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At a glance

  • You'll love

    Roomy retreats

    Private swimming pools

    Picnics by the ocean

  • Kids will love

    Activity-crammed days

    Aquatic adventuring

    Kids’ and teens’ clubs

  • Don’t expect

    Poolside supervision

    Abundant nearby dining

    Baby-monitor reception


Anahita The Resort is a family-friendly resort, close to the beach, in the Flacq district of Mauritius’ east coast. Luxurious family-tailored villas – each with an infinity pool – offer full kitchens for stress-free self-catering, and this polished patch of island idyll offers winding white-sand beaches, ocean-view pools, a golf course, a spa and sailing crafts, Hobie Cats and other wave-riding vessels in the on-site boathouse. The resort’s clubhouses offer games, trips and Mauritian arts and crafts for kids, and full-tilt fun for teens.

Smith Extra

Here's what you get for booking Anahita The Resort with us:

A glass of sparkling wine or a mocktail a guest on arrival; for stays of five nights or more, a 30-minute massage each


Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anahita The Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.


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Need To Know


98; including 70 suites and 28 villas. The large Two and Three Bedroom Suites and all villa categories are best suited for families.


12 noon; guests are charged 50 per cent of the room rate for late check-out. Earliest check-in, 2pm. Early arrivals can drop their bags at reception and unwind in another suite or villa if there’s one available.


Double rooms from £477.04 (€536), including tax at 15 per cent.

More details

A Continental and Full English buffet breakfast, daily snorkeling tours, non-motorised watersports, entrance to the kids club (meals are chargable), bike hire, access to two 18 hole championship gold courses (golf buggy, green fee and practice balls all included), and a 5 minute boat shuttle to Ile aux Cerfs, with its private beach and golf course, are included in the room rate. Children Under-3s stay in cots free and extra beds for under-12s cost €40 a night. 


The hotel isn’t suited to disabled guests as there’s no wheelchair-accessible accommodation onsite. Pushchairs and buggies can be pushed around public areas problem-free, but there are some steps from the reception to the pool area where obliging staff are happy to help. 

At the hotel

Swimming pools, wellbeing centre, lagoon, private beach with watersports facilities, kids' clubs, boathouse, restaurants, bar, café and sweet shop, fitness centre, champion 18-hole golf courses and a clubhouse, boutique, laundry and free WiFi throughout.

In your room

Fully fitted kitchen (oven, dishwasher, washing machine, refrigerator, Nespresso machine, microwave and kettle), flatscreen TV, bathrobes, slippers, free bottled water, black-out blinds and free WiFi. Villas are also graced with a private garden and all suite category rooms and above have a private infinity-edged plunge pool (with safety netting). 

Our favourite rooms

Children can stay in all room types. Suites and villas have a large fully fitted kitchen; bathrooms with twin basins, a bath tub and separate shower; a family gathering-sized living room and a private plunge pool (with safety netting). The smallest room category – the One-Bedroom Suite – has 160sq m of space, and would suit a small family; a baby cot fits in the living room and an extra bed can be added to the den. living room. Groups with more mini Smiths in tow may want to opt for a sprawling 240sq m Three-Bedroom Suite, which sleeps up to six – with the option to add a baby cot or extra bed. Three Bedroom Ocean Suite 1504 has impressive family-ftting credentials, with three bathrooms, a kitchen kitted out for meals en masse and a furnished terrace on the third floor, set for romantic ocean gazing when the kids are in bed. The resort’s commodious and chic Three, Four and Five-Bedroom Villas, which sleep up to 11 guests, are ideal for larger families – with ground-floor bedrooms for toddlers, space for an extra cot or bed and enclosed gardens. Villas even come with a family butler, to give parents some well-earned R'n'R.


There are three. Two outdoor infinity pools – one for adults, which is heated year-round, and one for children, which is heated during the winter – sit side by side in the village, surrounded by rattan sunloungers, palm trees and parasols, with alluring turquoise-tinted views of the Indian Ocean beyond. A beach-like slope allows easy access to the curved and crystal-clear kids’ pool; however, there’s no supervision. The kids’ club also has a shallow unheated pool for infants, and swimming aids and swim nappies are on hand.


