In December 22, I was lucky enough to escape to my favourite destination, essentially as a guest of my great friends at Heritage Telfair, with whom I have been promoting since their inception in 2005! I wanted to see the new course they are finishing in 23, La Reserve Golf Links. It was indeed my first big trip overseas post COVID.
My love affair with Mauritius started in 1999 when I first visited the destination, when I worked as new product development director for 3DGolf Holidays, at that point there were only 2 golf courses in Mauritius, Paradis and Belle Mare Legends. 23 years later my own company Island Golf Holidays now offer 10 golf courses and about 10 great resort hotels, with golf packages right across the coastal areas of the Island. This piece of marketing on Mauritius was inspired by my own visit and made me revisit my own passions for this very special destination.
I hope you enjoy the read and do not hesitate to call me personally to make your enquiry for 2023 and 2024.
Mauritius has been our most popular long haul golf holiday venue since the launch of Island Golf Holidays in 2017, located in the Southwestern corner of the Indian Ocean, it lies east of South Africa and not far from the massive island of Madagascar! Many people do not realise that Mauritius is actually an African State!
Why has it been so popular and successful?
The quality of the golf courses and the surprising number of golfing venues that exist on the Island, all of which are set next to luxurious beach resorts. This, coupled with the fact that the hotels mostly include your green fees in the room prices, give it a massive advantage on similar venues in other exotic destinations, like the Caribbean and Asia. So high quality, brilliant golf designs and very good value for money, particularly if you enjoy playing golf every day! If you have never been to Mauritius, get yourself out there! Many of our guests travel every year or two!
The country has many influences and religions and cultures. The British, The Dutch and The French have all had colonies in Mauritius, there is also a big influence from China and India, so it is very multi-cultural, but at the same time a peaceful and harmonious destination.
The Island is tropical, so it enjoys high temperatures year-round in the same way as the Caribbean. However, the best months for glorious sunshine and relatively little rain, the height of their summer, is really from October to January, November particularly is by the far the most popular month to visit. Temperatures range from mid 20 to mid 30s year-round. November always sells out first especially the best business class fares.
The February and March period are also considered high season months, but one can get a little more rain during these months, in comparison to the October – January, but never for a sustained period.
We recommend customers also consider travelling to Mauritius in May and September, when the rates are brilliant and the weather dry, but not as hot as the October to January months! During these periods the prices can be nearly half the price of the high season!
We realise that UK golfers love playing their home courses from May, but September may be a great month to get away relatively. The best weather generally in Mauritius (year-round) is in the northwest, where you will find the Mont Choisy Golf Course and the gorgeous Beachcomber, Trou aux Biches Resort, close to Grande Baie.
The island is not so big, but it has a wonderful varied mountainous terrain. The climate is incredibly varied across the island, the interior, where there are big mountains, is much wetter and cooler than any of the exotic coastal areas, which are relatively dry and temperate.
The east coast which boasts the magnificent golf courses at Anahita, Touessrok, Ile aux Cerfs and the Belle Mare Legends and Links courses is stunning, with more offshore islands and more mangrove swamps etc. The west coast and southwest is well known because of the exceptional Heritage Golf Courses, Tamarina, Avalon and Paradis, the new La Reserve Links at Heritage Resort will be a breath-taking new addition in the Autumn of 2023.
The most underdeveloped and beautiful part of Mauritius is the southwest region stretching from Bel Ombre where you find the Heritage Resorts and Tamarina on the mid-west coast, but nowhere is more beautiful than the Beachcomber Resorts at Le Paradis and Dinarobin, where the lagoon hits the Indian Ocean on the unique Le Morne Peninsula.
The flying time to Mauritius is between 12 – 13 hours, depending on the route you select.
There are only two direct flight routes to Mauritius from the UK. One can travel with British Airways direct from London Gatwick, with 3 cabin options to consider, Economy, Premium Economy and Club World.
However, our main recommendation is Air Mauritius, the National Airline, refinanced post Pandemic with brand new planes A330 & A350 900 series Airbus, which offer excellent Business Class front facing cabins with full flatbed seats and their Economy Class leg room and comfort is superior to other rivals, for sure!
It is also noteworthy that Economy travellers enjoy free golf club carriage, which is a unique selling proposition! This alone saves you about £150.00 on other airlines!
If you are looking at other good business class fares with quality airlines, we would also now recommend flying from Gatwick via Istanbul to Mauritius with Turkish Airlines, these fares are now the best of any airline, without any sacrifice of quality in the business cabin.
Of course, many people still prefer to fly with Emirates via Dubai, which is of particular interest if you are flying from further north than the south of England, for example ex Manchester, Newcastle and Glasgow!
