Mauritius was the place we selected for our honeymoon destination. We spent hours pouring over brochures and trying to decide where to go and there were other lovely places on our short list. In the end though Mauritius won through as our favourite. We were choosing for ourselves as a newly married couple, but I think some of the reasons we opted to go there would be equally appealing to families.
- It’s accessible via a direct flight from the UK which is good: no changing planes with tired children or hanging around airports for hours. The time difference isn’t too dramatic either (currently 4 hours, but only 3 when we are on British Summer Time), so it’s easier to adapt to than a country with a big difference to our own.
- It’s stunningly beautiful. I slept most of the way to our hotel on our honeymoon (couldn’t sleep on the plane, but as soon as we got moving on the road I was out like a light). I’ll never forget walking into our hotel lobby which was open to the sea and the most spectacular view. I immediately knew that we’d picked the perfect place.
H looks back at our pictures of our holiday and regularly asks if we can go there. To be honest we don’t need a lot of persuasion as it’s somewhere we’d love to return to. One of the things we noticed when we were there before, was how good it was for families with children. They seemed to be having a ball. So what’s there to do?
- Mauritius is an island and the ocean surrounding it is filled with wildlife. One of the highlights of our last trip was a submarine ride 35 metres below the sea. It’s the perfect way to see marine wildlife.
- Explore a tropical paradise: the whole island fits the bill, but the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is simply stunning and an absolute must. Children can pretend they are jungle explorers in the many acres of tropical gardens.
- Meet the giant tortoises (and see the crocodiles if you are brave enough) at the Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park. How magical would it be to experience a first-hand unique encounter with the giant tortoises, and get a chance to feed, pet and play with them?
For more information about Mauritius, click through to the Mauritius Tourist Board site.
Disclosure: This post is in association with Tourism Mauritius.