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Golf Australia Express : Issue 3
set on the shores of palm- fringed beaches and coral lagoons—offer an appealing destination to escape the cooler months. All with an elegance and charm that is truly special. Here is one of the best places to stay and play. Situated on the breathtaking Le Morne Peninsula, a round of golf on the course at Paradis can only be described as unforgettable. Here the fairways and greens curl along the shoreline of a spectacular bay against a backdrop of majestic mountains. The claim that this is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Mauritius is a valid one. Built within the resort’s grounds, the 18-hole Par 72 golf course stretches 5924 metres between the iconic Morne Mountain, a towering volcanic mountain rising to a height of 640m above sea level, and the crystal-clear lagoon of the Morne Peninsula. Much of the creative design of some bunkers and fairways is attributable to international golf legend Tony Johnstone, who has spent some years playing the course through its many evolutionary stages. The dominant backdrop to the smooth green fairways of the front nine is bright colours of bougainvillea, flamboyants, poinsettias and araucarias, while the royal palms, filao and coconut trees complete the picture of tropical island style. In contrast back nine holes are spread along the coastline where five water hazards present a challenging hazard for all golfers. Guests tee off a mere 20 metres from the beach and play on fairways along the lagoon and towards the mountain. The par-5 16th is a stunning example. The green is perched at the end of the narrow peninsula and water hugs the right-hand side. Two of Beachcomber hotels’ flagship properties, Paradis Hotel & Golf Club and Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, share the 18-hole golf course, eight restaurants and an array of beaches, pools and water sports activities. Suites and villas are sprinkled along 7km of sandy coastline. Each hotel creates its own distinctive atmosphere. At the Paradis it is elegance and vitality and at the Dinarobin it is harmony and refinement. To top it all off, each hotel boasts the world-famous Clarins Spa where the focus is relaxation and beauty down to the smallest detail. An extensive range of Clarins treatments are on offer. In particular after-sport care treatments such as the “after-golf relaxing massage”. Go on, indulge yourself. Mauritius has now joined the world’s premier golf destinations finally realising all golfers’ fantasies. Maybe it’s the ideal location for your second honeymoon? OTG