With its straight-off-a-postcard beaches and clear-as-could-be seas, it’s easy to see why Mauritius is a popular spot for honeymooners. But this exotic island isn’t just for couples. With zip lines, tropical national parks and wow-factor snorkelling, there’s plenty here for all ages. In fact, Mauritius is a great choice for a fancy family holiday. Maybe you’re celebrating a big birthday, or having one last trip together before the kids fly the nest? Whatever the occasion, Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort is the place to stay. Here’s why…
There are loads of snazzy hotels in Mauritius, but Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort tops them all. That’s why it’s part of our exclusive Premier collection. For starters, it’s on a knockout beach in the pretty village of Belle Mare – the white sands stretch for almost a kilometre. Fancy a cocktail or a bite to eat? The hotel’s waiter service on the beach means you don’t even need to move from your sun lounger. There are three pools as well – our favourite is the adults-only infinity pool overlooking the sea.
And then there’s your room. Chic is the word of the day here, with magazine-worthy décor, sleek bathrooms and a king-size bed. Gadget-addicted teens will be happy, thanks to the free Wi-Fi, iPod docks and 42-inch flatscreens. Plus, you get a terrace or a balcony thrown in – perfect for soaking up those Mauritian sunsets.
If half your family want to sunbathe all day, while the rest simply can’t sit still, this is the perfect hotel for you. Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort racks up a climbing wall, a 5-a-side pitch, and courts for badminton, tennis and volleyball. Kids and teens can join in with activities and games at their age-appropriate clubs, or the whole family can take to the sea. Kayaking, canoeing and snorkelling are a great way to see tropical fish. But, if you want to get your heart racing, have a go at windsurfing, waterskiing or banana boating. Disclaimer – you will fall in. If you don’t fancy making a splash, why not tee off on a championship golf course instead? It’s owned by Long Beach’s sister hotel, Le Touessrok, so you can play for free. There’s even a complimentary shuttle bus to take you there and back #winning.
Food, glorious, food
Is it really a holiday if you don’t come home half a stone heavier? We don’t think so. And, apparently, neither does Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort. Japanese, Italian, Chinese, seafood – you name it, they’ve got it. There are five restaurants in total, and the buffet has a whopping seven cooking stations, where you can watch the master chefs work their magic. If you can’t last until dinner, Shores Lounge Bar serves up a lip-smacking afternoon tea, while Tides Pool Bar offers homemade cake and pancakes. You wouldn’t want to starve, now, would you? There are a couple of bars, too, serving soft drinks, beer, wine and cocktails made with Mauritian rum.
No luxury holiday would be complete without a spa sesh. The Sea Spa is tucked away in the hotel’s tropical gardens, so it really does feel like a retreat. There’s a lengthy treatment list, including seaweed body wraps and chocolate massages. Parents can enjoy a couples’ massage, or you could book a manicure to have some mother-daughter time. If you’d rather just have some peace and quiet, simply bring your book and pull up a chair in the outdoor area, overlooking the lagoon. Aaaand relax…