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Le Telfair Golf & Spa

The Inspiration

An Irishman by birth, Charles Edward Telfair first came to Mauritius as a ship’s surgeon
in 1810. He sailed with the British Royal Navy during the naval blockade and conquest of bourbon and Isle de France. Medicine was his career, but botany was his passion.
Charles is best known for founding the Natural History Society of Mauritius and for his
innovative work in the sugar cane industry. He was also responsible for introducing new plant species to Mauritius at the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens where he was briefly
superintendent. Samples were sent around the world and, even today, many still bear
Telfair’s name.
It was in the foothills of the Champagne Mountains in the south of Mauritius that Charles and his wife Annabella were happiest.At their private estate, Bel Ombre, Charles tracked down many types of indigenous plants, while Annabella, a watercolour artist, took pride in recording her husband’s botanical discoveries. In recognition of their love for nature, the developers of Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort have successfully created an environment honouring the way in which the Telfair family lived. Their original home, Le Château de Bel Ombre, has been lovingly restored and is now the hotel’s fine dining restaurant. The resort is carefully arranged so that the colonial style hotel buildings blend unobtrusively into their natural surroundings.
Charles died in 1833 but in this corner of the south, the lifestyle, the trees, the plants and the paintings live on.

The Look

Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort has recreated the easy atmosphere of its colonial days, an age when quality, style and durability were de rigueur. Building materials were meticulously chosen to emulate those used in the original construction, whilst architectural design makes use of spacious verandas, floor-to-ceiling French windows and towering carved architraves. Echoing the style of 19th century Mauritius, ceramic, stone and shingle are also artfully used. Interiors feature wood-panelled walls with botanical watercolours paying homage to Charles Telfair whose passion was botany. Furniture follows the 19th century colonial style of East India. The 158 rooms and suites all have modern amenities such as air-conditioning, DVD/CD players and electronic safes and yet still remain traditional in ambience: with gleaming brass lamps, deep rattan armchairs, dark polished wooden floors and mosaic bathrooms – some with free-standing baths.The colonial influence extends further, with the use of natural fabrics such as linen, cotton, raw silk and raffia all in soft pastel creams, light green and cappuccino. Over the French colonial beds, some of which are four-posters, whirr the finely polished wooden blades of old-fashioned fans.Butler service is available 24 hours a day. In the landscaped park gardens, the South African designers have incorporated magnificent trees and indigenous plants such as frangipani, bougainvillaea, hibiscus and tamarind, and have carved pathways through the lush planting. The Citronniers River runs through the estate and has been cleverly integrated into the resort creating an island effect with stone and rustic wooden bridges.

Modern luxury in the colonial setting of Southern Mauritius

Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort is located in the unspoilt south of Mauritius, occupying the
Bel Ombre sugar estate that was once the home of Irish surgeon and botanist Charles Telfair and his wife Annabella during the 19th century.
The resort, which features 158 rooms and suites, has been entirely designed to evoke its elegant colonial past and includes some of the original buildings which have been restored to their former state. In keeping with its old world charm, the estate also boasts native plants, palms, birds and trees.
This quiet tip of Mauritius is largely undiscovered and is possibly the least commercialised area of an island that retains its exclusivity and appeal for upmarket travellers. Le Telfair stretches over 15 acres of land and lies between the foothills of the Plaine Champagne Mountains and the Indian Ocean. It sits adjacent to the 3,500 acre Valriche Nature Reserve and an 18-hole championship golf course, which winds its way through the contours of the former sugar cane fields.
The nature reserve is the perfect territory for walking and mountain biking, allowing
guests to observe the natural flora and fauna of Mauritius for themselves. Or within restricted times, to ensure tranquillity, there are guided 4x4 and quad-bike tours.
A full range of other activities also feature including: kite-surfing, waterskiing,
windsurfing, laser sailing and kayaking. Not to mention the wonderful marine life and
exquisite coral reef to be explored by scuba-diving, snorkelling or in a glass bottom boat.