Business Class air fares can vary drastically, but the least expensive may be sub £3,000, the average can be £3,700 and the dearest these days – definitely British Airways well in excess of £4,000. One thing is for sure, if you like flying at the front of the plane, you need to book more than 10 months in advance, without exception. Only BA offer a Premium Economy cabin to Mauritius and you can buy fares for less than £2,000. Air Mauritius Economy Class prices with free golf club carriage can be circa £799.00.
Mauritius is a great destination for a classic beach & golf one stop resort holiday. We have an increasing number of customers, who enjoy a 2 centre stay on the island, which allows you to combine the best of the east coast, with the best of the southwest coast, one favourite combo, is combining Constance Prince Maurice with The Heritage Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, both of which have a superb high class all-inclusive Food & Beverage plan which also includes green fees and daily buggy hire. Another fine twin centre idea is combing Constance Belle Mare Plage Resort with The Heritage Awali, or The Shangri-La Touessrok and the Beachcomber Paradis.
Other customers stopover in Dubai or Abu Dhabi on the way back from Mauritius, or they stay in South Africa on the way over to Mauritius, which can be a little more arduous. Imagine a twin centre stay combining The Fancourt Estate in George, with a stay at the Heritage Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort!!
Every resort has a different look and feel, a different ambience, different beaches, different outlooks etc, but one thing is certain they are all lovely resorts with their own special highlights and restaurants, rooms and of course golf packages! Our brief summary of our key properties and golf courses are detailed below with some highlighted offers, based on Air Mauritius Economy flights, with free golf club carriage, we will do a customised quote for every client, with business class, or premium economy flight options and upgraded room categories, many of our guests love beach front rooms, for example, our prices below show just the lead in room categories, with mostly garden view. The most prestigious two hotels in our portfolio are undoubtedly the Constance Prince Maurice and The Heritage Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort.
Island Golf Holidays favourite and most popular resort for our discerning clientele is the Heritage Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort. Located at Bel Ombre in the southwest, the hotel has a lovely French Colonial styling and a very high-class all-inclusive F&B option called Gourmet Bliss, with about 10 a la carte restaurant venues. This includes French Champagne and a wide array of very good wines, including the Ernie Els wines from South Africa. The unique Chateau de Bel Ombre and its restaurant is extremely special and with a wonderful location and ambience, which contrasts so well with the chic, modern lively C Beach Club. The beach restaurant called Gin’Ja however is our favourite, superb Asian cuisine with incredible Sushi and Seafood also! One of the special features of Telfair is that you are allocated a Private Butler to your room. One must highlight the magnificent Spa at the Heritage Telfair, it is an oasis of tranquillity and offers a wonderful array of treatments.
The new addition of La Reserve Golf Links to the Estate opening in Autumn 2023, will make this superb resort even more sought after, a superb 36-hole complex, making it the number one in Mauritius, La Reserve Links will host the Afrasia Mauritius Open in December 2023 to launch this exclusive course to the global stage. There is no doubt the existing Heritage Chateau course is many people’s favourite in Mauritius.
Combine a stay here with the Constance Prince Maurice. You must book early for the month of November particularly. Most golfers who know Mauritius well, claim that Heritage Chateau is the best course on the entire island, but the new La Reserve Links is already being heralded as the best golf course in the entire Indian Ocean and will be chargeable for circa £135 including buggy – it will also have its own stylish clubhouse and will be exclusive to Founder Members and Heritage Guests. The new course will also offer twilight tee times at a much-reduced green fee rate.
From £3,149 pp 1 May – 30 September 23 and from £4,399 pp 7 Jan – 31 March 24
This high-class resort is located on the mid-east coast, on a beautiful lagoon, some of the suites have amazing beach front locations, others are located on stilts on the lagoon and look more like Maldives style accommodation. The resort is one of the islands most exclusive 3 resorts and has a long-standing reputation of high service levels second to none. The Spa here is exceptional and one of the highlights of the resort is that on half board and all-inclusive you are entitled to free daily golf, buggy and courtesy transfers to the Legends and Links courses which are about 10-15 minutes’ drive away, two magnificent designs and hosts of the European Senior Tour.
The all-inclusive concept here is especially noteworthy, because of the high-quality wines on offer, which are more extensive than those at any other resort on the Island, in fact the wine cellar at Constance Prince Maurice is the finest and largest in the Indian Ocean!
Another highlight is the floating restaurant on the lagoon called Barrachois, exceptional venue, ambience and sunsets, with a resident shark in the lagoon to befriend if you have the time!
This is our most exclusive golf resort hotel venue on the island, but still great value, considering you have all your F&B and golf/buggy included.
You must book very early to get availability in November and the perfect foil for a twin centre combination with Heritage Telfair!
One big benefit of staying at Prince Maurice is that you can prebook all your tee times in advance on Legends and Links, not possible at Belle Mare Plage!
