The best group experiences in Mauritius
Visiting Mauritius as part of a bigger group? Whether you’re a large group of friends or a multigenerational family on a well-earned break, members of a wedding party, or travelling on business with your company, we’ve got the lowdown on the best group activities to take part in on the island...
VIP Horse racing day
Get together with friends and family and enjoy a full day at the races in Mauritius. The island is home to the Champ de Mars racecourse – the oldest horse racing club in the southern hemisphere, founded in 1812 – and the sport is hugely popular among locals and tourists alike.
The horse racing season in Mauritius runs roughly from April to November, so now is a great time to start planning your trip. Your VIP day schedule includes access to the VIP box, complimentary food and drink, private betting facilities, attendance at eight different races and the chance to meet local horse trainers, owners and jockeys. You’ll also enjoy great views over the racecourse and finish line, and round-trip transport to your accommodation.
Charter your own boat
There’s no better way to experience the coastline of Mauritius than from the water, so if you’re travelling in a group why not charter a catamaran on an exclusive basis?
Having the boat to yourselves means you can escape the crowds and have more of an input into your route. Catamaran Cruises Mauritius have a fleet of cruisers which can carry between 15 and 40 passengers, and operates excursions on the west, north and south east coasts, as well as to various islands including Ile aux Aigrettes, Ile aux Cerfs and Ilot Gabriel.
Touring the island in a Mini Cooper
Groups lucky enough to be staying at the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita have the option of exploring the island in a fleet of convertible Mini Coopers, which even have a tailored touring route pre-programmed into their built-in GPS.
Best of all, the resort has organised bespoke itineraries depending on the particular needs and interest of your gang, so foodies can get stuck in to the Culinary Mini-tinerary and those with children in tow can follow the Family Mini-tinerary, to name but two. Others focus on outdoor sports and scenery if that’s more your style.
If there’s an oenophile or two among your travelling companions, consider getting together for a wine tasting evening at one of the island’s world-class resorts.
For example, Constance Le Prince Maurice is home to one of the best-stocked wine cellars in Mauritius, with capacity for more than 15,000 bottles. Hosted by expert sommeliers, the luxury hotel can organise special tasting evenings for small groups of up to 6 guests in the fully air conditioned and humidified cellar, and your journey through the world of wine will be accompanied by various cheeses and deli treats.
Adrenaline team building event
If you’re attempting to organise a challenging team building event in Mauritius, look no further than Yemaya Adventures who can help you create a day of adrenaline-fuelled activities that will really put your attendees to the test.
Yemaya specialise in outdoor adventures like hiking, sea kayaking and mountain biking, and can combine these with other exciting activities such as treasure hunts and orienteering which make the most of the island’s best natural features. Previous corporate clients include Unilever, Deutsche Bank and Hilton Hotels
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