Best hotels and hostels in Mauritius, Réunion & Seychelles

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Other Inner Islands

    Fregate Island Private

    Perched on a hillside and patrolled by some of the island's 3500 free-roaming giant tortoises, this breathtaking resort is home to 16 elegant villas that each feature staggering water views, a large infinity pool, Jacuzzi, personal butler and no less than 400-sq-m of space to luxuriate in. The vistas in your villa follow you from the entrance hall into the immaculate glass-walled bedroom, where you can watch the horizon brighten at dawn from the comfort of your huge bed. On the opposite side of the villa is the lounge, which manages to blend chic style with bare-foot comfort – its soft sofas are perfect for air-con ocean gazing when the sun chases you inside. Meals can be taken in your villa, on the beach, in the main restaurant or in the 'tree house' that sits up in the forest canopy. The quality and variety of dishes (from Wagyu steaks and sushi to Thai curries and pizza) are off the chart. There are activities aplenty, ranging from nature walks, swimming, fishing, diving and snorkelling. Soothing treatments are always available from the resort's Rock Spa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Other Inner Islands

    North Island

    It's easy to understand why North Island regularly features on lists of the world's top hotels. The natural island environment is staggeringly beautiful, as are the 11 ultra-luxurious villas that embrace it. Wrapped around private pools, each villa majestically juxtaposes smoothly hewn logs with glass, stone and flowing fabrics. The warmth and hospitality of staff, which includes a butler, is unparalleled. The cavernous bathrooms, much like the bedroom and separate library, are so full of light that it often feels like you're outside when you're not. A separate kitchen near the covered al-fresco dining area is full of all the nibbles and drinks you could desire, though you'll be hard pressed not to be totally fulfilled by the offerings from the resort's chef. With an accredited dive centre, water sports, gym, award-winning spa, yoga instructor and resident ecologist (for educational hikes) there are plenty of enriching ways (other than flopping on the beach) to spend your days.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The East

    Le Prince Maurice

    The sense of perfect tranquillity is immediately striking as you pass through the entryway – this is a world unto itself that knows no limit to luxury. The lobby's marble architecture and flowing infinity pools can only be described as sublime, and the opulent suites, hidden just beyond, continue the timeless elegance. One of the most beautiful hotels in Mauritius. The abundance of open-air pavilions and trim thatch is meant to evoke the ancient days of the spice trade – modern amenities are cleverly hidden and butlers are dressed in muted tones as they move across the grounds catering to every whim. Swimming pools, spas, access to Belle Mare Plage's golf courses and a floating restaurant (you'll see) round out the amenities list.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in The East

    Le Saint Géran

    Le Saint Géran is classic Mauritian luxury at its finest. And the clientele seems to agree. The resort sees more repeat customers than most top-end hotels on the island, the guest list a veritable who's who of movie stars and celebrities. Spacious rooms, under the signature bright-blue roofs, are arranged along the seemingly endless oceanfront – everyone has a to-die-for view. Water sports are plenty, there's a charming kids' club, and the top-notch butler service caters to every request. Le Saint Géran has set the bar unmatchably high in the dining category as well. Of its numerous restaurants, world-class Indian Pavilion is the pick. The golf course here, too, is world-class; it was designed by Gary Player.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Cap Malheureux

    Le Paradise Cove

    A five-star, adults-only boutique resort aimed at honeymooners, understated Paradise Cove is as luxurious as its name suggests – it won first prize for the Indian Ocean’s Leading Boutique Hotel at the 2016 World Travel Awards and inhabits an attractive small cove. The beach is at the end of an inlet, which gives it remarkable privacy. Other great touches include a golf course, tennis courts, free watersports, a dive centre and 'love nests' on the promontory overlooking the northern islands. With four restaurants, a Cinq Mondes spa and award-winning gardens, this stylish place is a great destination for couples.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mauritius

    Le Touessrok

    Le Touessrok has one of the best reputations on the island, and the accolades are well deserved. Rambling across a sandy peninsula, it blends Moorish architecture and thick patches of jungle. The resort distinguishes itself from the rest of the five-stars with its two offshore islands: the famous Île aux Cerfs and the exclusive Robinson Crusoe–style hideaway Îlot Mangénie. Rooms are sophisticated with soothing tones and lovely natural wood features in some.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mahé

    Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

    One of Mahé's most exclusive hotels, this place will render you speechless – you'll never want to leave. Overlooking glorious Anse Louis, it's truly beautiful, with great expanses of white beach, palm-shaded landscaped grounds, a splendid infinity pool and 30 gorgeous villas – each with its own pool. Nothing is too much trouble for the obliging staff. With such a dreamlike setting, it's unsurprisingly a honeymooners' choice.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mauritius

    Four Seasons Resort at Anahita

    Located in Beau Champ, slightly south of Trou d'Eau Douce, the Four Seasons Resort is part of a vast luxury complex known as Anahita and features a beautiful assortment of holiday villas. The design scheme plays with local materials including tropical timber and volcanic rock while seamlessly integrating every modern convenience. Four stone-cut pools, a spa and the stunning Ernie Els–designed golf course are also big draws, while most rooms have private plunge pools.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Mauritius

    Shanti Maurice

    One of the loveliest places to stay along the south coast, and among the island's signature resorts, the Shanti Maurice oozes luxury. All of the expansive rooms face the sea, the beach is superb, and the tropical, 14-hectare grounds are gorgeous. There's also yoga, a kids' club, water sports, gym, spa, and attentive staff to make possible your every whim.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Praslin

    Raffles Praslin

    Luxurious villas, each with its own private plunge pool and many with uninterrupted views of paradise, make this one of the premier properties on Praslin. You can count on a sublime two-tiered infinity pool, seven excellent restaurants, a luxury spa and service that rarely misses a beat. The beach here is excellent, but you're also close to Anse Lazio.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Other Inner Islands

    Six Senses Zil Pasyon

    By focusing on connecting its properties and guests with nature, Six Senses has climbed to the top of the luxury hotel brand rankings. Looking at Zil Pasyon, it's easy to see why. The sleek wood-filled villas, each with their own infinity pool, blend seamlessly into the rocky, jungle-clad landscape and offer guests their own private slice of paradise. The interiors are decked out with warm wood on both the floors and the vaulted ceilings, while white linens, woven wall coverings and teal rugs and cushions add softer textures and vibrancy. Wall-to-wall bi-fold doors let the outside in, connecting the large deck and outdoor dining area with the bedroom. The slate-filled bathrooms proffer views, some from a swing beside the bath, and all feature Japanese toilets with all their bells and squirting whistles. The only downside is that none of the villas have direct beach access, though all but one of them (number 2) have spectacular ocean views, even the less expensive 'hideaway' options. Activities available to guests include kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding, snorkelling, nature walks and treatments in the magical rock-topping spa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Outer Islands

    Desroches Island Resort

    Reborn in 2018 under the Four Seasons name, this completely overhauled five-star 71-room resort resides at the western end of the island. The airy bungalows, villas and oversized suites all feature private pools, and the contemporary interiors – lined with warm woods, cream linens and elegant furnishings from far and wide – are a lesson in restrained opulence. The dining options are first class, with the Claudine restaurant serving fresh seafood, salads, pizza and more, and the Lighthouse eatery featuring everything from sushi and Alaskan king crab to dry-aged French steaks. There's also a deli for midday cravings or picnics. Blue Safari Seychelles has a base here and offers diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking and stand-up paddleboarding. There is also a Discovery Centre that showcases the flora and fauna found onshore and off, with a marine educator on hand who gives lectures.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in La Digue

    Le Nautique

    Although this small boutique offering opened in 2018, owner Natasha's family has longstanding roots on the island. Together with her Australian husband Stuart, the pair have created a fantastic retreat that feels both casual and luxurious. The Creole-style cottages with gabled roofs and shady verandahs have airy, nautical-themed rooms that would sit comfortably on the pages of House & Garden magazine. The mixture of bleached-wood furniture, palm-frond fans, white linen, bright teal accents and lamps made from thick seafaring rope all add to the relaxed day-at-the-beach ambiance. The seafront deluxe rooms feature stunning vaulted-ceiling bedrooms on the upper floor, with lounges below that can accommodate children or another adult. There is a glitzy little pool and lounge deck that sits directly on the shore between the thatched dining room and the cute bar with swing seats.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in La Digue

