Dodo may be off the menu permanently, but what Mauritius does still have is a beautiful coastline with a dozen or so top class beach resorts boasting some of the best children’s facilities anywhere in the world.
As well as their beautiful white sand beaches and warm, sheltered waters protected by offshore reefs, both resorts offer a wide range of activities for adults and youngsters. Watersports obviously feature strongly, with windsurfing, sailing, waterskiing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving among the aquatic options. Deep-sea fishing and speedboat or sailing boat rentals are also available, while land-based activities include floodlit tennis courts, volleyball and cycling.
Both resorts are extremely well set up for families, with separate children’s pools to keep the shouty, splashy, little people away from the chilled out, honeymooning people, and kids clubs offering all kinds of activities, from treasure hunts and body painting to picnics, glass-bottomed boat tours, pony rides and sports coaching.
Parents will feel equally pampered at the resorts’ excellent spas, bars and restaurants. In addition, Le Touessrok has an 18-hole golf course and a private island where you can really get away from it all.
Around Mauritius, possible excursions include quad-biking safaris in the hills, boat trips along the coast, a visit to a crocodile park and even a submarine adventure in a mini-sub to see shipwrecks and marine life.
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I love going on holiday - and even more so when it is raining hard at home. Somehow, it makes you feel you are leaving all the drudge and grey behind and heading off on a great adventure, to a place where the sun always shines.
Not that I need the rain to get me excited about holidays. Shara, my wife, can’t understand why, for someone who spends so much time away from home, I get so animated about going on holiday.
The answer is really very simple: being away normally involves...
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