“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”, said Mark Twain … Lisa Sprake from our Holywood branch and Deborah Stewart from the Bangor team travelled with Beachcomber Tours and Emirates Airline to revel in the heavenly holiday destination which inspired the author.
The tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is a byword for beauty – and not without reason. It looks like a set for a Bond movie, filled with fabulous vistas of shimmering silver sands, azure ocean and lush tropical vegetation. It is of course most famous for its stunning beaches, lagoons and reefs, but in the mountainous interior of this volcanic isle the rainforest of the Black River Gorges National Park is rich with exotic flora and fauna, while the island’s capital, Port Louis, is a gracious blend of a variety of foreign influences with no shortage of ‘must see, must do’ attractions for visitors.
As experienced travel consultants Lisa and Deborah are enviably well-travelled and admit that they are pretty hard to impress when it comes to ‘sun kissed tropical isles’ … but even they were blown away by the bounteous charms of Mauritius.
Both will recommend the destination to their customers, and they returned from their fact-finding trip with a case full of helpful hints.
They flew, via Dubai, to Mauritius with Emirates Airline from Dublin. Service and comfort were excellent, but the insiders’ tip is to pre-book seats on the busy twice-daily A380 service from Dubai to Mauritius.
Beachcomber Tours owns eight fabulous hotels on Mauritius, with luxury as standard, and the group offers some perfect perks to raise standards and value. If you’re making a family booking, for example, they class ‘child’ as up to 17 while, and if you’re headed for romance, you may be glad to know that there is a strict policy of hosting just one wedding per day at each hotel.
Standards are rigorously maintained to the famous Beachcomber standards, but each hotel has its own ambience:
Shandrani - Family-friendly, all-inclusive and with short airport transfers, but set on the South East of the island which is less sheltered, although that breeze can be blessedly refreshing!
Dinarobin - Serene, secluded and seductive.
Paradis - Set close to The Dinarobin with a shared 18-hole, scenically located golf course … Paradis has a lively contemporary feel and a fabulous spa.
Le Canonnier - All-inclusive, and welcoming to families, home to the wonderful Le Navigateur restaurant. The hotel will close in 2017 for a full upgrade. ‘Inter-dine’ agreement with the nearby Le Mauricia to ring the changes.
Le Mauricia - All-inclusive and set within strolling distance of Grand Bay, a perfect choice for younger holidaymakers.
Trou Aux Biches - The largest of Beachcomber Tours hotels, with stunning suites and staff who take service to the highest level. Arguably the best beach sunset views on the island.
Le Victoria - All Inclusive with beautifully appointed rooms leading off an elegant reception plus magnificent pools (they’re currently creating more ‘swim up’ rooms) and amazing water sport facilities.
Royal Palm - Boutique chic, this is the most exclusive of Beachcomber’s Mauritius hotels, often patronised by celebs and royalty …. Hence the much-used helipad!
It’s wonderful to think ‘deluxe’ but you don’t have to spend a fortune to enjoy this friendly island as Lisa and Deborah discovered when Beachcomber sent them off on a treasure hunt around the North West of the island with only £2 in their pockets!
And their favourite fact? The Dodo is the recognised national bird of Mauritius...it was discovered by the Portuguese in Madagascar, brought over to Mauritius where the locals found it so delicious that they ate it to the point of extinction!
If you want to hear more about Mauritius, give Lisa in Holywood (028 9042 6969) or Deborah in Bangor a call (028 9145 0931) or nip in to your nearest branch find out more.