According to Steven Palombo, Country Manager Australia for Air Mauritius, the introduction of the third weekly flight is much needed to meet the airline’s growing demand on this route. “The additional flight increases our capacity to Australia by 50 percent and confirms our commitment to grow tourism and business between the two countries,” says Palombo.
“It also reflects the appeal of Mauritius as one of the world’s most spectacular leisure destinations; ideally positioned as a stopover en-route to Africa, the United Kingdom and Europe.”
Alison Roberts-Brown from the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority in Australia says Mauritius is a perfect destination for
Australians seeking cultural diversity and luxury.
“Mauritius offers unparalleled luxury with a range of accommodation options, world renowned spas, championship golf courses, adventure activities, surfing, diving, sailing, European shopping and much more. Tourists often find themselves in a state of delight and surprise as they tour this incredibly culturally diverse tropical paradise,” she said.
Paul McGrath, managing director, Creative Holidays, says Mauritius is also growing as a popular sole-holiday destination for Australians, as well as an add-on to African holiday itineraries.
“In 2013 we have combined the two destinations in the one brochure to create a convenient, one-stop selling tool for agents with easy to reference add-on options for increased up-selling opportunities.
“The strongest growth we’ve seen is from Western Australia which can be attributed to increased routes, providing a unique alternative to traditional favourites like Bali.”
The opening of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort last November marked the luxury brand’s debut in Africa. Modelled on a Victorian manor house and built on the UNESCO World Heritage site of Le Morne
the resort features 172 guestrooms and suites with views of the Indian Ocean. Low season rates (April 15 - September 30, 2013) start from €480 (approx A$605) per night including breakfast. High season rates (January 5 – April 14, 2013) start from €940 (approx $1186). www.stregis.com/mauritius
Renowned Thai architect, Lek Bunnag,
and fashion designer, Kenzo Takada, were commissioned by Sofitel to create a resort where nature and simplicity come first. The Sofitel So Mauritius has 84 suites and eight villas, all featuring private gardens and outdoor ponds or pools, patios with outdoor showers, and top-shelf amenities. Prices start from $630 per night for a suite with a private garden and terrace. www.sofitel.com
The long-established Sun Resorts Group, who also own Mauritius properties La Pirogue, Sugar Beach, Long Beach and Le Touessrok, have invested €10 million in the refurbishment of the four-star Ambre hotel, which opened last October
at Palmar Bay on the east coast. The 297 room Ambre is a great choice for families because of its Kids’ and Teenagers’ Clubs. Guests can also take advantage of facilities at the nearby Long Beach and Le Touessrok hotels, including restaurants and the golf course on Ile aux Cerfs. www.ambremauritius.com
LUX Resorts is the new name for the luxury hotels previously operated under the Naïade brand. LUX has four resorts in its Mauritius portfolio including LUX Belle Mare, LUX Le Morne, LUX Grand, and LUX Ile de la Réunion. The five-star LUX Belle Mare on the east coast, has 148 rooms and suites all with ocean facing balconies or terraces, and 12 new luxury thatched villas with their own private heated pool and butler service. www.luxislandresorts.com
Club Med has two resorts in Mauritius: La Plantation d’Albion and La Pointe aux Canonniers. La Plantation d’Albion is one of Club Med’s most luxurious resorts, ideal for couples. All-inclusive packages include
water sports, French champagne and gourmet cuisine. Prices start from $1518 per person for a six-night stay including transfers. La Pointe aux Canonniers is perfect for families with comfortable bungalows with adjoining rooms. Prices start from $1313 per person for six nights for travel between May 1, 13 - Oct 30, 2013. www.clubmed.com
Angsana Balaclava is an exclusive luxury hideaway with 52 suites and villas located at Turtle Bay on the north-west coast. Along with the award-winning Angsana Spa, there are on-site beauty salons, a gymnasium, recreation centre and children’s play area. Prices start from approximately $480 per night for a Garden Suite for two to $4812 per night for the Imperial Villa which sleeps eight. www.angsana.com
Adventure World has a six-night package staying in a deluxe ocean view room at the new St Regis Mauritius Resort which includes economy class flights with Air Mauritius ex-Perth. Prices start from $3470 per person twin share. Valid for travel April 15 - Sep 30, 2013. Prices for a six-night package at Ambre Resort start from $2100 per person for travel before April 7, 2013. www.adventureworld.com.au
Creative Holidays has a six-night Preskil Beach Resort package which includes accommodation in a standard room, daily
breakfast and dinner, and transfers. Prices start from $590 per person twin share. Offer available until March 31, 2013 for travel April 22 - September 30, 2013. www.creativeholidays.com
AVIAREPS is the new Australian representative for the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority in Australia. Phone 02 9959 427702 9959 4277 or visit www.tourism-mauritius.mu