Friday, 18 November 2011 9:11 AM
If you are looking for a luxury holiday, there are few better places in the world than Mauritius. The Indian Ocean island has everything you need for a relaxing getaway, including a number of upmarket resorts that cater for different types of breaks.
Wherever you opt to base yourself on Mauritius's coastline, you can expect stunning beaches, beautiful scenery, comfortable accommodation and a selection of great places to eat. However, you are likely to be looking for something specific from your holiday and that is sure to influence your selection of luxurious resort.
One reason many people choose to travel to this island paradise is for a family holiday and there are a number of hotel complexes that are ideal for that. Look for resorts that have facilities for children's activities, early sittings for dinner, child minding services and kids' clubs.
Among the best of them is the Le Victoria hotel, which is located in an idyllic spot between Port Louis and Grand Baie. It is close enough to the vibrant towns for your family to enjoy sightseeing trips, as well as having great facilities for visitors of all ages.
While you are enjoying a peaceful afternoon on the beach or at the wellness centre, you can leave the kids at the Bob Marlin Mini Club. Your youngsters will be treated to indoor games and a range of outdoor activities, such as tennis, sailing and glass-bottomed boat trips to see the local marine life. The club is staffed by childcare professionals, so you can be sure your little ones will be well looked after.
Le Victoria also boasts some of the most spacious rooms to be found in Mauritius hotels, including a selection of family apartments that have two separate bedrooms, a large lobby area and a balcony with ocean views. The main restaurant has a special kids' menu at lunchtime and a 6pm sitting for dinner, while the babysitting service means you can enjoy a leisurely evening meal without the children.
The island is also a great destination for a romantic holiday, with its stunning coastal views and the deserted beaches making it ideal for spending time together. An upmarket villa or a beach front suite with a plunge pool and private terrace can help to make the getaway even more special.
You will find some of the most luxurious accommodation on the island at the Trou Aux Biches hotel – an exclusive resort that opened last year. As well as the high-quality rooms, you can look forward to relaxing on a private beach, eating in the six restaurants, learning to dive and enjoying a massage at the spa.
Trou Aux Biches is a perfect destination for a honeymoon or you could even choose its beautiful surroundings as the venue for your wedding. The hotel never stages more than one ceremony in a day, so you can be sure you will receive all the attention you need for your nuptials.
If your idea of the ideal holiday is to relax on the beach by day and party by night, the best venue on the island is Le Mauricia Mauritius. Book an all inclusive package here and you can look forward to sipping cocktails in the sun, before eating an excellent meal at one of the resort's restaurants and dancing into the early hours at its La Rhumerie nightclub.
Le Mauricia is located just a short walk down the beach from Mauritius's party capital Grand Baie, so you can also choose to spend evenings away from the resort in the town's lively bars and clubs.