August 26, 2013

A family trip to Le Victoria in Mauritius

I was awarded a 7 night family trip to Beachcomber’s Le Victoria in Mauritius and decided to take it up in June during the South African school holidays. I have been to Mauritius a few times before, but never with friends or with our 4 year old daughter, so I was excited for this new experience.  

Planning our trip, we had two flight options from Cape Town - either direct on Air Mauritius or via Joburg on SAA. Flying direct with Air Mauritius meant that we would leave Cape Town in the afternoon and arrive at our hotel in Mauritius past midnight. On the day of departure we would have to leave our hotel at 5am, so we would literally only be on holiday for 5 days.

The SAA route via Johannesburg meant an early start from Cape Town (first flight out at 05h45, yawn!) but at least we would get to our hotel early evening. On departure we would only have to leave for the airport at midday.  I am all for direct routes but the thought of only having 5 actual days in Mauritius made me decide to go via Joburg. What we didn’t realise was that it meant 12 hours of travelling – exhausting if you have little ones! (I would recommend rather flying to Johannesburg the evening before and spending a night in an airport hotel to divide the travelling time a little).

After picking the dates, we needed to choose either the fully inclusive option or the standard Beachcomber half board (breakfast and dinner). Half board was perfect for just Hubby and me.  But when travelling with friends and family, it was a no brainer - Fully inclusive.  You don’t have to worry about the rate of exchange (the hotel prices are in Mauritian rupees), when the kids are hungry or thirsty (all the time) they can have lunch, snacks, ice cream, etc and us adults could drink as many calming cocktails as we needed!

Because we were flying so early in the morning, we booked an AVIS chauffeur drive to take us to the airport. Wow, what an awesome experience.  SAA’s service on route was also fantastic. 

When we landed, everything went smoothly. Going through Immigration was straight forward and after exiting customs, you walk straight to your transfer company desk - all well marked. The transfer took an hour – Le Victoria is located on the island’s north-west coast. The transfer took us through Port Louis which has changed a lot since my last trip - the port and waterfront areas are looking rather grand.

As we entered the hotel gates, there were coconut trees everywhere and the tropical island excitement really started to sink in.  We stayed in one of Le Victoria’s Senior Suites - extremely spacious with the most amazing balcony overlooking the ocean.  After pre-dinner drinks by the pool bar we then went for supper – what a spread! Night one into the holiday and I could already feel the waist expanding.  After dinner we had a stroll on the beachfront. We felt extremely safe as you could see security patrolling around the property and all paths were well lit.

We all slept in the first morning and then spent the day exploring the hotel and finding out about all the activities.  The included free excursions included trips on a glass bottomed boat, snorkelling and water skiing. There were also pedal boats, laser boats, kayaks and windsurfing available any time of the day.  Our friends had brought their snorkel and mask and this enabled us to snorkel all day just off the beach. There were free snorkels and masks available, but only on the snorkelling boat trip excursion. The beach was sandy and white, but when you entered the ocean you could feel the coral pieces so the recommendation to bring along our aqua socks was a good one.

The Kids Mini Club was a huge hit with a lovely play area.  One morning they even offered water skiing for the little ones. Our daughter went out to sea and back and absolutely loved it – and she’s only 4! Le Victoria really know how to cater for kids.

Hubby and I also tried out the tennis courts (the hotel provided tennis rackets but you had to buy the tennis balls or bring your own). As a side note here, we had perfect weather – and we were there during their winter. Thank goodness, because we would not have liked to do most of the activities if the weather was much hotter. We did not wear any jerseys and although there were a few rain showers, it didn’t dampen our trip at all.

The one day after having our 11am Mojitos, we took the local bus into town. It’s only 30 rupees - lots of fun and you get the real feel of a Mauritian lifestyle.  At Le Victoria you can book all sorts of extra excursions such as: strolling around the traditional central market in Port Louis, having an authentic culinary experience with a Mauritian family, quad biking, golfing or taking a boat ride around the island and on certain days, you can swim with the dolphins. There really is so much to do. Hubby went scuba diving one day and I even tried para-sailing. What a blast! I was like a seagull soaring up high – it was fantastic. I would highly recommend this to anyone.

Next: Odete visits some other Beachcomber properties and continues her Mauritian family adventure…
Having cruised the Antarctic, seen the Orangutans and Proboscis monkeys in the jungles of Sarawak, Borneo, and experienced the Trans-Siberian railway, Odete is a world traveller. She has visited all the continents, except Australasia, and would love to visit the Fiji Islands on her next holiday.


Great info on Le Vic- thanks Odete!
Now I want to go!

Thank you for the great news. I am planning to visit there for my next vacation.

Beautiful place, Thank you for the information.

Thanks for the information - thanks Odete

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