Mauritius once known as a honeymooners destination has re invented itself as a family friendly island. The luxury hotels including the Constance Le Maurice, Royal Palm and Awali Resorts, have opened their doors to parents travelling with their young children. The honeymooners have started a family and are returning with their children in tow, expecting the same relaxation, service and luxury before they became parents. A luxury 'holiday' with very young children. Is it really possible? With a warm climate throughout the year, reef protected beaches and a vast choice of high end hotels to choose from, Mauritius makes it possible.
If your perfect holiday is sunshine and warm crystal clear sea you will not be disappointed with Mauritius. It's actually hard to describe the beaches without being cliche - heavenly maybe. The sand is soft and fine and the beaches are pristine, a sandcastles paradise for little one's. The big plus here, is that the island is protected by an offshore reef which means there is very little wave activity, perfect for young children to toddle about in the ocean safely.
The Hotel Resorts
The hotels are all low lying, palm fringed and set against the shoreline. Deep blue swimming pools ready to lounge around and the most stunning sunsets to watch whilst sipping a cocktail. The setting is highly romantic. However, as a new parent the romantic setting is probably not the first thing on your mind. As a new parent its all about location and service. Some 'child friendly' resort hotels can turn out to be adult hotels in disguise, providing kids clubs but lacking in thought over buggy access, quiet areas or offering a poor service. In Mauritius this is not the case with resorts such as the Constance Le Prince and Four Seasons setting the standards. The majority of the resorts are thoughtfully laid out amongst the palm trees all within throwing distance of the sea. The service in Mauritius is amazing, highly attentive and fast so there is no waiting about with tired children. The word queue does not exist here. The people are friendly, warm and gracious and nothing is too much trouble. The hotels provide really well for families, offering pretty much anything you may need for your little one, from high chairs to cots to warm milk in the evenings.
The food in Mauritius is a mouthwatering healthy fusion. Influenced by African, Chinese, Indian and French cuisine the options are endless. Fresh fish is the focus of most dishes, infused with tumeric, garlic and ginger for a real health kick. For children most of the resorts offer special children's menus and timed buffets serving pasta, fish and fresh vegetables in abundance. Ice cream and sweet treats are also readily available for a sugar hit before hitting the beach again.
Things to Do
If you are staying in Mauritius with a young child in a luxury resort next to a beautiful beach you don't really need to 'do' much or go far. With the Indian Ocean at your doorstep there is a whole water world to explore. Snorkelling and many watersports such as kayaking, windsurfing and kite surfing are available. If your looking for something different you can easily hop onto a boat and take a trip just beyond the reef to go snorkelling with the dolphins, an amazing experience.
If you are feeling slightly more energetic many Mauritius resorts also offer golf activities, and gyms and if you have time for yourself the spa's are a welcome pampering experience.
Or you can just stay on the beach and make sandcastles with your little ones until the sun goes down.
We have stayed in Mauritius as parents with young children and all views are our own, unsponsored. We would however like to thank the Constance Le Prince, Maradiva Villas and Heritage Awali for memorable stays. All images are copyright of Snowballs and Sandcastles, Leading Hotels of the World and the Royal Palm Hotel.