5 reasons to take the kids to Mauritius during their summer holidays
Every year, my husband and I normally take the kids to North Cyprus (I’m Turkish Cypriot and have family there) or to Switzerland (my husband is Swiss and he has family there). We sometimes push the boundaries a bit and head to Valencia in Spain, where my husband’s brother lives and this year we’re going to Switzerland for my husband’s sister’s wedding and Tuscany for my best friend’s grandeur wedding (all in August!) So, the kids, at 4 and 5 years old, are pretty well-travelled in my opinion. But, come next year, I want to do something completely different and I’ve heard a lot of great things about Mauritius. So, I decided to do some digging to see if I could find 5 great reasons to take the kids to Mauritius during their summer holiday. And, here is what I found:
Any country’s weather would be better than England’s weather right now. We’re deep in the throes of July and we’re still needing to haul our umbrellas, jackets and hats with us, as well as our sun cream on the odd occasion that it actually feels a little like July for five minutes. In Mauritius, the weather is hot (but not unbearable) from March to December every year. Even in the winter, Mauritius is a beautiful 20-odd degrees. So, if you want to pack as little as possible in terms of weather protection, you’re probably doing well to holiday in Mauritius.
There are so many activities for the kids to do
Forget the island’s beautiful beaches and coastline for a moment. There are TONS of things for the kids to do, I mean tons and tons. Here are but a few ideas:
- Adventure activities – which include quad biking, horseback riding, buggy rides and zip-lining
- Panoramic landscapes – I mean, beautiful nature reserves, and greenery that rivals England’s green grass of home
- Museums – The Blue Penny Museum is home to the world’s most expensive stamp and the National History Museum houses the bones of the now extinct Dodo.
- Walking with lions – Whaaa!? Yes, you can do a safari and interact with the legendary African animals, like feeding the giraffes and walking with lions. Talk about an adrenaline rush!
There are loads of package deals available for families that includes flight and family-friendly resorts and which are perfect for kids and adults alike. Thompsons offers a Mauritius Smart Travel Program that promises to offer a cooler, quieter and a whole lot more affordable holiday package for 2 adults and 2 kids (you have to pay extra for extra kids).
If you love food, then you’ll love Mauritian food. You can experience street food to Michelin-style fine dining. All will be culturally sublime on the palate. Some foods to try are:
- Dhol Puris
- Gateaux arouille
- Gateaux piments
The glaring warmth of Mauritius is reflected in its people, who are genuine, natural and welcoming. Mauritius is often referred to as the Continent-Island and Mauritians pride themselves on being able to live and respect different ethnic origins, which makes a great change to the world’s current political and racial crises.
“The whole world in one island.” Mauritius 365
So, next summer will be all about taking in the cultural sights, partaking in some crazy family activities and, of course, lounging on the beautiful beaches (it would be a crime not to), but Mauritius has a lot to offer and, perhaps, a country that we could all learn a thing or two from.
Pictures taken from www.mauritius365.mu
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