Monday, 9 January 2012

Mauritius by Annie Clougherty

I was fortunate enough to join the 2011 Beachcomber Academy in Mauritius in May.

Beachcomber offer 4 and 5 star hotels all over this beautiful lush island. We stayed 2 nights in Shandrani Resort & Spa which offers the finest all inclusive on Mauritius. Shandrani is situated in the south of the island on a private peninsular, a short transfer from the airport which is perfect after a longhaul flight. The extensive all inclusive concept at Shandrani features fine dining at four of its five restaurants and there is a very large selection of internationally branded wines and spirits. On arrival we had a wonderful massage which is also included on the all inclusive package.

The Island has a lot of activities on offer, we visited the Casela Park where we participated in zip lining, quad biking and Segway riding, you can also go walking with lions. The local Mauritians are friendly and you feel quite safe outside your hotel.

We then headed north towards Grand Baie to the resort of Trou aux Biches which has been completely renovated this year into a 5* luxury resort and spa. This beautiful resort has 6 restaurants to choose from and I would recommend the half board plus which includes lunch and dinner. This is a very romantic hotel ideal for weddings and honeymoons.
For the most spectacular setting, I would recommend staying on the southwest coast – Le Morne Peninsular, there are 2 Beachcomber hotels here – Paradis and Dinarobin and you can use all the facilities and restaurants at both properties. There is a championship 18 hole golf course here and a large selection of land and water sports. You can take a helicopter trip from here to view the breathtaking coastline.

Mauritius really has something to offer all tastes.

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