ITC Sales Manager Sarah Morgan talks about her recent trip to the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius...
“Having previously travelled extensively throughout the Caribbean, it has become my specialist area for the past 18 years.
As Sales Manager for our ITC Chairman’s Club my clients have high expectations and rely on my firsthand personal insight of destinations. Mauritius was one such which I was therefore eager to visit, as I felt it would be somewhere I could suggest to clients when they were looking for an alternative to the Caribbean...how right I was.
We visited 20 hotels in five days during my recent trip there, staying in a different hotel each night. Travelling anti-clockwise around the island, I was lucky enough to stay in some of the most luxurious hotels Mauritius has to offer.
The St Regis Resort, Four Seasons Anahita, Constance Le Prince Maurice and The Oberoi have to be the top of my list. The St Regis Resort is all about five star luxury with sumptuous guest rooms and suites, each with breathtaking views over the Indian Ocean. You can bask in the sun by the luxurious pool or on the beach; go wind and kite surfing; or escape to a sanctuary of rejuvenation at the Iridium Spa. From its amazing service to the mouth-watering cuisine, and from the pink Champagne to the fantastic kids’ facilities; St Regis really does tick all the boxes.
Four Seasons Anahita offers modern but rustic luxury, along with privacy in their secluded one bedroom beach villas, each with its own private plunge pool. It has amazing service, spa sanctuary, kids club and is the only resort in Mauritius that you can have a boat transfer to/from the airport.
Constance Le Prince Maurice is the ultimate romantic hideaway. It offers an intimate and secluded setting. You can pamper yourself in the spa, enjoy exceptional international cuisine and take a visit to the wine cellar which offers a wide variety of fine wines and Champagnes. The hotel also has junior suites on stilts (the only ones available on Mauritius), a floating bar and restaurant. If you’re travelling with kids the complimentary Constance Club is ideal.
Finally the Oberoi offers a unique experience of European, African and Asian cultures. It captures the spirit of the island in a resort that combines its natural beauty with refined luxury. Villas with private swimming pools and luxury pavilions offer panoramic views of the ocean. I found the Oberoi to be elegant with high levels of service and excellent cuisine while also offering a range of watersports and recreation like wind surfing, water skiing, diving and sailing.
We travelled in late June which is one of the ‘winter’ months for the island, but I can honestly say the sun shone and the temperature was hot enough without being humid, thanks to a constant breeze. Of course, as with our British weather, this perfect weather cannot be guaranteed. But what can be guaranteed, however, is that I will find you the perfect hotel on this very special island to suit you and your travelling companions.”