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The Oberoi Mauritius | Resort Review

Aside from their beach, its Bombastic


Oberoi Resort - Mauritius: We were on a journey through Africa to review some of the hotels and resorts the region had to offer and our first stop was the lush island of Mauritius. We spent our first two days at Le Touessrok and for our next few days we scheduled a short stay at the Oberoi Mauritius. (Click here to browse through over 60 pictures of the Oberoi Mauritius.)

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The Oberoi Mauritius, a member of the Small Luxury Hotels of the World, is located on 20 acres of gorgeous gardens and stunning landscapes. Situated on the north-west coast of Mauritius, the resort is strategically promoted as honeymooners’ heaven. The resort overlooks Turtle Bay and known for providing their guests a luxurious leisure experience. We arrived here in our rental car late in the afternoon, but still early enough to take in all that the Oberoi Mauritius had to offer.

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First Impression/Lobby: We were met at the car by the staff who welcomed us warmly. The staff gathered our bags and offered us welcome drinks and cold towels. After just a few minutes, we were escorted to our villa at which time we began to take in the beauty before us.

The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the Oberoi Mauritius was the elegant and impressive entrance to the resort. The whole place had an open air setting which had a relaxing ambiance, especially with the sound of flowing water from the large waterfall that poured into the pond and the never ending gardens that populated the grounds. Gigantic Indonesian sculptures just added to the already peaceful atmosphere.

Reception: Check-in took place in our villa, and after a short tour with the receptionist pointing out the villa’s highlights and features we were ready to settle in and take advantage of all the Oberoi Mauritius had to offer.

The Villa: The Oberoi Mauritius has over 70 spacious pavilions and villas with a variety of different sizes and amenities, but we just went for the best and booked ourselves the Royal Villa which consisted of two separate buildings. The first building housed the living room while the bedroom was in the other building (a third building housed a second bedroom).

The living room was a large area with very upscale, elegant feel. Cream colored couches were offset by stripped upholstered chairs. Light wood accents of the furniture contrasted again the dark hardwood floors and a large cream colored rug gave the living room a feel of home. All in all, it was bright and airy; not the most stylish villa I have seen, but I surely didn’t have any complaints.

Just outside the living room was a private pool which overlooked the beach and the Indian Ocean, a small patio and a covered gazebo. The area was set up with a small table and two chairs in the patio and a large dining table and chairs in the gazebo. Lounge chairs were placed (somewhat out of the way) in front of the bedroom.

The bedroom area was smaller than the living room while the décor was pretty much the same. The bedroom emanated a romantic ambiance; definitely a honeymooner material!
There was a work desk placed at the right side of the room while a built-in sofa was placed at the opposite side by the window. Free Wi-Fi was available throughout both the living room and bedroom.

The marble bathroom had a deep soaking tub set in the middle of the bathroom as its focal point. Twin sinks were anchored on either side and a private toilet stall, twin showers and a walk-in wardrobe were all tucked away giving an illusion that the bathroom area was much smaller than it really was.

One good thing about the Royal Villa at Oberoi Mauritius was that the whole area was overlooking the beach and provided continuous views of the sea. However, the villa was too close to the beach that our privacy was interrupted occasionally especially when people walked past. Mauritius has made all their beaches open to the public and Oberoi Mauritius was close to a public access area so a number of locals wandered by and even often tried to hawk a trinket or two. Nonetheless, the Royal Villa was still a luxurious escape for relaxation.

Room Service: Our Royal Villa came with a personal butler who was assigned to organize our meals, arrange for housekeeping and other services as needed.

We took advantage of our private dining venues and arranged for room service multiple times. While it was deliciously good, it was also decidedly very, very expensive. Nevertheless, it was still good because we had an amazing dining and room service experience all at once.

I recommend trying their Mauritius tasting menu; it offers an array of Mauritian dishes that would be hard to come by in most any other part of the world.

Housekeeping: Overall the housekeeping staff at the Oberoi Mauritius did a fine job, but their consistency lacked. So days they would fold clothing that left out, other times they just put them on the back of a chair. At a resort of this caliber, there should be one standard and it should be followed all the time.

Concierge: We only used their concierge to get driving directions to the Four Seasons Mauritius, our final stop in Mauritius. The hand drawn map they provided was stellar. I was actually tempted to take it home and frame it! Bombastic!

Restaurants: The Oberoi Mauritius apparently has three dining options: The Restaurant, an open air pavilion set on a high roof, offers Asian, Creole, and traditional European cuisines. The Lagoon Pool Restaurant, on the other hand, offers menu of salads, pasta dishes, and sandwiches. Meanwhile, The Bar offers a variety of spirits, wines, cocktails, and cigars. But, we took advantage of our private slice of paradise and had our meals al fresco in privacy of our villa’s gazebo, so I cannot comment on the service.

Pool/Spa/Activities: The Oberoi Mauritius has two swimming pools: one infinity Turtle Bay pool for adults, and one ocean front lagoon pool. The resort also has a spa, salon, pool side restaurant, boutique, steam room, and sauna. There’s also a fitness center in Oberoi Mauritius (it has the smallest gym space compared to Le Touessrok and Four Seasons.) The gym has only two TV played overhead instead of having individual TV per workout machine.

While the beach looked beautiful from a distance it was a disappointment up close. The sand was rough feeling and the water at the beach seemed stagnant, not ideal for swimming, that’s for sure.

Luckily we had our own pool in our villa so the disappointment of the beach didn’t put a big damper on our stay at the Oberoi Mauritius.

Check-Out: We did our check-out in our villa only after we requested it. But it took a long time to complete. Had we known, we would have just gone to the reception for faster and hassle-free check-out.

Overall Impression: The Oberoi Mauritius was a gorgeous property and it was located on a smaller and more private area compared to Le Touessrok and Four Seasons Mauritius. But it had fewer dining options compared to the two mentioned Mauritius resorts. The staff was kind and considerate but, unlike Le Touessrok, they never greeted us by our names. Nonetheless, they still greeted us as we passed by some areas unlike the impolite staff in Four Seasons.

Regarding the price range, the Oberoi Mauritius was the most expensive among the three Mauritius resorts (in both accommodations and dining). Even though it was a beautiful property, there were few service and value-for-money issues which kept the resort from getting our highest rating. But, still the Oberoi Mauritius gets our stellar rating of Bombastic.

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