Mauritius for honeymooners, families and fun

By Lindsay Allen, a Travel Enthusiast

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Whether you are looking for a romantic getaway, a family all-inclusive or an adventure, Mauritius has it all. From five-stars to self-catering, there is a hotel to suit every budget – and plenty to do

With incredible levels of service and attention to detail, the top hotels in Mauritius guarantee a world-class holiday – but even on a limited budget, you can hang out at the same glorious beaches and swim in the same azure waters. From family all-inclusives to fancy five-stars, I choose six of the best places to stay and suggest a few ways to pass the time on this paradise island.

WHAT TO DO

Walk with Lions This is a favourite of mine, available at Casela Nature & Leisure Park (www.caselayemen.mu). Take a walk through tropical flora and fauna with a couple of feline friends. Part of the Safari Adventures Mauritius programme (see www.safari-adventures-mauritius.com), this unique experience gives you the chance to interact with these magnificent creatures. Alternatively, try the Cheetah Encounter – an "up close and personal" wildlife adventure available through the same company.

Pamplemousse Gardens Established by a French governor 300 years ago, the gardens feature a collection of palm trees and Queen Victoria water lilies, among other things.

Cap Malheureux Beach Located at the northern tip of the island, the beach has a beautiful red-roofed chapel perched on the water's edge. This is my favourite spot in Mauritius – as much for the surrounding area as for the beach itself.

Chamarel – seven-coloured earth A small fee gives you entrance to this lunar-like landscape, best photographed at sunrise. Today, souvenir test tubes containing the multi-coloured earth can be bought from beach vendors and tourist boutiques. The phenomenon has never been explained. However, it is believed the soils are composed of mineral-rich volcanic ash.

Ile aux Cerfs Easily accessible by boat, just off the east coast, this beach paradise comes highly recommended. Go early, spend the whole day there and take advantage of the great snorkelling on offer.

Black River Gorges National Park This 6,794-hectare forest is perfect for hiking, with its plethora of indigenous plants, birds and wildlife. The Black River Peak Trail will take you to Mauritius's highest mountain, while the Maccabee Trail starts nearby and plunges into the gorge.

La Vanille - The Crocodile Park Worth visiting for its thousands of Nile crocodiles, the park is also the only place worldwide to breed aldabra tortoises. Children will love it. Look out, too, for deer, monkeys, wild boars and an insectarium.

The beaches In my opinion, the best beaches are found in the north and include: Trou aux Biches, shaded by casuarinas; Mont Choisy, a narrow white stretch of sand curving north; and Péreybère, a little cove between Grand-Baie and Cap Malheureux.

WHERE TO STAY

Budget

Le Tropical Hotel Great if you want a friendly, informal atmosphere – and a beachfront location.

Veranda Grand-Baie Combine sunbathing with shopping close to Grand-Baie, with its wide selection of restaurants, bars and clubs.

Mid-range/luxury

Le Mauricia A relaxed and simple four-star within walking distance of Grand-Baie. Offers an all-inclusive package which is great for families. See www.lemauricia-hotel.com for further details.

Shandrani Resort One of my favourites, with a more luxurious feel than most all-inclusives (ie, you don't have to wear a strange-coloured wrist band) – what you might call "ultra all-inclusive". Cocktails are premium brands and served in glasses rather than plastic cups. As well as great accommodation and amazing food, the resort offers free watersports (including water-skiing and free dives for certified divers) – albeit in the less exclusive south of the island, close to the airport.

Ultra luxury

The Grand Mauritian Another personal favourite, offering exquisite deluxe rooms and service that is second to none – almost over-the-top, in fact. You will be pampered and looked after from start to finish here. Bordered by the reef and ocean nature park on the coast, and lush fields of sugar cane behind, the hotel offers complimentary watersports, including water-skiing, and ticks almost every box.

Dinarobin Golf Hotel & Spa This elegant five-star resort is a haven of peace and tranquillity, yet satisfies active holidaymakers with a range of complimentary land and water sports. The Spa by Clarins is without doubt the most beautiful in Mauritius, the ideal place to relax and be pampered.

Self-catering

If independence is your thing, you cannot beat the Grand-Baie area for self-catering. Not only can you take advantage of the wonderful beaches, but there are cafes/stalls and restaurants to suit all budgets. A favourite of mine is the Chinese restaurant Pagoda on the main street in Grand-Baie. Car hire is a good way to get around the island – and relatively easy, for the British at least, as they drive on the left-hand side.

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Author:
Lindsay Allen
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Lindsay recommends

Hotels

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1. The Grand Mauritian, a Luxury Collection Resort & Spa
£169
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2. Veranda Grand Baie
£279
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3. Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa
£744
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4. Le Tropical Hotel
£258
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5. Shandrani Hotel Blue Bay
£379
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The other 'review' for this piece shouldn't be counted as such! This is ludicrous. The person who wrote the review has not mentioned the feature at all, all she has done is describe a wedding which has absolutely no bearing on this feature. Surely someone in 'editorial' could see that?????

Now to the feature itself - boring. The person who wrote it has simply provided the name of a few hotels and given a nod to what Mauritius has to offer.

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A Mauritius Wedding for the Whole Family.

My daughter's wedding was booked for the day after we arrived in Mauritius and so everything was hectic for the first forty-eight hours. All the hecticness was on the part of the guests. The arrangements went so smoothly for the bride and groom that we didn't have to raise a finger to help. We only had to attend the wedding, take photographs, and scoff the wonderful food; everybody was carried along by the occasion. The hotel staff treated us all, especially the wedding couple and the children, like royalty.

On the afternoon of the day of the wedding, a hair dresser presented herself at my daughter's room. She brought a bouquet of flowers courtesy of the hotel and helped her to dress and then styled her hair. She offered her the loan of a wedding dress more suitable to the climate in Mauritius than the one we had brought with us. But after spending so much time choosing her dress, there was no way my daughter was going to be married in a borrowed one.

We all assembled on the lawn for drinkies and canapes and the children were invited to try out the instruments of the band that were later going to play for the reception. The drums were very popular with the kids, but not with anybody else. They found that playing a trumpet was not as easy as they thought it was going to be, and that all the instruments that they could play were out of tune.

Then the registrar arrived and the bride put in an appearance accompanied by Rhys, her very handsome page and ring bearer. Rhys could not stop smiling at being the centre of attention. The hotel staff member who was responsible for coordinating everything made sure that everybody was in a position to see the ceremony and then she disappeared. She did that a lot. She was always at hand, but was never obtrusive.

The ceremony took place, the book was signed, confetti was thrown and the celebrating started. Speeches went on forever with the hotel photographer recording everything for posterity. Then came, what was for me the highlight of the day, after the wedding of course.

The banquet on the beach. Everybody could order whatever they liked. Beef and lobster were the two most popular main course dishes and fresh fruit salad the most popular sweet. Not surprising when it contained mango, mangosteen, rambutan and many other fruit that were strange to me, but were delicious just the same.

All of a sudden the sounds of laughter died down as some people noticed that the sun was setting. We moved back up onto the dance floor and watched the whole thing from there. It took no more than twenty minutes, but it was the most spectacular sunset that any of us had ever seen. I know that I should not use clichés like spectacular sunsets, but judge for yourselves. What would you call it?

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