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Explore the magnetism of Mauritius and create stories with the family to tell for a lifetime!

Oct 1, 2019, Author: Bianca Spinner

All eyes are on this island destination that’s clearly overtaken the other star players within the Indian Ocean – and there’s good reason for it.  

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Mauritius is a mere four-hour flight from OR Tambo International Airport (kids under 12 fly for free on Air Mauritius), neither a visa nor shoes are required and once you’re there, you won’t want to stop frolicking – and the good news is you won’t have to! It’s barefoot luxury in its finest form across the pillowy soft sand. As you drift off into this isle for sweet relief, you’ll quickly find a pertinent balance within. 

When to travel 

With the fluctuating exchange rate, Mauritius can be steep for our humble rand – so why not book your holiday in their low season, which is much more affordable? June and July are the ‘coldest’ months of the year – and by that we mean 25°C to 26°C. Plus, it’s school holidays during this time of the year, so booking during winter is a hands-down winner! 

Our top five picks where to stay 

1. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita 

Location: East coast of the island 

HJ Recommends: Travelling here with a newborn because without request, the FS staff go out of their way, always exceeding expectation. You’ll be collected from the airport with the latest version Maxi-Cosi car seat. In the villa you’ll find a ‘do not disturb’ baby sign, cot, changing mat, nappy bin, baby bath, Philips bottle steamer and bottle warmer, a gift of baby products from French brand Mustela and a beautifully crafted baby blanket to take home for your tot. And they don’t stop there: they even have a baby food menu. Would your newborn prefer organic eggs, yoghurt with fresh banana or poached fruit? 

Why stay here: If it’s villa-style living you’re after, this is the perfect five-star plus family-friendly destination. It’s an ideal offering that strikes equilibrium between comfort and luxury. 

Offering: Half-board package 

Overflowing with the finest amenities and swarming with Mauritian hospitality, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is exactly what you’d expect it to be and then some more. Entering the resort through colossal columns of majestic banyan trees is a sight to behold, however, you’ll soon realise this is just the start. All accommodation is villa-style, surrounded by succulent, evergreen, ever-growing plant life. The perfectly manicured gardens and budding blooms are enough reason enough to visit this resort. As a bonus, each guest has full access to a bicycle throughout the stay, adding that extra touch for you as you meander through this slice of paradise. 

We stayed in a one-bedroom villa, not breathing a word as we stared at our own private pool as well as indoor and outdoor shower. You’ll love this exclusive villa-style living and will certainly get used to the privacy and intimacy within this charming holiday home-like resort. Plus, the freedom of coming and going as you please is the cherry on top. Imagine dining as a family in your villa as the chef prepares a meal specifically catered to your dietary requirement and then forming a puddle plopping into the azure pool waters under the stars. Or, better yet, imagine dining on your very own private island. Of course, the resort offers a complimentary boat shuttle service to this kingdom of heaven. Surrounded by rich, aquamarine turquoise waters as you pinch yourself whilst at the beach bar sipping out of your coconut with sand between your toes. It’s important to note that this is an exclusive stretch of beach for Four Seasons guests only. 

Good to know

The resort opened 11 years ago 

The resort’s capacity is 400 guests 

There are two beaches (both offer beach service) 

There’s one main pool (with pool service) 

There are three restaurants: one Italian, one Mauritius/Chinese/Indian and one main restaurant

 A complimentary 15-minute boat shuttle to Île aux Cerfs is included 

There’s a kids’ club – Hobbit Village – for children between four and nine years old 

The resort recycles water and waste 

There’s boat transfer directly from the airport to the Royal Residence Villa 

The resort has its own herb garden and offers cooking classes 

Water sports (kayaking, snorkelling and glass-bottom boat trip) are included 

Unlimited complimentary golf on the 18-hole, Ernie Els-designed golf course on the oceanfront is included 

The spa on stilts in the ocean offers massages of the highest standard using the eight hands massage technique as well as infant massages 

www.fourseasons.com 

2. Constance Belle Mare Plage 

Location: East coast of the island 

HJ Recommends: Travelling here with a toddler because this resort screams family! Not only is there a mini golf course in the middle of the resort, but also a kids’ club (toddlers must be supervised) with a heated pool, indoor craft area, kitchen and large outdoor playing area plus a persuasive ice cream stand right on the beachfront. 

