fantastic five: mauritian hotel breakfasts

This series is about my favourite five hotels by category.

In what I call my travelling years, the three years I spent reviewing luxury hotels across Europe, the Middle East, and Africa for Kiwi Collection – at the time the world’s largest independent luxury hotel reviewer – I was constantly looking for the “perfect” hotel. But even after several hundred hotels a year (about 400-500 annually) my search never revealed that one hotel, that perfect place. Actually, I don’t believe there really is such a hotel… However, there are a few runners up which came pretty close to perfection, who turned my stay into a memorable, lasting, and thus unforgettable experience.

After years of skipping a substantial morning meal and instead having only coffee and cookies in the office, I rediscovered the beauty of breakfast. If you are similarly inclined and happen to be planning a trip to the isle of Mauritius, here’s the scoop on Mauritian room service breakfasts (in random order) to help you pick your place to stay-slash-nosh.

The Oberoi, Mauritius

Overlooking my private plunge pool and the Indian Ocean in the distance, this breakfast came with a butler who poured the frothed milk over my café latte at the table. It also came with my own toaster so I could toast bread at my leisure after I was done with my yogurt.

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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Overlooking a private plunge pool (another) and vast garden, I enjoyed this breakfast with my favorite iPod tunes, thanks to the Bose Sound dock on the patio.

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Royal Palm Hotel

From the height of my balcony, with the waves of the Indian Ocean softly crashing on the shores below.

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Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort

With a view of the island’s most secluded beaches, my breakfast came after an early morning yoga session and thus felt twice as good.

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

The sea urchin scrambled eggs with asparagus and caviar caught my eye and I deterred from my usual selection. What an exquisite choice it was!

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