The fitness centre has large windows, so gym bunnies can gaze at the greenery during a workout. Outdoor treatment rooms have gentle ocean breezes and lush tropical foliage – many of the plants are used in the treatments – to send you into an island-scented reverie (or a more secluded session can be booked in your suite or villa). Thalgo facials, body wraps and scrubs, massages, couples treatments, waxing, manicures and pedicures are all offered, but Juniors can join in too, with massages for kids tweens and teens (30 minutes for 3–6 year olds, 45 minutes for 7–12 year olds and 60 minutes for over-12s).


Pack high-factor sunscreen, insect repellent and the kids’ sunhats in your suitcase: the resort is well shaded, but you’ll clock up plenty of beach time. To keep milk and snacks chilled on the beach, double up a mini cooler bag as a vanity case. If you can't take the heat, both children (aged 3–12) and parents can enjoy a range of gentle yet indulgent in-room massages.

Book ahead

Excursions to Domaine de L’Etoile, scuba-diving trips and tee times for the golf course at the resort and on Île aux Cerfs should be booked when making your reservation (or as early as possible). Babysitting must be booked at least one day in advance, but to avoid disappointment during high season plan ahead and book at least two weeks before arrival.


No pets allowed.


All food is locally sourced, the hotel composts waste to use on the surrounding land and grey water is filtered and used in keeping the golf course green.

Food and drink

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The hotel has two restaurants, as well as a café and sweetshop, Sugar and Savour, which serves light meals and Mauritian treats. Origine has a locally influenced menu, served in sleek surroundings, with a glossy white bar, crazy-paving walls and reef-hued furnishings. It’s ideal for family breakfasts; the buffet has a juice bar and a chef who’ll whip up pancakes and omelettes to your whim, while the à la carte menu has champagne cocktails and eggs benedict alongside Mauritian specialities. Candlelit evenings as a pair here can be whiled away on the romantic ocean-facing outdoor deck. The thatched Il Forno Restaurant overlooks the 18th hole, and tables spill out onto a parasol-dotted, firepit-lit garden. This à la carte trattoria restaurant serves traditional Italian dishes and a selection of wines to pair with your meal. Bliss is a casual beachfront eatery with sandy floors and a seriously laid-back ambience, perfect for barefoot post-swim refuelling; it’s open for lunch (and serves daily themed buffets for dinner), and if you don't want to leave your sunbathing spot waiters will ferry drinks, salads and sandwiches to the pools or beach as desired. The dress code dictates no shorts or flipflops at dinner in either restaurant.

Family fare

Children can take lunch and dinner in the OurSpace kids’ club, but mini Smiths are welcome in the resort’s restaurants. Each serves a parent-pleasing kids' menu of healthy and imaginative meals, including salads and fruit plates, stir-fries, omelettes and curries. Lunch with your little ones in Bliss, where oven-baked pizzas and home-made ice cream can be eaten by the pools or beach, or in the shade of a thatched roof if the sun is scorching. Children are also welcome in Il Forno, but the stone floors and outdoor firepit make for watchful meals with tearaway toddlers. A bombastic buffet breakfast is served at Origine, and a menu replete with pastries and sweets make the easygoing VU bar or Sugar and Savour Café the ideal stop off for family afternoon tea. Wherever you choose to dine, staff are on the ball, whipping up home-made purées, heating up baby food and milk and readying themselves with highchairs, booster seats, bibs, beakers/feeder cups, weaning spoons and kids’ cutlery as needed.

Hotel Bar

The VU Bar has views of the lagoon and Île aux Cerfs, which you can gaze at from a rattan easy chair among designer-Temple of Doom-style decor. A selection of international snacks and drinks is served all day.

Last orders

Origine is open from 7am to 10.30am for breakfast and 7pm to 10.30pm for dinner; Bliss opens 12 noon to 4pm for lunch and 7pm to 10.30pm for dinner; and Il Forno opens from 11am to 7pm. VU Bar is open from 8pm until 11.45pm; Sugar and Savour from 9am to 7pm.

Smith Insider

  • Top table

    A table on the terrace at Origine, overlooking the ocean, is perfect for a loved-up twosome. When dining en famille, bag a table on the beach at Bliss or gather your brood indoors on a thatch-shaded banquet seat.

  • Room service

    Available 24 hours a day. Start with breakfast in bed from 7.30am to 10.30am; tucking into fresh papayas, bananas, coconuts and pastries, or a filling Full English. Pasta, salads, sandwiches and pizza are served from 7.30am to 10.30pm and the elegant à la carte menu – with souped-up Mauritian street food, tiffins and curries, beef tournedos and crème brûlée – runs from 7pm to 11pm. The night menu has a slight but sumptuous selection of paninis, burgers and desserts served 11pm to 7am and the kids’ menu, with breaded fish, mini pizzas, pasta and dinky desserts is served 10am to 10pm. Your villa's kitchens are well equipped with a microwave and hob for warming baby food or milk, and all you need to showcase your culinary prowess.


