Mauritius, its white sand beaches, its turquoise waters, its transparent lagoons… Everything is true but a bit postcard, isn’t it? Discover with us the other facet of this jewel of the Indian Ocean, the rising well-being destination.

For many of us, Ayurveda rhymes with Kerala, Karnataka, Gujarat, three states in India known for the diversity of their treatment centers. Or with Sri Lanka.

But only a few insiders also know that it is possible to find answers to their needs for alignment, reconnection, bodily and mental, by staying in Mauritius. For many of us, Mauritius is first and foremost this dream location, praised by the celebrity press for its high concentration of personalities who come to sunbathe there in winter. If this image continues to make the heyday of tour operators, it is no longer just the one that local tourism players want to relay.

This is how the Mauritius Wellness Festival was born, in Bel Ombre, one of the most beautiful sites in the wild south of the island. For three days, it brought together national and international experts around conferences and workshops focused on holistic health, personal development, connection with nature and its artistic expression. Created in 2019 and renewed in 2020, it has so far been stopped in its tracks by the health crisis, but the impetus is given. “A person looking for a destination for an Ayurvedic cure or simply detox will not think of Mauritius. It’s once they arrive on site that people realize that we have everything to meet their expectations, and are generally very surprised to see this,” explains Reshma Madhub, head of the wellness center at the Long Hotel. Beach.

On a test for you

Relax on a beach bed in Mauritius

Relaxing on a beach bed in Mauritius – Source: spm

In partnership with Cinq Mondes, this site on the coast is claimed to be the first hotel in the world to have proposed the Spa and Wellness Retreat concept of the French brand from 2017, and to still be the only one with the Beau Rivage in Lausanne, Switzerland. The “Ayurveda Wellness retreat” of 3.5 or 7 days is the ideal cure for a gentle introduction to this ancestral practice. How is it going? “We have a 360° vision of well-being.

We take care of you as soon as you leave by seeing you do relaxation exercises to practice on the plane. In the bedroomeverything is done to establish a form of sleep therapy, through the quality of the bedding, through the “Disconnect to reconnect” program, a box in which you are invited to forget your telephone, to golden milk, a powerful anti-inflammatory and detoxifying drink from Ayurvedic medicine, delivered to help you fall asleep,” explains Reshma Madhub. When we wake up, a yoga mat encourages us to practice the traditional ritual of the sun salutation since we are oriented to the east. The bravest can also salute the lever of this star by paddling on a paddle. Focused on the health of body and mind, our cure includes yoga, Qi Gong and meditation sessions. Nutrition is also partly inspired by Ayurvedic medicine. The menus are designed by Chef Ritesh Dawoojee, in collaboration with a nutritionist, and feature detox herbs and spices, as well as herbal infusions freshly picked from the spa’s garden and the chef’s garden. Who says health also says eat slowly to better digest. An hourglass placed on the table we even relearn to chew each bite conscientiously. The whole of this personalized cure is developed by Vishal Panchoo, Ayurvedic therapist and naturopath. As well as herbal infusions freshly picked from the spa’s garden and the chef’s garden. Who says health also says eat slowly to better digest. An hourglass placed on the table we even relearn to chew each bite conscientiously. The whole of this personalized cure is developed by Vishal Panchoo, Ayurvedic therapist and naturopath. As well as herbal infusions freshly picked from the spa’s garden and the chef’s garden. Who says health also says eat slowly to better digest. An hourglass placed on the table we even re-learn to chew each bite conscientiously. The whole of this personalized cure is developed by Vishal Panchoo, Ayurvedic therapist and naturopath.

The consultation of entry and end of stay are made by him, just like the prescriptions of massages, body care and daily face of the cure. It also teaches us the gestures and exercises to practice daily to manage pain and fatigue, and stay in shape without having to go to the gym. Trained by his grandfather and his snatched father, graduated in Ayurveda in India, Vishal Panchoo is the therapist that all Maurice has to offer. We understand why.

When to go to Mauritius?

Sunrise in Mauritius

Sunrise in Mauritius – Source: spm

Nothing better to know a country than to visit it when it is celebrating. And there are festivals on this island where the influences of cultures from India, Asia, Africa and Europe mingle to better unite them.

The Tamil Thaipoosam Cavadee celebration, for example, gives rise to impressive rituals such as sticking needles in the cheeks, pins in the tongue, hooks in the back or even walking on fire. Sensitive souls will prefer the Holi color festival, a Hindu festival open to all, during which everyone joyfully throws colored pigments on their neighbor as a sign of brotherhood, peace and prosperity, Maha Shivaratri, during which the Hindu community celebrates the God Shiva by a pilgrimage to the magnificent sacred lake of Grand Bassin lined with magnificent statues, or even Diwali, the festival of lights.

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