Indian Ocean calling: Up to 40% off Mauritius family hols
If you're going to the sun, you gotta do it in style, right? Leading luxury travel company Turquoise have teamed up with the Mauritian tourist board for three incredible deals this summer. Ready, steady, pack!
Imagine a family summer holiday that’s far from the crowds on a lush tropical island with clear warm water, tons for the kids to do, where you don’t have to lift a finger, and all sans jet lag. Yup – we’ve really nailed it.
Mauritius might conjure images of far-off exotic shores but it’s actually only three hours time difference and the weather is perfect for family breaks – during the European summer it’s winter in Mauritius, which means it’s drier but still a balmy 24 degrees during the day – perfect for kids who find the Med summer heat a little too searing.
I know as well as most that ‘family holiday’ can be something of a misnomer – whether it’s the pool that’s more plunge than infinity or a buffet that’s more akin to Harvester circa 1980, it’s tricky getting it right. The best thing to do is to cut out the risk and talk to Turquoise Holidays, the Buckinghamshire-based experts beloved of national travel editors and in-the-know holidaymakers. Team members have visited literally every hotel Turquoise sells, and they’ll hand-pick the perfect hotel for your gang (or hotels – because sometimes choosing one slice of paradise is just too hard), along with direct flights between London and Mauritius.
Opt for the east coast and it’s all vast turquoise lagoons, powder-soft beaches and winter winds – perfect for surfing, kite surfing, parasailing and windsurfing (or watching all of the above). Head south and you’ll find the rugged jungle-clad shores, secret beaches and sheltered swimming spots. Then of course there’s the spa, hiking, cycling, golf, tennis, diving, snorkelling, rum distilleries, bird spotting.
To whet your appetite, here are three brilliant Turquoise family holiday deals for this summer. See you in paradise.
BEST FAMILY ACCOMMODATION
The Constance Belle Mare Plage on the east coast is super-kid-friendly but doesn’t stint on style – think thatched pool-side cabanas, spacious villas, each with their own pool, and endless kids activities from pizza making to treasure hunts, watersports, biking and island tours. There’s also a children’s pool, kids club for ages 4-11, soft play and mini golf course.
As for the grown-ups, aside from the watersports – diving, kayaking, windsurfing and the like, there’s a golf course, tennis court, bowls, and the resort’s U Spa where the treatments use natural ingredients inspired by plants from the Indian Ocean – that’s all between dining at the seven restaurants and bars including one based in the hotel’s wine cellar. All that wine within arm’s length!
The deal: This holiday is being offered at a 40% discount (yes, you read that right)- seven nights from £8,699 per family of four on a half board basis for seven nights including flights and transfers for travel this July. Check it out here.
BEST FOR ALL AGES
LUX* Belle Mare is another east coast beauty and has one of the biggest pools in Mauritius as well as some winning kids activities for little gastros – chocolate workshop, ice cream parlour and ‘The Cake Boss’, where kids get to make and decorate cake plus watch a movie alfresco on a big screen.
The kids clubs are geared to 3-11 and 12-17 year-olds respectively and include games, table football, table tennis, and activities like language and dance classes for the older ones.
Grown-ups will appreciate the lust-worthy Kelly Hoppen-designed interiors, whether lounging at the poolside cabana bar, sipping something elegant in the tea house, taking one of the iconic red Martone bicycles to explore the island or cooking up something exotic in the outdoor cookery school – or maybe just focus on sampling the five restaurants or the Me Spa, which has 12 treatment cabins, as well as a sauna, steam room, Jacuzzi and yoga sessions, both group and individual.
The deal: Pack your swankiest swimsuit and biggest sunnies for this 10% discount deal that offers a family of four seven nights in a Junior Suite at LUX* Belle Mare from £6,099 per family of four on a bed and breakfast basis, including international flights and transfers, all for travel this August.
BEST FOR BABIES
Heritage Le Telfair is on the site of the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre at the foothills of Plaine Champagne in the south-west corner of Mauritius and has a historic luxe feel to it with four poster beds draped in linen, French windows with ocean views and rose petal baths on request.
The free kids club includes a baby club for newborns to 35 months – it’s the only baby club in Mauritius, people!! – with specialist nurses on hand and max one nurse per two babies.
There are also clubs for 4-12 year olds and for teens with activities including fishing, campfires, DJing at the beach clu, and quad biking. There’s also the free golf course and watersports, mountain biking and the Seven Colours Spa, yoga, and fitness sessions.
The deal: At Heritage Le Telfair, kids stay for free, plus there’s a 10% discount on the usual summer rates. Grab seven nights in a deluxe suite from £6,159 per family of four, B&B, including flights and transfers. That includes the personal butler service that comes with every suite. Jeeves, fetch my G&T, would you?