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At Travel Bureau our personal travel experts are just that, experts. We know how important it is for you to have recommendations you can trust, from someone who really knows what they’re talking about. That’s why our team are always travelling to stay up to date on the ever-changing world of travel. We recently packed Garry off to one of our most popular destinations, Mauritius, to get the lowdown on all the best things to do and places to stay.

The lowdown…

More than just beaches, Mauritius is a diverse destination, a land of lush landscapes and gushing waterfalls and a country of rich history and heritage with a vibrant capital city in Port Louis. An Emirates flight from Newcastle to Mauritius takes around 16 hours with a short connection in Dubai but you could always choose to spend a few nights in this ultra-glamorous UAE city to break up the journey. With the island’s tropical climate, the best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December, avoiding the hottest and most humid summer months.

Hotel spotlight…

4* Veranda Paul et Virginie

Veranda Paul et Virginie, Mauritius

Located on the northeast coast, this couples only retreat is named after the titular characters of Jacques-Henri Bernadin’s 1788 novel. Set on Mauritius, or Ile de France as it was known during its time under French rule in the 18th and early 19th centuries, the book chronicles the life-long love story of two childhood friends. So, it’s safe to say that this place has romance in its DNA! What Garry loved most about this peaceful resort was its relaxed and intimate feel, perfect for couples seeking quality time and a sense of calm.

HIGHLIGHT: The resort has two pools but it’s the stunning infinity pool that leaves a lasting impression. Overlooking the ocean with views of the Northern Islets, you’ll be hard-pressed to find a more beautiful spot.

5* Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius

Further down the east coast, Constance Belle Mare Plage is a much larger resort with a different atmosphere. With an excellent kids’ club, it’s a perfect option for families with younger children but also has a lot to offer couples who aren’t after the honeymoon vibe. With a spectacular oceanfront setting, complete with palm-fringed beach, the resort itself is quite spread out, giving a great sense of space and meaning guests never feel crowded. What’s more, in Garry’s view, the Constance offers one of the best value all-inclusive packages in Mauritius.

HIGHLIGHT: With seven restaurants across the resort, foodies will love the quality and versatility of dining options. Garry particularly enjoyed his experience at the Blue Penny restaurant, which is located within the hotel’s wine cellar. It’s a wonderful setting for a meal but can be a bit chilly so make sure to take an extra layer.

5* Lux Bell Mare

Lux Belle Mare in Mauritius

Set on a wide expanse of talcum-soft sand that stretched away into the distance, this contemporary design hotel oozes class and style. Designed by Kelly Hoppen MBE, the whole resort has an aesthetic of modern cool but rustic touches keep it from feeling overly stylised. Whether you’re celebrating a special occasion or just raising a toast to a fantastic holiday, with a special rum corner, a gin bar and a Champagne bar you won’t be short of places to clink glasses! Lux Belle Mare offers a wide selection of board packages meaning there’s something to suit every taste and budget.

HIGHLIGHT: Those with a sweet tooth will be delighted to learn that the hotel even has its own chocolate maker to prepare delectable deserts and tempting treats for guests. Garry really enjoyed watching him work his magic and the tasting session wasn’t too much of a hardship either!

Don’t leave without…

The Pamplemousses Botanic Garden in Mauritius

Visiting the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Pamplemousse is the French word for grapefruit, which were originally planted in Mauritius to try and stop sailors from getting scurvy! The ground on which the Royal Botanical Garden was established was purchased by the island’s first French Governor, François Mahé de Labourdonnais, in 1735 to provide vegetables for his household – the nearby Chateau Labourdonnais, which is also well worth a visit. In 1768, it was Intendant Pierre Poivre who introduced various fruits, flowers and spices from all over the world, literally planting the seeds of the spectacular garden we know today. The oldest botanic garden in the southern hemisphere, the huge water lilies are one of the garden’s highlights alongside the resident population of giant tortoises.

Did you know…

A former Dutch colony, the island of Mauritius was named in honour of Prince Maurice van Nassau in 1598 and is also where the extinct flightless bird, the dodo came from!

This is just a snapshot of what Garry saw while he was out in Mauritius so if you’d like to know more please feel free to give him a call on 0191 285 9321 or send an email to holidays@travelb.co.uk.

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