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Perched on the coast of Turtle Bay, the Oberoi Beach Resort is promoting itself as the best snorkelling spot to admire a colourful coral reef spread over the national marine park.
Surrounded by 20 acres of lush subtropical gardens with the majestic green mountains in the background, this five-star resort offers 71 guestrooms and pool villas, plus two swimming pools, an Oberoi Spa featuring Terres D’Afique organic products from South Africa, conference facilities, a fitness centre and two floodlit tennis courts.
Starting from 450 Euros (Bt16,000) per night, guests can enjoy daily breakfast and take advantage of roundtrip airport transfers by local taxi for those booking the Luxury Pavilion room, Luxury Villa with Private Garden, Luxury Villa with Private Pool and Two Bedroom Luxury Villa with Private Pool, return airport transfers by Hotel BMW and complimentary wireless internet access.
For guests staying in Presidential Villa, Private Pool or Royal Villa with Private Pool will get an hour couple’s massage once during the stay. During the day, you can check out the complimentary programme of water sports and leisure activities like steam bath at The Oberoi Spa, sculpture class, star gazing, henna painting, cooking demonstration, wine testing nature walks and yoga.
Several attractions dot the island. The Black River Gorges National Park offers 60kilometer walking trails, where travellers can observe wildlife and endemic birds along the sides.
Chamarel’s seven coloured earths are a unique geological phenomenon of volcanic earth that never erodes, sand dunes composed of red, brown, violet, green, purple, blue and yellow particles that spontaneously separate and settle in layers. It is said that if you take a handful of the seven colours and mix them all together, they will naturally separate back into their different groups.
Hindu pilgrims can head to the revered lake Grand Bassin that is home to beautiful temples dedicated to Lord Hanuman, Lord Shiva and the Goddess Lakshmi. Legend has it that Ganga Talao appeared in a dream to a Hindu priest in Mauritius as a tributary of India’s sacred River Ganges.
Port Louis boasts a fascinating cross section of Mauritian culture. You can visit the lively covered market, the 18th century French colonial Government House, the Natural History Museum, Jummah Mosque, St James Cathedral, the Tamil Temple, Port Louis theatre and the Chinese Pagoda.
The Pamplemousses Garden in the Southern Hemisphere is famous for its giant water lilies with leaves spanning two meters across. This old botanical garden also features native spices, ebony trees, sugar cane and around 100 species of palms like the Talipot Palm, which flowers only once every sixty years, the Toddy Palm and the Sealing Wax Palm.
Online booking can be made at www.OberoiHotels.com/hotelsinmauritius/