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How to stay energised on a long-haul business trip

Some people view travelling for business as an exciting perk of the job, while others see it as a necessary evil. Either way, there’s no denying that flying for business – especially long-haul – can takes its toll on your body and mind.

One of the best ways to counter the effects of long-haul business travel is to break up your journey in a place that allows you to rejuvenate and re-energise, while still providing you with everything you need to keep in touch with colleagues around the globe. For business travellers flying between Australia and Europe especially, a one or two night stopover in a place like Mauritius makes more than just good sense – it’s probably the only way to guarantee you’ll arrive at your destination feeling refreshed and raring to go. Similarly, flyers travelling from South Africa to Malaysia or Australia will benefit from the opportunity to break up their journey and relax.

Five ways to keep at the top of your game

We’ve put together five reasons why stopping over in Mauritius could be one of the wisest business decisions you will make:


1. Mauritius is world-renowned for the quality of its spas. Whether your aim is to completely unwind and relax for 24 hours, or to revitalise your mind for the next leg of your journey, you’ll find something to fit. Here you can experience anything from unusual spa treatments like an energising coffee and mint body wrap or a refreshing scrub, to the post-flight bliss of an expertly executed deep tissue massage.


2. We don’t just focus on the body either. Mauritius understands today’s travellers’ desire to focus equally on the mind and soul, and there are plenty of opportunities for visitors to partake in guided meditations, tai chi and yoga classes, too. Many hotels also offer personalised health and detoxification consultations, in a continued shift towards wellness and wellbeing. In fact, some forward-thinking businesses have brought their employees to Mauritius for wellbeing programmes alone – proof, if any were needed, of our expertise in this area.

healthy eating

3. For many business travellers it can be a challenge to maintain a healthy diet on the road but in Mauritius it’s something we take very seriously. The island is home to a bounty of fresh, naturally nutritious produce all year round, and our best island chefs are constantly reinventing their menus to include the latest healthy eating trends. Air Mauritius’s also has its own ‘Cooking Without Borders’ menu; a healthy gourmet dining option incorporating a fusion of French, Indian and Chinese techniques.

juice bar

4. We’ve written before about all the many delicious types of tropical fruits available on Mauritius, so don’t miss an opportunity to boost your immune system with one of our authentic and totally natural energy drinks. Hotels like Le Touessrok, LUX* Belle Mare and Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita have juice bars featuring all kinds of wild and wonderful seasonal produce, so there’s no reason to give up on your daily green smoothie or freshly squeezed fruit juice.


5. After being on a plane for several hours one of the best ways re-energise is to shun the comfortable bed and dive straight into some exercise. The opportunities in Mauritius range from the hardcore and adrenaline-fuelled (hiking, canyoning, kitesurfing) to the more sedate (swimming, golf) but with only a day or two to spare, it’s more likely you’ll be looking for your fitness fix within the confines of your hotel. Fortunately, most resorts in Mauritius come equipped with everything from state-of-the-art gym equipment to tennis courts, cycle hire and snorkelling gear.

What’s more, if you’re transiting through SSR International Airport from Australia for your onward journey to South Africa, Kenya or Europe, Air Mauritius will make arrangements for one night’s FREE stopover with hotel accommodation, including meals and return transfers, for all eligible transiting passengers. Visit the Air Mauritius website for further details, terms and conditions.

Photos: Le Touessrok, Beachcomber Hotels

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