    Opt for a half-board rate and your family can also hop over to Four Seasons resort to tuck into their range of restaurants. For special occasions (or a family night in) you can summon a chef to your suite or villa to cook a meal or set up a barbecue.


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Parent approved

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anahita The Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.

Kids Club

Set a short walk from the villas, tucked away from the beach, the kids’ club, OurSpace, is thatch-roofed and friendly. There’s a safely sandy-floored outdoor space, perked up with large parasols, an astroturf playground and teeny tables and chairs, with a shallow unheated children’s pool; the building also has ramp access. Internationally accredited staff have been trained and managed by a reputable external company; 4–12 year olds attend for free and sessions for children aged eight months to four cost €10 an hour, €30 for four hours or €54 for a full day (meals not included). Parents can stay to play or bow out and bliss out as they choose. The clubhouse has an indoor baby room with toys, books, puzzles, a baby gym, push bikes, bouncy chair, dressing-up boxes, Lego and a specially adapted bathroom. There’s a well-considered range of activities: children aged 3–5 bake (cakes, pizza and cookies), make bubbles and flags, build sandcastles, watch movies, learn about local nature with butterfly-spotting, crab-hunting, and learn Mauritian dancing. Children aged 6–8 become pirates for the day, ride glass-bottomed and banana boats, cook, try henna tattoos and hair braiding, hunt crabs, decorate t-shirts and play golf. Children aged 9–13 have a more spirited schedule, with kayaking, water-skiing, fishing, tennis, bocci ball, an introduction to diving and pedal-boat riding (alongside baking, t-shirt painting and treasure hunts). The teens’ club, Escape (for ages 13–18), has TVs and a DVD player, board games, a Wii console and dance mat. Activities include ping-pong, bike tours, tennis and watersports (kayaking and snorkelling), bike tours, tennis, Frisbee tournaments and trips to Île aux Cerfs; in high season, it becomes the teen social hub of the resort by night, when it’s turned into a disco until 11pm.


Babysitting is available through the kids' club at €10 an hour. Give at least one day's notice – in high season, it's advisable to book as early as possible.


No baby-listening is offered. The resort sprawls out over the headland and while the villas don’t lie far from the village, where the restaurants are, they’re too far apart for a monitor to work effectively. Bring some for in-villa listening and take advantage of the hotel’s babysitters or nannies to sneak in some tot-free time.

Other Services

The hotel’s happy to throw a birthday bash for your Junior Smith. Treasure hunts, bouncy castles or magic shows can be arranged for an extra fee.

What's there already?

For babies

• Highchairs • Steriliser • Bottles • Weaning spoons • Bibs • Beakers/sippy cups • Travel cot • Cot bedlinen • Black-out blinds • Changing mat • Baby baths • Pushchair • Infant car seat • Baby carrier • Soft toys • Baby gym • Sand pit • Crayons

For toddlers

• Highchairs • Booster seat • Cutlery • Beakers/sippy cups • Cot beds • Cot bedlinen • Potties • Toddler toilet seat • Bathroom step • Changing mat • Buggy • Stair gates • Socket covers • Swimming aids • Toddler-proof toys •Sandpit • Bicycles with training wheels • Bike helmets • Crayons/pens • Craft materials • Picture books • U-rated DVDs

For older children

• Car booster seats • Bikes to borrow • Board games • Craft materials • Doll's house • Lego • Ping-pong table • Wii consoles


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Things to do

This resort delivers family entertainment in an all-singing, all-dancing fashion; splash and sunbathe on the beach or glide through the infinity swimming pools, while gazing at the ocean. Guests can brush up their game on the golf course or the tennis courts, or take in the view from the gym's large windows; alternatively, browsing the boutiques in the resort’s village and time in the beauty salon and spa provide a less pulse-pumping way to pass the time. When you tire of landlubbing, head to the resort’s boathouse – an aquatic toy box of sea-faring vessels – to windsurf or sail over the sea. For little ones, the kids’ club and teens’ club are hip hideouts with action-packed activity programmes or children can play at being bijou Buccaneers in the acres of exploration-enticing gardens and greenery.

