Destination Snapshot: Mauritius
Where better to reward, celebrate, motivate and inspire?
Should Mauritius be the destination of choice for your next incentive? Following my recent trip to this most spectacular of Indian Ocean Islands, I certainly think so!
Getting there is a breeze
Fly direct from London with Air Mauritius, or Emirates via Dubai, I flew with Air France via Paris. There’s only a three hour time difference, perfect for an incentive or conference, where time away is at a premium, and stays are short.
‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven’ Mark Twain
Mauritius has a 300 kilometre coastline sheltered by coral reefs and a lagoon, stunning five and four star luxury beach resorts, from the colonial to the contemporary, are plentiful. They will satisfy the most discerning of buyers, boasting the highest standards of exceptional service and event space.
There’s a vibrant cultural scene reflected in sumptuous food and beverage experiences, rich and diverse in flavour, blending Indian, European, Chinese and Creole influences.
The beach scenes are simply beautiful, powder white sand lined with coconut trees, and crystal clear turquoise water, perfect for relaxing in paradise. There are an array of activities available from many resorts including snorkelling, glass bottomed boat trips, kayaking, cycling, golf, wind surfing, paddle boarding, kite surfing and tennis. And look no further for wonderful world class spa treatments.
The perfect blend of coast, culture and adventure
Only a short distance from beach paradise, you’ll discover a natural splendour of volcanic peaks, lush forests, cascading waterfalls, sugar plantations, marine parks, coral reefs and botanical gardens. Explore at your leisure, the more adventurous may prefer to trek, climb or bike.
We sailed by catamaran from our beach on the south coast, out beyond the reef, discovering schools of dolphins playing in the surf, a stunning experience set against the magnificent coastline, and the imposing Le Morne Mountain. Huge waves crashed on the lava rocks in the distance. We found the perfect island spot to enjoy a delicious lobster bbq on the beach before sailing back (around the kite surfers) to our resort for sunset champagne.
For groups looking for local culture, shopping, and the kaleidoscope of life in Mauritius, there’s the cosmopolitan resort town of Grand Baie. The capital of Port Louis boasts waterfront boutiques, and an array of churches, temples, and mosques. Traditional markets bustle with hawkers selling arts, crafts, and exotic wares such as spices, fresh tea leaves, and local fruit and vegetables.
Glorious dinner venues
For the ultimate event party or gala night, the exclusive hire of a beautiful chateau or plantation house is a romantic and fitting reminder of Mauritius’ rich colonial history and vibrant plantation past. And there’s always the beach….