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Jayne and James’ pampered ten days in Mauritius

Indulgent couples' treatments at a top spa resort in the sun

The Honeymoon Express

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Jayne:“We chose Mauritius because our wedding was in late May and we wanted to go somewhere where we had a good chance of dry weather and of course white sand beaches and swaying palms were a must. We were both exhausted in the run up to our big day because we had been working very hard on various projects (as well as having a one year old little boy) so we didn’t want to struggle with jet lag, therefore the minimal time difference despite the longish flight was an added bonus.

“We decided to treat ourselves to club class flights in British Airways and much to our surprise we managed to get fares through BA.com for £1800 each which we thought was good value and as it turned out, was well worth the money in our view. Lots of other couples obviously felt the same way because we were welcomed onboard the ‘honeymoon express’ by the cabin crew which really set the seal on our honeymoon!”

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All inclusive leisure activities

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“We were staying at the Beachcomber Shandrani Resort & Spa which we had chosen through personal recommendation. It was quite near the airport which we saw as a benefit – transfers were kept to a minimum!

“The resort was all-inclusive, which neither of us normally opt for as we like exploring, but in this case it suited us perfectly as we really didn’t have to worry about a thing, and with four restaurants, all drinks included, and lots of watersports, bikes, tennis and golf we weren’t short of things to do.”

Relaxing at the couples’ spa

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“As it turned out we spent most of the ten days lying on the beach but at least the option to be active was there. However the spa was another story – it was fantastic, and frequently visited by both of us – we are both spa addicts and took full advantage of the fabulous couples’ spa menu which wasn’t cheap but well worth the additional cost.

“Our room was very spacious, ocean view with a balcony, and every day various treats turned up – champagne, fruit, t-shirts and other bits and pieces.”

Cocktails on the beach

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“The resort offered a wide variety of food – local and international – from a wrap and salad served from a buggy on the beach, to the fine dining restaurant which gave us an excuse to really dress up and make the most of our honeymoon status! We spent a day hiring a car to explore the island and navigation turned out to be the most challenging part of the holiday but at least we felt that we had made an effort.

“We saw the capital Port Louis, the very beautiful Pamplemousses botanical gardens, and some lovely beaches – and we even persuaded a private boatowner to take us on a personal tour to Ile aux Cerfs Beach where we sipped cocktails and watched the sunset. In fact, the friendliness of the locals and staff in Mauritius really stood out to both of us.

“The weather was perfect – we did experience some short sharp showers but it gave us a good excuse to have a glass of champagne at the bar. It was hot and sunny much of the time, and the sea was cool enough to be refreshing.”

First class treatment

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“Both of us work in travel and have globe-trotted extensively so it wasn’t easy deciding where to spend our honeymoon. I have worked for the Cayman Islands Department of Tourism for many years, where standards of accommodation and service are really high so I am quite difficult to please, but I have to say our honeymoon was pretty much faultless.”

A refreshing break

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“We came home feeling refreshed, and although we were both very happy to reunited with our little boy, Jack, we felt as if we had had a wonderful honeymoon that was worth every penny.”