Mauritius is situated off the southeast coast of Africa, 870km east of Madagascar. Famous for its caster-sugar sand fringes, the nation was appropriately built on sugar cane. It has had its fair share of colonial overlords including the Portuguese, Dutch, French and British, bringing with them African slaves and Indian labourers, which today produces a unique multi-ethnic community who can speak up to four languages.
The food that is produced from these different cultures is astounding, something I quickly discovered at the Sofitel L’Imperial’s international buffet; perfect for the hearty breakfast, relaxed family lunch or authentic French, African, Indian or Mauritian themed dinners. If buffets aren’t really your thing and you want to be spoiled, I highly recommend making a reservation at Jacaranda at sunset. This exceptional restaurant will tickle the whole family’s taste buds with its fresh lobster and delicious crème brûlée.
The Sofitel L’Imperial is a great family property and well equipped with all the activities needed to keep your little rascals occupied. Free sport facilities include windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, water skiing, snorkelling, glass-bottom boat, beach volley ball, badminton, archery, tennis and table tennis, as well as The Mini Club for the younger ones.
There is plenty of choice for family resorts in this alluring destination. Le Touessrok Resort and Golf Course is another major player for the luxury demographic, boasting a stunning location. This, combined with an immaculate resort and more kids' activities than they could ever wish for; golf, snorkelling, cooking, windsurfing and kids’ clubs designed for all ages, means happy children and we all know that happy children (combined with babysitting) means happy parents!
As lovely as the resort is, adventure is calling and begins with me speeding over rubble and earth on a Segway in the Casela Nature Park, Mauritius – I feel as though I’m on an African safari. Our guide points over to a heard of Zebras just a few metres away and we come to a halt right in front of them. These magnificent and gentle creatures are just as spectacular in reality as in images and children will love the fact that you are encouraged to get hands-on and pat the guide’s favourite, Aka, which means ‘mother’ in African.
Main image: Palm trees and lazy beaches in Mauritius
Above: Fun in the sun at Le Touessrok Resort and Golf Club and Sofitel Mauritius L'Imperial Resort Spa