What is it exactly that attracts so many travellers from the Middle East to this archipelago of Mauritius located between Africa and Asia? Undoubtedly its picture postcard beauty: the turquoise lagoon, white sand and ruby-coloured Royal Poinciana. Not to mention, the Mauritians who are renowned for their hospitability and their proficiency in French and English, the island’s two historic languages.
Mauritius has around 1,250,000 inhabitants and is the dream holiday destination, welcoming more than 990,000 tourists last year.
Mauritius is also ideal for long-term stays for those who want to spend their summer holidays away from their homes in the Middle East and get away for some quality time with their families. You can play golf all year round, go to the cinema or go shopping in Grand Baie, the local equivalent of Saint Tropez.
All in all we spent seven days on the island. We stayed two nights at each of two Beachcomber hotels – the Shandrani and the Paradis – and visited two others, Dinarobin and Le Victoria. We also stayed a couple of nights at the Indian Resort and the famous Sugar Beach Golf & Spa Resort and also spend a night at the Paradis Hotel & Golf Club which stands at the foot of the towering Le Morne mountain alongside its sister hotel, Dinarobin, enjoying seven-kilometre of beach and with its own 72-par championship golf course.
All the members in our Fam Trip group came back from Mauritius with a sense of well-being not only because of the good food, the exciting activities and the comfort of the hotels, but very much also because of the cultural experience.