Luxury Mauritian hotel group invites guests to come alive with collection of new experiences

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Leading Mauritius hotel group Sunlife has unveiled a series of in-resort guest experiences following a rebrand that has breathed new life into the long-established chain, previously known as Sun Resorts.

Experiences in the new Come Alive Collection range from energetic thrills to relaxation, from culture to nature, from gastronomy to golf. Some are available in all four resorts while others are resort specific.

Here’s a taster of just some of the new experiences on offer:

All resorts:
Energy Gym  

Within the hotels’ tropical gardens, guests will find recycled bicycles that generate electricity while they peddle, which will help light the palm trees and the gardens at night.

Bee Alive Kids 

Guided by the Izzy the Bee, the new mascot of the Sunlife Kid’s Club, kids can enjoy a range of activities including peeping inside an observatory hive, enjoy a story reading session and cooking with honey from the hotel garden.

La Pirogue:
Sega Zoomba 

Sega Zoomba is a new workout, best described as a mash-up of Zumba and fiery Mauritian Sega, created exclusively for La Pirogue by renowned instructor Anouchka Zuel.

La Pirogue Marine Center 

Coral farming classes are available for guests at La Pirogue Marine Center, established three years ago to nurture and protect the surrounding ocean and conduct research into coral bleaching at Flic en Flac. The coral farm uses a fixed rope to create a floating nursery where corals can grow and guests can support the health of the reef through Sunlife’s ‘adopt a coral’ initiative.

Sugar Beach:
Beauty Bubble 

A nail bar by day, a spa by night, the beachside Beauty Bubble offers treatments including massages and a variety of glamorous hair and make-up options. While the Bubble’s therapists take care of guests, a butler offers drinks from a trolley for the ultimate pampering experience.

L’Atelier des Sens 

L’Atelier des Sens is a perfume-making workshop, during which guests develop their own signature scent, guided by an expert perfumer. Available to the whole family, children are encouraged to awaken their own senses with sweet favourites like bubblegum, strawberry and chocolate, as well as glitter for a touch of magic sparkle.

Time for Tea 

Visitors can escape the heat and take high tea in the Sugar Beach Tea Lounge. Showcasing the history of Mauritian tea rituals, elevated with a heavy sprinkling of tropically inspired sweets, Time for Tea is the perfect way to relax during a lazy late afternoon.

Putting on the Ritz

Guests can visit the Sugar Beach stylists for a head-to-toe makeover and choose an outfit for the evening from the hotel’s own rental service, which offers show-stopping gowns and fabulous dinner jackets.

Strictly Sugar

Daily, hour-long ballroom dance classes teach couples how to cha-cha-cha, Tango and waltz, after which they can try out their new routines to the beat of the house band at the hotel’s Saturday night party.

Crazy Croquet

For a balmy afternoon of old-school fun, Sugar Beach holds Crazy Croquet contests on the grand lawn, where guests are served glasses of rosé or Aperol Spritz. The dress code is strictly whites and Panama hats and afterwards, cucumber sandwiches and cordial are provided.

Long Beach:
Sunrise kayak experience

Guests paddle out to a reef from the boathouse at dawn, spotting coral and fish in the calm lagoon, finishing the morning with a refreshing detox blend such as apple, beetroot and carrot or strawberry, kiwi and watermelon on the green lawn overlooking the water.

The Endemic Nature Trail 

Long Beach offers a twice-weekly Endemic Nature Trail, which is a 45-minute walk led by an in-house biologist, to explore the local flora and fauna. The walk allows guests to discover the top 10 endemic trees, including the Princess Palm, Mauritian ebony and the ornamental Flamboyant or ‘flame tree’. Each guest who goes on walk also plants a tree as part of Long Beach’s rewilding project.