Within the resort there are five distinctive restaurants offering a variety of menus which
reflect the country’s multicultural diversity: a modern Mauritian take on Asian, Creole,
French, Italian and Mediterranean cuisine.
A number of suggested outings include the Pamplemousse Botanical Gardens, the extinct volcano at Trou aux Cerfs, the Casela Bird Park, shopping at Curepipe or Grand Bay and bargain-hunting in the market at Port Louis, the capital.
Le Telfair is only 35 km from the international airport, a 45 minute drive, and is located
40 km from the capital.


In a country renowned for its excellent food, Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort offers guests the chance to discover a wide variety of new flavours in a choice of five restaurants.
Le Telfair promotes interaction between chefs and guests in a way that is not typical of resort hotels - at one of the restaurants, a large, well-organised show-kitchen allows guests to watch food preparation. Mauritian cuisine has developed over a period of 250 years and the aim of Executive Chef, Dominique Blais, is to balance traditional and contemporary tastes in all the menus. The first French settlers brought simple regional French recipes which were then adapted to a tropical environment with the available produce. This Creole food was further influenced by African, Malagasy and Indian labour. Passing travellers brought spices from the East and later the massive immigration of Indians and Chinese contributed yet more exotic flavours to the local fare. Today you can find Creole rougailles, Indian curries, Muslim breyanis, Chinese sweet and sour pork, French sauces, millionaire’s palm heart salad and even galantine of wild boar… Not to mention the vast array of fresh seafood caught daily. In Mauritius, the food truly reflects the culture.


Named after Annabella Telfair, wife of the original estate owner, this is Le Telfair’s main
restaurant built around an old-style show kitchen full of copper pots and pans and with an open-air terrace for dining under the stars. Breakfast and dinner are served here with views of the sea, mountains and river. Focus is on creativity, taste and novelty. Guests choose from a range of specialities or are invited to work with the chef creating a personal dish using herbs from the garden and freshly caught fish. A well-stocked wine cellar provides the perfect excuse for a lively discussion on the best combination of wine and food – the search often becoming an informal wine tasting session. For foodies who yearn to be a part of the kitchen action, the “chef’s table”, tucked into a
corner of the kitchen has provided many a memorable gourmet moment.


Built on a stretch of white, powdery sand, Gin’Ja is open from lunch through to dinner,
and torches are lit as the sun sets. Guests come barefoot relaxing with a cocktail under the palms in this informal, beachside setting. Chef Dominique Blais has spent many years in Asia, most recently in Japan, and the menu reflects this - sashimi and sushi, red prawn curry, Vietnamese sautéed chicken, Peking duck, grilled lobster or freshly caught fish cooked to order. Chef Blais is passionate about fresh ingredients and spices; his menus, which change daily, are innovative and inspirational.

Château de Bel Ombre

An unmistakable reminder of Mauritius’ colonial heritage and the days of sugar barons, the Château de Bel Ombre was built in the 19th century for Charles and Annabella Telfair and has now been restored and turned into a fine dining restaurant. With a beautifully designed interior, antique furniture, rich wood panelling and wrap around veranda offering breathtaking views of the ocean and golf course, Château de Bel Ombre is sophisticated, elegant and romantic. The dinner menu is primarily French with local Creole influences, just as it was in the Telfairs’ day. Candles are lit, fine wine is served and guests dress up for the occasion. The restaurant also offers cocktails, light informal lunches and traditional afternoon tea.

Le Palmier

Located between the beach and the pool, Le Palmier offers light, Mediterranean cuisine,
cooked on an open wood fire. Open throughout the day, this restaurant is the perfect spot for those who are wanting a more relaxed meal and are unable to tear themselves away from the beach.

Club House, Golf du Chateâu

A choice of light meals are offered.


The Cavendish Bar, overlooking the river, has comfortable armchairs and colonial
overtones. This is the ideal place for guests to relax after dinner, listen to music, enjoy a cigar and choose from a wide selection of single malt whiskies, cocktails and other
premium drinks.

Leisure Activities


Hotel residents have unlimited access to water sports such as snorkelling, waterskiing,
kayaking, windsurfing and sailing on catamarans or lasers. Instruction is also available.
Kite surfing, a newcomer to water-sports, is fast gaining a following in this part of the
world. Lessons are available both for beginners and skilled surfers, and conditions are
near-perfect. The hidden treasures of the sea are waiting to be discovered via glass-bottomed boats, and the resort’s scuba diving school can put guests through the necessary training so that they can explore the underwater world for themselves. Either way, the coral reef, with its aquarium of tropical fish, should not be missed.
Deep sea fishing can also be arranged, with October to March being the best time
for marlin.

