Mauritius’ legendary west coast is now the home of VLH’s latest hotel, Veranda Tamarin. It replaces Hotel Tamarin, which closed its doors at the end of March and will re-emerge in October under a new name and a fresh spirit.
Veranda’s fifth hotel on the island promises hippie-chic living in the heart of a surfer’s paradise. The three-star-plus resort is right on Tamarin Bay, famed for its wondrous sunsets and dolphin-spattered sunrises. You’ll admire the multitudinous hues of the bay from the hotel’s new panoramic rooftop bar (aptly named ‘View’), then maybe dip into the lagoon for a twilit swim. It’s right on your doorstep, after all.
Tamarin has always been a haven for laid-back living: Hotel Tamarin was built in the 70s, you’ll recall, a hotspot for Mauritians seeking to get away from the strictures and edicts of ‘proper’ society. The bay has always been synonymous with free-spirited multiculturalism and a sense of adventure. The hotel’s new design encapsulates this local spirit: think rattan furniture with a bohemian flair, pops of neon, drapery, airy linen. All 116 rooms come with free Wi-Fi, too, so you’ll be able to effortlessly Instagram every minute you spend lounging and unwinding.
The restaurants are the place to sample exquisite local delights with friends, family and other guests you’ve just met. In fact, they’ve been designed with that spirit in mind: Ye! Man offers live cooking stations and community tables, for instance. Sharing doesn’t stop at the table, however: at Veranda Tamarin you’ll also enjoy boma in the garden with live music, and a tire traka ceremony where you watch your worries burn away! If that weren’t enough, you also have classic get-together sessions around a camp fire.
Every day plunges you into the rhythm of local living. There’s just so much to do around here. The bay’s the perfect place to practise all the water sports you can think of, from surfing to Stand Up Paddle, snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and beyond. It’s also the spot for incredible, life-changing experiences: think swimming with dolphins at dawn, the Tamarin mountains as your backdrop. The village of Tamarin and beyond offer a wealth of exciting adventures: explore the historic salt pans on a bicycle ride, trek up La Tourelle, the Black River Gorges and even Chamarel, and enjoy the West’s dramatic views that are guaranteed to take your breath away. On your way out, don’t forget to stop at Kas Dal: literally ‘hunger-breaker’ in Mauritian Creole, the grocery near the hotel entrance delivers street food, drinks and picnic packs for that perfect mini-getaway during the day.