Journeys… Sam in Mauritius

In May I travelled to the beautiful island of Mauritius to visit the Beachcomber properties.

Sega dancers and refreshing cocktails greeted us on arrival before we were whisked off  to the Shandrani Resort and Spa .  The Shandrani is an all inclusive resort, ideal for families. The “all inclusive package” is particularly special (it even includes champagne by the glass !) The wide choice of dining opportunities includes a Thai and an Indian restaurant. It was lovely to dress in saris for the Indian evening.

Casela wildlife park is a great attraction on the island .  Activities for everyone !!  Quad biking around the park was great fun and allowed us to get up close to some of the wildlife –  including zebras and ostriches. Next we had to face our fears and took part in the zip lining challenge. I was a little apprehensive at first but it turned out to be one of the best moments of the trip!.

After two great days at the Shandrani we were taken by helicopter to the Royal Palm Hotel which certainly lives up to its billing as Beachcomber’s Premium Hotel . A truly luxurious, very peaceful retreat, ideal for honeymooners or
perhaps the more mature. Service is superb – within a day of arriving the staff will know you by name, your favourite drink and your dining preferences.
The hotel has just 84 rooms and the decor is a mixture of contemporary and traditional style. If a helicopter transfer isn’t your style you can choose to travel by Rolls Royce!

Next on to Troux Aux Biches Resort. Newly opened – with a choice of six restaurants – this large hotel in set in spacious grounds and has been completely refurbished. It is set out in crescents around pools leading across beautiful gardens to the golden sandy beach. Guests can travel around by “buggy”. Staff are
very attentive and the Childrens’ Club is very well equipped.  so the property is ideal for families with children of all ages..

We enjoyed a barbecue on the beach, a sunset cruise ( some beautiful photo opportunities) and a ‘car rally’ around the island – visiting superb beaches, the lively Grand Baie area and the capital, Port Louis. The rally ended at the Paradis Hotel
and Golf Club where we spent our final 2 nights in Mauritius.

The family orientated Paradis hotel is in very close proximity to the peaceful, romantic Dinarobin Golf and Spa, where we enjoyed a fabulous meal dining at the Saveurs de Iles restaurant – recognised as one of the best on the island. The nice thing about the Paradis and the Dinarobin is you can dine at restaurants in both hotels giving a wide selection of dining experiences with completely different atmospheres. There are many facilities on offer at both of the resorts – yoga, pilates
and gym are complimentary and a great range of watersports – we managed to fit in a golf lesson!

Our final evening in Mauritius was a very glamorous occasion, we were taken by boat to the Ravanne restaurant at the Paradis where we enjoyed a champagne reception and dined beneath the stars.

A perfect end to a perfect trip.