28 February 2021
Zilwa Attitude, Mauritius
You can fly and flop if you want to – this stylish, breezy all-inclusive property on the island’s north-east coast even has its own private island to which guests are conveyed on motorised rafts for a true Robinson Crusoe feel. But – part of the ground-breaking Attitude group, which in 2019 pledged to lead the way in making Mauritius a sustainable island – it’s also a place where you can really feel you’re putting something back into your destination.
Engaging with Mauritian Life and Culture
Hotels Attitude have made it their mission to inspire their guests to engage in authentic experiences that get them under the skin of the island and benefit local communities – something that’s often missing on all-inclusive beach holidays. One way they do this is via their Otentik Discovery app loaded with walks and other activities that get you up-close and personal with Mauritian people and their culture. You might, for instance, do a tour of the island’s vibrant, culturally diverse capital Port Louis, sampling alouda and roti rolls in the Central Market and Asian cakes from Chinatown. You can also book an off-resort home-cooked meal in the house of one of the resorts’ staff members.
An Eco-friendly Property
When it opened Mauritius’s second eco-friendly property, Attitude Lagoon, in late 2019, the group announced its commitment to extending the same green standards to all its hotels by the end of 2020. This includes a ban on single-use plastic (guests refill glass bottles at water stations), use of all-natural toiletries and the provision of complimentary reef-friendly sunscreen by the pools/on the beach, and a 'bulk shop' with free coffee, tea, sugar and milk, and natural mosquito repellent, shampoos and local homewares to buy. This green ethos extends to local excursions, which include pirogue or kayak trips through the Ile d’Ambre's protected mangrove forests, dawn trips with a local fisherman, cycle rides to fishing villages to watch the day’s catch be brought in, and boat-trips to nearby Bernache Island for a barbecue but also to help out with rubbish-collecting (Attitude is part of the community-based Anse la Raie lagoon ecological restoration project and is intent on educating and involving guests in its activities, including beach cleans and coral-reef monitoring).
But Fun and Relaxation Too
Mauritius' first-ever eco-friendly spa is also one of the loveliest you'll ever see. Zilwa's treatment rituals are based on natural island ingredients, including essential oils, and you’ll be served freshly brewed herb teas straight from the herb garden while you’re being pampered. Zilwa Attitude is also one of the group's four family-friendly properties, with a thrilling kids’ club, Ayo the Dodo, housed in a real decommissioned boat complete with the original bridge with dials and gadgets to play with. As well as on-site activities, kids get to go on glass-bottom boat-trips, treasure hunts on the private island and themed days out.
Bright, fresh and funky, with Creole riddles painted on walls and colourful paintings by an island artist, Zilwa’s rooms and suites all feature decor made by local artisans from natural materials, including coconut fibres. The hotel as a whole is dotted with upcycled elements such as steel drums painted and transformed into chairs.
Good to Know
Attitude resorts employ only native Mauritians and have a profit-sharing scheme that benefits all staff. All health and safety protocols are in line with current official guidelines.
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