My stay at the Westin Mauritius came in the middle of my month-long vacation in April 2016 between my visits to South Korea and Singapore. While the hotels in Singapore and South Korea were suited for my jammed-packed itinerary where I came back to the hotel twelve hours later to just sleep, the hotel stay in Mauritius was different. This duration of my trip was more relaxing and served as a place to rejuvenate. The stay felt more resort-like than the other hotel stays.
The Westin Mauritius was formally called the Grand Mauritian Hotel before a wildfire from a local sugar cane field spread to the hotel premise and damaged a portion of the hotel in 2011. Fortunately, all guests were safely evacuated from the premise. Since then, most of the hotel has been rebuilt, which explains why the hotel looks so new and well maintained.
The service at the Westin Mauritius was impeccable. I don’t know if it was because G is Mauritian or because the resort was not that busy, but I felt the staff was very attentive throughout our stay.
At check-in, we were guided to the lounge where the receptionist sat us down, brought us drinks and took the time to explain the resort features of the hotel. We received an upgrade on our room because I was a Gold Preferred Guest through the Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG) program.
Although our room was a short walk from the lobby, our receptionist drove us to our room in a buggy and gave us a quick walkthrough of the room (This is the TV, this is the remote control, this is the bathroom…haha). While unnecessary, it was a nice gesture.
We stayed in room 1020, which was a top floor corner room, facing the sea. The suite had a large bathroom, separate shower and a large L shaped balcony that faced the Indian Ocean.
Our balcony was so spacious! Not only was there a fun swing seat, but there was lounge furniture for chilling and sunbathing.
I’m sure five-ten people could have comfortably lounged around in the balcony. Heck… the balcony felt like the size of my condo!
Back in Toronto, I live in a typical one bedroom condo where I don’t have a lot of space. Staying in a suite with such a large balcony made me feel like I was in a mansion!
Ok, maybe I’m exaggerating, but still, I can’t deny that the extra space was nice to experience.
While the hotel room didn’t directly overlook the Ocean, it was still very nice to wake up to this scenery.
While the Westin Mauritius had tons of activities like tennis and scuba diving, we spent most of our time at the pool and the beach.
The Westin Mauritius has two pools on site. I spent most of my time at the main pool, where it overlooks the Turtle Bay.
Apparently, the main pool is one of the largest swimming pools in Mauritius. The pool has a large shallow area, which is perfect for families with kids.
I enjoyed spending time on the beach even though the beaches at Turtle Bay are quite rocky and has strong waves. If you’re looking to swim in calm and pristine water, the beach at this resort might not be ideal for you.
I spent the rest of the time catching sea creatures around the beach. I caught spider crabs, shrimp, hermits and miniature-looking catfish. They were all friends for a bit before I set them free again.
There was an area where there were tons of eels hiding under rocks and sea urchin buried beneath the sand. Needless to say, I was a bit nervous and cautious when wading through the waters.
What I loved most about the resort were the breathtaking views at sunset. It didn’t matter where I was standing, watching the sunset over the Indian Ocean was so beautiful.
The views were just as beautiful during the daytime.
Starwood Preferred Guest Executive Lounge
Because I was an SPG Gold member, I had access to the Executive Lounge.
Food in the executive lounge was diverse and yummy. There were lots of drinks and dishes available. Delicious snacks were also served throughout the day.
Would I recommend the Westin Mauritius and stay here again?
I would recommend the Westin Mauritius if you’re looking for a reclusive and quiet trip where you can stay in a resort that isn’t busy. The service was fantastic; the resort is well-maintained, and the rooms are excellent. However, if you’re a beach person, you may not enjoy this resort as much because the resort is not known for the beaches.
Address: Balaclava, Turtle Bay, Mauritius
Tel: (230) 204 1400