The boutique Le Cardinal Exclusive Resort is set right on the beach of Trou-aux-Biches, in the north of Mauritius where visitors can enjoy a warm climate all year round. The former fishing town, with its mile-long, white-sand beach shaded by casuarina trees, caters to families.
The beach is the ideal launch pad for a catamaran cruise to the Northern Islands as well as inland excursions to Cap Malheureux, Grand Bay or the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden.
The resort is well-situated for golfers as it’s just three minutes away from the 18-hole championship golf course, Mont Choisy Le Golf. Divers, ranging from the beginner to the most experienced, will enjoy discovering scenic wrecks or the dramatic caves and tunnels sheltering a broad variety of marine fauna in the crystal clear waters.
The hotel’s cosy atmosphere and personalised service ensure guests are always relaxed and comfortable. The 10 junior suites, one duplex and two penthouses guarantee privacy. All rooms have a private terrace with a direct view over the turquoise blue lagoon. The gentle sound of the sea lapping against the sandy beaches can be heard in all corners of the hotel.
Start the day with an amazing breakfast buffet which includes fresh and homemade products, a bio and gluten-free corner, and a selection of à la carte dishes. During the day, the Beach Bar & Restaurant serves cocktails and light lunches, while for dinner, the on-site restaurant, La Table du Cardinal, is renowned in the north of the island. Executive chef Thiery Gourdin’s impressive fusion cuisine highlights the interesting Mauritian flavours combined with a mix of premium international ingredients.
Numerous water activities are on offer at the hotel, including aqua biking, glass-bottom boat rides, snorkelling or water skiing. But those wanting to relax can head up to the spa, which offers stunning views and a range of treatments, including facials, manicures, pedicures, body scrubs and Ayurvedic massages. The resort also offers sunset yoga sessions, with salutations performed under a sky ablaze with pinks, reds, oranges and yellows.
Take a culinary journey through Mauritian-international fusion cuisine in chef Thiery Gourdin’s La Table du Cardinal restaurant
Need to know
• Diving centre
• Swimming pool
• Aqua bikes
• Fitness centre