Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-1Way back in February I took my first ever trip to the Indian Ocean. Why? To explore the island of Mauritius, which is four hours West off the coast of South Africa. The trip was sandwiched in between a 1.5day work trip to NYC in one of their coldest winters on record, and a trip to explore Northern Finland. Let’s just say my body had no idea what was going on but it was lapping up all the gorgeous sunshine and exotic vibes of this tropical island! I was staying at the Zilwa Attitude Hotel and immediately feel in love with all the rustic textures, colours and incredible views. Click through after the jump to tour the hotel with me…

Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-2You guys know I have a thing (hello, understatement!) for colourfully painted shutters, so the fact the hotel had several walls covered in reclaimed shutters from old Mauritian houses made me smile.Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-3Yep, that’s a swimming pool; one of three, in fact! There were two family pools and one adults-only pool (pictured).Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-4Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-5Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-6The whole resort is planted with lush greenery, swaying palms and colourful exotic flowers. Many of the buildings are open to the elements, creating a relaxing indoor-outdoor vibe that put me in a constant zen-like state. I loved that the interior of the main building featured exposed wooden beams juxtaposed with contemporary white furniture.Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-7Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-8Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-9The boat bar was one of my favourite spots at the Zilwa Attitude. Yes, the drinks were great and, of course, my favourite colour combination of blue and yellow helped, but it was that view which sealed the deal. I just loved how this hotel felt so far from a corporate chain. From the decor to the staff to the food, it was brimming with inspiring colours, character and personality.Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-10Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-11In fact, the hotel and it’s super friendly staff (look at that smile!) prides itself on creating a traditional Mauritian experience for their guests. From the architecture of the property being inspired by traditional Mauritian houses to the treatments in the spa and the cuisine, you can see and feel the passion for the island throughout the hotel and it’s staff. Speaking of food, there are six dining options to choose from: Taba-J snack bar, Slaw restaurant, Lor Disab beach restaurant, Karay buffet restaurant, Grand Zil restaurant, Sate restaurant. The Grand Zil restaurant is open air on a private island in the lagoon were we enjoyed an incredible BBQ lunch one afternoon – I highly recommend doing this if you visit. Just amazing.Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-12Oh, hi, just causally hanging out on the hotel dock into the lagoon before going snorkelling over the reef!Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-13Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-14Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-15The rooms were a story of contrasting textures: traditional concrete floors were softened by jute rugs and tactile wooden furniture, all accented with bright pops of colour via art and textiles. The view from our room was genuinely breathtaking (see final pic of the post!) and I spent hours gazing out across the Indian Ocean. It was a wonderful tonic during such a busy work month; a great spot to enjoy a gin and tonic, too!Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-16Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-17Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-18Those golden rays – they were quite something. I have such special memories of my time in this hotel; watching the sunsets with my heartmate during each magic hour are pretty high up there. If you appreciate a more authentic experience that is both rustic and luxurious at the same time, then the Zilwa Attitude hotel would be perfect for you. Have you been to Mauritius?Zilwa-Attitude-Hotel-Mauritius-19 // Photography by Will Taylor | I was a guest of Thomson on this trip but all views are my own


Will Taylor

Will lives in NYC and is an interior design author and content creator. He's been blogging about his love of design, style and travel since 2009. His #MakeYouSmileStyle approach to decorating and dressing has inspired over one million Instagram uploads to the hashtag from followers across the world.


  1. My hubby and I were just talking about going to Mauritius for our holiday next year and your post has confirmed we must go! Thank you.

  2. The wooden shutters are beautiful! Looks like a stunning hotel, thank you for sharing it with us!

  3. AWESOME – so pleased you were with T, as this is just too magical an experience to be on your own. My hubby and I travelled to the Seychelles, staying at Dennis Island, which was a very similar experience – needless to say, each time we see something similar, we start discussing when we will return – this hotel looks like it might be just the ticket!!

  4. Well done Will on another fantastic Bright Bazaar travels. Those colours gosh you could just get lost in them. I am stinkingly jealous that you got to visit this glorious place and several of those design statements could be brought home 🙂 So you always feel like you’re on holiday. Gosh I wish I was back on holiday now….. ah well Paris in September 🙂 Awesome post as always

  5. What a lovely place! I’ve never been to Mauritius, but it seems amazing. We didn’t have any summer here in Sweden so I wouldn’t mind to go there 😉 And I LOVE your new blog design! Love the blue water-colour-font! I’m currently redesigning my blog as well so it’s very inspiring. xx

  6. Holy baskets & shutters! That hotel looks amazing. So jealous of your Mauritius jaunt. Very much wanting to get to that part of the world, esp nearby Madagascar!

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  8. Visited Mauritius a couple of years ago and I have no words to describe it. Simply put, it is “Heaven on Earth” and like you said they have the nicest people. Will definitely plan a visit again.

  9. Amazing pictures and good review! Love your post about Zilwa! Just booked it and now I am soooo full of anticipation!
    Thank you 🙂

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Welcome to Bright.Bazaar, my make-you-smile style corner of the internet. I’ve been sharing my love of beautiful design, feel-good homes, everyday style, inspiring travel and, pretty much everything in between, since 2009. As well as working as a content creator, I write interior design books and edit a bi-weekly e-newsletter called Smile Mail. I live in New York City with my heartmate and can often be found listening to Madonna’s Confessions album and dreaming up my next home renovation project.