In March 2018 the people of Mauritius will celebrate 50 years of independence, but there is also cause for celebration a little later in the year at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort. The luxurious five-star resort turns 10 in October 2018, and its story resembles a perfect microcosm of the wider progress made on the island over the last half-century.
Located on 213 hectares of tropical gardens opposite to the famous Ile aux Cerfs island on the East coast of Mauritius, Anahita has consistently strived to improve and expand its facilities and services over the last decade, much like the nation itself has developed and diversified its economy and society during the last 50 years.
Although best known for its world-class golfing facilities, the resort has today a complete and an enhanced offer for many different types of clients from families, corporate guests to couples on their honeymoon, and even caters for weddings and other events.
However, Anahita’s prime attractions are its pristine, 18-hole courses exclusively designed by golfing legends Ernie Els and Bernhard Langer. The first playing turf surrounds the resort while the second is located on Ile aux Cerfs, with complimentary green fees provided to guests staying at the resort.
“Around 70% of our guests are golfers and the Anahita golf course is one of the best and most popular 18-hole golf courses available in Mauritius,” says Kelly Ip, sales & marketing manager at Anahita. “Guests also have access to our second course on Ile aux Cerfs by free boat shuttle.”
Anahita also proudly hosted the Afrasia Bank Mauritius Open (ABMO) in 2016 and the resort is honoured to welcome back the 4th edition of the competition to its grounds in 2018 from November 29 to December 2.
“We are hosting the event for the second time at Anahita and being a worldwide tri-sanctioned tournament endorsed by the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours, it provides very good exposure for the hotel and Mauritius as a destination,” she adds.
The presence of an Ernie Els inspired golf course has understandably resulted in the resort being mostly recognised as a golfers’ hotel, but this perception has changed in recent years as Anahita embraces extra services and facilities, namely the new categories of accommodation, the spa and new culinary concept.
“Since 2016, with the opening of a new spa, new seminar room and some other enhanced facilities, Anahita can accommodate for the various type of stays ranging from golfer, family, corporate, incentive, spa, honeymoon or any other special events such as weddings, birthdays and renewal of vows.”
The new spa is a sanctuary of tranquillity providing tailor-made massage and spa packages to suit the requirements of its guests, for both adults and children.
“Having a historical background relating to tea production in Mauritius, at Anahita Spa we opted for a tea-based brand THEMAE PARIS instead of a cosmetic brand,” says Kelly Ip. “All of the nine spa treatment rooms are named after a region where tea is cultivated in Mauritius, such as Bois Cheri.”
Furthermore, for activity-seeking guests, a wide range of land and water sport activities are provided, including personal fitness coaching, swimming and tennis lessons, bike and kayak outings to discover the nearby villages.
Other activities include quad biking, ziplining, horse riding at Domaine de l’Etoile, a natural reserve with stunning views of the nearby mountains and lastly, a treetop adventure park located on Ile aux Cerfs.
After the October 2016 re-opening, there has also been an increased number of corporate meetings and events taking place at Anahita, which provides several on-site and off-site venues and a wide range of facilities and services to suit the needs of business-orientated guests.
In terms of accommodation, Anahita provides two types of lodgings; suites and villas. For visitors wanting to stay in suites, the resort offers a junior suite for golfers and couples/honeymooners and a more spacious prestige suite that is perfect for families and friends who want shared accommodation but also their own private space.
“Our villas provide more of a home away from home experience with extra space and own swimming pool and garden, making this type of accommodation perfect for couples, friends and big families”
All accommodation at Anahita has been designed to conform to a contemporary style that reflects Mauritian lifestyle today, and the resort tries its utmost to include special touches and furnishes which contribute to an overarching localised feel amongst its guests.
Around 95% of Anahita’s suppliers are locally based, which contributes to the economic development of Mauritius. Food and beverages on offer are inspired and derived from local produce (seafood, meat, poultry, fish, fruits and vegetables) and local products (spices, rum, sugar, tea). Some local products are also on sale at the deli shop located at the resort.
Anahita’s eclectic new dining options are another major attraction to the resort, with guests able to sample a wide range of cuisines during their stay in Mauritius.
“We aim to provide freedom of choice to our guests who can either dine in one of the five restaurants or in the comfort and privacy of their suite or villa through the room service. Of the five restaurants, four are on-site and one is off-site, open primarily lunch. A coffee shop also offers light sandwiches to take on the go.”
A live cooking buffet takes place for dinner at Origine Restaurant, with different culinary themes allocated each evening, while the a la carte menu at Bliss Restaurant is available at lunch and dinner. Meanwhile, a fine dining experience is provided by Signature Restaurant and hungry golfers can savour an Italian menu at Il Forno Restaurant, situated in the golf club house.
Finally, the hotel’s reputation as one of the most luxurious five-star resorts on the island seems to have grown in tandem with the popularity of Mauritius as a tourist destination. This is demonstrated by the fact that the number of visitors to the island increased by 11% in 2016, and likewise increased by 10% at Anahita during the same period.
“The stay concept at Anahita Golf & Spa Resort is unique and reflects the Mauritian way of living, which explains the significant number of repeat guests. Stays can be further personalised according to the specific needs and requirements of the guests.”