Just when you think you can’t love the Indian Ocean any more, you fly out and experience the beauty and wonder of one of it’s most treasured islands, Mauritius.
It’s been my dream since day dot to swim with wild dolphins and when I saw a friend of mine do just that in Mauritius I knew, that by hook or by crook I had to get myself out there! So last month that dream of mine came finally came true, my friend Inge and I travelled out the the blissful island for a week spending our days in the incredible Indian Ocean swimming with not just the dolphins but all the amazing marine life Mauritius has to offer. The island is known for crystal clear turquoise waters, soda-white beaches, breathtaking sunsets and lush mountainous scenery. Did it live up to this glossy description? Absolutely and then some!
What makes this love affair even more cemented is the fact that we arrived during a cyclone, so days of rain and overcast skies, poor visibility (in the Mauritians opinion!) and damp beaches. Yet, we fell so deeply, I can’t even begin to imagine how stunning this place would be at it’s best! Whilst exploring the wonderfully unique and picturesque island of Mauritius we also found ourselves falling head over heels for our hotel, Dinarobin Beachcomber Resort, so much so that we plan to return again next year to do it all over again!
Dianrobin beachcomber resort is situated in the South of the island with the stunning back drop of La Morne Brabant, a UNESCO world heritage site. This stunning five star resort offers a lavish stay for wanderlusters with pristine sandy beaches, spacious authentic rooms, eight restaurants, five garden pools and one of the most luxurious and indulgent spa’s in Mauritius. The views from this resort are what sets it worlds apart from others in Mauritius but it’s the hospitality and general set up of the hotel that, in my opinion, makes it world class.
The beaches are wonderfully vast, winding their way all around the hotel and stretching further down to La Paradis, Dinarobin’s sister hotel that lends the amenities fully for Dinarobin guests to use. We actually never made it down to the sister hotel as we were so content in our own space but I think it’s always a great asset if you are staying at a resort for more than a few days to have the option to spread your wings a bit and explore. The water is crystal clear and very calm, there’s a lot of scattered coral in the waters so there are designated swimming areas but this was a real appeal for me as it allowed the dreamy visual of the ocean to be enjoyed from your beach bed without watching swimmers, there is something so incredibly sparse and tranquil about the beaches and Dinarobin.
Where you have the designated swimming area, there is also a fabulous bar that is open from sun up to sun down, it has a really cool vibe here and the drinks are fab. The set up is really cool with shade shacks and bean bags to lounge on and the team who run the bar are full of smiles and jokes, it was tough not to spend our entire days here!
The rooms are based in a culdosac style with one pool in the middle of 10 or so rooms meaning they are never overcrowded and always a hop skip and a jump from your front door, there is also a larger pool at the main reception area and a pool in the gorgeous spa. The rooms themselves are amazingly spacious with views out onto either your garden pool or the sea. Each room also has a sheltered balcony which was perfect to dry clothes and leave out inflatables but also a great spot for a little breakfast treat in the morning.
Another great luxury that I loved here at Dinarobin was the outdoor showers provided for your post dip, salt water cleanse 😉 They were nestled in amongst the palm tress for a truly exotic shower and towels were always laid out and available for your use. It’s small touches like these that really sets hotels apart in my opinion, there’s nothing worse than having to lug a beach towel around the resort all day. Dinarobin has this just right, not only were they laid out near the showers and pools there were also spares in your bedroom and they were placed on every beach bed daily.
We dined in the main restaurant, L’Harmonie, every night and took advantage of the bountiful buffet daily. There would be a different theme every night from Italian to Asian offering outside or indoor seating and an extensive wine list. Inge and I are both vegetarians and didn’t struggle with food choices in the slightest, in fact we both rolled back to bed every evening quite content with our yummy feasts! Those of you looking for a wide spread the indication always bodes well if even vegetarians can be glutenous at a buffet 😉 The team were so lovely too, greeting us every evening and really making us feel special, that five star resort style personal touch that is never taken for granted!
At this resort we were perfectly based to enjoy all of the other amazing opportunities the island has to offer, it was just 5 minutes drive to horse riding on the beach, 20 minutes out on the boat to swim with the dolphins and a 20 minute bike ride to climb La Morne itself. We hired the cycles from the hotel for free which is a really nice touch as there is so much to explore in Mauritius and the concierge was amazing. He made our trip seem like a pre-planned itinerary, knowing the best recommendations for our requests and he was always clear and concise with pricing and transport. Nothing was too much of a stretch for him to arrange with pleasure, even booking us in for impromptu tattoos! I really appreciate a good concierge service at a luxury resort and he was honestly amazing.
I can’t wait to return to this hotel, there really is something about this place that brings out the best in you. It has the recipe for a luxury hotel in a paradise location down to a tee! An amazing location, a huge expanse of resort to make you feel like the beach is yours and yours alone, incredible service and attentiveness from the staff, amazing experiences at your doorstep and just a general feeling of being well looked after. If you are looking for an escape and Mauritius has never quite appealed before now I hope that this post will somewhat entice you 😉
I am planning another post for you, sharing more of what we got up to on this stunning island of Mauritius but for now here’s a short video I made of the trip featuring heavily this stunning new favourite hotel of mine, I hope you like it!