Chris’s experience in Mauritius
Chris Goldring of Mahlatini African Travel, recently visited the island of Mauritius and this was what he had to say:
One of the Indian Ocean’s crowning glories is the small island of Mauritius. Found 2,000 miles off the coast of Africa it lies in the coral reef belt of the Indian Ocean providing those lucky enough to visit 205miles of spectacular shorelines. It is awash with blonde, sandy beaches, top spas, incredible cuisine and amazing adventure activities. The island also has similarly spectacular neighbours, in the form of the Seychelles and Madagascar.
Something that really makes this little slice of heaven stand out though is that it plays host to an array of world-class hotels; delivering the best service in the Indian Ocean. Throw into the mix championship golf courses and constant undulating sunshine and this isolated island paradise, which is only 40miles long by 30miles wide, is starting to sound very special indeed. It certainly was for me.
I was collected and taken to the renowned Belle Mare Plage Resort. My private driver was as chatty as could be and I couldn’t have wished for a warmer welcome. Upon arriving, luxury greeted me in the form of food diverse and sumptuous; I had the joy of sampling French, Creole and local seafood options, all of which were unforgettably delicious. After such a feast it was time for a spot of exercise.
The majority of golf courses on the island boast world class 18 hole championship golf courses and the Belle Mare Plage is no exception, only instead of playing one of these courses I had the opportunity to play two. But that’s not all, when I arrived at the first tee my golf clubs and shoes that had been taken from me on arrival were now miraculously there waiting for me.
Afterwards I even gave the resort’s spa a try. I would find it very hard to believe that there can be too many places on Earth to rival the sheer luxury and indulgent pampering that I enjoyed. From the four handed ‘Ylang Ylang’ massage to bathing in an outdoor heated spa pool, it was pure merciless indulgence. But it wasn’t just the pampering that made Mauritius so special for me, it was the people.
The island has a peaceful, multi-cultural society; their irresistible easy-going and relaxed attitude has you smiling as soon as you step off the plane. With other luxury islands you may expect to enjoy world class beaches, golf and spa, cuisine and unrivalled service – with Mauritius it simply comes with a guarantee.