By Charmaine Hibbert
We are in the car travelling from Sugar Beach Resort which is on the west coast of the island to Heritage Resort which is in the South of the island and around 30 mins into the journey you can certainly start to see the difference in the regions, the land starts to feel richer and greener and is less populated, we start to follow the beach road which offers some spectacular views and I hope like us you get to take this journey during the day.
James drops his golf clubs off at the Heritage Golf Club and then we head to the hotel which is only 5-minutes away Ė there is a shuttle buggy that takes residents from the hotel to the course. There are three hotels on the resort Awali, The Villas and we are staying at the Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort, as we arrive at the gates you can already feel this is going to be a special place.
As our car pulls up outside of reception there is a whirlwind of activity as our bags and cases are whisked away, but itís when I walk into main reception my eyes light up, itís one of the most beautiful receptions I have ever seen. Subtle but classic decor, itís not grand like some city-based hotels, but itís the view that takes you straight down to the ocean that has you mesmerised and gives you a calming and knowing feeling that this is going to be a special place to stay.
We are taken into a room given cold towels and a welcome fruit cocktail and suddenly check-in has finished and I have to chuckle to myself, of course thatís how check-ins would be done here, relaxed and stress free, the perfect start.
James disappears off to play golf and I am shown around the grounds, the different places, restaurants, the bar and of course the pool and beach and the pick of the bunch is Giníja which is an Pan-Asian fusion restaurant that sits right on the beach and is perfectly situated to capture those wonderful sunsets.
I am then shown my room, I couldnít even hide my delight as I walked in, straight in front of me is the bathroom with a deep soaker tub big enough for two, a huge walk-in shower and of course a walk-in closet with ironing board and safe. The mini bar and coffee maker are situated in a small hall just before you walk into the main bedroom. The king size bed takes centre stage but hardly dominates the room that also has a desk, a wonderful large comfy sofa, wall mounted TV, a massive coffee table and opposite the bed, wall to wall windows that open up to a patio with a small garden, two sun loungers, table and just 20 yards from the beach, I am not sure my smile could get any bigger from the reception, but it just has.
Once my personal assistant leaves Ė everyone is allocated a person to look after them Ė you know me all too well, itís a face dive onto the bed, the smell of crisp, clean Egyptian cotton hits the senses and after quickly unpacking I decide to spend the rest of the day on the patio soaking in that wonderful vitamin D with the sound of the hypnotic waves making me slowly fall in and out of consciousness.
James calls me to say he has booked the steak house Ė of course he has Ė for 8pm and to meet in reception at 7.50 for our buggy to take us there. The restaurant is in the golf course clubhouse and we both of course order steak and as we clear our plates we both agree they are cooked to perfection Ė although I am not sure cooked is the appropriate word for how James has his steak Ė I have mine medium and it was wonderfully succulent. We head to the bar for a night cap and listen to a live singer and guitarist, which was the perfect end to the night.
Itís an early start as James is off to play golf again and itís my time to work and experience the rest of what Le Telfair has to offer. But first its breakfast and we decide to sit outside on the poach of the breakfast room, coffee and juice are brought to the table but the breakfast is buffet style. James heads to the fruit and I head to the hot foods and egg station Ė there is so much on offer continental with a vast array of cheeses and cold meats, fresh bread, patisseries and every juice and yogurt you could think of or want to sample and it seems someone has fallen in love with my fresh bread and pineapple jam after their bowl of fresh fruit!
After scouting out the fully equipped gym, fitness centre and kids centre the hotel also boosts tennis, yoga, table tennis, beach volleyball, beach football, beach tennis, mountain bikes, mini rope park, speedminton, pitch and putt, bocci balls and badminton. For those who love water based activities there is windsurfing see-through and normal Kayaking, pedal boats, glass bottom boat trips, snorkelling, water-skiing, Aqua-gym, fishing and paddle boarding and to top it all there is also buggy, quad bike or 4X4 and many more activities that you can add as an extra charge.
Itís time for me to hit the wellness centre for my appointment, you will notice I said wellness centre and not spa, because at the Heritage resort they believe in a whole-body approach which can also include diet and wellbeing as well as the spa treatments.
On entering I am asked to choose a colour that matches my mood and after filling out the forms I am asked what I am looking to gain from my treatment, I am going for relaxed and revitalised but I also want a no holds barred deep massage.
I am introduced to Natisha who leads me to a room that is lit in a light blue which is the colour I chose when I first entered centre. The massage that has been chosen for me is the Mauritian massage and boy did Natisha go to town on my body. The background music was perfect, but I donít really remember too much of it once those hands got to work. Every now and again Natisha would ask me Ė through my gasps and grunts Ė if it was to hard or deep and I would manage to get out the words, no its ok through gritted teeth. Certain parts of my body Ė lower back, neck and calves Ė were screaming for me to tell her to stop but I know I need this.
All too soon the massage is over the hour has gone very quickly and I am now relaxing in the courtyard with a chilled glass of fresh fruit flavoured water, itís a strange feeling as your muscles start to relax and where they were screaming only minutes ago, they are now singing with joy as a sense of calmness descends. Natisha sits with me and informs me the relief body oils that she used were from their seven colours range and with that she departs to bring joy to someone else.
Itís our last night on the island and I have certainly had a wonderful time here, and what better way to spend the last night than in the Pan-Asian fusion restaurant Giníja and watch the moonlight dance across the waves as they gently crash on the beach. I was shown around the Heritage Le Chateau earlier in the day and it was a hard choice between the two, but how can you not spend your last night in Mauritius on the beach.
Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
B9 Coastal Road
T:: +230 601 5500