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“Our honeymooners love All Inclusive. It makes the budgeting easy and helps people stick to their budget. Luxury All Inclusive


is our biggest growing market” Johanna Bromiley, The Turquoise Holiday Company


it’s often the small details that count, so be sure to discuss optional extras that can be woven into the standard package, such as beachside dinners, rose petal baths and breakfast in bed.


Outside of the resorts there are lots of interesting options for a wedding ceremony with a difference, which can all be organised with the help of a freelance wedding planner or local ground handler. Couples can say “I do” in an old Creole mansion, a Hindu temple, one of the island’s ancient cathedrals, on a catamaran cruise, or even under the Indian Ocean in a submarine.


Mauritius is also a favourite choice for honeymooners, thanks to its good-value packages, uncrowded beaches and unobtrusive, yet personalised, service. “It’s the perfect destination for those who want a romantic getaway,” says Dr Karl Mootoosamy, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.


MARRIAGE CERTIFICATE CHECKLIST Passports and birth certificates (re-issued and dated within three months of wedding date); Decree Absolute if divorced; death and marriage certificate if widowed; deed Poll if name has changed; christening and morality


“It consistently ranks in the top fi ve spots to marry worldwide, and overtook the Maldives as the ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination’ in the World Travel Awards 2013.”


Romantic hideaways like the Anahita Resort (anahita.mu) provide the ultimate escape for couples, with honeymoon packages including business class fl ights, complimentary spa treatments and a candle-lit dinner from £2,735 pp with Turquoise Holidays (turquoiseholidays. co.uk). It’s hard to imagine a more romantic restaurant than Le Barachois at the Constance Le Prince Maurice (princemaurice.constancehotels. com), which fl oats over the warm waters of the lagoon, lit by lanterns.


“The island is also very popular with honeymooners or couples as a combination with a safari in Africa,” says Edward Burke, Head of Product at Bailey Robinson.


certificates from parish priests and religion specified for religious weddings; Mauritian doctor non-pregnancy certificate if recently divorced; marriage licence: 10 days prior for a diving wedding, 6-8 weeks for religious services. tourism-mauritius.mu


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RHYTHM OF THE NIGHT Dance the night away and hire a local sega band for your reception


LOVE IS IN THE AIR Head to a private island for a romantic candlelit dinner or picnic


CANTERING SOUTH Ride along the beach on horseback at Riambel in the wild south


Mauritius is also a


favourite choice for honeymooners, thanks to its good-value packages


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