Sunny days

You’ll drift towards the beach for a dip in the blue lagoon or the pool, but there’s much more than sandcastles and splashing on offer when the sky's aglow; water-skiing, kayaking, windsurfing, and a variety of bobbing vessels to try (kayaks, hobbie cats, fun boats, lasers, windsurfing boards and snorkelling equipment are all free to hire) provide sea-faring fun. There's also a PADI diving centre. Back on land, golf-green fees, buggies, a GPS system and practice balls are free, as is hiring the tennis court or playing a spot of table tennis. Mountain bikes can be borrowed and reception can advise on the best routes through the resort. 

Rainy days

On rare drizzly days, duck into the thatch-roofed clubhouses for some quality family time. Plenty of tot-proof toys, board games and activities will keep agitating kids entertained until the sun is shining again. Alternatively borrow toys or board games from reception for some in-suite or villa downtime until it’s dry. In-room spa treatments are an indulgent way to idle away the hours, or browse the on-site boutiques..

And there's more…

The kids’ club also has a range of craft materials, which could be used to make an illustrated diary of your stay. The teens’ club also has occasional late-night events, including pizza parties and cinema nights, which finish at 11.30pm.

Local Guide

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Smith tip

Le Prince Maurice (+230 402 3636) in Flacq is on the way back to the hotel, its serene sushi bar and the floating dining decks in Le Barachois make it an excellent place to stop for dinner.

Don't miss…

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (+230 243 9401) in pretty Pamplemousses, has lily pads large enough to float your offspring on, if you're so inclined, and a colourful cast of quirky plants and trees.

Anahita The Resort has (almost) everything under the sun at your disposal, but those who peek beyond your pretty, palm-filled, beach-bountiful setting in Flacq will be rewarded with thrilling treks and trails through Mauritius' magnificent terrain. Sunseekers should hop on the free ferry to Île aux Cerfs, where little ones can paddle in the mild sun-splashed waters and parents can stretch out on the pristine white sands; the hotel will even pack you a picnic – with a champagne selection and tot-tailored goodies (ferries leave every 45 minutes from the resort).

The hotel also has a 10-minute shuttle to the Four Seasons hotel (+230 402 3100), where parents can use the stylish spa and grab a cocktail in the O-Bar lounge. While visiting it’s worth exploring their on-site restaurants. Acquapazza serves fine Italian fare and a simpler kids’ menu in elegant surrounds, on the hotel’s private island, with a terrace floating above the ocean. Bambou is a relaxed outdoorsy affair for lazy lunches of tasty Pan-Asian cuisine, locally caught seafood and sushi under thatched pagodas – children are welcome; however, there’s no kids’ menu. Le Club, by the golf course’s 18th hotel, may be more palatable for petite Smiths, with sandwiches, salads and a novel make-your-own burger bar, which will thrill tykes. This eatery is open all day so you can arrange flexible mealtimes for mini Smiths too. Beau Champ offers glamorous gastronomy, with lobster Thermidor and a foie gras-glazed Angus beef burger, but this well-heeled waterside eatery is best visited as a twosome; it’s a little top-flight for tots. The best part is that the hotel offers the same range of baby kit as Anahita resort – highchairs, booster seats, bottle warmers and baby-changing facilities – so dining is equally fuss free and family friendly.

Energetic little ones can let off some steam on a daytrip to Domaine de L’Etoile (+230 471 2017), which will quench their thirst for full-speed fun. Zip, ride and zoom through indigenous forest, past valleys and rivers, while on the lookout for local wildlife. Quad biking, buggy rides, horse riding, hiking and biking will ensure sleepy but satiated little Smiths by the time you head home. There are changing rooms and showers for mucky pups to clean up in after romping in the dirt, and an all-ages restaurant on-site. Wild wonder La Vallée de Ferney (+230 404 2200) also lies south of the hotel – a 30-minute drive away; the hotel can arrange excursions – a conservation park of grand proportions where parakeets, bats, geckos and tortoises roam through Jurassic Park-style scenery. La Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes (+230 626 2503) is also on the south side of the island, where mammoth tortoises, crocodiles and prehistoric-style creeping things roam, and visitors can interact with the less toothy species. Kids will love critter meet and greets, but there’s also a children’s playground – where wild giant tortoises wander through – and opportunities for baby-croc-cuddling selfies, which make enviable souvenirs.

