When you think ‘honeymoon’ you don’t often associate it with family travel. However for lucky Zoe, she got to accompany her parents on their luxurious honeymoon to Mauritius. For more Indian Ocean inspiration read on!
Laura and John (the newlyweds) and Zoe aged 3
Where did you go?
When did you go?
18th April for 2 weeks and 2 days.
How was the weather?
Largely perfect, we had one full afternoon of torrential rain and a couple of overcast days (which were actually a nice little respite from the sunshine!)
How did you travel there?
BA Business Class outbound (direct from London Gatwick)
BA Premium Economy return (direct from Mauritius)
The BA direct flights are long (11.5hrs) but as they were overnighters, Zoe slept c7-8 hrs each way. The other bonus of Mauritius as a long haul holiday option for UK people is the time difference. They were 3 hrs ahead so we just kept Zoe on Uk time and found she went to bed about 10pm each night and woke around 9.30am which was bliss. Two weeks of comparative lie-ins!
What did you think of the hotel?
It was a beautiful hotel and great setting. From the moment we walked in you were wowed by the views. It was a very large resort but didn’t feel like it (in a good way). There was plenty to do for adults and kids alike (hence choosing it) but still had that paradise feel about it that you want for a honeymoon destination. Unlike many hotels, the kids club here started for age 3 upwards (most in Mauritius seem to be aged 4) which was again part of the appeal. (Children under the age of 3 are very welcome at the kids club with their own parents to supervise them. I did notice that the kids club staff were more than happy to look after younger children without parental supervision when they weren’t busy).
How was your room? What baby/kid amenities had been provided?
We stayed in a Premium room with a King size for us and a pull out double sofa bed for Zoe. It was a decent size with plenty of space for the three of us and all our luggage/clothes/toys etc. No childrens amenities were specifically provided but simple touches (like the cleaner leaving a handful of sweets each day on Zoe’s bed) made it feel very welcoming. The ensuite had a bath, shower and separate WC, again perfect when travelling with a 3 year old as she bathed while one of us showered.
How were the facilities?
There were 2 main pools (separated by a bridge). Both had plenty of shallow parts for the kids and one had a gently sloping entry which our 3 year old loved paddling in with her dolls. There weren’t any themed pools for children but this was not an issue with such a small child (maybe something the older children would crave).
There are outdoor sports facilities to enjoy on site if the weather’s dry, including a 9-hole golf course, tennis, beach chess/draughts. There is also a gym on site (which we didn’t have the energy for!), and a small spa – which John and I both indulged in (it was our honeymoon!)
The hotel had 5 different restaurants ranging from buffet to asian fusion to fresh seafood to French. Both me and my daughter are dairy intolerant and all the restaurants were well versed and exceedingly helpful in explaining what we could and couldn’t eat. They even prepared my daughter her own meal most nights (which she selected at lunchtime ready for the evening) ranging from dairy free pizza to freshly made fish fingers. I have never had such wonderful a wonderful experience with food on holiday – what can be quite a stressful experience day in day out was not in the slightest.
Was there a kids club and did you use it?
Yes – one of the main reasons we chose this hotel was for the kids club that accepted children aged 3 and up. It had a full weekly timetable of activities ranging from pony rides to water sports to cinema afternoons/evenings to messy play/craft activities. In addition they were perfectly happy for you to boorow some of their large selection of beach toys day in day out which saved the normal issue of having to either squeeze them into the packing or buy yet another bucket and spade to be left behind on your return home.
Kids club sessions are divided into different age groups and time slots, and run throughout the year, with nice clean play rooms and friendly staff. (They’ll look after babies too, although don’t offer a feeding service.)
How was the beach?
The beach was not the best on the island but it was still breath-taking, especially at sundown. I am not sure there is such a thing as a bad beach in Mauritius?
Did you do any trips/excursions?
We only ventured out of the hotel once (testament to what a lovely time we had in the resort and the plentiful activities to keep our daughter amused. I think our lack of adventure was in part laziness and basking in the honeymooners right to do nothing. But we had also visited Mauritius a few years earlier and embarked on some excursions then (which were brilliant – tour of the south of the island, casela national park for lion walking and the red sands / giant tortoises (think “One Foot In The Grave”). It truly is a beautiful island with plenty to do.
How were the hotel staff?
The front of house staff were a little disorganised and lacking direction. However, all the other staff we met at The Maritim were extremely friendly, knowledgeable and helpful, especially those in the buffet restaurant, the beach restaurant and the kids clubs.
Would you go back?
Definitely! It was perfect for a relaxing holiday with a 3 year old in tow (yes those words can actually be in a sentence together!) It obviously had the added benefit of the the most beautiful sea-view sunsets (and cocktails!), and the options for keeping our daughter entertained on site were plentiful and well organised. I am not sure if it is as entertaining for older children although there were some 7+ ages there and they seemed to be having a wonderful time.