My wife and I were on a ten-week trip, taking in 11 different countries, and this was the second last stop for us. We had planned this as a week of relaxation, to help us wind-down before travelling home via Dubai and a three day stop there. We really couldn’t have picked a better place for chilling out than Maritim Resort & Spa. It had everything we wanted in a resort, with lots to do on the complex, which I’ll cover in this review, plus great staff, great food in a variety of restaurants, and a wonderful pool area.
The grounds are absolutely massive and encompass stables, where you can book a variety of horse riding activities, ranging from beginner level (that was me) to experienced riders who can ride unaccompanied. At the stables area, you can also see several huge turtles which are many years old. There is also a Dive Centre, with a range of diving options available. In addition, there is a Spa offering a variety of treatments.
In addition, you can look to book onto one of the offsite trips that are available on Mauritius. My wife and I elected to go on the catamaran trip to Ile Aux Cerfs and I also went on the Walk With Lions trip, which I’ll review separately.
The food was excellent and we ate in four of the restaurants on the complex. Those were the Belle Vue buffet restaurant, where we also had lunch and breakfast every day, Le Banyan Asian fusion restaurant, La Maree beach restaurant and Les Filaos beach barbeque. For the latter three of those, booking in advance was required, though that is easliy done at Reception.
The two pools are interconnected so you can swim from one through to the other, under the bridge leading to the Quarter Deck Bar. One of the pools has a swim-up bar, with a little bell you can ring so that one of the waiters will come around from the bar and take your order. Sitting at that area, enjoying an afternoon cocktail, was one of our favourite parts of the day.
All in all, I had no hesitation on rating Maritim at Five Stars, as we found nothing to fault on the complex. The staff were all excellent and friendly, especially those in the Quarter Deck Bar, where afternoon tea is served from 3:30pm and they have a ‘Happy Hour’ from 5:00 – 7:00pm. I will upload photos to show as many of the areas and features as I can, especially the amazing sunsets which varied every night, depending on cloud formations.