With gorgeous white sandy beaches, verdant sugar cane fields and lush rainforest, glittering crystal-clear lagoons and fabulous watersports on offer, Mauritius is the perfect setting for relaxing family holidays. The friendly island welcomes families with open arms, catering for all ages from toddlers to teens. Pools, restaurants, beaches, and other facilities are specially designed with kids in mind on one hand and with parents looking for tranquility on the other.
The ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean,’ Mauritius is blessed with some of the world’s best family-friendly hotels, where great childcare and perfect family holiday is simply guaranteed. Here are three of them.
Heritage le Telfair Golf & Spa
Set in tropical gardens on the south coast of Mauritius, within the Domaine de Bel Ombre, a former sugar estate covering more than 2500 beautiful arches, the exquisite Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa is a 5-star family resort that invites guests to stay in a setting inspired by the Mauritian architecture of the 19th century.
A member of the Small Luxury Hotels in the World, the hotel is exceptional in many ways: ultra-stylish guestrooms and suites split into 20 villas and with butler service in Suites; a wonderful selection of 12 restaurants across the Domaine de Bel Ombre; a Timomo & Friends Kids Club featuring its very own swimming pool; an Activity Center, great for mingling with new friends; a Seven Colors Spa Millesime Collection, offering both ancient and modern techniques in nine treatment rooms and two outdoor gazebos surrounded by ponds, with a private pool and relaxation area; an 18-hole golf course built over 150 acres and boasting scenic views of the Indian Ocean, as well as free pedal boats, snorkeling and water-skiing sessions.
Free babysitting corner is available from February 2015 from 0-2 years from 8:00am-4:00pm daily.
Shandrani Resort & Spa
Set on a private peninsula, fringed by three spectacular beaches and a world-class marine park, the majestic Shandrani Resort & Spa exudes elegance in an informal and relaxed ambience. Families will find the resort suitably welcoming with various types of tastefully decorated rooms and suites, in addition to a host of exciting nature experiences, including diving and snorkeling at the resort’s PADI affiliated school, the only National Geographic PADI-Diving Center in the Indian Ocean. Kids can indulge in lots of exciting activities at the resort’s special club dedicated to children – the Bob marlin Mini Club (free for children 3-12 years), while parents can relax and rejuvenate at the hotel’s lapish spa. The resort has its own sailing club, and can provide lessons to beginners.
Dining options at Shandrani Resort & Spa include five restaurants and bars, offering a variety of local and international cuisine combined with an impressive wine list with over 40 carefully selected wines. Seafood is a specialty at Le Boucanier but it’s highly recommended to reserve early. A la carte and fine dining can also be enjoyed at the extensive Serenity Plus.
The resort is the first 5-star all inclusive getaway in Mauritius and is an ideal place for not only families, but also for wedding and honeymoons as everything is included.
Constance Belle Mare Plage
The superb luxury property nestles in 37 acres of picturesque palm-strewn parkland along one of the island’s most beautiful white sand beaches. A unique concept in Mauritius, Constance Belle Mare Plage is famed for its tradition of dedicated service and superb sporting facilities, offering visitors two 18-hole championship golf courses, a wide choice of restaurants and bars, a pampering spa, complimentary kids club, which provides supervised entertainment for children aged between 4 and 12, plus a myriad of land and water activities from tennis to diving to waterskiing.
A wide range of guestrooms, suites and villas are housed in delightful two and three-storey buildings throughout the resort, all well-equipped with modern amenities and facilities to ensure guests’ comfortable and pleasant stay. There are special menus for children, and what more, there is a 24-hours babysitting service available for an extra fee.
When to Visit
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December and apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, the island doesn’t really have high and low seasons.