Natural Environment:

Valriche is a 3,500 acre nature reserve between the Black River Gorges National Park and Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort featuring pristine forests, sparkling waterfalls and an abundance of flora and fauna unique to Mauritius. Two rivers, the Citronniers and the St Martin, run through the reserve.
To explore this area the resort offers guided 4x4 driving excursions and two-seater quads or mountain bikes. There are also easy guided walking tours offering the opportunity to admire the views and enjoy a picnic lunch beside the river or on top of a mountain.


Fitness fanatics can get their daily fix in the magnificent 600 m_ pool and state-of-the-art gym, where personal trainers are on hand to give dietary and exercise advice. There are three floodlit tennis courts and mountain bikes can be borrowed to explore either the adjoining nature reserve or the palm-fringed beaches.
Golf lessons are available at the PGA-run golfing academy, and golfers are invited to play the 18-hole championship course. Beginners might like to try the 9-hole par 3 golf course, at the Golf du Château.

Other leisure activities include a petanque court, table tennis and billiards.

Le Golf du Chasseur

With a warmer season from December to April and pleasant weather from May to
November, Le Telfair’s 18-hole championship golf course ‘Le Golf du Château’ is fast
becoming the serious golfer’s year-round destination of choice.
Designed by South African golf architect Peter Matkovitch, the par 72, 205 acre course
has wide, undulating fairways carved through a sugar cane plantation and is set between the volcanic mountains and the turquoise blue sea. Much of the landscaping and design, such as the use of Vettiver and Mondo grass, simulate the dramatic contours of the estate fields which still surround the course.

The course is technically challenging for low-handicappers but also highly enjoyable for recreational golfers, with five sets of tees and bunkers, water hazards and blind greens strategically placed. Two rivers, the Citronniers and St Martin, cross the fairways at unexpected points, and lush, exotic flowers scent the air.

Beginners, or those who want to practise their short game, are catered for with
Le Golf du Château’s 9-hole par 3 course, the only one of its kind on the island.
Drinks and light meals are served at the clubhouse, or there’s the original plantation
house, Château de Bel Ombre, now integrated into the golf course, for an haute cuisine

As with any first class golf resort, golfers needing to fine-tune their game can visit the
driving range or PGA-run golf academy for top-class instruction. There is also a
well-stocked pro shop.

Green fees are included for Le Telfair guests and players can use carts or choose to
walk the course.

Le Telfair is happy to arrange week-long golf clinics, fun days, corporate challenges,
mixed pairs tournaments, company days or simply just a two or four ball wanting a round.

Six Senses” Spa
Spa from Heaven

The Six Senses Spa at Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort is set in the middle of lush tropical
gardens surrounded by water features, fountains and streams.

This soothing environment offers an extensive range of therapies and holistic healing
methods that utilise both ancient and modern techniques. The team of spa professionals aim to deliver complete wellbeing to body, mind and spirit. Their goal: the perfect coordination of all the senses, leading to the sixth sense of harmony and balance.

The 700 sq m spa village has nine double treatment rooms each with their own private
garden, bathroom and outdoor shower. Additionally, there are two outdoor gazebos featuring their own oversize tub, double mineral shower and relaxation area, ensuring ultimate privacy for couples. The spa also has a relaxation area with sauna and hammam and fresh juices and ginger tea are available.

In addition to the spa is the Honeymoon Spa Suite created as a luxurious private space, offering a comfortable and intimate retreat with a wide range of treatments, a private pool, relaxation area and a four-poster bed.
Note to editors: Six Senses Spas’ mission is to deliver unique and memorable spa experiences.

Founded in 1998, they are spread throughout 18 locations, each designed to reflect the host culture and promote holistic wellbeing, relaxation and revitalisation. Spa products only include natural ingredients.

Contact Details

Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort
Indigo Hotels & Resorts
Domaine De Bel Ombre

Telephone: (230) 433 5500/41

Fax: (230) 433 5555



Area: South

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