From £3,749pp May – 29 Sept 23 and from £4,899pp 30 Sept – 4 December 23
This well-known resort is the longest established and has been operational since 1975. Located on the east coast a few kms south of its sister resort Constance Prince Maurice the hotel is stretched out on a wonderful C shaped sandy beach, in a wonderful location. On the other side of the hotel you have the excellent Legends Course which hosts the European Seniors Tour at the end of each year, with the added attraction of having the outstanding Links course just 1 mile away which is completely different and contrasting, much hillier and more elevated tees and bigger more undulating and raised putting surfaces!
Constance Belle Mare Plage does offer a half board and an all-inclusive option, which is great value and if you do take all inclusive you can enjoy free daily golf on Legends and Links as well as buggy every day too.
The prestige beach front and junior suite rooms offer superb locations, idyllic for a proper beach holiday, with the added attraction of great golf, the value for money here is awesome. The food & beverage outlets at Belle Mare are good, but they do not have the wide choice that you will find if you stay at the Heirtage Awali, or Telfair Resorts in Bel Ombre.
From £2,945 pp May – 29 Sept 23 & from £3,499 pp 30 Sept – 4 December 23
This is one of our favourite golf resort venues and it deserves more recognition with the British Market. Anahita is located on the east coast of the island, south of Belle Mare Plage and has the magnetic attraction of offering free golf on two superb and very contrasting golf courses, designed by Bernhard Langer and Ernie Els.
The Els Course lies adjacent to the accommodation and is a long layout with raised and vast greens with links style run offs, elevated tees and magnificent rolling wide fairways, well bunkered and beautifully manicured, it is not for the faint hearted, particularly for your approach play and short game. The course climaxes along the sea front with the superb last 2 holes to enjoy. Whilst Ile Aux Cerfs lies on its own island opposite the resort and requires a 10 minute boat transfer from the Jetty at Anahita to play the course, the course is equally magnificent but totally different to the Els Anahita course, tighter fairways, smaller greens and more blind shots and tougher fairway carries, with more dog legs, probably more difficult to play overall, but so exhilarating and enjoyable.
The accommodation at Anahita is modern, stylish and contemporary with the junior suite rooms, which sit above the golf course overlooking a pool area, but there are also older prestige suites which are extremely spacious and offer 1 2- and 3-bedroom options, with lounge and infinity pools and garden terraces. The prestige suites offer golf or ocean view locations and are much closer to the main hotel building and heart of the resort and beach, jetty etc.
Anahita is a very chilled out resort and does not have what one would describe as beach front accommodation, so extremely different to Constance Belle Mare and Heritage Resorts for example, it also does not have an all-inclusive F&B option, but it does have 3 or 4 superb dining venues, like the Italian Il Forno and the Bliss, Origine and Signature restaurants. You can also have in room dining service, which is quite unique in Mauritius.
A special mention of the private beach on the island of Ile aux Cerfs, which is available for hotel guests only, it is truly a beautiful spot and very sheltered and a paradise to spend time after your game of golf on Ile aux Cerfs and grab a beach side lunch!
From £2,849 pp May – 30 Sept 23 & from £3,349 pp 01 October – 4 December 23
This is the sister hotel to Heritage Telfair and is adjacent to the French Colonial more expensive neighbour. Heritage Awali does probably attract less golfers and more leisure guests and families, but it is a first-class alternative and their premium all-inclusive option, is incredible. You are offered about 6 restaurants, the same wide array of drinks and wines as at Telfair, but you also qualify for a free golf buggy daily as well as your green fees and a free spa treatment every day.
Heritage Awali is an African style resort, with lots of pool terraces and is very close to the beach throughout the resort. The deluxe sea view and beach front rooms are perfect.
All in all Heritage Awal is wonderful quality and value for money.
Like at Heritage Telfair you can also have unique access to play on the La Reserve Links, which opens in the Autumn of 2023, for a fee of about £135 including buggy hire.
From £2,899 pp 1 May – September 23 & from £3,499 pp 1 October – 30 November 23
Our most popular resorts have been covered above, but we also can offer some superb less well-known resort hotel venues and golf courses, which may suit you equally well!
Here are a few highlights to discover!! Prices are all available on request
The Shanti Maurice tucked away in the southwest of Mauritius is a boutique venue, with a gorgeous, privileged beach front location and is well renowned for its first-class Spa, it really is perhaps the best on the island. Our guests will also qualify for free daily golf, transfers and buggy hire on the exceptional Avalon Golf Course, which is 30 minute’s drive away.
Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is tucked away in the most beautiful spot on the entire Island of Mauritius on Le Morne Peninsula, there is no doubt its location is unrivalled, with the famous Le Morne Mountain and Lagoon dominating the local scenery. The Resort also has its own 18-hole golf course which is really splendid, with holes under the mountain and along the side of the lagoon. The most scenic but not the hardest test perhaps.
Hotel guests qualify for rounds on Paradis for just 20 euros and the hotel do offer a drinks package with lunch as well as dinner included.
Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa is located up near Grande Baie and is similar in design and layout to Paradis, with an equally beautiful beach location, with some lovely restaurant choices all in very different venues and offering very contrasting cuisines also.
This part of the island is the furthest away from the south easterly trade winds and therefore benefits from the best climate in Mauritius year round and because it is close to Grande Baie is our only destination where you are close to a lovely seaside touristic town with a yachting harbour with bars and restaurants. We call it the Cannes of Mauritius!
Hotel guests can enjoy a special drinks package with lunch as well as dinner included and all our guests receive daily golf on Mont Choisy with buggy and transfers included.
Shangri-La Le Touessrok Mauritius is our number one beach front hotel on the east coast of the Island. The resort is designed on a pointy peninsula, it is as spectacular as anywhere with all rooms so close to the beach, a true paradise. There is an adult only section on the Frangipani Island which is the most extreme peninsular lying on the other side of the river, which intersects the main part of the resort, this section has special privileges including a Happy Hour every evening with complimentary drinks. Our hotel guests receive free daily golf on the awesome Ile Aux Cerfs and Els Anahita courses. This is a good option for those customers who adore beach life, it is quite different to Anahita close by, where the rooms are not beach front locations! There is no all-inclusive concept here at Shangri-La|!
In December 2022, I was able to see the new course which is opening in Autumn 2023 – the La Reserve Golf Links at Heritage Golf Resorts, Bel Ombre in Mauritius.
Another superb course designed by Peter Matkovich and co designed with Louis Oosthuizen, set on a remarkable piece of land next to the Valriche Biosphere Nature Reserve on high land laid out over three plateaus with exceptional views of the sea and mountains.
It will be a contemporary links design, with only 3 uphill holes and mostly spectacular roller coaster downhill tee shots and the course launches from the highest point of the terrain! Holes 1 – 4 are sensational visually.
Eventually you twist down the terrain on hillsides to a dramatic final hole which is a downhill to a green beside a new and exciting golf clubhouse offering breath-taking views up the course to the mountains beyond, a UNESCO world heritage site.
The links style pot bunkers match the links greens which have loads of run offs and all varied shapes and sizes- so much variety.
The fairways are generous – but the approach play will challenge the very best players.
In mid-December 2023 the La Reserve Golf Links will host the DP World Golf Tour Afrasia Mauritius Open Championship and will be beamed across the golfing world on TV.
Book early for 2024 to enjoy what will be the best course in Africa and a unique design, La Reserve will only be open for Heritage Telfair and Awali guests and founder local members. The Clubhouse will not be open till the Mauritius Open week, in December 2023.
Mautourco are the best local travel agency on the island of Mauritius and offer the widest array of transfer vehicle options. Our customers do mostly travel business class, so in 2022 we decided to upgrade our car transfers to superior family vehicles, giving everyone much more natural space for your 1-hour airport to hotel transfers, with plenty of comfort.
Off your resort and off the golf course, what else is there to do on the Island? Mautourco can provide you on arrival a brochure, with their local excursions with plenty of sea and land trips, which take in considerable points of cultural and scenic interest.
We highly recommend checking these out and getting to see what a beautiful and geographically very contrasting and fascinating island for many reasons, the landscapes change in different regions. There are a few nature reserves on the island which are stunning. Here are a few ideas to consider just to whet the appetite.
THE WILD SOUTH
Experience the dazzling natural wealth and wildlife of the lush interior of Mauritius. Start your adventure by indulging in spectacular vistas of the island from the top of a dormant volcano before embracing the splendour of a holy natural landmark. On your next stop, you will witness untamed, undulating scenery. Continuing your way South-West, you will be introduced to the art of rum-making and take in the various wonders of Chamarel.
STROLL INTO THE PAST
This tour highlights the history, heritage and beauty of the island. Going down memory lane, the centuries-old botanical garden and sugar museum in Pamplemousses are reminiscent of the colonial times – just like the fortified citadel perched on a hilltop in Port Louis. You will also be struck by the contrast between the inimitable atmosphere of a traditional market and the fancy ambiance of a modern waterfront shopping and dining complex.
THROUGH THE MANGROVES
Sit back, relax and enjoy a catamaran cruise off the north-east coast of Mauritius. After a snorkelling stop, you will take an unforgettable trip to two small islands that are delightful places to visit. The lunch break will be followed by plenty of time to relax or take a dip before sailing back to the shore in the mid-afternoon.
ULTIMATE CATAMARAN TRIP OFF EAST COAST
Departing from a lovely seaside village, you will make your way to the mouth of the longest river on the island and follow the waterway upstream to a scenic waterfall. Take in the view, watching the cascading foamy water splash over the rocks or even enjoy a swim in the natural ponds before heading seaward to a small white sandy island inside the lagoon.