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While Powell might be keen to keep the twin

centres within the confines of Mauritius, Vanessa Dean, product manager at Carrier, says one other result of the Emirates boost is more stopovers in Dubai – perhaps actually spending less time in Mauritius: “Where historically clients may have spent seven nights in Mauritius, more travellers are now staying only five nights in Mauritius and two in Dubai, for example.” Nevertheless, Mauritius is still up almost

20% on last year, she adds: “Our top sellers remain the big brands such as One&Only and Four Seasons, but we are most notably selling Constance Le Prince Maurice and the St Regis better than last year.”

Checking in Like most operators, she hails the changes at Le Touessrok as one of the most significant events for this year. Reservations are now open for stays starting from November at one of the island’s most iconic hotels. It is now closed for a major renovation

encompassing all areas of the hotel, as part of the joint venture agreement between Shangri-La and the resort’s owner, Sun Resorts, with Shangri-La having taken a 26% stake in the property. With regard to the changes, Dean says:

“We always felt the hotel has one of the best locations on the island – on the east coast overlooking Trou d’Eau Douce Bay – but it had been looking rather tired compared with the newer hotels. We took six trips to Mauritius last year and the staff feedback was consistently that an injection of cash was required to restore the high standards. With the help of a highly recognised brand like Shangri-La, we are sure it will be even more popular once the renovations and updates are complete.” Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is

also preparing to add a new element of luxury with the introduction of a new room category, the Sanctuary Collection. Following a short closure of the resort until July 31, the newcomers will be six sanctuary pool villas as well as an enhanced three to five-bedroom Presidential Suite Sanctuary. The current two- bedroom presidential suite is on the tip of the resort’s 11-acre private island and it will have a third bedroom added with the new opportunity to extend the complex to up to five bedrooms through a connecting outdoor corridor to two neighbouring one-bedroom ocean pool villas. Also at the top end, last year’s renovation of

Beachcomber’s flagship Royal Palm saw a raft of changes made to one of the island’s leading hotels, soon to be 30 years old. Hotel stock was also bolstered by Maritim Hotels’ second property, Maritim Crystals Beach, which opened in September, bringing 181 rooms and suites, two bars and four restaurants to the island. Starwood expanded on its St Regis footprint by opening the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa last September, in Balaclava on the north-west coast. With the government’s decision to hold off on hotel developments, the onus is on


In the know With so many great hotels to choose from, we offer a few suggestions

First timer Where? Lux Grande Gaube Why? Great first introduction to resort living in Mauritius, but with options nearby for nightlife too. What? Blessed with three bays, Lux Grande Gaube epitomises the tropical idyll people imagine of Mauritius. But if first-timers also want the chance to get out and explore, then this one is close to a bit of night life, as it’s not too far from Grand Baie, so they can explore local restaurants. However, if a client wants nothing more than to slip into the easy lifestyle of a resort experience, Outrigger, set in the sleepy reserve of Bel Ombre, is another good option. How to book it:Azure Collection offers seven nights at Lux Grand Gaube from £1,255pp, including breakfast, British Airways flights, private transfers and access to the airport departure lounge in London. Tel: 01244 322770,

Sports mad Where? Golf at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita Why? Excellent golf and an enhanced hotel make an excellent combination. What? The resort’s expansive grounds provide the perfect base for an active holiday. The 18-hole Ernie Els-designed championship golf course is a big draw while private lessons and drill sessions can be undertaken at the tennis centre too. Bikes are provided for all guests to cycle along the footpaths around the lush tropical grounds of this hotel. And there is the aquatic playground of the Indian Ocean on the doorstep, with excellent snorkelling or sea kayaking through the mangroves among the many diversions. How to book it: Carrier offers seven nights for the price of four, from £2,140pp including half-board, British Airways flights from Gatwick and private transfers (offer valid for travel until October 15; book by June 30). Tel: 0161 492 1358,

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