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7 reasons you’ll never want to leave this slice of heaven in Mauritius

7 reasons you’ll never want to leave this slice of heaven in Mauritius

At the edge of the world, in the Indian Ocean, is a land so beautiful it has been named not just one of the best islands in the world, but also the world’s best beach in 2012

Mauritius, a Dutch, then French, then British colony, sits off the coast of Madagascar, not only housing some of the rarest plants and animals in the world, but also luring travelers from around the world with first-class resorts.

The Long Beach resort, part of the Sun Resorts family, is on the other side of the island’s largest city Port Louis, far enough from civilization you feel like you’re running an empire of your own.

And what an enviable empire!

Mauritius has received the World Leading Island Destination award three times, and was named the World’s Best Beach at the World Travel Awards in January 2012.

The tropical island, boasting rainforests, mountains and of course amazing beaches sees temperatures up to 84 degrees C during the warmest months (January and February) and cools down to 60 degrees C at night during July and August.

The English and French-speaking nation, once the only home of the Dodo bird, now welcomes couples, groups and families of all shapes and sizes to its temperate shores.

We give you seven reasons to never leave this 5-star resort at the edge of the world.

The longest white-sand beach on the island

Long Beach is home to one of the longest white-sand beach on Mauritius, a title made all the better by the suspended beds ideal for sun worshippers.

Whether it’s snorkeling through the crystal-clear waters, taking a nap in the shade of trees as the wind blows around your face, or enjoying the view from your Long Beach room, the beach is enough of a reason to book, and to stay.

The floating pool beds, and the three pools

You’ll be spoilt for relaxing choices at the Long Beach resort with three pools ranging from a fitness pool to an adult-only pool.

The main pool is 1400 square meters, heated and is located next to the beach. The adult-only infinity pool is 343 square meters equipped with loungers and daybeds. The third pool, located within the fitness center, is reserved strictly for lane swimming.

The rooms so beautiful, it’s ok to stay inside

Opened in 2011, the Long Beach resort has made the Sunday Times Travel magazine’s 100 best hotels in the world list and received the Meilleur Resort 2011 award from French magazine Hotel & Lodge.

The rooms themselves feature high ceilings with a chic, modern design that incorporates local materials into the construction of the exterior and the interior.

To make full use of the surroundings, all 255 rooms are ocean facing, and use open-air designs to seamlessly bring the outside in.

For those unable to temporarily disconnect, the entire hotel is covered by a Wi-Fi internet zone.

The award-winning cuisine (and libations)

With the opening of the Long Beach resort, Mauritius gained five new eateries, four surrounding the buzzing piazza where dance or music entertainment is always on, and one on the beach.

From a continental buffet to Italian menus, the gastronomic highlight of the Long Beach resort is the Japanese cuisine served at Hasu.

With an Italian-Japanese fusion menu created by Michelin-starred Italian chef Moreno Cedroni, Hasu features a lounge, sushi bar, and Yakitori grill where meals are prepared in front of guests.

20 of Hasu’s 62 seats are located on the terrace overlooking the buzzing piazza.

After dinner, head over to the Bombora Bar and Night Club where the island meets a party in a modern and cutting-edge space.

The family-friendliness

With the market for rainbow families on the rise, parents and kids alike will be pleased to learn youngsters can rule at the Long Beach resort.

The Angel’s Kids’ Club entertains kids age 4 to 11 daily with free activities, and teens from 12 to 17 can make friends and take advantage of the pool tables and TVs at the Waves Club.

Long Beach resort also offers babysitting services.

The relaxing 12-room Sea Spa

No island getaway is complete without some pampering, and the 12-room Sea Spa offers a mind-boggling variety of treatments and services.

The Sea Spa has twelve treatment rooms, an outdoor pavilion, a Hammam, a relaxation zone, and a boutique as well as a beauty salon offering hairdressing, manicures and pedicures.

The fun in the sun to be had by all

Long Beach resort takes sport and leisure to a different level.

Water activities range from free (glass-bottom boat tours and kayaks) to chargeable (parasailing, kite surfing and private water-skiing).

The grounds also come equipped with an archery arena, a climbing wall and an air-conditioned fitness center.

For land-based activities, Long Beach resort offers golf, tennis, yoga and more.

Long Beach guests also receive complimentary access to the 18 hole championship golf course, designed by Bernhard Langer situated on Ile aux Cerfs. A free shuttle will transfer you from Long Beach directly to the course.

GSN recognizes Mauritius has a poor LGBTI rights records. While we don’t encourage gay travelers to visit countries where their safety may be endangered, we acknowledge that LGBTI people live in and travel to countries with anti-gay cultures and laws every day. We also recognize that every country has its positive aspects and unique experiences to offer to travelers, whatever their sexual orientation. We always encourage our readers to do their research and travel safely, wherever they go.