Magical Mauritius: everything you need to know

Mauritius needs little introduction to many South Africans. A convenient, direct four-hour flight away from Durban or Johannesburg, no visa requirements, great weather year round thanks to its tropical climate, a people known for their welcoming hospitality and Africa’s only (currently) female head of state, are all elements that make Mauritius a favourite holiday talking point.

 

Mauritius 101

Mauritius is an island in the Indian Ocean, about 2 000 km off the southeast coast of Africa. Alongside Reunion, Seychelles and Maldives, Mauritius has, for South Africans, the allure of sun, beach, safety and convenience, while still offering the allure of an overseas trip.

Mauritius, officially the Republic of Mauritius, includes the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, 560 kilometres east of Mauritius, and the outer islands (Agaléga and St. Brandon and – two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2 040 km2  with the capital and largest city being Port Louis. Formerly a Dutch colony (1638–1710) and a French colony (1715–1810), Mauritius became a British colonial possession in 1810 and remained so until 1968, the year in which it attained independence.

The people of Mauritius are multi-ethnic, multi-religious, multi-cultural and multi-lingual – which means very diverse and welcoming to all kinds of tourists. The government uses English as its main language but French and Creole are spoken by over 80% of the locals. At Club Med resorts, of course, our G.Os are from all over the world and mainly speak the language of #AllInclusive #AllExclusive – so you’ll be sorted.

With Club Med’s 4T La Pointe aux Canonniers on the northern tip of the island and our 5T La Plantation d’Albion and Albion Villas resort on the west coast, our G.Ms are spoilt for choice. Albion is slightly more favoured by couples, whilst La Pointe has a family bias. But both resorts offer uncrowded, breathtaking, white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters. And this being Club Med, many waters ports and exquisite diving spots are included in your package.

If you get tired of the beach, the lush vegetation, tropical forests, mountains, natural sights, parks and reserves offer many hiking and walking opportunities for our G.Ms. And if your idea of a walk is 18 holes, the golfing on the island is rated extremely highly amongst professional and casual golfers alike.

Mauritius is well served by a number of resorts and hotels. However, with our unique and quality all-inclusive product, Club Med Mauritius still offers the best value. With kids under 12 staying for free (and having tailor-made kids’ clubs and programmes for them) we can confidently claim an edge over our competition.

A new-look La Pointe aux Canonniers, coming soon

To ensure that we stay on top of our game, our La Pointe resort is undergoing a fantastic refurbishment between May and September this year. More than 45 years after its doors first opened (in 1972), Club med La Pointe aux Canonniers will undergo a transformation that will enhance all we love about it – and deliver a re-imagined experience! A glimpse into some of what is to come:

  • Accommodation: Additional rooms and the renovation of all club room
  • New areas: A zen zone for adults with an infinity oceanfront pool, Lazuli bar and calm beach. We are also launching our family zone with a family pool and water games.
  • Restaurant & Bars: We are transforming the speciality restaurant into a Gourmet lounge for an ultimate all-day dining experience. Our main restaurant is getting a beautiful new design

So, whether you have been to Club Med Mauritius before or not, 2018 is the year to book and spoil yourself and your loved ones. Keep an eye out on our website as there are many specials on offer for both Albion and La Pointe.

See you in Magical Mauritius!