Located in Beau Champ on the island’s east coast, Four Seasons Resort at Anahita is situated on a secluded peninsula on the mainland, extending onto a private island called Ile aux Chats.
The property is set in lush grounds that are tended to by 50 gardeners—including a herb garden—overlooking the Anahita golf course and a large lagoon that’s sheltered by a reef. The layout is essentially a mini village, with restaurants, a fitness centre, an overwater spa, a kids’ club, and boutiques, all well spread out. Thankfully, there’s a shuttle service provided in the form of golf buggies, as well as the complimentary use of bikes that’ll enable you to get around if you just don’t feel like walking.
What’s fantastic about Anahita is that it’s all villa-style accommodation and the entry level pool villas are impressive and come with one of several options: a private garden view; direct access to the beach; steps down to the lagoon; or with views of the mangrove trees. Alternatively, the one to five bedroom residences are great for families and, for those who really want to push the boat out, there’s the five bedroom Presidential Suite Sanctuary. It doesn’t feel like there are 136 villas here at all and during the daytime, most guests seem content hanging around their own pad so the resort doesn’t get crowded.
There’s a good range of activities to suit all ages and interests including many complimentary water sports and there’s a family friendly vibe. Whilst here, you must meet the four resident giant tortoises and if you love marine life, you can learn about the resort’s work with Wise Oceans to protect the reef system, funded by guest donations.
There’s also complimentary play on the Ernie Els designed course for golfers. Evenings can be quiet, but there is live music some nights, with plans to expand the genres into jazz and blues.
Service was as excellent as I expected. With a staff ratio of two to every one guest (when at full occupancy), I was left wanting for nothing.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Buffet breakfast
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Food & Beverage credit
- US$100 or equivalent credit to be used during your stay
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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There’s a long, beautiful driveway up to the entrance which passes glimpses of the fairways and the pristine landscaped gardens. I was greeted by very friendly and professional staff. The lounge area of the reception offers a lovely view out over the resort, the fish pool and the lagoon beyond. Check-in felt personal and I was brought a cold towel and an iced tea to refresh myself before I was taken to my villa by golf buggy. The driver asked if I’d like a quick tour of the resort which I took him up on. He was very knowledgeable and obviously was proud to work here. On arriving at my villa, he unloaded my bag and showed me the room’s main features.
Rooms and suites
My secluded Garden Pool Villa was an oasis of calm. A private gate led into the garden (of about 100m²) with a lawn and lush landscaping that acts as natural screening with only a glimpse of the wall of the next villa at the bottom of the garden. The stone-tiled plunge pool with double day-bed built in was a relaxing spot to listen to the bird song. There were two comfy sun loungers and an outdoor lounge and dining area with tables, sofa and chairs, all in green and brown tones that complemented the setting, whilst soft lighting, lamps and a ceiling fan made it very comfortable.
As I stepped through the huge glass doors into my 63m² (678ft²) of indoor space, I was delighted. The room’s style is elegant, contemporary and clean with a designer edge. Dark stone flooring, cream walls, soft green fabrics, a mix of dark wood furniture, and a marble-topped desk and an armchair were offset against the pitched ceiling, lined in wood and bamboo which made the room feel spacious. My bed was big and very comfy. Plenty of lamps, some on dimmer switches, complemented the natural light coming in from the garden. It took a little bit of familiarisation to find which switch did what, but I got there eventually.
The mini bar was well stocked with chocolate, crisps, nuts and a good selection of soft drinks and spirits, and a kettle and coffee machine.
There were plenty of sockets in all the right places—beside the bed and by the desk—and the complimentary WiFi worked well for my general web browsing and internet call needs. There was a 37-inch TV with satellite channels, a dvd/cd player, an iPod/iPad docking station with alarm and bluetooth, electric blinds and simple, digital air con.
Behind the bed was the large, light and bright bathroom area. Above the bedhead there was a sliding screen that gives the option to let this gorgeous light flood through to the bedroom. The design was very contemporary, minimal and zen.
