It all began with a chance stop in Balaclava one breezy afternoon, at Baie aux Tortues, also known as Turtle Bay, on the North West coast of Mauritius. We caught sight of old ruins and remnants; an ancient wall made of cut stones and another one with arched openings, signs of an olden civilization and colonization. Our imagination ran wild. We wanted to know more about this place. Mauritius is not just about beautiful beaches. It also hides intriguing historical sites…
Once upon a time, or Jadis in French, there was a secluded bay in Balaclava where the Dutch settled in 1646. It was the Dutch’s second occupation in Mauritius and they chose this cove for its year-round sheltered location. At the time, the bay was home to an impressive number of giant turtles and it was hence named Turtle Bay. The turtles were so massive that four persons could sit on one. There were as well indigenous birds that flew low as they were not used to predators. Likewise, the Dodo birds were easily caught. The land was full of lush red, white and black Ebony trees. These were traded in Europe and Balaclava was the place of their embarkation. There were also Latanier palm trees with large leaves, which served as umbrellas for the Dutch.
What the Dutch saw and lived in Turtle Bay back then, no one else did. Colonized by the French in the 17th century, the area was transformed into an embattled fort and the remnants are what were once an arsenal for the French army. From the elevated land where we were standing by the ancient stone wall, once an observation point, we could visualise soldiers watching out for enemy ships entering the island through nearby Tombeau Bay.
A stunning sunset over the small beach cove, the soothing view of the turquoise sea, and the sound of gentle waves caressing the beach, added to the feeling of mystery, serenity, seclusion, and romance of the place. We dared to dream: could we make this moment into an eternity? An eternity that everyone could discover and in which they could find solace… A Luxury Boutique Resort & Wellness was thus born, Le Jadis.
Le Jadis embodies the continuity of the civilization that was once there, and its evolution. The ancient stone wall on the beach, though kept intact, has been moved further inland in order to put an end to the sand erosion that it was causing, and give back to the beach today what was taken away from it over time. As for the newly-erected walls of the resort, they immortalize the cut stones of the colonization era while embracing today’s technique of handcrafting stones. Featuring distinctive thatched roofs, the architecture of the resort reflects a melting pot of cultures from Asia, Europe and Africa, thereby perfectly encapsulating how Mauritius has evolved since its first colonization.
Nestled near the Balaclava-Turtle Bay Marine Park, the first of only two national marine parks of Mauritius, in the quietude of Balaclava, Le Jadis is the ideal hideaway for those who seek refuge from crowds and noise. It is located a mere twenty minutes from the tourist village of Grand Baie, and the Mont Choisy Le Golf estate, as well as 45 minutes from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International airport.
The award-winning luxury property, previously named Angsana Balaclava Mauritius, is managed by Banyan Tree Hotels and Resorts. Blissfully intimate, timelessly elegant, inspiringly romantic, and reflecting a strong focus on thoughtful design as well as green features, Le Jadis is paving the way for a very unique resort lifestyle in Mauritius.
Exceptional packages curated for your travel to Mauritius, from luxury beach holidays to romantic honeymoon getaways, rejuvenating spa & wellness escapes, worry-free workcations, and more.
Leading critics such as CondeNast Traveller, CNN, and The Telegraph have ranked us among the very best, from Africa’s Best Beach Stays to Top 5 Honeymoon Hotels in Mauritius, and Best Luxury Destination Spa in Mauritius.
An air of blissful romance permeates every corner of Le Jadis, rendering barefoot rendezvous on the secluded sun-kissed beach, rekindling couple spa treats, romantic sunset cruises, intimate candle-lit dinners, and starry-night dips in your private infinity pool, all the more magical.
Uncompromisingly spacious, timelessly elegant, and featuring a private infinity pool, a stunning handcrafted stone tub, and a private hammam, as well as a vast timber terrace with exhilarating ocean views, our luxurious suites offer a taste of island living at its most chic.
Our chefs pour their creativity and passion into awe-inspiring menus featuring authentic Mauritian Creole, tantalising Asian Fusion, delectable French and European, and other fabulous flavours of the world, to be enjoyed in spectacular alfresco settings amid discrete five-star boutique service.
Our immersive Wellness Retreats begin with a private wellness consultation followed by a series of targeted treatments comprising spa massages, hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, beauty treatments, holistic and fitness activities, as well as gourmet Wellness Cuisine, including a guilt-free Wellness Minibar, for a complete physical, emotional, and mental overhaul unlike anywhere else in Mauritius
Bringing you a splendid sandy pool with swim-up bar and alfresco dining, a heated lap pool, a magnificent spa hydrotherapy pool with air and water jet massage features, and an astounding 34 private infinity pools, for your utmost holiday bliss.
Reputed for having designed an impressive portfolio of award-winning hotels worldwide, the innovative designer was on board from the initial concept to the final completion of the resort, ensuring that Le Jadis reflects his vision to make every space feel unique, moving and memorable, and personifies his impeccable aesthetic of luxury, details and refinement, including his passion for the highest quality materials.
Indulge in some well-deserved head-to-toe pampering with the most heavenly of body massages, including Ayurveda, age-defying facials, invigorating hydrotherapy, thermotherapy, as well as rejuvenating hand, foot and hair treatments, all meticulously delivered by our talented spa therapists, graduates of the accredited Banyan Tree Spa Academy.
Perfect for timeless family and friends togetherness, this most luxurious beach villa features a large swimming pool, jet pool, extensive indoor-outdoor living and dining space, including a fully-equipped kitchen, direct views of the sea from wherever one is, as well as a dedicated butler to take care of you and your loved ones.
Going the extra mile for our guests? Surprising them with thoughtful touches to make their stay delightfully memorable? These are just part of our day-to-day, in line with our personalised boutique character.
From poverty-alleviating programmes for our local community to sustainability initiatives such as having our very own eco-friendly herb garden, and green resource-conservation measures like solar water heating, we pride ourselves on fighting for our community and our planet.
Our gorgeous beach and indoor venues coupled with our refined cuisine offering, five-star boutique service, and our team’s effective event management skills, including their eye for detail, have created inspiringly elegant beach weddings, uniquely themed private gatherings, and world-class MICE events.
Discover the island way of life with a bespoke catamaran excursion into the turquoise Indian Ocean waters to pristine neighbouring isles, complete with gourmet dining, personal service, and a breath-taking sunset horizon.
Our location on a secluded sheltered cove on the North West coast of the island offers the luxury of sublime sunsets over the horizon, best savoured during a barefoot stroll on the beach, over sundowners at our ocean-facing restaurant, or from your private pool terrace.