Travel by Lesley

A Hidden Pearl in Mauritius – Lakaz Chamarel

You may have noticed that I love the island of Mauritius.

Well this hotel is a hidden pearl, situated up the west coast of the island and inland is the hidden hillside retreat of LAKAZ CHAMAREL

travelbylesley-lakazchamarelPast Pineapple farms (did you know they grow on the ground) up some winding roads and just 10 minutes from some of the islands amazing beaches, 400 metres above sea level and in the heart of natural park of the Black River gorges is Lakaz Chamarel, a pearl among some of the top hotels on the island, a resort which guarantees exclusivity and serenity.

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Welcome to Lakaz Chamarel

Impressive gates welcome you to this stunning hillside resort and as you make your way down the path you find yourself at the main house,

We were greeted by Virginie, the owner, who along with her family originally built this as their private home, an escape from everyday life, not afraid to be different, it has now grown to be a small ‘boutique hotel’ which is managed more like a Guesthouse, but with the full service of a 5* hotel.

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The main building is at the heart of the property, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and it’s here that the reception, lounges, TV room and library, bar and dining room with its terraces where meals are served, scattered around are the rooms and suites. There are 4 different room/suite categories and whilst you don’t need to be a mountaineer to conquer the resort it is not suitable for those with walking difficulties, they do have club cars if you don’t fancy walking back to your room at any time. It is also a resort that is not suitable for children under the age of 12 years.

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The standard and superior rooms are the nearest to the main house, each of the rooms have been decorated to represent Mauritian culture but still with all the modern amenities, with plenty of wood, slate, beams and terracotta, the bathrooms are open to the sky making you at one with the surrounding nature and whilst there is no air-conditioning the rooms are cooled by the ceiling fans, the rooms also have no TV’s in them although they do come with iPod dock and free WiFi

Relaxation is the key at Lakaz Chamarel and many guests spend their days around one of the two swimming pools with a book, enjoying a relaxing spa treatment, yoga session or exploring the local area by car.

travelbylesley-lakaz-poolThere are 8 garden suites all with their own private pool, many named after local Mauritian Love Stories, all are decorated impeccably with much of the decor made specifically for them by local artists.

The 4 Sea View Pool Suites boast the most amazing views over the west coast and have been named after local mountains again with the tasteful decor created by local artists.

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The Piton Suite

The top suite at the resort is named after the Piton Canot the mountain which seems to watch over it. It has spectacular ocean views and a large private pool, in all of the suites you could have your own private chef come up and cook for you whilst you relax and enjoy your poolside dining.

We then walked up to the viewing point at the resort for a very well deserved drink, careful you may need oxygen at this point! Dominique, the manager told us they are considering making the viewing deck area into a restaurant or a location that you could have a romantic dinner.

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Lunch

We returned to the main house where lunch was served, they make all their own bread there and whilst I usually avoid it, the olive bread enticed me totally. The resort prides itself on its cuisine, using Mauritian produce cooked the old fashioned way, and for our lunch we had delicious prawns on lemongrass skewers and fish wrapped in banana leaves and cooked on the grill …. delicious!

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After this is was reluctantly time for us to leave and we were waved off by the staff but this is somewhere I would love to return to and is in such contrast to the busy beach resorts

Lakaz Chamarel is a perfect place, a perfect place to relax and enjoy time together, spend three of four nights here before heading to a beach resort; it’s all about enjoying your holiday, your way!

Call Lesley on 0800 983 0075 or email lesley.dean@yourholidaybooking.com

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