us, it has wide fairways and five sets of tees to play from. The six stunning ocean front holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.
The Other Activities
If you can drag yourself away from the facilities at the hotels and the stunning golf courses, there are many things to enjoy in Mauritius. Glass-bottom boat trips are popular, as are kayaking and snorkelling for the more adventurous, coming face to face with this remarkable environment. At Tamarina, you can sample water skiing, learn to scuba dive, take tennis lessons, dolphin watch and a relax on a catamaran cruise.
For guests at the Heritage, alongside the Beach Club and physical activities, the Nature Reserve is a highlight, celebrating 1,300 hectares of indigenous flora and fauna, with exceptional views, rivers and waterfalls.
This is Paradise
Ultimately, for the experience of a lifetime, Mauritius is hard to beat for golfers. The luxury accommodation, incredible scenery, and beautiful courses make this an essential part of your proverbial bucket list. It’s one that should be ticked off and enjoyed.
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