    Le Domaine de L'Orangeraie Resort & Spa

    This dramatic 63-suite resort climbs its way up the tree-covered slope that overlooks the harbour, with spacious, well-appointed villas nestled among giant granite boulders. Its two restaurants, bar area and private pool are all on the oceanfront, which is just a skip across the road from reception. The spa, with staggering views, sits at the top of the hill. The Villa de Charme (double from €500) and Villa de Charme Elégance (double from €700) are truly stunning, each full of warm woods, signature stone walls, vaulted thatched ceilings, theatrical mosquito nets, massive fabric prints and grand bathrooms. However, the 20 'Garden Villa' suites and eight Jardin Suite Residences – both featuring sprawling, contemporary interiors, complete with nightclub-esque lighting effects and low ceilings – lack the same tropical fairy-tale appeal.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Praslin

    Constance Lémuria

    Praslin's top-drawer establishment occupies the island's northwest tip. If you're not bowled over by the voluminous foyer and marvellous spa, you will be by the three-tiered infinity pool, three gorgeous beaches and expansive grounds where the villas blend in among the rocks and water features. Facilities include three restaurants, a kids' club and an 18-hole golf course (open to non-guests). One blemish: the property has engulfed the idyllic Anse Georgette, which is now a de facto part of the hotel, though it's a public beach by law. Overall, however, this big resort isn't crowded and has retained its friendly feel.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Grand Baie

    20° Sud

    Perhaps the boutiquiest resort on the island, 20° Sud has a cache of chic, plantation-inspired rooms. Walls are lavished with prim white paint, accented by draped linen and elegant dark-wood mouldings. Palatial oak doors initiate guests into the vine-draped public area, a lush palm grove with an inviting swimming pool and a cosy lodge-style library. Children under 12 not allowed. The resort also operates a popular catamaran day trip to Île Plate for snorkelling, sunbathing and an elegant barbecue feast in the stylishly half-renovated ruins of the old Governor's House. Nonguests can join in, although you must book several days in advance as the trip is exceedingly popular.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Praslin

    Le Duc de Praslin

    This little island of subdued glamour, a coco fesse 's throw from the beach, is one of the most appealing options on Praslin. The generously sized, sensitively furnished rooms have all mod cons and orbit around an alluring pool and a nicely laid-out tropical garden. Another plus is the excellent Café des Arts. If only the rooms had ocean views. For more privacy, book one of the four colonial-style rooms that are just beside the main property. They're also building a wing of stylish new rooms with a gym, pool and rooftop spa.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Joseph to St-Philippe

    Le Four à Pain

    Simplicity, character and a great welcome make Le Four à Pain special. Rooms, in two adorable Creole-style cottages, are light and fresh with contemporary decor, and have their own entrance. You're in a superb setting, with fine mature trees that shade a wonderfully quiet tropical garden. The coup de grâce is the lovely pool – pure bliss after a bout of sightseeing. Don't miss out on the luscious dinners (€30) on certain evenings; you'll be guaranteed to sample palm-heart salad – the owner is a major producer in the south. It's off the main road.

  • Top ChoiceLodging in St-Joseph to St-Philippe

    Gîte de Yoleine et Théophane

    One of southern Réunion's best-kept secrets, this rural paradise surrounded by forest and sugar-cane fields is a great place to come down a few gears. Way up in the hills, it shelters several six-bed dorms, each with its own bathroom. At dinner the super friendly owners will treat you with the freshest island ingredients. Access is a bit tricky; it can be reached on foot (about 30 minutes) or with a normal car in dry weather via a scenic 2km dirt track from the Route Forestière (signed at the junction, about 5.5km above the village of Basse-Vallée).

  • Top ChoiceLodging in Morne Seychellois National Park

    Copolia Lodge

    Copolia Lodge is magical, if you don't mind the sense of isolation – it's a 15-minute drive uphill from Victoria. Poised on a greenery-shrouded promontory, this very well-run villa offers cracking views of the coastal plain and Ste Anne Marine National Park. It sports six bright, immaculate rooms with clean lines, ample space and lots of amenities, including a superb pool. Excellent meals (€30) are available on request. It's just across the road from the Copolia trailhead.