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ith a near-perfect year-round climate, clean, safe seas, and plenty of fun attractions to keep children of all ages entertained, Mauritius has much to offer when it comes to family escapes. Johanna Bromiley, Indian Ocean & Middle East Product Manager for The Turquoise Holiday Company comments: “Direct fl ights with minimal jet lag ease the pain of travelling long haul with the kids, but it’s the island’s wide range of family- friendly resorts that are the key to a stress-free holiday”.

She adds, “Mauritius works from babies to tots to teens due to the extensive children’s facilities on offer at the resorts, such as babysitting, interconnecting rooms and family suites. It’s hard to fi nd a destination as affordable for families, with almost guaranteed year-round weather in fi ve-star luxury!” All-inclusive packages are a popular choice, and special offers at resorts including Le Touessrok and Long Beach often include free rooms for children.

For those who prefer to self-cater, new family offerings are springing up across


the island, with Heritage Villas, Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita and Constance Belle Mare Plage all offering three- to four-bedroom family villas.

Even the most luxurious, romantic resorts are now offering incredible kids’ clubs with a staggering range of creative boredom busters. Shanti Maurice offers outdoor activities like den building, while the Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa has daily eco-activities. The One&Only Le St Géran has an extensive KidsOnly programme including golf, tennis and Tai Chi, an exclusive children’s menu by Annabel Karmel and even has a junior spa for pampered tweens, with Skin Sparkle facials for girls and Get Muddy face treatments for boys. Meanwhile, The Hobbit Village Kids’ Club at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita has a puppet theatre, and teens can sip cocktails and spin some tunes in the DJ booth at their Karokan Teens’ Club.

Older children can try out the water sports on offer across the island, or sign up to one of the popular golf and tennis academies. Long Beach offers fi ve-a-

Mauritius works from babies and

tots to teens due to the extensive children’s facilities

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