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Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

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Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

My parents, boyfriend, and I are planning a trip to Africa this September, for my 30th birthday, and we'd initially wanted the Seychelles for our beach portion, but flights are difficult with our timing...so we've been looking into Mauritius.

We'd thought we had settled on Lux Le Morne, as I thought it was all inclusive, but it sounds like it is only half board, so we're starting from scratch. I've found it difficult to compare hotels, as individual islands hotels are ranked per island, and it seems difficult to confirm AI or Full Board Packages - as well as what is included in FB.

None of us eat breakfast or lunch, but my boyfriend and I drink MANY cocktails by the pool, and large dinners, so we have always done AI beach vacations (where possible), ideally with no children (which doesn't look like a realistic option).

Heritage Le Telfair, Sands, and a few others are standing out as potentially offering AI or FB packages, but does anyone have feedback on the nicest hotels that may do either of those options (and if liquor is included, as that is all we drink)?

We're coming from Manhattan (although living in London at the moment), and all hotels seem to have really mixed reviews (plus, we're pretty picky, especially my boyfriend, in terms of quality...not liking tile floors in rooms, etc), so it's difficult to narrow them down. Le Morne also stood out as looking very beautiful with both beach and mountains, and our knowledge of Mauritius is pretty limited.

Any advice on hotels that offer liquor inclusive options would be DEEPLY appreciated!!

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1. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

There are some very good hotels in Mauritius that offer AI. Go for AI rather than FB as it tends to exclude drinks.

Maritim, Long Beach, Shandrani, Heritage Telfair would be the ones I would consider.

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2. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Hi there

I think your biggest problem will be the tiled floor issue. As most resorts are on the beach they will have tiled floors. Also most resorts allow children even if they don't have a specialist kids club.

Many hotels offer All Inclusive packages. Probably the best on offer is at Shandrani - have a look at their website.

http://www.shandrani-resort.com/

I'm sure others will offer their suggestions, too.

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3. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

I don't think I've come across rooms without tiles except for the wooden floors at the Oberoi and Maradiva villas - both offer only HB though.

The best AI is Shandrani - all branded spirits and champagne included in the package.

We stayed here last November and loved it.

Also Trou aux Biches in the north west offers a FB package that includes drinks with meals, but I don't think thats what you are after? Sands has tiled floors and their FB is a bit limited I think.the

I though Lux offered AI?

www.luxresorts.com

www.beachcomber-hotels.com

www.maradiva.com

www.thesandsresort.com

www.oberoi-mauritius.com

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4. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Apologies:

www.thesandsresort.mu

Lux website is not very good - I cant get Lux Le Morne in the dropdown list but I feel certain it does an AI package because people on forum have said how good it was.

Also check out the new St Regis at Le Morne and the Sofitel So at Bel Ombre.

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5. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Lux unfortunately told both myself and my mother they don't offer any all inclusives that involve liquor, just a half board dinner and breakfast package...although we were only freaky interested in le morne, so I'm not sure about the others...

Any idea if le telfair does AI or full board? They haven't replied to my email yet...or if its a decent hotel in general?

I'd seen some mixed reviews for shandrani...oberoi was on my list, but no inclusive or full board, correct?

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6. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Just saw the above re telfair (apologies, looking on phone)-thanks!

Waiting for email confirm from them that they still offer FB..

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7. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Thanks so much - do you know anyone who has stayed at the Telfair and done the all inclusive option? Or even if not, what their thoughts were on the hotel? Is that a good island to stay on?

Also, per above, do the new St Regis and Sofitel offer AI or FB packages?

Thanks again!

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8. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Sorry your reference to islands is puzzling me?

Mauritius is one island unlike the Maldives or Seychelles.

I don't think they do AI at Sofitel or St Regis which incidentally had its official opening today but you could try emailing them?

www.stregismauritius.com

If you limit yourself to AI I'm afraid you are missing out on a lot of lovely resorts in Mauritius

Le Telfair I havent stayed at but its a good 5* with AI but I cant say how good the AI is sorry..

Oberoi don't do AI but all meals there are a la carte and no supplements for eating in your room.

As I said before Shandrani do an excellent AI which includes all brand named booze - ie Jack Danitels etc and I think they are the only resort to offer this.

Do be aware that drinks in Mauritius are very expensive - a cocktail in a 5* is around £9 and a bottle of wine is at least £35.00.

But most AI's only offer local brand drinks.

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9. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

ah compared to SW london, that seems like a steal! Although not when drinking 10+ blended cocktails by the pool each day (if the AI even do such a thing...as we don't drink well drinks either..)

I guess just general areas in mauritius then? Le morne vs. flic en flac, etc? The trip advisor ratings always seem to separate them, so its difficult to compare hotels all over mauritius to each other (i.e. xyz is ranked #4 of 8 in flic en flac)...

I emailed St Regis (and le telfair, and a few others...), but haven't received any replies yet...but I can't imagine they'll do AI...honestly, as my parents are paying for the trip, but wouldnt' be paying for any liquor (as they don't really drink), all inclusive seems the best route (especially since with half board, meals we don't eat like breakfast and lunch are included, but no liquor)...I'll look into shandrani, but i know the reviews I initially read last month scared me off :(

Any opinion on the Four Seasons? It looked highly ranked, but then feels like a shame to stay at a Four seasons somewhere like mauritius (vs. a smaller, local, 5*)...

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10. Re: Island to stay on, All inclusive hotels?

Four Seasons I looked round the other year and its huge with man made beaches - it took me 30 mins to get around round by golf cart.

Le Telfair does have AI - if you check the latest reviews its called "Gourmet Bliss" but doesnt sound as good as the Shandranis as it only includes basic spirits along with cocktails etc.

Just checked the reviews on Shandrani as they dont often get bad ones and yes the latest one is negative but it seems the buffet restaurant was closed and the reviewers were in an unrefurbed room(reference to old style TV) We stayed in a deluxe refurbed room - check my last review it has pics as well.

I hate noise and can honestly say the aircraft noise was never a problem - this is not exactly LHR.

I even use earplugs at night and was never disturbed - the last flight out is around 2320 and the next one in is around 0630.

Also look at more than a couple of pages of reviews when researching.

I personally think that if you are going to miss out on breakfast and lunch then you wont get value for your dollar on any AI package.

I really dont know what else to suggest - try the HB options on the east coast but you will be paying a lot for drinks.

I love the Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice - sister hotels so you use the facilities at both.

Or St Geran or Le Touessrok also east, but again only HB.

www.bellemareplagehotel.com

www.princemaurice.com

www.oneandonlyresorts.com

www.letouessrokresort.com

Did you check out the Trou axu Biches I suggested? Problem there is its FB only includes drinks with meals, which would leave you paying for the rest of the booze, which sounds like it could eat into your budget :)

I think with your criteria you arent really going to find anywhere to suit your requirements.

Regards

Bronia

Edited: 19 March 2013, 18:45