The terms “wellness” and “self-care” are still firmly on the radar in 2018, and with this in mind, it’s no wonder wellbeing tourism is on the up – Lonely Planet confirm that wellness travel is the industry’s fastest-growing sector, following a 10% rise in 2017.
Mauritius is a firm favourite when it comes to a holiday destination that offers pristine white sand beaches, dazzling azure sea and verdant forests abundant with horticulture and wildlife. Following an extensive refurbishment, the five-star Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort in the unspoilt south of the island is now putting “wellness” well and truly on the map, branded the first wellness resort on the island.
Visitors seeking an all-encompassing retreat that allows them to escape into a holiday experience that takes care of the mind, the body and the soul, the “wellness bliss programme” at Heritage Le Telfair is a must for those busy minds that find it challenging to really ease up and switch off on holiday.
Starting with an initial consultation led by the onsite Wellness Director and Osteopath Matthieu Gossart, tailored objectives are set following the assessment, and a bespoke plan is created to follow throughout a stay. These plans are ‘evergreen’, with tips and exercises that can be practised at home upon return to help maintain a level of balance after a long day. The “Wellness Bliss” experience includes a wellness activity per day, ranging from a nourishing spa treatment, to a private exercise class or fitness session with a dedicated personal trainer to improve fitness level, stamina and endurance, or a non-invasive complementary treatment such as osteopathy.
The wide range of restorative treatments take place at the Seven Colours Millesime Collection Spa, an oasis of calm and tranquillity. Alongside the adapted treatment plans, the spa offers several deluxe signature treatments. Guests can take pleasure in treatments such as a Semi-precious Stone Massage which is a deeply relaxing massage using the gentle warmth and energising power of volcanic, crystal and semi-precious stones, to a Chakra Balancing Massage with essential oils following a complimentary chakra test, a Hydra Puri-Tea Detoxifying Facial that reduces the effects of stress and fatigue, a 3-tea detox body wrap and much more.
As part of the renovation works, a wellness pavilion is now also available for guest use. It is here is that daily Qigong, tai-chi and medications sessions are led, in addition to a series of specialist courses and workshops guided by leading yoga and Pilates practitioners. Lifestyle classes are also available, covering stress and tension management, postural alignment, breathing, life coaching and cathartic meditation.
For those that enjoy immersing themselves within nature, Heritage Le Telfair is situated within the luxuriant 2500-hectare Heritage Bel Ombre. This private location lends itself to a plethora of nature-infused experiences. The resort has launched several new activities inspired by nature and the elements, including Forest Bathing – a reinvigorating barefoot walk that fine-tunes the senses, and an Active Sea Walk – a thalassic therapy of walking against the current to release negative energy, and more.
For a totally immersive self-care holiday, Heritage Le Telfair also offers a specialist menu to work alongside the tailored wellness plan. The Head Chef and a nutritionist have teamed up to create a selection of healthy dishes to complement the holistic break (with gluten-free, dairy-dree and vegetarian options). These healthy plates are available across the hotel’s 12 restaurants.
The Seven Colours Spa also offers the option of a wellness upgrade that includes many wellbeing in-room amenities, including a yoga mat, a pillow perfume to aid sleep and relaxation, a chromotherapy lamp to soothe the mindset, a personalised bath menu, a mini-bar complete with healthy snacks, and even a scented in-room perfume to match a guest’s mood.
With Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, switching off, stimulating the senses and serenity has never been so alluring, blending luxury with holistic wellbeing.
A Suite at Heritage Le Telfair starts from £342 per night (two sharing) on a B&B basis. The Wellness Bliss package can be added on for £45 per day per person.