For families living in Europe and craving for sunshine in winter, Mauritius is a really good alternative because flights are (long but) overnights, and the time difference is between 2 to 3 hours, so nothing too difficult to handle. Also, Mauritius ranks highest for service and attention to details in the hospitality industry, which comes in really handy if you’re the type who needs 5 napkins during mealtimes. Here are 2 family ways to vacation there. All inclusive at Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers in the north. All exclusive at Touessrok in the south. Both are great options, to be booked quite early in order to benefit from some sort of a deal.
Touessrok has an amazing kids club, 10am-10pm from 2 to 12 years old – although if your child is less than 4, he/she will need to be accompanied (babysitters available). The club is fully enclosed, with a fantastic all-wood playground, dinner times taken care of and all sorts of creative activities. Quite unusual, there is also a teen’s club which is free for 12 to 17 years old but I was not the type of teenager who would have enjoyed going to a children’s club if you know what I mean.
We loved spending Christmas time there with a sun-tanned papa noel, barefoot on the beach, a full scale nativity play and little red riding hood performing after dinner.
There are real (!!) huge turtles about 100 years old in the property and it’s a lot of fun to see them lazily wander around. There is also a private island reachable all day long by speed boat (safe for the kids), where it’s all about Sea Sandcastles Sun. You feel extremely pampered and well taken care of at Touessrok.
The great thing about Club Med La Pointe aux Cannoniers : it has been entirely re-done and they take care of children starting… 4months! I must confess we have not been but so many of our friends came back very happy that I thought should share the tip. If the concept of Club Med is your cup of tea, then this one is apparently one of the best for family vacation.
Ps: Don’t ask what we did in Mauritius apart from staying at the beach…nothing! I must confess. It was the one (and only) time we actually spent the whole week in our hotel…apart from the waterfall visit nearby (you’ll find plenty on the island).