Many of our Travel Counsellors have the opportunity to go on one or more educationals throughout their career with us. Have a read of Travel Counsellor Lynne's blog on her recent trip to Mauritus...
On the 6th of March 2014 I met with fellow travel agents in Dublin Airport who were to be my buddies on the trip. This was a fantastic opportunity for me to experience Business Class on an Emirates flight first hand and all I can say is wow! The service, food, lie down flat bed, entertainment and staff were second to none and it was a fantastic start to an amazing trip.
We flew from Dubline to Dubai and then from Dubai onto Mauritius. The welcome we received as soon as we landed in Mauritius was to set the tone for the whole trip as the people really could not have been friendlier and more welcoming.
After a very short transfer of around 10 minutes we arrived at our first hotel which was the Shandrani Resort; a beautiful all-inclusive hotel with fantastic food and pool area. There are two beaches here and it is a great place to go snorkelling. It is a beautiful resort and very popular with honeymooners and families.
The next day we travelled to our next destination which was the Paradis and Dina Robin Hotels. This is a fantastic resort with two hotels just a buggy drive away from each other and you get to use the facilities of both resorts. I thought this was excellend as it gives you such a variety when it comes to restaurants, pool areas and beaches.
The first thing that struck me about the Paradis was the size of the rooms and the bathrooms! They are huge and it really is a beautiful 5* resort which I would highly recommend. Paradis had more going on around the pool area whereas the Dina Robin, which we visited, was more relaxed and chilled out. Such a lovely combination as you really do have the best of both worlds.
The Dina Robin was so luxurious and we had a gorgeous lunch in their fish restaurant on the beach. We were also fortunate to experience the spa in the Paradis where I had a massage which was a beautiful and relaxing experience. I really think the highlight of my stay in Paradis, however, was to follow that evening when we went for dinner and were brought by boat from an area of the resort to the Mauritian restaurant. I felt this was so romantic and would be a beautiful touch for honeymooners. Dinner was followed by a local "Sega dancing" show which was lovely to experience and then a DJ on the beach.
The following day we travelled further up the coast and visited another two hotels called Le Cannonier and Le Maurisia. Again, you can inter-dine between these two hotels but there is no shuttle bus between them so you could organise a taxi locally. Le Maurisia is in Grand Baie so a great option for people who like to be close to a resort with nightlife and shopping. We had a few hours free to do some shopping in Grand Baie on Sunset Boulevard.
From there we made our way to Le Victoria where we stayed for the night. This is a 4* resort but still really beautiful with an amazing beach and excellent food.
Our last hotel of our trip was the amazing 5* Troux Aux Biches which I really think was my favourite. I had a room with a private plunge pool overlooking the beach. Again the food, service and rooms are fantastic and I loved the fact that you are not too far from Grand Baie if you wanted a night out.
Our last morning was spent on a Catamaran cruise sailing from Grand Baie and is something I would definitely recommend.
Overall I was so impressed with Mauritius and really would have no problem in recommending it to my honeymoon couples, families looking for something a bit different and also golfers as the golf course in the Paradis is second to none!