PR Account Manager Jess Flood writes about her trip to Mauritius
Back at the end of November as the UK winter was settling in, I waved goodbye to the office for a week and jetted off to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius. I discovered a destination that has become very special to me and a place I would recommend to anyone, whether you are looking for pure R&R, fantastic hospitality, amazing food and drink, culture, romance or activities, or a mixture of all of the above.
After a 12 hour direct flight from London Heathrow with Air Mauritius, we took a quick and easy transfer and in no time at all arrived at the five star Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort, situated in Bel-Ombre on the south of the island. The luxury hotel is the ideal place to relax, it has a laid back African decor whilst offering an excellent range of facilities including numerous restaurants and the Seven Colours Spa. We were greeted by the sound of drum beats and felt instantly soothed after the flight as we stepped into the beautiful open air lobby. As we’d arrived early we relaxed on the beach until our room was ready, and it was so worth the wait. We had an ocean facing room which was steps from the pool and the beach and had the most incredible views…
The week went past in a whirl of relaxation, good food, cocktails and sunbathing – my favourite kind of holiday. The beach, moments from our room, was a dream of white sand and crystal clear water and we felt like we’d stepped into paradise.
Our room was clean and comfortable and perfect for chilling out.
The hotel staff were so welcoming and hospitable and nothing was too much trouble. My fiancé enjoyed playing golf and was impressed by the excellent courses. I am quite a fussy eater but found the choice of restaurants good and there was always a different option for me. We especially enjoyed Infinity Blue particularly the tables looking out onto the ocean.
There were lots of opportunities at the hotel to book activities and we took a city tour to the capital of Port Louis. We were glad we made the effort to do this as it meant we saw more of the beautiful island on the drive. Port Louis also had a number of local markets and we bought some souvenirs to take home.
The last day of the holiday was my birthday and we booked a catamaran trip. We were so glad we did this and had an incredible day. When I’m used to celebrating my birthday on a dark November day in London, instead being on a catamaran surrounded by sparkling blue waters, snorkelling, seeing dolphins and enjoying an onboard BBQ, was just amazing.
And the hotel team had some treats ready for me when we got back …
On our final evening I had the ultimate surprise – my (now) fiancé popped the question! It was the perfect proposal made even better by our surroundings, the hotel had even secretly been helping to organise a private romantic beach dinner for us. Thank you Mauritius and Heritage Awali!
For more information on Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort visit: www.heritageresorts.mu/en/awali-welcome.html
For more information on Mauritius visit: www.tourism-mauritius.mu