Mark Twain was right in saying that “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius.” 

Find out why you should visit Mauritius – not least of which because Heritage Golf Club, crafted along the southwestern shore of the island, is the first and only contemporary links golf course in the Indian Ocean: La Réserve Golf Links. Heritage Resorts & Golf’s newest gem nestled within the southern shores of Bel Ombre in Mauritius, guarantees pure golfing drama amidst a backdrop of unrivalled natural beauty.

La Réserve Golf Links. Jacob Sjöman

Blissful mornings
A day at Heritage Resorts & Golf starts as all days should, with the sound of the ocean lapping against the shore, the scent of the sea breeze, and the peaceful melody of tropical birds singing.

After a tranquil night’s sleep in your beautiful suite at Heritage Le Telfair, head down for breakfast at the resort’s elegant, brasserie-style restaurant Annabella’s for a delicious feast, where the atmosphere and service will make you feel right at home.

For those travelling with family or large groups, the resort also offers two additional luxury accommodation options, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort, a five-star all-inclusive experience, and Heritage The Villas, a collection of luxury private villas in the heart of the estate.

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Tee time at Heritage Golf Club
After an indulgent breakfast, it’s time to make your way to Heritage Golf Club. 

Before heading to the first tee, golfers can warm up on the driving range or 9-hole short course, hone your short game on the practice putting and chipping greens, and visit the newly opened Golfzon Leadbetter Academy, the first and only coaching centre of its kind in the Indian Ocean. 

The choice is then yours. Step out onto the pristine fairways, greens and naturally beautiful surrounds of the 18-hole Le Château Golf Course, recently voted the Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course.

For links golf lovers on the other hand, Heritage Golf Club’s new course – La Réserve Golf Links – which opened in December 2023, is a must-play.

Co-designed by former Open Champion Louis Oosthuizen and acclaimed course architect Peter Matkovich, the layout is inspired by the wild open spaces of great links designs. It is the first contemporary links golf course in the Indian Ocean and served as the host venue for the 2023 AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, a DP World Tour event.

Step onto the immaculate fairways of La Réserve Golf Links and immerse yourself in a world of golfing perfection. This 18-hole championship course is a golfer’s paradise, combining strategic challenges with breathtaking vistas. Enjoy the gentle ocean breeze as you explore the course and admire the panoramic views of the Indian Ocean stretching out just in front of you.

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Sundowners on the veranda
Après golf is a ‘must’. Enjoy the luxury comforts, relaxed atmosphere and warm hospitality at Le Château Golf Course clubhouse, a perfect blend of an English Country Club and a French Brasserie, where magnificent views of the verdant fairways, rolling hills of the Domaine and the historic 19th-century colonial mansion of which the course takes its name complete a post-round experience.

If you have taken up the challenge of La Réserve Golf Links, the clubhouse’s one-of-a-kind ‘green’ roof terrace is the spot to indulge in a refreshing beverage or enjoy delicately prepared dishes, all from locally sourced ingredients, while watching golfers sweep down the 18th fairway and play to the final green.

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Wellbeing and relaxation
After a day on the greens, guests can recharge at Heritage Le Telfair’s exclusive spa, where rejuvenation and relaxation await. Guests can opt for the newly launched Wellness Bliss, which gives them a customised itinerary of treatments.

Crafted by the award-winning Seven Colours Spa, Heritage Le Telfair’s exclusive wellness program encompasses fitness activities, massage therapy, nutrition, mindfulness, and forest bathing in the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve, providing a holistic approach to well-being.

The estate’s luxury Seven Colours Spa is at your service with all kinds of treatments, from coconut massages to flower-scented baths, you’ll feel restored and rejuvenated for your next round of golf.

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Sun, sea, sand… and more!
After a freshen-up at the spa, grab your sunscreen and beach bag and head down to the resort’s private beach. 

The warm sea waters and stunning white sands, surrounded by coral reefs and vibrant fauna and flora, coupled with the island’s year-round tropical climate, provide the perfect location to sit back and relax after a morning on the course.

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Enjoy an aperitif or two
As the sun begins to set over the distant horizon, it’s time to unwind with a refreshing beverage at golden hour.

Surround yourself with English custom and tradition at The Cavendish Bar and Lounge of Heritage Le Telfair while sipping an evening apéritif in this relaxed piano bar atmosphere.

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Step back in time
With an abundance of local flavours, Bel Ombre is a haven for culinary connoisseurs. Most of the ingredients served in the kitchens at Heritage Resorts & Golf are hand-picked from the estate.

A choice of 13 restaurants awaits on the estate, including light meals at Le Palmier, pan-Asian fusion at Gin’ja and an open-air restaurant at Le Boma, to name just a few.

For a true gastronomic experience, a dinner at the historic 19th-century colonial mansion, Le Château De Bel Ombre, is a must. 

Guests will embark on a culinary journey of sophisticated cuisine that combines farm-to-fork dining with the finest local produce that tells the story of the region’s vibrant culture while bringing the unique flavours of Mauritius to life. 

After this culinary awakening, be sure to take a leisurely promenade through the mansion’s formal French gardens, overlooking the golf course, to truly immerse yourself in this enchanting setting.

The perfect end to the perfect day at Heritage Resorts & Golf, Mauritius.

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