Family Mauritius

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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. The huge range of activities catering for children of all ages makes Mauritius the perfect family destination.

The best resorts (in our humble opinion) are those which have prime beachfront locations. The beautiful white sand beaches and warm, sheltered waters protected by offshore reefs are perfect for families, and mean there is 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.

Many resorts are extremely well set up for families, with separate children's pools to keep the energetic, splashy youngsters, away from the chilled out honeymooners. The kids clubs offer 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.

Other 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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Isabel is our 'Family Mauritius' expert and as a seasoned traveller has the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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