It comprised a double vanity area with shaver point and lots of space to spread out your bits and pieces. There was also a deep bath. Behind the wall that the bath is on, there was the shower area which was walk-in style with both rainfall shower head and handheld, whilst a glass wall gave a view of the outdoor, open air shower area—complete with plants.
To one side of the bathroom there was a separate toilet cubicle and to the other was a walk in wardrobe with plenty of hanging space and room for suitcases, as well as thoughtful touches including a beach bag, clothes brush, torch, iron and board, adaptor and umbrella, plus a large mirror, socket and hairdryer. It was a great place for getting dressed and doing hair.
Although shower gel, lotion, shampoo and conditioner were provided in lovely stone bottles it was nigh on impossible to coax the thick conditioner out. And the magnifying mirror was fixed to the surface next to the sink and as a fairly tall person I had to stoop to use it, and when I used the stool to sit the mirror wouldn’t bend down enough for me to see.
Bambou is located beside the beach and main swimming pool, a perfect spot for a casual lunch. Families and couples, younger and older, were enjoying the relaxed ambience. I took a table in the sunshine with lovely ocean views. I went for the Coconut Kiss virgin cocktail which tasted tropical and fresh. At lunch, there was a good selection of international dishes including sushi, salads, soups, pizzas and sandwiches, including a tempting tandoori lamb wrap. But I opted to go light and chose the quinoa and roasted shrimp salad with tropical fruit, sunflower seeds and citrus dressing. A ‘vitality salad’ said the menu, which was just that and tasted full of goodness.
Other restaurant options
Breakfast at Beau Champ was an impressive affair. I enjoyed sitting next to the water’s edge where beautiful stripy fish swam by within touching distance. On my first visit, I was given an orientation and it was a feast for the eyes. There was a champagne corner, an entire chilled room with meats and cheeses, and a bakery room where the smell of freshly baked goodies such as pastries and muffins was divine. And there were the usual buffet items including fresh fruits—all well covered—and cereals as well as juices blended to order and a pancake station. In addition, there was an a la carte menu with a tasty range of items including a full English and Eggs Benedict—I opted for the latter and it was cooked to perfection and topped with yummy asparagus.
In the evening, the open-air Aquapazza restaurant is subtly lit with lanterns and there’s the option to dine underneath the thatch or outside on the deck over the lagoon. It was no surprise to hear that there have been many marriage proposals made here—it’s a very romantic setting indeed. It specialises in Italian cuisine and I was spoilt for choice, so when chef Paolo came to introduce himself I was keen to hear his recommendations and went with them: Sicilian swordfish rolls with red pepper coulis to start, and the poached babonne fish on Sardinian fregula pasta with artichoke, olives, capers and cherry tomatoes for my mains. The quality of the ingredients shone through and the flavours were really well balanced. After a tangy strawberry palate cleanser, I didn’t need dessert at all, but spotted ‘Paolo’s grandmother’s tiramisu’ on the menu and, being of Italian heritage, I had to see if it lived up to my own nonna’s—which it did.
The restaurant is also open for dinner when there are Mauritian, Chinese and Indian specialities to choose from. There are also themed buffet nights including ‘Zilwa Night’ which offers an elaborate Mauritian spread and a live sega dance performance.
Spa and wellness
The setting of the spa is very peaceful in the lushly planted gardens. Treatment rooms, accessed via a winding wooden walkway, are raised on stilts, and lush, natural scenery is all around.
Sitting with my lemongrass infusion in the stylish spa lounge, I was asked to select the type of music and sounds I wanted to listen to during my session. My treatment suite had a beautiful view of the water and there was a spacious changing area with everything I could possibly need, including a body mist, a place to stow jewellery, and an incredibly comfortable pair of spa slippers, as well as a private bathroom, and an outdoor shower and steam cabin—all totally private, just for my use.
My therapist was very professional, attentive and caring throughout, not to mention highly skilled.
