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When it comes to a taste of delicious Mauritius, one resort stands head and shoulders above the rest. Nestled in the heart of Bel Ombre – a 2,500-hectare protected nature reserve in the south of the island – picture-worthy vistas, colonial architecture and locally sourced, first-rate fare unite at Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort
Set your watch to island time
The palm-lined resort is aptly named after Charles Telfair, the acclaimed Northern Irish botanist who called this spot home at the turn of the 19th century, and while interiors mix barefoot beach-chic with the refined grandeur of a bygone era, lush garden views are never far from sight – and come perfectly framed by French-style bay windows. As a proud member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World, exemplary service, world-class amenities and creature comforts are a given – think of your own private butler and spacious, all-suite living. With tranquil, turquoise waters, pristine white-sand shores and abundant jungle foliage, it will come as no surprise that Heritage Le Telfair is a haven of outstanding natural beauty, however it is the property’s rich culinary offerings that’s really making waves. With a string of exciting food-focused programmes taking place this year, there has never been a more ideal to book your sun-kissed gourmet adventure.
Delve into international flavour
Heritage Le Telfair has turned up the heat (and no, we don’t just mean the island’s tropical climate) – with 12 restaurants and eight bars, the resort is a bona fide gourmet hotspot. Whether you fancy Mauritian fine-dining at Heritage Le Chateau, the Pan-Asian dishes of Gin’Ja or are keen to take part in the interactive show kitchen at Annabelle’s, you’re sure to be spoilt for choice. Daytime calls for beach-side grilled feasts at Le Palmier or perhaps head to C Beach Club for fresh, zesty salads overlooking the Indian Ocean… and as the sun begins to set, grab a seat around the bonfire for succulent, flame-grilled fare at Le Boma in the neighbouring Heritage Awali. The perfect way to end the night? With a glass of aged Mauritian rum, of course. You’ll find a wealth of flavours across the board, and while each restaurant brings something unique to the table, they’re all underpinned by a shared ethos of excellent produce, locally sourced ingredients and sustainable practices that sets Heritage Le Telfair apart.
Discover a star-studded culinary programme
On top of all the mainstay gastronomic highlights, a roster of chef partnerships throughout the year champions the island’s bounteous natural larder and unique flavour further still. Join the two-Michelin-starred Chef Franck Putelat of Carcassonne’s La Table de Franck Putelat in November, as he cooks up inventive yet classic dishes honing in on fresh Mauritian ingredients. This is just a taste of what's to come, with more impressive chef collaborations to be announced shortly across Heritage Le Telfair and and Le Chateau de Bel Ombre.
Commencing 10 July 2023, Heritage’s Sustainable Gastronomy Week is one to mark in your calendars. Back for its second year, this edition is under the patronage of French Michelin-green-starred chef Thomas Collomb of contemporary La Table D’ Hôtes. The festival will shine a light on the superlative produce and highly talented chefs of the Bel Ombre region, bringing a true taste of Mauritius to the top table. Expect a plethora of exceptional dinning opportunities, cooking masterclasses and local market tours, plus a seven-course gala dinner at the farm-to-fork, Le Chateau de Bel Ombre.
A greenprint for success
Grounded in the founding principle of sustainability, alongside a focus on bringing local, high-quality cuisine to the fore, all stays at Heritage Le Telfair are 100% carbon offset – it’s a combination of efforts that saw it stamped with the global Green Key seal of approval in December 2016. The the hotel’s commitment to preventing food waste has served neighbouring communities with meals and seen it awarded the prestigious international PLEDGE on Food Waste certification in the process. This really is food you can feel good about. So, you can rest easy and relax under golden rays knowing that the hotel has done its part to help protect God’s own backyard.
Shake things up with high-balling cocktails
If world-class cocktails are high on your agenda, the elegant Cavendish Bar and Lounge
is on hand to quench thirsts and thrill palates. Fresh for 2023, guests
will be among the first to try the resort’s revamped cocktail menu,
curated by legendary mixologist Harp Mann (better known by his online
name @Mix.Mann). Or, you can sip your way through one of the island’s
most extensive and exciting selections of botanical gins and rum – the
choice is yours.
In the know
From kitchen to comfort, the all-suite resort is a prime example of understated luxury – suites are dressed in a neutral colour scheme, with garden or sea views and artwork by Christian Lacroix. And when you’re not following the taste trail, golf fans will love the on-site 72 championship green (designed by world renowned golf pro Peter Matkovich), the spa excels in tailor-made botanical-based treatments, and the crystal-clear waters are on hand for snorkelling, scuba diving and traditional Mauritian fishing. So, dive on in. You’ll leave feeling fulfilled in more ways than one.
With an extensive roll call of top-tier food-focussed offerings, an ethos that pays tribute to Mauritian talent and a 2023 line up of unmissable foodie events, this is what gourmet travel is all about. To start planning your dream trip today, click here and book in time for Heritage Le Telfair’s upcoming culinary programme highlights.
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