Washed by the sparkling blue waters of the Indian Ocean, sculpted by volcanoes, with around 330 kilometres of coastlines sheltered almost entirely by coral reef, Mauritius is a paradise island and is rightly called the pearl of the Indian Ocean, just perfect for special family time!
Itinerary in Brief
Mauritius is home to world class beach resorts and the warm and friendly local people provides a special service that the resorts are famous for! The resorts are luxurious and most incorporate a wellness centre and spa for some serious downtime. All resorts offer an amazing array of water and land activities, as well as special children’s programs. Children can partake in all the adventure on offer and parents can join in or decide to just laze on the beach and do nothing!
Mauritius has miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, almost entirely encircled by coral reefs, offering sanctuary for those who want to spend days lounging on the beach. The crystal-clear waters are perfect for diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking and that’s just the beginning. Nature is everywhere in Mauritius, so whether you’re hiking up a mountain, taking a stroll in the botanical garden or simply admiring the view, you’re sure to see incredible sights. Make sure to also visit the capital Port Louis during your stay.
Parents also looking for a bit of nightlife (and shopping!) should consider staying in northern Mauritius close to Grand Baie. Dubbed the Creole Cote D’Azur, and with more sandy beaches and sunshine than anywhere else on the island, the north is understandably popular. Grand Baie is the centre of the action, situated on a horseshoe-shaped sheltered bay around an emerald lagoon on the northwest coast. It has hotels aplenty, shopping and the island’s best nightlife – around 50 restaurants line the coastal road to Pereybère!
The breezy east coast is the Mauritius of the posters and undoubtedly one of the island’s most beautiful coastlines set alongside emerald-coloured lagoons. Punctuated with numerous luxurious hotels and authentic villages, the several kilometres long Belle Mare beach is its main attraction. Ile aux Cerfs – a water sports paradise – is must-see! Complete with a lively boathouse, long beaches as well as a tortoise farm, this unique island can be reached by speedboat, pirogue, glass bottom boat, catamaran or even by pirate ship.
Those that prefer more quiet nature-based time should consider southern Mauritius. The wildest and most beautiful landscapes of the island are in the south. Sandy beaches bordered by cliffs carved by waves, rocky shores, sugar cane fields as far as the eye can see, and mountainous terrains offering magnificent panoramas.
Mauritius is family paradise; kids will be spoilt for choice between all the activities available and the kid’s programs on offer, while parents can lounge around, even play golf or relax for a treatment at the spa.
Mauritius is truly the ultimate family beach retreat where there is something for everyone and memories to be made for a lifetime!
5-Nights Mid-Range: Veranda Pointe aux Biches
Veranda Pointe aux Biches, situated on the north west coast of Mauritius near Grand-Baie a vibrant beach town, is a 4-star family-friendly boutique hotel. It is ideal for the little ones (they will soon call the Kids Club their home!) and their older siblings, who can sit by the big swimming pool, post to Instagram while you cultivate balance and beauty at the spa.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the area on both sides of the hotel, not to mention the beach. The coast is dotted with ‘campements’ – the local name for weekend seaside homes – as well as with public beaches shaded by filao trees. Just a few minutes away by car, you can see the local fishermen going about their daily life in Pointe-aux-Piments of Trou-aux-Biches. The fishermen lay out their catch of the day in the mornings for the locals to buy.
Discover the restaurants and bars of Veranda Pointe aux Biches and taste new cuisines during your stay where the ethos is ‘locavorism’ seeking vegetables, fruits, dairy products, eggs and meats that are produced locally….
Veranda Pointe aux Biches’ Animation Team is known for its liveliness and constant flow of creative ideas. Whether the adventure is sea, beach or hotel-oriented, you are promised a good time – and plenty of lasting memories!
Free activities are: 3 swimming pools/darts/aqua zumba/water polo/pedal boats/stand up paddle/snorkelling/beach volley/tennis volley/kayaks/table tennis/petanque/air-conditioned fitness room/free shuttle 5 times a week to Trou aux Biches Beach.
Activities at extra cost are: bicycle/deep sea fishing/diving (PADI)/pool table/submarine and sub-scooter/catamaran excursions/golf at the “Heritage Golf Club” or at the Mon Choisy Golf located in the hotel vicinity.
