Nicki Grihault, The Daily Telegraph, January 13, 2014
Mark Rees writes
We have chosen Mauritius for our honeymoon in May 2014, and having never been long haul or away for a two week period, we want to book an all-inclusive holiday. We are happy with paying extra for non-local drinks but we want to be able to relax and order what we want. Can you recommend a decent four- or five-star hotel?
Nicki Grihault, Mauritius expert, replies
Mauritius is made for romance, and honeymooners are spoilt rotten here. May is considered low season, and the time to pick up great offers.
Popular with nature lovers and active types, the all-inclusive offering at the African-style five star, Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort ( heritageresorts.mu ) at Bel Ombre in the green southwest, is hard to beat. Dining options include three restaurants and bars on site with credit for seven others, including the island’s only beach club. There’s no skimping here, with premium drinks, picnic lunches, afternoon tea, candlelit dinner at Chateau de Bel Ombre and a massage included. Complimentary activities include biking, watersports (daily waterskiing), Le Morne hike and green fees on its award-winning golf course. Seven nights all-inclusive in a deluxe room at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort costs from £1,583 per person in May, including return flights from London Gatwick and transfers with Kuoni (01306 747008; kuoni.co.uk ).
For maximum romance, the “you&me” premium all-inclusive package at the adult only boutique-style Paradise Cove ( paradisecovehotel.com ) may also appeal to you. Dining is at three restaurants, with premium drinks, one lobster dinner and afternoon tea included along with pampering massages and hammam steam baths at the exclusive spa. Recently renovated, this five star hotel has sleek precious woods and lovely rooms - think white muslin curtains draped on four poster beds. The only drawback is its tiny beach, but plenty of pretty coves, excursions and buzz are found at nearby Grand Baie.
Seven nights Premium All inclusive in a deluxe room including economy flights from London and private transfers costs from £1,799 per person in May with Luxury Holidays Direct (020 3199 4985; luxuryholidaysdirect.com ).
For more details, see my online guide at telegraph.co.uk/mauritius
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About Nicki Grihault
Nicki Grihault first visited Mauritius as a teenager on holiday from boarding school. Making Mauritius a specialist country when she became a travel writer 15 years ago, she has a guidebook under her belt, but is best known on the island as the daughter of the dodo expert and island celebrity, after her father Alan became a presenter on Mauritius TV. She'll be visiting, and dodging the cameras, for some years to come.