For much of my life the Four Seasons has been a brand associated with New York City. Often the location for romantic comedies or “chick flicks”, more recently we saw the FS shift front of mind as Europe’s largest YouTuber, Pewdiepie, went on honeymoon to the Four Seasons in Indonesia.
Earlier this month I had the privilege of joining the #MyMauritius Explorer Lab tour to the tropical island of Mauritius and had the pleasure of experiencing the brand for the first time.
Four Seasons at Anahita
Accessing the Four Seasons Anahita starts with a tranquil, sunrise drive along the abandoned shores west of the island. Upon turning into the property, the banyan lined driveway welcomes visitors to the large estate, eventually opening up to reveal the hotel’s reception.
The hub of the hotel is influenced by Indonesian architecture with triangle, thatched roofs, shiny black floors and wooden buttresses reinforcing the ceiling. The tiered view, with orange crabs scuttling along the borders as fish swim in the pools below, provides a bright, fresh morning view.
Check in is usually a bit later in the day, however, they FS were kind enough to accommodate me a little earlier and i was able to check into their garden village to catch up on some much needed sleep (it was 5:50am Mauritian time and 3:30am South African time when I arrived!).
Villas at Anahita Four Seasons
Myself, along with 2 girls, and 1 gentleman shared a more traditional styled home. With a black tiled pool, large back garden and views across the lawn from almost anywhere in the house, I settled in for a much needed nap after the 4 hour flight from Cape Town.
Best Experiences at Four Seasons Anahita
The hotel is amazing overall, but these are the features that made it special for me:
- Speed boat cruise to private island.
- Italian restaurant is fantastic (full review coming soon).
- Night swimming – as black pool keeps the water really warm.
- Red Snapper lunch (don’t eat seafood, but this was divine!).
- Pina Coladas in coconuts – does an island dream get any better?
- Convenient bathroom toiletries.
- Loads of space in house and within each room.
- Huge gluten-free offering in breakfast restaurant as well as Italian restaurant.
- Loads of storage space and ample plug points in room (had own adapter).
- Excellent snacks provided in the evenings as well as fully stocked fridge.
- Wifi worked well throughout the house.
- Responsive reception when called (“just press 0” actually worked!).
Could Be Improved at Four Seasons Anahita
- Had no hot water for 2 full days & nights as the geyser broke and wasn’t fixed.
- We were constantly late for pickups – take charge of your own schedule don’t rely on the hotel.
- Breakfast served at villa was put somewhere unknown so it went to waste as was unseen.
- Breakfast from day 1 wasn’t cleared out in a timely manner (still there after dinner).
- Lamp switches were a bit fussy. Nice to dim, but a pain to turn, prefer a switch.
- Shower water didn’t fully turn off – dripped quite a bit throughout the night.
- No bottle opener in kitchen to use to open cooldrinks.
This is splitting hairs as naturally a 5 star hotel has amazing services. You can see below how amazing the hotel is overall:
The house has four large rooms, which includes a writing table, TV, 4 very large cupboards, suitcase stand, large mirror (possibly 2m wide) and en suite bathroom with full bathtub, shower, WC and dual sinks.
The kitchen is fully kitted out with snack-stocked fridge, some liquor, bottled water as well as utensils. This makes for easy living in the villa for extended holidays.
The hotel is spread out across a small peninsula. Golf carts easily navigate the winding pathways for quick collection and delivery of suitcases or visitors to the various parts of the resort.
There is a large pool area with poolside bar near a small beach. This leads guests to the jetty with hotel shuttles, aka speedboats, that deliver guests to the award-winning, picturesque private island owned by the Four Seasons.
Here lunch can be served upon the white sand or drinks and snacks can be served from the beach bar. Try an ice cold pina coladas served in a branded coconut, deep fried snapper and banana crisps for a true island-style snack.
The Four Seasons also has a stilted spa on site, offering various treatments for guests. Build on stilts, one of the main offerings is turning off the spa music while being massaged in exchange for the sounds of the water beneath and birds tweeting outside. Bliss!
The Four Seasons Mauritius has an excellent Italian restaurant on the premises, which I will be sharing in a separate post as the food was that good!
All in all, the Four Seasons at Anahita villas are an excellent location for family or friends to get away, cosy up in the airconned rooms or leave the sliding doors open for extended evenings outside. The villa feels well put together, homely but not fussy.
With all the Black Friday travel specials unfolding in our timelines, if you’ve ever considered visiting Mauritius, now would be a good time to investigate! There are often inexpensive flights from Johannesburg, look out for flysafair black friday specials as well as the Four Seasons Mauritius website for more options and current rates.
#SP – This trip was sponsored by Mauritius Tourism and furnished by Four Seasons hotel.