5-Nights High-End: One & Only Le Saint Géran
One & Only Le Saint Géran on the east coast is in an unrivalled location and nestles peacefully in the soft sands of its own private peninsula. Its stately gates welcome guests into a Mauritian garden paradise of friendly calm and easy luxury.
Located between a beautiful, sheltered lagoon and the warm Indian Ocean it is surrounded by fabulous coral reefs and clear waters and includes a crescent-shaped stretch of stunning white sand beach. Almost two kilometres of pristine sands line the coast and tranquil lagoon, providing endless locations for guests to claim as their own as they take in the beauty of the Indian Ocean and enjoy enchanting swimmable waters.
The resort offers a world of active and mindful discovery from water sports to yoga and natural spa therapies. Sensational destination dining, from stylish Asian fusion to rustic daily catches served straight on the beach. And between it all, sincerely warm, personalised service in the seclusion of your blissful island retreat. With a stunning pool instated at the tip of the peninsula and a total of three pools offer families, couples and spa visitors their own dedicated spaces to relax and enjoy the unique atmospheres.
Guests in suites will enjoy personalised 24-hours butler service. The 2- and 3-bedroom suites with interconnecting options offer the perfect havens for families to balance together time with personal space and privacy. Designed to blend in, but also stand out the suites are built to fit the island’s unique aesthetic, while also offering outstanding privacy, comfort and space. Soak up the sun around the pool, eat seafood alfresco with the whole family or simply unwind under cool terraces.
Club One is the exciting hub for all things active, home to the KidsOnly club and One Tribe for teens, as well as a state-of-the art fitness centre, two padel courts, three floodlit tennis courts, mini golf, football playground, a spinning room, and multifunctional activities room for meditation, Zumba and beyond.
With a lagoon that longs to be played in, the Boathouse provides a wide variety of complimentary activities including water-skiing, Hobie cats, kayaks, snorkelling, windsurfing, water bikes, glass-bottom boat trips, paddle boarding and more.
The resort has partnered with the most exciting local operators to create bespoke adventure experiences guests won’t forget in a hurry. Jump out of an aeroplane, scale a great mountain range, or quad bike through sugar cane fields – the action is never far from the door!
5-Nights Top-End: Shanti Maurice
Shanti Maurice on the south coast of Mauritius is blessed with calm and peaceful private beaches that are within touching distance of most suites and villas. Many of the villas have private swimming pools, but there is also an infinity pool, large swimming pool with Jacuzzi, and spa pool on-site for you to enjoy.
Shanti Maurice offers Suites and Villas spread over 36 acres of exotic luxury. Each of the generously sized suites and luxurious villas at Shanti Maurice boast uninterrupted views across the calm waters of the Indian Ocean. Surrounded by fragrant private gardens, spacious terraces, and offering their own refreshing private pools, the contemporary styled villas offer everything you need for a luxurious Mauritius getaway. Many of the suites and villas are family-friendly and can accommodate extra beds or baby cots and double storey beds for children. The interconnected suites are perfect for families and can provide added peace of mind while offering you the space and privacy you need for a relaxing holiday.
The hotel celebrates local ingredients at all of the restaurants and follow a farm-to-fork ethos where possible, meaning that guests are served only the finest food. When the smell of freshly barbecued food circles around you, and the sound of waves crashing against the sandy beach fills the air, you will know that you are in Mauritius – that you are home!
The resort has an extensive array of activities to choose from, all of which can be enjoyed alone, as a couple, or with the kids. You can enjoy a round of golf or escape for a romantic picnic in nearby forests knowing that your children will be cared for in the kid’s club.
Les Petits Dodos is a specially designed kids club which includes a wading pool and games room for children. The resort also offers a weekly kids’ activity program, crammed with fun-filled pursuits such as flower making, face painting, hair braiding, henna tattoos and musical games. A babysitting service is also available upon request.
The resort has many activities to choose from, ranging from boat trips and all water sports, tennis on twin courts, golf on the nearby 18-hole Avalon Golf Estate, and cooking classes with expert chefs.
When you visit Shanti Maurice, you will never be short of things to do!
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