If you’re worried about whether Mauritius is a family destination or you’re looking for a toddler-friendly hotel in Mauritius for your next holiday, 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. We visited in December with our 7-month old baby and 3-year old, plus a whole crew of family and friends and it remains one of my most favourite family holidays to date (I even raved about the hotel on Travelling With Our Kids’ blog).
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Heritage le Telfair in Mauritius – a toddler-friendly parent paradise…
Imagine your perfect family holiday. Does it include sunshine (but not too hot or humid), idyllic beaches and a little bit of luxury? Then toddler-friendly Heritage Le Telfair in Mauritius is your lady! From the second we set foot in the hotel, the service was impeccable, the views as you would expect tropical island views to look – heavenly. On arrival in our villa, we discovered little Kids Club packs laid out in the cot for our little ones – a fun little touch. Friendly cleaners kept our villa rooms in tip top nick daily – even tidied up the inevitable chaos that comes with living in a room (despite it being nearly the size of our house) with two kids for nine days. In the evening we sipped cocktails on beach swings or overlooking our private infinity pool, by day we gorged on ginormous gourmet buffets with all kinds of food – so fussy eaters will definitely be able to find something.
Expect exceptional service at this toddler-friendly hotel in Mauritius
Nothing, and I mean nothing, is too much to ask at this hotel. You need a birthday cake for a 3-year old 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 (and yes all of those things happened). Every member of staff in the hotel resort is smiley, friendly and unbelievably helpful – responding to guests’ every whim and making the experience incredibly easy-going, exactly what you need with toddlers and babies in tow.
A toddler-friendly hotel with opportunities for adult downtime
As much as we love our little toddler 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’ at the gorgeous spa. The Heritage Le Telfair hotel in Mauritius 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 (which is 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 (this is an extra cost). Meanwhile babies have their own club, with a cool quiet room filled with beautiful white cots for naps, which is perfect if you’re struggling to get them to sleep in a hot buggy on the beach. Just make sure your phone is connected to the WiFi when your babe is there so they can get hold of you quickly if needs me (I had some issues with calls getting through to me on What’s App).
Live like a movie star during your toddler-friendly hotel stay in Mauritius
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, shady pagodas, sumptuous furnishings, an outside bar area and fully-equipped kitchen which included baby essentials like a steriliser and plastic cutlery. If you share with lots of other people the villas are actually a more affordable option than some of the rooms, so definitely worth thinking about if you’re planning a big birthday treat – or ‘Landmarkation’ as I’ve seen them called! We really did feel like movie stars.
You get to ride around the hotel in a fricking golf buggy!
The villas at toddler-friendly Heritage le Telfair in Mauritius are set a little way from the main hotel, meaning as villa residents, you get your own golf buggy to monkey around in – the magnificent cherry on this utterly indulgent cake. We all got to take turns in driving the buggies – including the kids, which was highly entertaining (especially after a couple of gins…!) We even dressed one up as a ‘Princess Carriage’ for my daughter’s third birthday (which fell while we were on holiday in Mauritius). If you’re planning on getting a family suite in the main hotel, these are all beautifully-positioned with sea and Citronniers River views with an easy walk to all the hotel facilities.
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. Toddlers have a field day filling their plates at the hotel.
Come evening, you can choose from a number of toddler-friendly restaurants within the Heritage le Telfair’s neighbouring sister hotels – all offering differing (but equally scrummy) dining experiences (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.
There’s loads of stuff to do for kids of all ages
There’s loads to explore on the island of Mauritius and you can book on to trips run by the hotel (or make your own way there, but 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 dolphin spotting on the west coast. However as knackered parents with a baby and a toddler, nap schedules and the achievement of getting to Mauritius in the first place, we were quite happy to make use of the included free activities onsite – a 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 there is the most beautiful spa at the hotel
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 to this toddler-friendly hotel in Mauritius
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 your 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.