5 things you need to know about creating your dream holiday
If you’re a fan of Air Mauritius on Facebook you'll no doubt be aware of our latest Dreams Made in Mauritius campaign, where we’re giving you the opportunity to create your own dream holiday.
To kick off the competition, we’re partnering with Mauritian-style hotel Blumarine Attitude whose location on the north coast offers endless days of relaxation and rejuvenation overlooking the wide lagoon of Anse le Raie. Simply visit Facebook for your chance to create and win your very own holiday of a lifetime in Mauritius.
Planning a dream holiday
Researching a long-awaited dream holiday can be brilliant fun, and helps build a sense of anticipation and excitement for your upcoming trip. But the planning phase can also be fraught, especially when trying to satisfy the multiple needs of other family members or travelling companions.
But creating your dream trip doesn’t have to be difficult, especially when visiting an all-round destination like Mauritius. Follow our five tips for all round holiday satisfaction.
1. The right hotel is key
Picking the right accommodation can be a daunting task, but for many visitors this is the single most important thing to get right. So take the time to carefully consider the needs of everyone in your party, and make a list of all your individual priorities.
Are you looking for absolute privacy and away-from-it-all remoteness, or is proximity to activities and local culture more important? Is a world-class spa facility or golf course at the top of your list or do you simply need a sunbed by the pool and a fantastic kid’s club? Do you want to sleep amid high-end contemporary design, or in a resort that reflects the island’s laid back Creole culture? Whatever your expectations, our post on choosing the right luxury hotel for you – which features tips from some of the island’s top resort managers – will help you decide.
2. Connecting with nature will give you a sense of wellbeing
Idyllic powdery white beaches, tropical marine life, wild volcanic landscapes, rare and exquisite flora and fauna. No dream holiday to Mauritius would be complete without some one-on-one time with Mother Nature, so make sure you factor some in.
Whatever your interests, we’ve got plenty of suggestions for ways to connect with nature on this blog, from exploring Black River Gorges National Park and the rugged beaches of the south coast, to spotting the rare pink pigeon on Ile aux Aigrettes and snorkelling over multicoloured fish and corals at Blue Bay Marine Park.
3. De-stressing helps you to achieve equilibrium
Although we’re known as a destination for relaxation and romance, it would be just as easy to fill your days in Mauritius with action-packed, adrenalin-fuelled activities, never letting up for a second.
But even the most hardcore adventurer needs some respite now and then, and there are few places better equipped to help you achieve equilibrium than here. So treat yourself to an all-encompassing wellness holiday - kick start a healthy eating plan with the Fast Diet, tone up with a brand new fitness programme, or simply enjoy a few indulgent treatments in one of these luxury hotel spas.
4. New activities create a sense of achievement
That said, there’s nothing like a quick jolt of fear to make you feel truly alive. Mauritius is the perfect place to try an adventure activity you might never have considered before, like canyoning and cliff-diving at Tamarin Falls, quad biking the Mauritius highlands, diving the famed Shark Pit dive site off the northern coast, or simply learning to surf.
Even those of a more sedate nature will find something suitable to enjoy, from kayaking alongside the silent mangrove forests of Amber Island to horse-riding into the sunset at Riambel Beach. So jump in with both feet and make a vow to experience at least one new thing on your dream holiday.
5. Memorable souvenirs make memories live on
It’s a sad but inevitable fact that all holidays must eventually come to an end. But shop around a for unique souvenir and you’ll always be able to conjure great memories from your trip.
For something stylish, high-quality and eminently wearable, take home a beautiful cardigan or tunic from luxury cashmere brand In’am. Visit the M.A.S.T workshop for a meticulously crafted model ship, a Mauritian speciality. Or take home a bottle of the island’s homegrown Pink Pigeon rum and impress your friends with new-found tropical cocktail-making skills.
Remember, all you have to do is visit our Dreams Made in Mauritius app to create your dream holiday moodboard for a chance to win.
Photos: Blumarine Attitude, Heritage Le Telfair, Spa Beachcomber Dinarobin.