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Hotels in exotic locales (starting with M-), they’re just like buses. You wait for one to open, then three come along at once.
It’s not quite as idyllic as Medjumbe – but then that bar is set pretty high. Instead of on a private island, it’s in the north of Mozambique, in pretty Pemba (a sandy peninsula sticking out from mainland Africa). Pemba is also the gateway to the Quirimbas archipelago, where Medjumbe is. Also, Avani is Anantara’s sister chain. Maybe time for a sibling visit?
The hotel sits on the headland overlooking the Indian Ocean, and all 185 simply styled rooms have terraces or balconies, overlooking either the ocean or the gardens. There’s a bar, two restaurants and a Grab & Go deli and “coffee corner”. There’s also a fitness center, spa, tennis courts and not one but four swimming pools. A room this weekend starts from a very reasonable $245.
A Hoppen-designed room
There are few excuses we need to dream of Mauritius. Mauritius + celeb designer redoing a hotel? Super-excuse.
So thanks to Kelly Hoppen for signing up as designer for the LUX* Belle Mare. Not familiar with the property? It was called the Beau Rivage until December, when its owners Naiade Resorts rebranded as LUX*Island Resorts (going for the Wallpaper crowd, anyone?).
The redesign will be fully unveiled in September this year (she's already done the Honeymoon Suites and Pool Villas), but according to the hotel, the inspiration will be “Island Light” – or rather, a “lighter, brighter interpretation of luxury”. Think neutrals with bright – and we’re talking bright - accents of turquoise, fuchsia, apple green, orange, purple and Chinese red.
After taking on Edinburgh and Kuwait as well as planting their stylish chevron flag in Oman, Turkey and Brazil, the Hotel Missoni brand is heading to yet another exotic, far-flung destination--Mauritius in the Indian Ocean.
Parent company Rezidor Hotels just announced today that the Hotel Missoni Mauritius will open in 2014 overlooking the village of Baie du Cap with 80 luxury suites, unobstructed ocean and beach views and of course, all the Missoni goodness you can imagine. (Actually, you don't have to imagine you can peep a hotel room at the Hotel Missoni in Edinburgh, thanks to us.)
The fashionable hotel will also feature the Hotel Missoni's signature Cucina restaurant, an authentic Italian cafe called Choco Cafe, an all-day dining restaurant, a lounge bar and a beach/pool bar.
If you fly all the way to Mauritius, you might as well stay somewhere flash--and after opening just last year, the Four Seasons Mauritius spa resort sounds like it fits that bill. A UK Times review this week definitely gave it the seal of approval.
The Four Seasons Mauritius has 123 different villas and apparently every one has a plunge pool and an open-air bathroom and, although we think you should probably go internet-free on this kind of vacation, there is WiFi throughout. The spa sounds especially modern, if you believe the reviewer:
The glassy relaxation room has a spirally ceiling, is scattered with hippy paperbacks and has the slight feel of an upmarket dentist’s waiting room.
We're hoping this is more a case of a hotel reviewer searching for a few new adjectives rather than a realistic impression of the place--a positive review shouldn't contain the words "dentist's waiting room", we figure.
Apart from that glitch, it sounds like this is easily the best place to stay on the island, so the prices match it. Rates start from around $900 a night but there are various packages available with free nights or breakfasts included as well.
We are suckers for a room with a killer view. We find that we are even more likely to forgive some minor hotel inconveniences if we can stare out the window at something pretty--yeah we are that shallow. Let's help out our fellow hotel mavens by uploading rooms with killer views to the HotelChatter/Flickr photo pool, or by sending the photo along to us. We will feature our favorites in this space from time to time. Remember to tell us the name of the hotel and the room number of the hot view.
Idyllic summertime luxury with palm trees, perfectly turquoise water, a beach and a great spot to sun ourselves is what we're craving (that's not too much to ask for, is it?), which is why this killer view from a Mauritius hotel room caught our eye.
This view can be had at the Legends Hotel at Grand Gaube on Mauritius, where everything's designed around the elements of metal, wood, water and earth. There are a lot of choices for the kinds of villa or room you're after (naturally only some come with this kind of view) but the average rate comes in at around $600 a night.
[Photo: Andy Cardiff]