Most dream vacations start with visions of exotic locales or escaping to several days of golf, tennis, kayaking, massages, and picnics. Well, hidden away on the island oasis of Mauritius is the fantastic spa resort of Shanti Maurice. Designed by architect Jean-Marc Eynaud, designer Chandu Chhada, and landscape architect Bill Bensley, this 32 acre paradise offers everything you could possibly envision for the perfect get away. The moment you step on to the property, an overwhelming sense of calm washes over you. This is due not only to the naturally tranquil setting of the warm white sand beaches with their cyan waters but also the holistically spiritual environment specifically created to lull travelers into a state of utter peace and contentment.
This beachfront resort overlooking the Indian Ocean is far away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. Located several hundred miles from Madagascar off the southeastern coast of Africa it is nearly impossible to find a more idyllic setting. Outside you’ll see how Shanti Maurice seamlessly melded their luxurious three main pools with the lush gardens to give the impression one has walked into Eden. The suites and villas are no different. No matter where in the resort you choose to stay, you are guaranteed to be facing the ocean. Many of the suites (including the “basic” Junior Suites) feature outdoor rain showers while all have large flat screen plasma televisions and broadband internet access (which is nice when you are tucked away in a far corner of the globe).
Of the 64 different choices of accommodation offered each is more spectacular and opulent than the last. Luxury Villas are completely private surrounded by thick foliage and have their own private swimming pools (as do all the villas). At over 1,200 square feet, the Luxury Suite Villas complete with private courtyards and outdoor lounge beds are sure to please. For those double dating couples retreats, the Two Bedroom Suite Villas will win you over with the relaxing Jacuzzi built into the pool and a fantastic pavilion great for enjoying a lunch with the balmy sea air. Of course the granddaddy of them all, the Presidential Suite, is a two bedroom three bathroom masterpiece covering 2,600 plus square feet and providing you with the ultimate in service, privacy, and quiet.
Dining at Shanti Maurice is simply exquisite and can be had outdoors, in room, or at any of their four amazing restaurants all geared to providing food that is not only fresh and healthy but also quite delicious. And obviously you don’t go to a “spa resort” without taking part in their specialty, Ayurvedic treatments for the body and soul. Aside from yoga, meditation, and Pilates you can relax with uniquely formulated body wraps, water therapies, and expertly tailored massage treatments that are truly healing and rejuvenating. After all this dining and pampering feel free to work off a few pounds by taking a day hike, learning to wind surf, or maybe even a round of golf. Shanti Maurice promises your every wish is their command with outstanding service, breathtaking vistas, and the ultimate in luxury. So grab your visa, passport, and sense of adventure and make your way to the island you never knew you loved.
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