Why stay here: If it’s meticulous attention to detail and a distinguished, trusted hotel chain you’re after, this is just for you. The Constance Belle Mare Plage is the first property in the hotel chain, which started in 1975. 

Offering: Half-board, full-board and all-inclusive packages 

With pockets of delight and splendour throughout the resort, you’ll soon find why this is a lust after destination. The Constance Belle Mare Plage sits across an 18 whole championship golf course and lies on a 2.4km stretch of unspoiled beachfront. This resort is really all about falling asleep with the waves of the ocean in your ear and waking up to framed palm tree settings. Once you’re standing in the mermaid tail-inspired lobby with the reflections of fish glistening in the water, you’ll realise it’s flawless and that this could just be utopia. 

Good to know:

 The resort boasts 279 rooms and 18 villas and two beachfront villas

 There’s a quiet pool and three other pools within the resort 

There are seven restaurants and six bars 

There’s a boat house and dive centre offering water skiing and wakeboards, windsurfing, kayaks and paddle boats, glass-bottom boat trips and snorkelling trips including equipment  

There’s a kids’ club that’s open from 09h00 until 22h00 

The resort is in its fifth year of being green globe certified 

There’s live entertainment every night at 21h00 

The resort is home to the famed U Spa that has 10 treatment rooms and uses luxurious Constance products (it’s a must-try!) 

www.constancehotels.com  

3. Constance Prince Maurice 

Location: East coast of the island 

HJ Recommends: Travelling here without any children. Rather visit this five-star-plus property for a honeymoon or a week-long retreat because it’s stylishly elegant, offers ultimate relaxation and romance, and showcases unparalleled service. Also, it’s set in a lagoon where sharks roam underneath you, so opt for a water villa on stilts with your plus one. 

Why stay here: The question should actually be, “why not stay here?” This feng shui resort is set on the most pristine stretch of beachfront boasting only 89 suites. This intimate ambience and devoted craftmasship allows for a resort that radiates luxury. The resort is deeply rooted in heartwarmig hospitality and when your option for dinner is on the floating Le Barachois  restaurant, you know its safe to succumb. 

Offering: Half-board, full-board and all-inclusive packages 

From secluded hideaways to tranquil settings, this exclusive resort is the definition of unlimited luxury. Tenderly dotting the islands landscape, this property has plenty of hammocks to surrender to and ample shore to relish in. You won’t notice there’s anyone else staying at the resort other than at mealtimes and it’s this remoteness that lends itself to the idea. This hideaway was created for two people in love! 

Good to know: 

There are 64 junior suites, 12 villas and 12 family suites plus the sumptuous Princely Villa 

There’s one main large pool and one lap pool 

There are three restaurants, all of which offer the finest cuisine 

The resort ffers two 18-hole championship golf courses 

The Constance Kids Club is complimentary 

The resort has the largest wine cellar in the Indian Ocean with 25,000 bottles on offer 

The elegant U Spa is set in a tranquil corner of the gardens and offers outstanding massages 

Free activities include two floodlit tennis courts, a putting green, bicycles, water skiing, lazy boats, windsurfing, snorkelling, kayaking and a weekly kitesurf tutorial lesson 

www.constancehotels.com  

READ MORE ON LEISURE ACTIVITIES HERE.

4. Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa Mauritius 

Location: North-east coast of the island 

HJ Recommends: Travelling here with preschool kids from four years old because it’s great value for money and an all-inclusive holiday. Expect four-star grading with five-star service at this beautiful resort. 

Why stay here: Riffling on the activity options in this resort will render you speechless! Let’s just marvel at this: they have a kids’ spa for the little ones, a swimming platform in the middle of the ocean and a kayak safari included. This resort plunges into empty sun-soaked shores and promises everlasting sunshine. Approached from the sea this tranquil spot is a hedonistic dream and there’s no doubt you’ll spend hours along the beach or at the infinity pool. 

