Why Mauritius Works for Young Families
Whereas some view Mauritius as purely for grown-up luxury breaks, I happen to know it’s also the perfect spot for families with young children – something that Jane, Tom and their son (aged 21 months at the time) discovered last year. In her guest blog, Jane explains why Mauritius has the ‘wow factor’ for her, and why she can’t wait to go back…
The Magic of Mauritius
If you had told me a few years ago that I’d be holidaying all-inclusive in the Indian Ocean, I wouldn’t have believed you. We usually hire a villa in the Dordogne where we can do as we please, but to mark our 5thwedding anniversary, Tom and I decided to give ourselves a total break from routine.
Initially the idea of travelling for 12 hours with a toddler was terrifying! We needn’t have worried though – Susie organised evening flights with Air Mauritius out of Heathrow and secured bulk head seats so that if we did need to stand up, we wouldn’t disturb anyone.
On our first night Susie thoughtfully arranged for us to stay at the Shandrani Beachcomber Resort and Spa which is only a 15 minute transfer from the airport. This allowed us to quickly acclimatise and settle our son in. For parents especially, a short transfer after a long flight is a blessing.
Trust at the Trou Aux Biches
Our next stop was the beautiful Trou Aux Biches. What can I say except that we couldn’t believe the generosity of the family suite. Our son had his own room with en-suite bathroom, our bedroom was huge and we had a lovely balcony where we could enjoy a quiet cocktail as our son slept.
The staff were incredibly attentive (they knew our names from the moment we arrived), but what stood out for me was that thanks to their nanny service, we were comfortable to leave our son with someone who was not a relative for the very first time – bliss!
Other things that made an impression were the pools dotted in between the suites which we could enjoy to ourselves and the fact that you can walk out of the resort to the nearby shops if you’d like to take your little one for a stroll.
Our Little Prince at Constance Prince Maurice
I still can’t quite believe that we stayed here. The six star service at Constance Prince Maurice began with welcome cocktails and cold towels for all three of us and continued as we entered our room to discover a cot fit for a prince and complimentary toys for our son to take home as a memento.
As with Trou Aux Biches, the nannying staff and kids club were first class – we used them twice as Susie had informed us that she’d organised some special anniversary treats.
The first of these was a buggy ride to the Princely Villa where we enjoyed an intimate anniversary dinner for two tended to by our own waiter. We also had exclusive use of the Villa’s private pool and beach.
The next night we enjoyed drinks on the beach before being invited to join the General Manager in the resort’s outstanding wine cellar for pink champagne and canapés followed by dinner in the floating restaurant.
Mauritian culture is totally geared towards welcoming children but that’s not the only thing that makes Mauritius magical for families: low season coincides with UK summer holidays so it’s more affordable than you think; the tropical weather means the heat is bearable and the 3 hour time difference means there’s no danger of jet lag. Susie’s incredible attention to detail made it as close to perfection as we could have imagined – I’ve already asked for a quote for next year…