Fancy white sandy beaches, cocktails out of coconuts and big kingsize beds? Course you do. We’ve found just the place where you can put your wallet away and relax without lifting a finger at a beautiful all-inclusive resort in Mauritius…
I had been dreaming of a tropical island getaway and the Indian Ocean had called my name. Mauritius is a magnet for celebrities and royals who go for the unspoilt beaches, world-class hotels and its enviable subtropical climate. But it’s suitable for us normal folk, too, especially if you go all-inclusive. Club Med, the original provider of all-inclusive holidays, has two resorts in Mauritius and I was headed to the recently refurbished La Pointe aux Canonniers located along the shores of Grand Baie.
Nothing says vacay like a fresh coconut, which we were given as soon as we arrived while women in vibrant skirts twirled and undulated to the sound of loud drums. The party had officially started.
La Pointe is huge but the cluster of colonial-style buildings dotted around the resort make it feel kind of cosy. My room was on the ground floor and backed onto the Zen Pool, which is adults-only and the perfect place to watch the sun set. It was furnished simply with a giant bed that’s ideal for starfish sleepers to spread their limbs and had all the creature comforts.
Breakfast is my favourite meal of the day and I couldn’t wait to see what the buffet-style restaurant had to offer. If you want to go full-on indulgence fill your plate with crispy bacon, hashbrowns and eggs anyway you like them. But if you want to keep it healthier, there’s platters of exotic fruit, every cereal under the sun and I spied some chia seeds, hazelnut milk and beetroot shots. Lunch and dinner is a similar affair with a choice of dishes from different cuisines – I mainly ate lots of fresh fish and colourful salads.
Alternatively, my preferred spot was the new Alma Beach Lounge where you can go for a late breakfast or a lingering lunch. It looks right out onto the ocean and of course, it’s all inclusive so no need to bring your purse and there certainly won’t be any fighting over the bill.
Mauritius is surrounded by coral reef so marine lovers will be in their element with plenty of snorkelling and scuba dive opportunities. You can also paddleboard, kayak, waterski or even learn to sail. Plus, there’s tennis courts, archery, beach volley ball and a new fitness suite.
Or maybe you just want treat it as a ‘do absolutely nothing’ holiday, like I did – and I didn’t feel a bit guilty about it. Laze on the beach or book in for a massage at the Cinque Mondes spa.
When it comes to evening entertainment, Club Med is not in short supply. It’s notoriously known for its fun-filled resorts and La Pointe is no exception. Every night there is a themed party where you’re invited to follow a dress code – there’s a white party where you dine around the main swimming pool and a flower-themed beach BBQ with fire show. I warn you, things can get boozy but this really is a place to let your hair down.
Prices start from £1,522pp for a 7 night all-inclusive holiday from the 14th of September 2019 with flights from London.
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