Close to the beach, Anahita Golf & Spa Resort is a luxurious sprawl of a resort in the Flacq district of Mauritius’ east coast. Laid-back and perfectly-tailored villas – each with an infinity pool – have full kitchens for stress-free self-catering, and this polished patch of island idyll offers winding white-sand beaches, ocean-view pools, a golf course, a spa and sailing crafts, Hobie Cats and other wave-riding vessels in the on-site boathouse.
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A 30-minute massage each for guests staying five nights or more; GoldSmith members staying five nights or more also get one lunch at Bliss restaurant (excluding drinks)
Noon; guests are charged 50 per cent of the room rate for late check-out. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can drop their bags at reception and unwind in another suite or villa if there’s one available.
Double rooms from £462.40, including tax at 15 per cent.
Rates include Continental and full-English buffet breakfast, daily snorkelling tours, non-motorised watersports, bike hire, access to two 18-hole championship golf courses and a 5-minute boat ride to Ile aux Cerfs, with its private beach and golf courses.
For special occasions (or a family night in) you can summon a chef to your suite or villa to cook a meal or set up a barbecue. If you fancy knocking a few balls around and need a golf cart, the Anahita golf course charges RS500 for each golfer for 18 holes, and RS300 for 9 holes. A golf club caddy is available for RS200 a person. At the Ile aux Cerfs golf course, it's RS990 per golfer for 18 or 9 holes, and RS450 for a golf club caddy. If you're a newbie, an hour of free golf initiation is offered daily at 3pm.
At the hotel
Wellbeing centre, lagoon, private beach with watersports facilities, kids clubs, boathouse, restaurants, bar, café and sweet shop, fitness centre, champion 18-hole golf courses and a clubhouse, boutique, laundry and free WiFi throughout. In rooms: fully-fitted kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, Nespresso machine, microwave and kettle), flatscreen TV, bathrobes, slippers, free bottled water and black-out blinds. Villas are also graced with a private garden and all suite category rooms and above have a private infinity-edged plunge pool (with safety netting).
Our favourite rooms
All suites and villas have large fully-fitted kitchens, spacious gathering-sized living rooms, and private plunge pools.
There are three. Two outdoor infinity pools – one for adults, which is heated year-round, and one for children, which is heated during the winter – sit side by side in the village, surrounded by rattan sunloungers, palm trees and parasols, with alluring turquoise-tinted views of the Indian Ocean beyond. A beach-like slope allows easy access to the curved and crystal-clear kids’ pool; however, there’s no supervision. The kids’ club also has a shallow unheated pool for infants.
The fitness centre has large windows, so gym bunnies can gaze at the greenery during a workout. Outdoor treatment rooms have gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical foliage – many of the plants are used in the treatments – to send you into an island-scented reverie (or a more secluded session can be booked in your suite or villa). Thalgo facials, body wraps and scrubs, massages, couples treatments, waxing, manicures and pedicures are all offered, but Juniors can join in too, with massages for kids tweens and teens (30 minutes for 3–6 year olds, 45 minutes for 7–12 year olds and 60 minutes for over-12s).
Bring your breezy beach best, an underwater camera for snorkelling sessions, and your most care-free attitude.
There’s no wheelchair-accessible accommodation onsite. Pushchairs and buggies can be pushed around public areas problem-free, but there are some steps from the reception to the pool area where obliging staff are happy to help.
Cots are free for under-threes; extra beds for under-12s can be added to Prestige Suites on request. Entrance to the kids club is included (meals are chargeable), babysitting is available and kids are welcome in the restaurants.
All food is locally sourced, the hotel composts waste to use on the surrounding land, and grey water is filtered and used in keeping the golf course green.
A table on the terrace at Origine, overlooking the ocean.
No shorts or flip-flops at dinner in either restaurant.
The hotel has two restaurants, as well as a café and sweet shop, Sugar and Savour, which serves light meals and Mauritian treats. The main restaurant Origine has a glossy white bar, crazy-paving walls and reef-hued furnishings. It’s ideal for breakfasts; the buffet has a juice bar and a chef who’ll whip up pancakes and omelettes to your whim, while the à la carte menu has champagne cocktails and eggs benedict alongside Mauritian specialities. Signature has a locally influenced menu, served in elegant surroundings overlooking the jetty. The thatched Il Forno Restaurant overlooks the 18th hole, and tables spill out onto a parasol-dotted, fire pit-lit garden. This à la carte trattoria restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes and a selection of wines to pair with your meal. Bliss is a casual beachfront eatery with sandy floors and a seriously laid-back ambience, perfect for barefoot post-swim refuelling; it’s open for lunch (and serves daily themed buffets for dinner), and if you don't want to leave your sunbathing spot waiters will ferry drinks, salads and sandwiches to the pools or beach as desired. Located 15 minutes from the main hotel, Domaine de l'Etoile is a laidback, open-air restauarant serving Mauritian cuisine: their speciality is braised wild boar with noodles and tom pouce leaves. They also offer light snacks and meals to-go of you're on the move.
