Destination Focus: Mauritius

Posted by: Rebecca on July 27th, 2015 IN Destination Focus

Summer is well and truly here! The holiday requests are flying in, Line Up bodies are looking more and more bronzed, not to mention the heat wave that we had a few weeks ago. While we were all moaning about the lack of air con in our daily lives and not be able to see our screens, Line Upper Rebecca White was enjoying the Winter season in Mauritius. Luckily for Rebecca, Mauritians see mi to high 20’s during these months. Mauritius is a fantastic location for along haul conference/incentive trip and we have first hand knowledge.

Thanks to MM and Company, Rebecca had the opportunity to spend 4 days enjoying Mauritian life, while discovering all the country has to offer for conferences and events. Here is Rebecca’s photo blog for the 4 days that she was there, the weather does get better and the photo’s to get bluer – promise!

 

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There’s no better way to stretch out your legs after a 12 hour flight than with a Champagne breakfast on Ile Des Deux Coco (private island). Perfect start to the trip, even if it was slightly cloudy.

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Mauritian breakfast wouldn’t be right without a shot of chili rum before 9am!

Following breakfast, we headed back to land for our first hotel stop – The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa.  The hotel has 190 bedrooms, 5 meeting rooms, and can accommodate a maximum capacity of 300 pax for meetings.

That evening we were told to meet at the Heavenly Spa at 6pm! We arrived to champagne on ice, sari’s with each of our names and professionals to help us get dressed! I could definitely get used to this…

 

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Following our drinks reception at the Heavenly Spa, we were led to dinner at Kangan, by Indian dancers and musicians. Kangan is the hotel’s traditional Indian restaurant and the food was divine.

A truly special first night in Mauritius.

The following morning we were taken for breakfast at Le Méridien hotel and had a beautifully feast. Le Méridien stands at the edge of 1,000 metres of sparkling ivory sands on the North-West coast of Mauritius. The hotel has 8 meeting rooms, a maximum capacity of 550 for events, as well as outdoor space that can be transformed for events.

 

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After a site visit of the hotel and a spot of shopping (Plan B due to the rain!), we headed to Escale Creole for a fantastic, traditional, heart-warming lunch.

The restaurant is open lunchtimes during the week and is run by the lovely Marie-Christine and her Mum, Majo. They cook the food and serve all their guests.

The menu they offer is traditionally Creole and is served in pots, just how they would eat at home with their family. Seating is in their outdoor veranda in their garden (this can be privatised for groups – max capacity of 60 pax).

The atmosphere, food, service, in fact everything was fantastic. And to top it off, following lunch we made our own local rum. Obviously I couldn’t possibly tell you what we put in it…it’s top secret, but what I can tell you is in 2 months (when it’s ready to drink), I will let you know how it went down!

Following lunch, we headed to our second hotel – St Regis Mauritius Resort.

 

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They say you know you’re in a fine place by the bathroom – I think this bathroom says it all.

 

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Dinner was 1920’s themed, based on the visionary founder John Jacob Astor IV, who built the original St Regis hotel in New York. We dined in Le Manoir Dining Room which was truly splendid, wouldn’t you say Sir? Whoops, I seem to have slipped back to the 1920s…

 

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Not a bad view for breakfast, hey?

The hotel has 3 meeting rooms, max capacity for events is 80, plus 2 smaller boardrooms. This is the ideal hotel for incentives – pure luxury.

 

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The Rum Shed, speaks for itself. A shabby chic beach hut bar/restaurant set in the grounds of the Shanti Maurice Resort. I can’t recommend the soft shell crab and daiquiri’s enough! The Rum Shed has indoor and outdoor space, can be privatised for groups and the team there are happy to make your wildest event dreams come true.

 

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The last (but by far not the least) day in Mauritius we spent aboard this Catamaran where we spent the day out at sea. A very special day that I will never forget…and that’s mainly down to these guys…..

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We sat and watched these wild dolphins dipping and diving so gracefully through the Ocean. I didn’t want to ever leave!

Until the Sea Karts turned up and took my mind off it a little! The design is somewhere between a raft and a Jet Ski and buoy are they a lot of fun! (like what I did there…)

 

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Somewhere in between all of this, I was transformed into a Mermaid…that life at sea does good things to you.

A fantastic trip, that was wonderfully organised by the amazing Connections team, so thank you David, Anusha, Suzette and Teelasha!

 

 

 

Rebecca

Rebecca

Rebecca White is Logistics Manager at Line Up. She is a list maker at heart and ticks off to-dos at an astounding rate. Always ready to sort, fix, do, scurry about and solve any problem creatively. She also knows her Prada from her Primark and likes country pubs.

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