Tuesday, 12 March 2013

Frequently Asked Questions About Mauritius

Lisa answers a few questions sent in by some of our clients...

How does Mauritius compare to the Seychelles?
Mauritius prices can be more affordable as, unlike the Seychelles, some of the hotels offer an all-inclusive option which makes it very attractive to families. The island has a wide selection of places to stay ranging from family friendly resorts with lots of activities, to boutique hotels in quieter locations, ideal for couples. Whatever you choose both Mauritius & the Seychelles have beaches, coral reefs and have lovely tropical scenery.

What impressed you the most?
The wide selection and standard of hotels, there is something to suit everybody's requirements, whether clients are looking for a traditional colonial hotel with very little to do or a modern contemporary hotel with lots to do. Also Mauritius isn't a huge island, it is easy to get around and ideal for a two centre holiday.

Colonial style property The Residence

Who does Mauritius appeal to?
Weddings are popular as there doesn't tend to be as many taking place, as in the Caribbean for example. Some of the hotels only allow one wedding per day so it is really special. Surprisingly it is also a perfect destination for families. The hotels cater for larger families where lots of water sports are included and excellent children's clubs are available, not to mention the great golf courses too. Different hotels are suited to different needs and I am happy to help advise on this.

How long do you recommend staying for?
A two week duration would be ideal, especially with the flight being 12 hours. Once there it can be as active or as relaxed you like. I would spend a week in Mauritius and a week in the Seychelles, they are about 2 hours flight apart.

How can you break the journey?
Rather than the direct flights from London airports with British Airways or Air Mauritius, Emirates is a good option enabling to fly from your regional airport with good connections in Dubai or an optional overnight stay. You can also combine Mauritius with South Africa, it would be the perfect place to relax after a weeks safari.

Meercats, Botswana
Which hotels really stood out for you?
The recently refurbished Trou aux Biches is a lovely property with a good choice of excellent restaurants. It has a lovely atmosphere, would appeal to couples and families, and is situated on a great stretch of beach. The Residence Hotel is very traditional and colonial and again is on an excellent beach, it has a good kids' club and often has fantastic offers for families. A completely different hotel is 20 Degrees Sud, a small boutique property with no children under 12 allowed; it has a really luxurious and comfortable feel to it. The new concept of the LUX* hotels also stood out to me, offering something fresh and different with a really unique approach to luxury resorts.

20 Degrees Sud

What would you expect to pay per person for a week?
Prices based on 7 nights at 20 Degrees Sud, on a half board basis, including flights from London Heathrow start from £1540pp.

To plan your holiday to Mauritius call Lisa on 01543 258631 or email vip@robertbroadtravel.co.uk