The VU Bar has views of the lagoon and Île aux Cerfs, which you can gaze at from a rattan easy chair among designer-Temple of Doom-style decor. A selection of international snacks and drinks is served all day.
Origine: 7am-10.30am and 7pm-10.30pm. Signature: 7.30pm-10.3pm (Tuesday-Saturday). Bliss: noon-4pm, and 7pm-10.30pm. Il Forno: 6.30pm-10.30pm. Domaine de l'Etoile: 11.30am-3.30pm. VU Bar: 8am-12am; Sugar and Savour from 8.30am-7pm.
Available 24 hours a day. Start with breakfast in bed from 7.30am to 10.30am, order from the elegant à la carte menu from 7.30am to 10.30pm, and snack on paninis, burgers and desserts from 11pm to 7am.
Anahita Golf & Spa Resort sits along a serpentine stretch of the island’s tranquil east coast – facing the Indian Ocean, a short ferry ride from Île aux Cerfs – among 213 beach-fringed hectares by a rolling sea-view golf course.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (www.ssr-international.co.uk) is just under an hour’s drive from the hotel. Air Mauritius and British Airways offer direct flights, or transatlantic flights connect from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; flights across the Pacific arrive via Dubai International Airport or Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. The resort can arrange transfers from the airport: €55 a one-way trip for four guests, or €120 a one-way trip for a luxury car).
There’s one highway on the island, which runs from Grand Baie in the north to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the south. Narrow and winding roads can make driving a nail-biting affair and taxis are recommended, but there are car-hire booths at the airport and there’s free parking at the hotel if you wish to chauffeur yourself.
Passenger ships, the Mauritius Pride and the Trochetia (www.mauritiusshipping.intnet.mu) run a fortnightly service between Mauritius and Réunion. The hotel can also arrange helicopter transfers from the airport.
Worth getting out of bed for
You’ll drift towards the beach for a dip in the blue lagoon or the pool, but there’s much more on offer: try water-skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and a variety of bobbing vessels (kayaks, hobbie cats, fun boats, lasers, windsurfing boards and snorkelling equipment are all free to hire). There's also a PADI diving centre. Back on land, golf-green fees, buggies, a GPS system and practice balls are free, as is hiring the tennis court or playing a spot of table tennis. Mountain bikes can be borrowed and reception can advise on the best routes through the resort. Get those glutes working in the high-tech gym; alternatively, give up pulse-pumping in favour of browsing the boutiques in the resort’s village and taking some time in the beauty salon and spa.
This resort delivers family entertainment in an all-singing, all-dancing fashion: the kids’ club and teens’ club are hip hideouts with action-packed activity programmes or children can play at being bijou Buccaneers in the acres of exploration-enticing gardens and greenery.
Our four-bedroom villa didn’t just lay on views over golfing greens across to the forest and lagoon, but our evening entertainment included watching fruit bats the size of Frisbees swoop over our villa and into the trees. The tropical grounds are gorgeous in every direction – Four Seasons’ golf course overlaps with Anahita Golf & Spa Resort (lunch or dinner at the Four Seasons is but a short shuttle away if you fancy a change of scene; the hotels work closely with each other so you can even put your food there on your Anahita bill). Even with golf buggies on call, we barely needed to stray thanks to our own pool perfect for a wallow and a generous grassy area suited to a kickabout. Anahita also has a better beach and setting than its five-star neighbour. But the real highlight? Being spoilt rotten by our own private butler. Every morning on the terrace, Sharma prepared eggs any way we liked, provided too many pastries and the best pineapple we’ve ever tasted, and nothing was ever too much trouble. We decided Sharma was blessed with an extra-smiley gene – along with nearly all the staff. But I guess when you look at Anahita’s east coast location, what’s not to smile about?
Our nippers certainly grinned widest after a fishing trip in the small quay. Or maybe it was when Tom got to watch his dad’s face as a speedboat pulled them on a blow-up rubber ring that looked as though it was travelling at 100mph. Or it could have been when we discovered that the giant tortoises the size of Spacehoppers love pineapple and papaya so much they can hit quite a speed when it’s being dangled.
My final bit of intel? Ignore weather forecasts for February half-term. We nearly didn’t get on the plane looking at the British weatherman’s icons: but every day was glorious despite a few quick tropical downpours.
Whenever you book a stay at a Smith hotel or villa, we’ll invite you to review it when you get back. Read what other Smith members had to say in Anahita Golf & Spa Resort’s Guestbook below.
The staff who were so friendly, great facilities from kids club, to the spa, to watersports, to the amazing beach. Loved the overall vibe: luxurious yet not pretentious.
The most luxurious hotel in Mauritius – i'ts very much a 5-star hotel, but not a Four Seasons. But it has a better character and vibe.