I mean, like you need any right?? If you’re umming and arring about going to Mauritius on your next family holiday, I’m thinking your line of reasoning falls into the following categories: a) should I bother flying long-haul with a baby and a toddler, when I could minimise stress with a shorter plane journey, b) money and c) is there any point when they might not even remember it? Well, let me convince you to take the plunge and book yourself a stay at Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Wellness Resort, in the stunning Domaine de Bel Ombre. Please note, this is not a sponsored post – this place is just spectacular.
Because it’s paradise
Imagine your most perfect family holiday – does it include sunshine (but not too hot or humid), idyllic beaches, a little bit of luxury, cocktails on beach swings, no clearing up, gourmet food, plenty of kiddy entertainment, impeccable service and some adult downtime? Then Heritage Le Telfair is your lady!
Because you get exceptional service
Nothing is too much to ask. You need a 3-year old’s birthday cake with a mermaid on top? Done. Matches for birthday candles? Fine. Breakfast delivered to your room? Boom. A 60th birthday party on the beach? Voila! Your very own psy-trance party on the beach..? No problem. Every person in the resort is smiley, friendly and unbelievably helpful – responding to guests’ every whim and making the experience incredibly easy-going.
Because you get adult downtime
As much as we love our little rascals, it’s sometimes quite nice (and imperative for the sanity) to be able to take a break, re-connect, have a night out and get some ‘me-time’. Heritage Le Telfair offers free kids clubs for different ages throughout the day with activities like shell-hunting, bat watching and coconut tasting. They’ll also feed them dinner (included if you’re half board) and treat them to a movie night while you have a cheeky drink, or you can book their babysitting service for an undisturbed night out. Meanwhile babies have their own area, with cool cots for naps (perfect if they’re struggling to sleep in a hot buggy on the beach).
Because you get to live like a movie star
When we went to Mauritius there were 18 of us, including 2 babies and 3 toddlers, so we opted for two luxury villas next door to each other (read more about taking a multi-generational holiday here). The villas themselves were gorgeous, humongous and had oodles of space inside and out, immaculate gardens, incredible views out to the Indian Ocean over lush tropical gardens, private infinity pools, sumptuous furnishings, an outside bar area and fully-equipped kitchen (including baby essentials).
Because you get to ride in a fricking golf buggy!
The villas are set quite a way from the main hotel, meaning you get your own golf buggy (!) to monkey around in – the magnificent cherry on the utterly indulgent cake. If you’re just after a family suite, these are all beautifully positioned with sea and Citronniers River views.
Because you get to feast on lots of gourmet food
If you’re a fan of buffets, then prepare to have your socks (or should that be flip flops?) knocked off. Positioned next to a heavenly swimming pool overlooking the sea, main restaurant Annabella’s mouth-watering buffet options each morning could defeat even the heartiest of eaters. Design your own omelette, pile your plate with tapioca, cheeses and breads or go for crepes dripping in chocolate and fresh fruit – plenty to fill up on until dinner time or siphon off a couple of sandwiches for the kid’s lunch. Come evening, you can choose from a number of restaurants within the hotel’s neighbouring sister hotels – all offering differing (but equally scrummy) dining experineces (although for some you may need to pay a supplement depending on what package you are on). Gorge on traditional Mauritian dishes and French cuisine in the restored 19th century sugar plantation manor house, Le Château de Bel Ombre, feast on A la carte sushi overlooking the sea at Gin’ja or nip round to Heritage Awali to eat and have a gander at a different resort.
Because there’s loads of stuff to do for all ages
There’s loads to explore on the island and you can book on to trips run by the hotel (or make your own way there, but not the buses can be a bit confusing!). Tours run to Chamarel seven coloured earths, Baie du Cap, the unspoilt beaches of the south coast and to the west coast to spot dolphins. However, with two littlies, nap schedules and the achievement of getting to Mauritius in the first place, we were quite happy to make use of the included activities onsite – glass bottom boat trip, kayaks, pedal boats, the lovely (and often empty) swimming pools or tuck into additional ways of holiday frolicking such as ringo-ing, kite surfing, horse riding along the beach and yoga. There’s also a gym (I’ll be damned if I’m going there on my holiday though!), cooking workshops and a world-class golf course!
Because you get to properly chill out
I was never much of a spa-goer in my youth, but now with the unrelentingness of parenthood, I seek out those magical three letters…SPA… wherever we go. Obviously, given the calibre of the hotel, Heritage le Telfair’s spa is spoil-yourself-rotten exemplary, with 9 treatment rooms, 1 hammam and a sauna, all petal laden and scent-tastic with an extra spandangly ‘vitality pool’ to give you the full jet wash treatment.
But… there is a downside
Our trip to Mauritius was a special treat for my mum’s 60th birthday and also happened to coincide with our toddler turning three. Very #firstworldproblems I know (and we don’t normally holiday like this!), but if you’re third year commences with travelling to breakfast by ‘carriage’ (a golf buggy decorated with Disney Princess paraphernalia), followed by musical statues next to your own private infinity pool, before sandcastles and cocktails on a swing at the beach and ends with dinner with your bestie at the Kid’s Club, I’m quite sure all future birthdays can only pale in comparison, because how do you top that?
For even more reasons on why this was our favourite family travel destination so far, read my featurette on Travelling With Our Kids Favourite Family Travel Destination Series here.