Our Rating
8.8
Overall

Westin Turtle Bay

5 STAR

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Our Rating
8.8
Overall

Westin Turtle Bay

5 STAR
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Our Verdict

The Westin was previously known as The Grand Mauritian and was one of our favourite resorts on the island before it unfortunately went up in flames from an uncontrolled fire in neighbouring cane fields. It has subsequently been rebuilt and rebranded as the Westin, and the good news is that it has been re-born even better than before!

Our Ratings

8.8
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Activities
9.0
Child Friendly

Our Ratings

8.8
Overall
9.0
Luxury & style
8.0
Setting
8.0
Activities
9.0
Child Friendly

What's Hot

  • Superb value at present with offers available here which are at more typical 4 Star resort pricing levels
  • South Africans LOVE All Inclusive packages and this is one of the very few deluxe resorts on the island which offers the option of the convenience and “no nasty surprises” nature of All Inclusive!
  • You'll struggle to find a more luxurious and comfortable sleeping experience than the Westin's wonderful custom designed "Heavenly" beds!
  • Great family accommodation options here with a variety of suitable rooms that will suit many different family budgets and requirements
  • Rests majestically within a nature reserve, lending the beauty of its tropical gardens to the backdrop of gorgeous mountain ranges and a beautiful beach

What's Not

  • Not one of the perfectly manicured powder-soft sandy beaches found in some parts of Mauritius - this boasts a more wild beauty and is part of a marine reserve
  • Families are likely to be numerous at certain times of the year, so couples should book outside school holidays or look to a more specifically couples-orientated property
Westin Turtle Bay

Westin Turtle BayIf you’re in need of an ice-cold refreshment, there's no need to chase after anyone; just hoist a little flag next to your lounger and…hey presto, service with a smile!

Resort Profile

The Westin was previously known as The Grand Mauritian and was one of our favourite resorts on the island before it unfortunately went up in flames from an uncontrolled fire in neighbouring cane fields. It has subsequently been rebuilt and rebranded as the Westin, and the good news is that it has been re-born even better than before!

Quick Overview

Rooms
190 Rooms divided into 8 different categories
Location
Balaclava - North-West Coast
Standard Meal Basis
Half Board
All Inclusive Option
Yes
Kids Club
Yes
Golf
No
Spa
Yes

You will barely have set foot in the lobby of the Westin Turtle Bay before you are struck by the magnificent view of the Indian Ocean in front of you. The reception area is simple, minimalist but very stylish; it opens out to a huge pool built over different levels which forms a staircase descending down towards the sea. In fact the pools at the Westin Turtle Bay are one of its highlights, with one of the biggest main swimming pools on the island – it’s surrounded by deck chairs, some set into small alcoves to allow you to enjoy some privacy. Then there’s the gorgeous Reflections infinity pool which lines the main beach where it really seems to blend perfectly with the azure Indian Ocean beyond.

The hotel’s 190 rooms are spread over 15 large villa units arranged in 3 crescents amongst the tropical gardens and enjoying excellent views over the lagoon – and given the large and spread out nature of the grounds it’s a relief that they can be reached either on foot or using a handy golf cart. The rooms here certainly are both spacious and very attractive in an elegant and classy way – the décor is classic and understated with a restrained palette of taupe, ivory and pastel blue and bathrooms are clad with marble throughout. There are 8 different room categories on offer at the Westin, so be sure to chat to our consultants to get their recommendation as to the type best suited to your needs.

The entry level rooms are the Ocean Deluxe Rooms (63 m²) which include either a terrace or a large balcony depending on which floor you are. For families the Ocean Deluxe Family Rooms (66 m²) are ideal as they feature a small alcove adjoining the main bedroom containing room for the kids to sleep. If you’re looking for prime beach access then look no further than the Club rooms (63 m²) located right on the beachfront which also give you access to a bar/club for refreshments throughout the day. All rooms come with Westin's famous Heavenly Bed which attracts rave reviews, so you may find it difficult to drag yourself from its comfy embrace come breakfast time!

The Westin Turtle Bay has a great selection of restaurants and bars, so no doubt you’ll find something to suit your taste – and the good news is that even though the resort can be classed as 5 Star Deluxe, guests are able to enjoy an All Inclusive option! The main restaurant here is Seasonal Taste where you can see a myriad tasty dishes being prepared in the open kitchens - the restaurant is set indoors and out, over different levels and split into various decks, so you can easily find a quiet spot and even enjoy your meal outside on the terrace overlooking the Indian Ocean or at a table right alongside the beach. If you fancy a bit of Indian cuisine then head to Kangan, where you can enjoy a range of deliciously exotic flavours from the traditional Tandoori ovens! The decor is stunning and the rich red and gold shades blend perfectly with the blue of the main swimming pool nearby. During the day a great casual choice is the Beach Grill with its beautiful wooden deck under some trees overlooking the beach and pool – the perfect place to enjoy a light lunchtime bite whilst by night you can enjoy barbeques on the beach under the stars! Then there’s contemporary Mauritian cuisine on offer at Fusion as well as a couple of attractive bar areas including the main bar, The Retreat, which adjoins the main Seasonal Taste restaurant, as well as the more casual and funky Mystique.

The beach at the Westin attracts differing responses from guests. It’s certainly beautiful to look at as a large portion of the beach has been maintained in its natural condition as it is part of a marine reserve – you’ll find small sandy coves lined with trees from which swing hammocks in which you can while your day away, as well as outcrops of volcanic rock – however, whilst beautiful to look at, the coral and rocks in the water can make bathing tricky and reef shoes are recommended. For the many (most?) people who prefer to just look at the sea rather than swim in it (and you’ll be surprised how many of you there are!) it won’t be an issue. Deck chairs, stylish day beds and thatched umbrellas are dotted around here and there, so it is easy to find a nice secluded spot. If you’re in need of an ice-cold refreshment, there's no need to chase after anyone; just hoist a little flag next to your lounger and…hey presto, service with a smile!

If you fancy doing something a bit more active than just lounging about for a week, there is a water sports club on the beach offering a number of activities like water skiing or snorkelling, or why not head out on the resort’s luxury catamaran for an unforgettable sunset cruise along the northern coastline of the island. Kids will certainly be happy at the Westin, with its Kids Club giving parents the chance to relax whilst the kids get stuck into a whole bunch of fun activities like cookie making, painting and creating sand sculptures on the beach. That may be the perfect time for you to head to the resort’s Heavenly Spa, an exquisite Balinese styled oasis, where you can drift away whilst enjoying a blissful massage with the exotic aromas of local spices and pure essential oils accompanied by the gentle sound of soothing music filling the air!

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