As I ambled through the tropical grounds—there’s 36 acres in total—I came across a curious creature strutting his stuff: a white peacock. Reading the plaque nearby, I learnt that he’s considered the original guardian of the gates of paradise. And throughout my stay, I appreciated over and over why he was such an appropriate mascot for Shanti Maurice.
For Shanti is like the Garden of Eden: a very unspoilt setting with thickly planted trees, colourful shrubs and patches of wildflowers that attract butterflies. The resort sits on a stunning peninsula in the verdant south—regarded as the most unspoilt part of Mauritius—almost completely surrounded by a combination of mountains, a turquoise blue lagoon, a reef, the ocean, and sugar cane fields. It’s a place to connect with nature and your own well-being, take a semi digital detox and completely wind down. After all, ‘shanti’ means ‘peace’ in Sanskrit and there’s a very tranquil air; days as well as evenings spent here are very low key.
As well as the very special connection with nature, there are three excellent reasons to visit. Enter the gorgeous golden beach, followed by the stunning Nira Spa and finally the range of activities—many of which are complimentary—that suit the tranquil tone and setting to a tee, from guided snorkelling to tours of the herb garden, yoga to finger painting, as well as culinary evenings spent with the resort’s ‘grandma’.
I embraced all that Shanti had to offer and fell in love with the place, however, as with all love stories, there were moments when true love let me down. When it came to service, for example, I was left in ‘peace’ a little too often and for too long. But overall, my stay left me feeling uplifted, calm and with a renewed respect for mother nature. So leave your shoes and your worries at the door—many do…outside their suite, outside the spa, under the table of the feet-in-the-sand dining areas—and just relax.
- Daily breakfast for two
- Buffet breakfast
- Room upgrade upon arrival
- Subject to availability
- Spa credit
- Mauritian Rupees 2,000 per room per stay
- Early check-in / Late check-out
- Subject to availability, minimum stay applies
- Complimentary Wi-Fi
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