The hotel is in the South West of Mauritius where you can discover the extinct volcanic crater of Trou-aux-cerfs, the Seven Coloured Earths at Chamarel, dramatic plunging waterfalls in the Black River Gorges National Park, tropical landscapes, virgin forests, with lush sugar cane plantations as far as the eye can see. All set against a dramatic rugged backdrop of jagged volcanic mountains and outcrops.
Le Telfair is on the stunning estate (6,400 acres) of the Domaine de Bel Ombre. The resort’s location, between the ocean and the staggering interior mountains, demands exploring; trekking on foot or horse back, by mountain bike, 4x4 excursion or better still, on a quad bike tour around the 3,700 acre Frédérica Nature Reserve. Your guide will take you to remote look outs with jaw dropping panoramic ocean views, teach you about the island’s rare birds and indigenous flora, climbing to waterfalls along the way, and slowing down to pass the estate’s deer, quietly grazing in the shade of the trees. For those who really want to get away from it all, stay at their remote hunting lodge, set up on high overlooking the plains to the ocean and the immense estate, where your nearest neighbour is miles away.
If you’re happier on the ocean, the hotel offers a daily glass bottom boat trip out over the reef, included in your room rate. If you want to be more active, the Beach Club can arrange for you to snorkel, water ski, dive or kite surf. Or you can simply sit back and enjoy a catamaran cruise at sunset, on the calm, clear lagoon.
September is the perfect time to go to Mauritius. The average daily temperature is 26 degrees, hotel rates are still at off-season prices, it isn't too humid and there are no cyclones.
While you're there...- Get up close and personal with a lion at Casela Nature Reserve
- See a Sega show - a drum based rhythmic performance, symbolic of Mauritius’ slave history, now part of the island’s traditions
- Get out to the reef
- Visit Le Café des Arts
- Lunch at Le Chamarel Restaurant with its extraordinary sea views
Hire a car and drive over to the East of the island - book yourselves dinner at Le Café des Arts in Trou d’eau Douce just a 10 minute drive away. (www.maniglier.com) This extraordinary restaurant / gallery is housed in a restored 1840s sugar cane mill, with every inch of wall space displaying the life’s works of Maniglier, who studied under Matisse. The artist’s son, Jocelyn Gonzalez, runs the venue which can be privately booked for a special romantic dinner or full wedding and reception. Jocelyn personally arranges your whole event, from arriving in a horse drawn carriage to your flowers, music and menu choices.