By Alexandre Arditti

In Mauritius, it is not just the big “ultra select” palaces with often unaffordable prices. There are also these hotels which play the card of a certain relaxed chic, a more relaxed or even more festive atmosphere, where the “dress code” knows how to remain flexible, and where conviviality is always present. A tropical cocktail that is particularly suitable for stays with family or friends. Here are 10 that could inspire you for your next vacation!

1. The Sands Suites Resort & Spa
In Tamarin Bay on the west coast, the Sands Resort & Spa is arguably one of the best value for money on the island. This friendly boutique hotel with little design touches is a small haven of peace hidden at the end of the beach in Flic-en Flac. As soon as you arrive, you will be amazed by the superb perspective offered by the infinity pool overlooking the lagoon. Recently renovated, the 52 rooms spread over small buildings are perfectly equipped and very comfortable, while the restaurants are worth a visit. The icing on the cake, the prices know how to remain low, which does not spoil anything!

2. La Pirogue Resort & Spa La Pirogue is a truly remarkable address, to be noted on its shelves. On the west coast, near Flic-en-Flac, on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, you can admire some of the most beautiful sunsets on the island, but it is far from be its only asset. Recently extensively renovated, the hotel offers a superb compromise between high-end services and simplicity, particularly in terms of service and gastronomy. This bias is reflected in the prices which make it one of the best value for money in the destination.

3. LUX * Grand Gaube Freshly renovated, the LUX * Grand Gaube is the brand new spot inaugurated in the north of the island. Offering a breathtaking view of the ocean with the picturesque Flat Island on the horizon, its decor by Kelly Hoppen has redesigned the hotel into small, cozy and eclectic spaces, bringing a particularly successful touch of “pep” and gaiety. 186 keys, two beaches, three swimming pools, rooms, villas and an equally innovative culinary experience with 6 restaurants (including one Peruvian!), This is a won bet that should seduce those who pioneered new trendy places in the tropics.

4. The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa
A superb establishment, recent and magnificently designed, facing the Baie aux Tortues, in the north-west of the island. A stone’s throw from the capital Port-Louis and Grand-Baie, the Westin Turtle Bay is ideally located for exploring the island. In terms of decoration, it is a great success: clear lines, teak wood and lava stone are in the spotlight, offering sublime color contrasts, and alongside more contemporary elements, always in a pure Mauritian spirit revisited. The prices are studied, the 190 spacious and elegant rooms, like the resort which also offers a wide choice of restaurants as well as a nice lounge bar, the Heavenly, meeting place for the happy fews of Balaclava.

5. La Maison d’Eté
On the north-east coast of Mauritius at Poste Lafayette, the Maison d’Eté is a small, independent boutique hotel with only 16 rooms, with its small restaurant, a beach bar and 2 swimming pools. The site covers more than 4,000 m2 and includes two buildings: a Mauritian family villa with 7 Ocean bedrooms, and a small complex of 8 Sea bedrooms with their own terrace. All under the watchful eye of the friendly owner of the premises Brigitte Baranès. 6. The Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius Set on a beautiful mile-long beach, this relaxed 215-room 5-star hotel boasts one of the most beautiful tropical gardens in Mauritius. In the north-west of the island, in Balaclava, it is also perfectly located, a few minutes from Port-Louis and Grand-Baie. Other strong points are the gastronomy with no less than 5 restaurants at your disposal – including a gourmet restaurant which is among the best tables on the island – as well as a pretty 3500m2 spa, the aptly named Maritim Tropical Flower Spa!

7. The Preskil Beach Resort
As its name suggests, the Preskil is located on … a private peninsula of white sand, in the south of the island, a stone’s throw from Mahébourg, not far from the airport. With its Creole architecture, its beautiful 750m long beach, its turquoise lagoon and its view of the Lion Mountain, this is a quiet establishment offering great services, but also 3 restaurants, a spa and a children’s club, all without ruin.

8. Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
The Telfair is an impressive hotel complex located in the south of the island, with top-of-the-range services and reasonable prices. The best part here is the presence of the C Beach Club, a friendly, trendy beach club where you come to relax and have a drink during the day or in the evening from all corners of the island. On the edge of the lagoon, a “live” and “lounge” musical atmosphere with international DJs in residence, swimming pool, restaurants, bar, nautical base with kite-surfing school, not to mention ultra-hearty brunch: everything is there!

9. The Sakoa
A prime asset for the Sakoa: its location on the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches, one of the most popular in Mauritius for its calm and tranquil waters, perfect for children. Here, only 16 spacious rooms nestled in pretty bungalows with sea or garden views, a small Mauritian restaurant and even a spa. A hotel on a human scale and at reasonable prices, what more could you ask for?

10. Zilwa Attitude
In the north of the island, the Zilwa Attitude is a small, pleasant and unpretentious 4-star hotel with 214 rooms. The peculiarity here is the Creole dimension of the establishment, which highlights the Mauritian culture with the aim of making customers discover its thousand and one aspects. In Creole, zilwa means “islander”. The “rustic chic” architecture and decoration are inspired by traditional Mauritian “camps”, these charming holiday homes lined up by the sea, and the prices make it one of the most affordable 4 stars in Mauritius.