Offering: Half-board, full-board and all-inclusive packages 

This newly opened resort is nestled inside the Azuri village and has proved to be an instant hit among South Africans. All about communal village life in an idyllic location with unrestricted spaces, it’s no wonder it’s a brilliant holiday find for families. It’s vital that you book an ocean-facing room (as we did) with a garden as the space and location of the room will impress as it looks out onto the swelling blue waves. The resort has a local Mauritian feel and allows guests to immerse themselves in authentic Mauritian culture. 

The daily breakfast, lunch and dinner buffets serve traditional Creole-style cuisine and an array of stations of all types of food; all beautifully styled, aesthetically pleasing and downright delicious. From hand-picked coconut pieces and Mauritian curries, to dholl puri pancakes, the food is an adventure in itself. Prepare to lick your plates and go back for more! Oh, and did we mention that the resort has its own bakery too? 

For parents in need of some ‘me time’, head on over to the adults-only sister resort, Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort. There’s a free daily shuttle service that takes just eight minutes. Offering something special, it’s situated on top of one of the liveliest protected corals, proposing a vast variety of flora and fauna in Mauritius. This safeguarded lagoon is perhaps the best place to snorkel on the whole island.  

Good to know: 

The resort opened in 2014 

The resort is set amongst mangroves and preserve this natural habitat 

There’s spa has six treatment rooms and offers Ayurvedic treatments 

There are two main swimming pools – one is a quiet pool and the other is child-friendly – as well as a smaller heated pool for infants and toddlers 

There are three restaurants: one buffet-style, one seafood and one charcoal grill 

There’s a kids’ club for kids between three and 12 years old 

The resort has an adult-only sister resort, Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette Resort 

www.radissonhotels.com 

5. Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers 

Location: North-west of the island 

HJ Recommends: Travelling with the whole family. The resort caters for kids up to 17 years old and ages are welcome … even grandma! Prepare to discover the all-embracing, all-encompassing four-trident Club Med experience and the high-level quality of inclusions. 

Why stay here: The staff here are consumed with desire for hospitality. Plus, the resort has just undergone a major renovation and while it’s rare to find a resort more geared for families than Club Med, add a brand-new refurbishment to the mix and you’ll land up with a brand so premium it will bowl you over! FYI: the main restaurant and rooms have been refurbished and there’s a new gourmet lounge, wine and rum cave, spa, kiddie and family pool and oceanfront area dedicated to adults only. 

Offering: All-inclusive packages 

Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers emerges like a dream from the sea. As you gaze down the marshmallow-soft sandy beach, you’ll spot towering palm trees effortlessly jutting up for air. It has all that you need, all of the time – you simply have to let it unfold. 

You’ll spend hours outside your room because at this resort it’s all about the experience and a treasure of firsts awaits you, whether it be watching your first Bollywood show, participating in your first yoga class, attempting archery or aiming for a round of pétanque (the Provençal version of bowls). Perhaps you’re more of an H2O fan? Attempt the popular pastime SUP or be the captain of your own boat and sail the Indian Ocean. Whatever your preference, it’s all included, and we guarantee you’ll leave wanting more. 

Good to know:

 The resort has just undergone a renovation 

The resort is the flagship family all-inclusive property in Mauritius 

There are three bars and two restaurants  

There’s a fantastic five-star kids’ club (included at no extra cost) that caters for babies too 

Free activities include waterskiing, wakeboarding, sailing and paddle boarding  

There’s an adults-only oceanfront Zen Zone with an infinity pool, zen bar and calm beach 

There’s a Club Med Spa by Cinq Mondes that offers the best treatments and massage techniques from around the world 

The resort has a sister property on the west coast of the island, the 21-hectare Club Med La Plantation D’Albion that’s also an all-inclusive family resort but with a five-trident rating (with champagne from 18h00 included plus trapeze and golf) 

www.clubmed.co.za  

Getting there 

HJ only recommends one airline for getting to and from Mauritius and that’s Air Mauritius. The airline has a Travelsmart Programme that offers the following perks during Travelsmart season (off-peak season): 

Two kids fly free (only taxes apply) with two adults 

Brides fly free (only taxes apply) for honeymooners 

Golf bag fly free 

Families get business class lounge access in South Africa 

READ MORE ON TRAVEL HERE.

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