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Golf Club; or suggesting a speedboat and snorkelling trip around the lagoon teamed up with a Segway adventure around the Domaine.

Going green Activities-wise, driving more golf business is also an objective for the tourist office, says Powell, highlighting the launch of the new Mauritius Golf Passport, which aims to build on and strengthen golfing on the island. Again, this will help spread the appeal of the island further into the low season. The passport makes it possible to play all of the 18-hole courses in Mauritius at a uniform rate – launched from May until September 30 – with the green fee set as €50 for any of the eight 18-hole courses on the island. These cover Belle Mare Plage Legends; Belle Mare Plage Links; Four Seasons Golf Course at Anahita; Gymkhana Golf Club; Heritage Golf Club; Ile Aux Cerfs Golf; Tamarina Golf; Paradis Golf; and the nine-holes (two rounds played from different tee-off points) of Le St Geran Golf. “Golfers usually just played at their own hotel’s

In autumn, the resort will also collaborate with resorts to keep news flowing by launching

interesting packages and products. For example, Carrier’s Dean highlights how

Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa is the only all-villa resort that seems to be introducing new experiences, with the appointment of Dr Kalyan Chakravarthy as Ayurvedic doctor in the spa. Dean says: “Widely credited with merging modern theories of health, Dr Kalyan has co-authored several books and has established himself as a true pioneer in the Ayurvedic field.”

photographer Kiki Kausch, with a preview of her work known as “Backstage Mauritius” to be held in the presidential suite pool villa exhibiting some of her finest photos of Mauritius. Heritage Resorts has introduced a new surf-

and-turf option so that guests can get active on land and sea within the Domaine de Bel Ombre – where it has two hotels – by bundling up elements such as a two-hour kite-surfing lesson paired with quad biking in the Frederica Nature Reserve; pairing stand-up paddle-boarding followed by a one-hour golf lesson at Heritage

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course, but this gives them the opportunity to move around, which is important to serious golfers,” Powell says. “It also means we can go out and really attract group golf tours now.” A new glow has been added to the island’s

golfing prowess with the completion of the very first AfrAsia Mauritius Open at the start of May. Heritage Resorts was chosen to host the first ever tri-sanctioned golf tournament, endorsed by the European, Asian and Sunshine Tours, making it the biggest sporting event ever organised in Mauritius. Heritage will host it again next year and then for the next two years, it will move to the Four Seasons Golf Course at Anahita. But there are plenty of other activities being put in the spotlight – another of the minister’s moves is to focus on cultural tourism and make green tourism a priority, as well as cleaning up tourist sites. “There is a need to uplift the attractiveness of major iconic places on the island – having clean beaches, pristine lagoons and tourist sites should be one of our priorities,” he says, while evolving Mauritius into a tropical hub for medical tourism has also been mooted. Back in the UK, Powell adds: “We want to

ITC Luxury Travel is offering the Royal Suite at The Royal Palm for £15,499pp for seven nights (half-board basis) including return first-class flights with Emirates and helicopter transfers; travel must be before November 30. Tel: 01244 355 527,

Elegant Resorts has a seven-nights-for-four offer for One&Only Le Saint Geran, including half board, for £1,945pp, based on two adults sharing a junior suite and including economy Emirates flights from Heathrow and private transfers. Tel: 01244 897518,


If Only can make a 10-night twin-centre combining cool hideaway 20° Sud with the natural beauty of the mountains at Lakaz Chamarel, from £1,589pp (half board), including flights with Emirates from Gatwick and private transfers. Tel: 0141 955 4000,

keep creating a stronger identity for Mauritius, whether that be through activities such as world-famous kite-surfing or the wonderful blend of culture and activities – Mauritius has more than just beach appeal.” He adds that the coming year will also see Mauritius raise its stakes in the luxury and aspirational field and align with more quality tour operators and lifestyle brands. “Mauritius still has the sheen for the high-end traveller – we just have to reinforce that,” he says.

Pictured 1. Kitesurfing in Mauritius... 2. ... and the more sedate paddle boarding 3. La Palmeraie 4. Le Prince Maurice 5. Four Seasons sanctuary pool villa 6. Shangri-La Le Touessrok 7. One&Only Le Saint Geran

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