Our tropical adventure began at Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, on the southwestern peninsula of Mauritius. This beautiful resort provided exactly the island getaway we’d been dreaming of – our home for the next few days was an adorable thatched suite, set around an exclusive pool for the adults-only wing. From our impeccably decorated room, the picture-perfect beach and calm waters were visible just beyond the gardens. Although all of the resort’s 172 suites were full, it felt totally exclusive – each time we used the pool, we had it to ourselves.
WELCOME TO PARADISE
Outside our room, the view of Le Morne mountain was mesmerising. Unbelievably, there was an even better view of this iconic peak at the spa – it watched over us as we sipped our pre-massage lemon water. Heading to the ultra-luxe spa is a honeymoon must. There are 11 treatment rooms, as well as hammam and yoga facilities, and a tranquil pool sits at its centre, surrounded by daybeds – the ideal spot for a post-massage snooze. I opted for an all-over body treatment and enjoyed the soothing massage with birds and trickling water providing the calming soundtrack. I couldn’t have imagined a better welcome to paradise!
After our rest and relaxation, we strolled to the adults-only section of the beach to kick back on beanbags, loungers, daybeds, and pay occasional visits to the cute cocktail hut. The sea was calm, clear and inviting, so we headed in – the island is surrounded by a ring of coral, creating a beautifully still lagoon that’s perfect for swimming and snorkelling. If you would prefer to get a bit more active, Beachcomber’s neighbouring resort, Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, is a true playground for watersports and can be reached in five minutes on the golf-buggy shuttle service.
Early mornings aren’t a chore in Mauritius, as the sun is shining and there’s so much to see and do. One morning, before heading to breakfast, we took part in a yoga class, performing our sun salutations and downward dogs in a heavenly cool room in front of a giant statue of Buddha.
As with all the meals here, breakfast was sublime. The huge morning buffet caters for all tastes and appetites, and several helpings are definitely required to sample all of the tropical fruits, pastries, cakes and freshly cooked omelettes. With every dinner, we fell more in love with Mauritian cuisine, which included delicious curried jackfruit and plantain. We especially enjoyed the super-spicy green chilli sauce, which is a traditional condiment served with every meal.
On our final morning in the south of the island, we bid a fond farewell to our beautiful resort, but were excited as we embarked on the next part of our trip. On our way to the Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa, our new destination in the north of the island, we got to see some iconic sights along the way. The first stop was Black River Gorges, a national park that is home to many of Mauritius’ native animal and plant species. The views of the lush rolling hills, green forests and waterfalls were totally jaw-dropping. To explore the beautiful forests in more detail, you can book guided walks and bike tours.
We also visited the Hindu temple that sits on the edge of the sacred lake Ganga Talao, and L’Aventure du Sucre, a fascinating museum dedicated to Mauritius’ most famous exports – sugar and rum.
After our full day of sightseeing, we were welcomed at Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa with ice-cold fruit juices and a seamless check in. We were then shown to ‘Victoria for 2’, the adults-only part of the resort that’s set away from the main hotel. It has a blissful pool, fully stocked bar and its own stretch of beach – all the essentials for a honeymoon!
It’s also home to the island’s first ‘swim-up’ rooms – you can step down into the cool pool waters directly from your ground-floor terrace. This is an enjoyable, and rather convenient, novelty that we made the most of by swimming straight to the bar for a sundowner before swimming back to our room to get ready for dinner.
On our first night we enjoyed dinner at Morris Beef, a stylish restaurant with a relaxed ‘barefoot’ dress code. The following night, we sampled the resort’s impressive world buffet, which features street-food stalls run by local businesses, and lively cooking demonstrations. We were in culinary heaven, and tried everything, from superb salads, pickles and breads to freshly made pizzas and curries – and not forgetting the array of mouthwatering sweet treats.
With the beach just metres from our room, sunlounging was our favourite pastime, but with so many activities on offer, it would have been rude not to get our pulses racing with something. The resort runs a timetable of fitness classes, including spin, water aerobics and yoga, and you can hire pedalos, paddleboards and snorkels on the beach.
INTO THE DEEP
On our last day, we decided to try scuba diving. We were total beginners, so learned the basics in the pool with the calm assistance of dive manager Françoise, before heading out on the boat for the real thing. I was nervous, but the team were so supportive and encouraging. Before I knew
it, I was four metres down and swimming in wonder among stripy fish, pink coral and starfish. It was a magical experience and something I’ll never forget.
As the sun set, we watched the fruit bats soaring gracefully against the pink sky and had one last toast to the tropical island that really does have something for everyone.
Seven nights at Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa in a Zen Suite on a half-board basis, economy class flights with Air Mauritius and hotel transfers, from £1,995 per person sharing. Seven nights at Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa in an Oceanview Room on an all-inclusive basis, economy class flights with Air Mauritius and hotel transfers, from £1,630 per person, beachcombertours.uk. We flew courtesy of the national carrier Air Mauritius, which offers four direct flights a week from London Heathrow. The airline offers a friendly economy class and a relaxed business class cabin. Mauritius can also be reached conveniently via flights from Paris or Amsterdam, airmauritius.com
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