I was recently invited to Mauritius by Beachcomber who have 8 well placed properties on the island. They are all 4 star and above, larger establishments with plenty of activities on hand.
Two days we spent getting to know the island better, through the aid of a 'Dodo Hunt' and self driving from the north to the south of the island. Having done this we learnt first hand just how friendly, helpful and approachable the islanders are. It was totally safe to roam around and find our own way around. Driving on the left, the road laws and signs being the same as the UK, made hiring a car easy. Which all adds up to this not being a hotel restricted holiday.
Car hire is around £250 for a week. Book with us before you leave the UK.
My favourite of the 8 hotels that we saw were The Canonnier & The Royal Palm. Both are situated just outside Grand Baie where you can find local markets, boutique shops and duty free stores as well as the lovely Sunset Boulevard that offers lovely restaurants and bars.
Grand Bay, (or Grand Baie) is a seaside village and large tourist beach in the district of Rivière du Rempart at the north of Mauritius. Grand Bay was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century, and when visiting the village it is easy to understand why. Today, the resort town of Grand Bay is the most popular holiday destination in Mauritius.
Grand Bay owes its popularity to the enchanting quality of its emerald waters and to its liveliness by day and by night.
It offers facilities for safe swimming, sailing, windsurfing, and water skiing, and it is also the departure point for deep sea fishing trips and for boat excursions to the islands to the north of Mauritius: Gunners' Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, and Serpent Island.
Grand Bay and its surroundings also offer a large choice of fashion and craft shops, hotels and restaurants. You can find in Grand Bay traditional local shops, some operating for almost 50 years, alongside modern shopping centers and worldwide brand shops. Considering the variety of shops and shopping complexes, Grand Bay is definitely a top shopping destination for clothes, jewelry, textiles and for souvenirs.
The Canonnier has recently had a refurbishment bringing to a high standard of 4 star. They offer all inclusive here or half board with branded drinks as standard. They are also offer family apartments which are very spacious and modern. The stunning spa intertwines with the branches of an ancient Banyan tree creating a relaxing escape.
The Royal Palm is the ' jewel in their crown ' and is a very high standard 5 star. It is quite a boutique size with only 69 junior suites & suites, which are all sea facing. The 3 restaurants offer a feast of both international & local delights, whilst overlooking perhaps the best beach on the island. The whole resort exudes timeless elegance and charm.
Top Tips when Visiting
1. Leave the confines of the hotel
2. Embrace the local culture - the people are so friendly
Must Do - Hire a car and see the island
Must See - Undiscovered beaches
Must Eat - Fish Vindaye
Must Take - Lots of suncream
Why not follow in Sally's footsteps.
Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa
10 nights in a standard garden facing room
Emirates flights from Gatwick
FREE land & water sports
Airport transfers in Mauritus
Departs 6 May 2019
from £1,880 pp.