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Hotel setting

Slinky frangipani-scented shoreline

Getting There

Anahita The Resort sits along a serpentine stretch of the island’s tranquil east coast – facing the Indian Ocean, a short ferry ride from Île aux Cerfs – among 213 beach-fringed hectares by a rolling sea-view golf course.


Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport ( is just under an hour’s drive from the hotel. Air Mauritius and British Airways offer direct flights, or transatlantic flights connect from Paris Charles de Gaulle Airport; flights across the Pacific arrive via Dubai International Airport or Johannesburg’s OR Tambo International Airport. The resort can arrange transfers from the airport: €55 a one-way trip for four guests, or €120 a one-way trip for a luxury car).


There’s one highway on the island, which runs from Grand Baie in the north to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in the south. Narrow and winding roads can make driving a nail-biting affair and taxis are recommended, but there are car-hire booths at the airport and there’s free parking at the hotel if you wish to chauffeur yourself.


Passenger ships, The Mauritius Pride and The Trochetia ( run a fortnightly service between Mauritius and Réunion. The hotel can also arrange helicopter transfers from the airport.

Parent travel tip

To ensure as little disruption to your wee ones’ natural sleeping pattern, opt for an inbound night flight. On arrival, enjoy VIP treatment from the moment you set foot off the plane at SSR International’s Arrival Premium Lounge. For €46 an adult (€25 for under-12s; free for under-2s), airport staff will greet you, fast-track your family through immigration, and then whisk you to a lounge with drinks, snacks, bathrooms and a kids’ play area. They’ll even patrol the baggage carousel for your luggage, while you complete customs forms.


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Smith & Family  Parent Panel reviews

Every property featured in the Smith & Family collection – including Anahita the Resort – has been selected and approved by parents.

Mauritius' east coast may have once been a magnet for piratical pursuits but it’s now known for coastal lounging and sublime ocean swimming. This is especially true of languorous blue lagoon-flanked Anahita The Resort, in the fair-weathered Flacq district, where family holidays can be spent in serene seclusion or adventuring by land and sea. Edged with enticing beaches and azure waters, there’s more than enough coastline to go round, so the spacious kitchen-toting suites and villas feel more like family homes – with private infinity-edged pools – and there’s no shortage of sunbathing spots. Kids and teens can spend their days in the clubhouse, or take to the translucent waters to man sailing ships, bounce along on a banana boat or zip along on a Hobie Cat; for grown-ups, lazy afternoons are filled with sun-splashed games of golf and tennis, or island-inspired spa treatments. Evenings can be spent as a family, tucking into fine Mauritian fare by the Indian Ocean –with dinky-sized delicacies and kaleidoscopic baby kit to hand, to ensure tantrum-free teatimes. Anahita The Resort offers space and serenity for parents, and frolicking and freedom for kids in an idyllic island setting, rivalling even The Swiss Family Robinson's treehouse for castaway cool and inspiring daydreams about settling in for the long-term.

Smith & Family

Our four-bedroom villa didn’t just lay on views over golfing greens across to the forest and lagoon, but our evening entertainment included watching fruit bats the size of Frisbees swoop over our villa and into the trees. The tropical grounds are gorgeous in every direction – Four Seasons’ golf course overlaps with the Anahita resort (lunch or dinner at the Four Seasons is but a short shuttle away if you fancy a change of scene; the hotels work closely with each other so you can even put your food there on your Anahita bill). Even with golf buggies on call, we barely needed to stray thanks to our own pool perfect for a wallow and a generous grassy area suited to a kickabout. Anahita also has a better beach and setting than its five-star neighbour. But the real highlight? Being spoilt rotten by our own private butler. Every morning on the terrace, Sharma prepared eggs any way we liked, provided too many pastries and the best pineapple we’ve ever tasted, and nothing was ever too much trouble. We decided Sharma was blessed with an extra-smiley gene – along with nearly all the staff. But I guess when you look at Anahita’s east coast location, what’s not to smile about?

Our nippers certainly grinned widest after a fishing trip in the small quay. Or maybe it was when Tom got to watch his dad’s face as a speedboat pulled them on a blow-up rubber ring that looked as though it was travelling at 100mph. Or it could have been when we discovered that the giant tortoises the size of Spacehoppers love pineapple and papaya so much they can hit quite a speed when it’s being dangled.

My final bit of intel? Ignore weather forecasts for February half-term. We nearly didn’t get on the plane looking at the British weatherman’s icons: but every day was glorious despite a few quick tropical downpours.

Anonymously reviewed by James Lohan, Smith Hotels

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