For those searching for more from an idyllic holiday in paradise, the twin Maritim hotels on the island of Mauritius is a dream destination for sunseekers, thrill -seekers and especially for divers.
The archipelago in the Indian Ocean is almost entirely surrounded by a natural reef, making it one of the world’s most beautiful year-round diving areas. The diving centres at the two Maritim hotels, the 5-star Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius and the 4-star Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel Mauritus, which are situated on the isle’s most idyllic beaches, giving guests ready access to the incredible realm under the sea.
Both Maritim Diving Centre bases are located right on the hotel beach, staffed by highly experienced PADI instructors, along with dedicated camera crews on hand to ensure guests unique memories are recorded.
‘We share our passion for the sea and have a wealth of experience with complete novices, as well as advanced and professional divers’ explains Vikash Purmah, describing the hotel’s numerous training programmes. A certified recreational scuba diver expert who has been diving with Maritim’s guests for over ten years, Vikash overseas all aspects of the dive.
When not exploring aquatic kingdoms, guest can experience a gastronomic experience like no other at the five-star Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius. For lovers of Asian cuisine, there is a weekly duck festival at ‘Le Banyan Asian Fusion restaurant’, while diners at ‘La Marée Beach Restaurant’ can sample the day’s catch with a personalised selection, cooked bespoke, at the ‘Fish Market’. Those wanting to discover authentic Indian Ocean specialities, the multi-awarded Château Mon Désir, located on the hotel grounds, is widely regarded as the premier restaurant on the island.
Helping guests to indulge in some well-deserved rest and relaxation, the renowned Maritim Tropical Flower Spa, which recently scooped the ‘World Luxury Spa Award’, is an oasis dedicated to wellbeing set in the middle of 3500sqm of lush tropical gardens. In addition to the 13 treatment rooms, wellness pavilion, a hairdressing suite and multiple relaxation areas behind a romantic waterfall, the spa also boasts dedicated spaces to water treatments, including a relaxation pool, two wet rooms, three saunas and a steam room.
The wide range of exclusive pampering treatments offered at the spa include such Ayurveda, hot stone and Balinese massages with essential oils created from tropical flowers, plants and natural oils which are grown onsite. Unique to the Maritim Tropical Flower Spa is reflexology and hydrotherapy treatment the ‘Kneipp Walk’. Using rounded stones submerged in the water, which gradually decrease in size, guests walk barefoot as the stones stimulate foot pressure points, boosting circulation and wellbeing.
Sport lovers can enjoy the 9-hole (PAR 29) golf course on the hotel’s grounds. Designed by the acclaimed Australian professional golfer Graham Marsh, the Maritim Golf Course a variety in length elevation and angle for wide range of shots and is ideal for all skill levels, from expert to beginner. Professional coaching is also available for those seeking help with their swing, putting and pitching.
Unique to the island is the ‘Maritim Equestrian Centre’, located near the ‘Historical Ruins of Balaclava’. The state of the art facility boasts numerous paddocks and is home to ten former Championship race horses.Guests can enjoy horse rides on the beach or through the natural wonders of the Maritim Estate, labelled the "Most Beautiful Garden of Mauritius". Expert trainers offer private and group lessons with rides along the beach, through the countryside or even a ‘swim with the horses’.
For more information on these hotels, please visit www.maritim.com.
The Maritim Hotelgesellschaft is Germany’s largest owner-managed hotel group, and the company’s nationwide hotel network is represented by hotels in six countries overseas: Mauritius, Egypt, Turkey, Malta, Spain and China. The group’s ongoing expansion continues to strengthen its position within the European first-class hotel industry.