My Mauritian Fusion Massage began with a foot scrub and was followed by a fairly firm massage with elements of Swedish, meridian therapy and reflexology. And the scent from the blend of coconut, ylang ylang and frangipani oil used was gorgeous. Afterwards, I enjoyed the smoothie of the day on a comfy daybed on the spa’s outdoor deck in the sunshine, gazing at the water and green mountains beyond. It was blissful; I could have stayed all day.
There’s an extensive range of spa therapies and rituals, as well as hair and makeup services and a fitness centre with a fully equipped gym room, a 25m long outdoor lap pool and boxing area. Classes in aqua training, yoga and Tai Chi are available and private tennis tuition can also be arranged. And there’s complimentary classes of water aerobics, circuit training and stretching.
Pool and beach
The main pool area was next to Bambou restaurant and the main beach. It comprised a free-form pool that sloped down and flowed over to an infinity edge pool below; both had gorgeous views of the lagoon. It was a popular spot with plenty of good sun loungers with thick mattresses and parasols. There was also the convenience of pool service and the bathrooms of the restaurant are within easy reach, so it would be easy to spend the day here.
Beaches in Mauritius are all public, however, due to the way the two beaches here have been designed, they feel private as they are only accessible on foot from within the resort. The main beach is just in front of the main pool area. It’s not a huge beach, but extends in both directions so you can find a lounger in a spot to suit. Water sports operate from here and waterskiing, all non-motorised water sports, snorkelling tours and glass-bottom boat trips are complimentary. As is the boat service to the island of Ile aux Cerfs, about 15 minutes away where there’s a lovely beach and good snorkelling, but it you do want a sun lounger here you’ll have to pay (in cash) on the island as nothing here can be charged to your room.
The other beach is called the ‘quiet beach’ and although children are welcome, it’s more geared to adults wanting to get away from it all. I loved this spot. As soon as I arrived, the beach butler put a towel down for me and rolled up a towel into a very comfortable head rest. Within minutes, I was brought a chilled glass of water which was topped up regularly, and I was offered a menu. I was also given a complimentary detox shot of carrot, ginger and apple that was delicious. It was a nice and quiet beach and watching the occasional catamaran pass in the distance was delightful.
The resort is very family-friendly and the ‘Kids For All Seasons’ program offers an extensive range of complimentary activities. For children aged 4-9, there’s the Hobbit Village Kids’ Club which has a children’s/toddler pool, playroom, sandpit and amphitheatre for shows for parents and a fantastic bakery—the smells from which were very yummy! And when things get a little too much, there’s even a quiet room. Activities include crab hunting, making local crafts, mini tennis and line fishing.
Karokan, for children aged 10 and over, is a place to hang out and make some new friends. It has everything a young ‘grown up’ could wish for from X-Box and foosball, to movies and a very cool DJ booth. A typical day of scheduled activities might include waterskiing initiation, a Wii sports tournament, payable excursions such as zip lining, and a poker night.
There are taster sessions in golf and tennis for kids too.
Staff and service
It’s a fairly young team here overall and staff and service were excellent throughout. All areas were equally as good, but special mention goes to the staff in the restaurants and bars where I was always addressed by name, and staff were very helpful with recommendations. The buggy drivers were always very friendly and waved to say hello as they passed and more often than not, they would stop and ask if I needed a lift.
My fellow guests were mainly UK and Asian visitors, couples and families alike. Generally an elegant set, there were those who wanted to relax and some who were more inclined to be active, including the golfing set.
I requested a pick-up and the buggy arrived promptly. My friendly driver asked me if I’d enjoyed my stay and chatted to me on the way to the reception where he dropped me and stored my bag whilst I checked out. Check-out was quick and efficient.
As I left the desk and went outside to wait for my transfer car it was very busy, bordering on chaotic, with lots of guests leaving, cars and bags lined up ready to go. There were several staff on hand and as if by magic they knew where my transfer car was and instructed it to pull round. I was off without a hitch.
How to get there
45 minutes by road from Mauritius International Airport