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Traveling with Kids: Mauritius with Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

Monday, April 16, 2018
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Mauritius with
Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

A HOLIDAY WITH CHLOE

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

A CONVERSATION WITH MY DAUGHTER

When I was a little girl, my mother always used to encourage us to get out more often and explore. She was obsessed with the beach and so we were always by the sea in summer. I learned all sorts of outdoor activities by the beach. I learned how to swim at a very young age and dove from the highest rock into the sea and would take the kayak out with friends with no care in the world. I was raised to be brave and not perfect. And I had the best adventure in my early years.

My daughter is 6, and today, my sole purpose for her is to be happy. Just like any parent would want that for their child. But happiness to me comes in a different form…

Being happy means breaking boundaries and being brave. Being able to stand up after a hard fall or even after some bullying, not resorting to a piece of candy in front of an iPad.

Being brave is adventurous. Adventurous is happiness. I strongly believe that if we teach our children how to be brave despite being afraid of things, they will grow stronger and more confident and the only way to do that is be outdoors.

We need to send out the right message to our children that we should be brave and not fearful when we are out of our comfort zone. And that fearful is ok, but how happy would they be when they conquer that fear?

I try to guide her to access her bravery. I try to give her the tools to handle all the dangers that I cannot protect her from, and all the challenges that she might face in her life, but the way I see it is that through travel she can learn few on her own.

I took a week off on Easter break to spend time with Chloe since I have been working overtime. I wanted to absorb every minute I could with her without having my phone on me. I’ve booked a week stay in Mauritius and my first stop was at Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa.

WHY I CHOSE SHANGRI-LA

Resorts in Mauritius are plentiful. It was very difficult to pick between locations, East, West, South or North. But I narrowed my search accordingly to the needs of the following and in that specific order:

  1. Kids Club – I searched for the greatest kids club reviews, classes, activities, safety and most of all the time they close. At Shangri-La, the kids club closes at 9pm which gives parents some time to have dinner together at sunset! The kids club also offered kids meal together at 12pm and at 6pm.
  2. At Le Bazar, when accompanied by a paying adult, up to 2 children, under the age of 6, guests can enjoy buffet meals at no charge. Additional children under the age of 6 and all children between 6 to 12 years will receive a 50% discount on the buffet price.
  3. The best rooms for families are the hibiscus wing, which is well situated for families as the main pool which is allowed for kids and the kids club are found on that wing
  4. Children get to explore the island on adventures such as fishing, kayaking, boat trips, windsurfing.
  5. The Kid club itself has a pool, a tree house, arts &crafts facilities, baking station, acting stage.
  6. Ille Aux Cerfs Island is found right across and so, the resort offers free boat transfer every 30 minutes to the island where you can spend all day there
  7. Plot Mangenie Island is also few minutes free boat ride transfer from the hotel and it is exclusively for Le Touessrok Guests. I discovered, despite my intolerance to gluten, the best truffle home made pizza there as my daughter and I spent the day in a cabana on the island!

I spent 3 nights (not long enough) in Shangri – La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. It is Located on the east coast of Mauritius in one of the island’s most spectacular bays, the resort is a private hideaway strung along the white-sand beach and turquoise shoreline. My daughter and I were picked up by a private transfer from the airport that had my name written on it correctly (Yay!) and the drive took around 40 minutes. I was pretty exhausted by then since we had a red eye flight from Dubai and got no sleep, so the moment we arrived at the hotel, I was escorted to my room.

The resort has three distinct accommodation wings, each offering a unique holiday experience; Coral, Hibiscus and Frangipani.

The Hibiscus wing is the one you should be thinking of booking if you are traveling with kids to Mauritius. It has direct beach access with non-motorised water-sports activities (kayaks, stand-up paddle boards, pedals), close to the (family) main pool area and the T-Club (kids club). 

During our stay, Chloe and I tried 3 restaurants. Le Bazar, an all day dining restaurant where breakfast is also served there and every night host a different theme night cuisine, Safran, which is an incredible restaurant featuring classic indian cuisine with Mauritian influence. I had trouble with dairy and gluten and the chef managed to surprise me with dishes he personally designed for me and my intolerances! Make sure you try the tandoori Salmon! Republik Beach Club & Grill has got to meme favorite outdoor seating! Features Mediterranean cuisine and barbecue grills, a chic bar where guests can revel in style against a soundtrack of live music, theme nights and performances by local and international DJs, and a bohemian beach lounge and where I spent my happy hour every day from 5:30 – 6:30 with free flowing drinks for the guests!

On the first day, they took Chloe kayaking and then from that day onwards, she fell in love with the kids club. I felt so safe leaving her there throughout the day as they were filled with activities and educational trips. They went fishing one day, did a play, prepared crafts for easter, played at the tree house and swam in the kids pool. She even made a wonderful friend called Anastasia and the day we left Shangri-La, she had tears in her eyes. 

We spent a lot of time together and a lot of time on our own, exploring the resort and taking a break. Make sure you cross over to Llot Mangenie and to Isle Aux Cerfs and also, make sure you visit the spa and if you are traveling with your little one, book the chocolate wrap treatment! Chloe and I had ours and in the middle of our massage, we both fell asleep! 

THINGS TO DO

Activities in Mauritius     

Mauritius is an island known for wonderful adventures both for adults and children. When people ask me what sort of island is it, it would be hard to explain! It has everything from culture, to beautiful beaches to adventure and nature landscapes and chasing waterfalls. Here are few activities to do in Mauritius.

Island Hopping

Surely, my number one thing to do in Mauritius is island hopping! No matter what part of the Island you are in, get on a boat and explore the different islands and the marine life! My favorite was visiting Ill aux Phare that was built in 1864 and I worked with Kreola.mu while booking my trip!

Zip lining – Quad Biking 

Imagine zip lining across one of the longest zipline in the world in the biggest natural and private reserve in Mauritius. Le Domaine de L’toile extends over 1200 hectares and is on the East coast of the island which is not too far away from Shangri -La. The quad bike experience takes you for 2 hours into the landscape of the island and if you’re lucky you can also see deers! For Children under a certain age, it is advisable to take the buggy car instead as for safety reasons they do not allow kids on Quad bikes. You ultimately have the option of reserving 2 hours in the kids section while you experience the quad! Make sure you mention to book your space at the kids club before!

Horse Riding 

Also in Domaine De L’toile, you can go horse riding in the heart of Ferney Valley.

Ive Aux Cerfs

A visit to the island is a must! From Shangdi-La with the free shuttle boats every 30 minutes,  the park is for adults and for kids between the age of 4-11 years old. Water activities is also available on the island and a restaurant and a little market!

Water Sport Activities in Le Touesserok

The resort has plenty of water sports activities from non-motorized to motorized sports. We took the kayak out couple of times and even the pedalo to enjoy the calm waters.

Hiking Excursion in the Tamarind Falls

A 3 hour hiking excursion into the 7 cascades that will take you in the heart of Mauritius into tropical forests and discover the seven waterfalls of Tamarind and even enjoy a swim in the natural pools. The whole trip will take you 3 hours to complete the course.

Parasailing 

One of the greatest things about booking with Kreola.mu when you do the island hopping is that they stop by parasailing stations where you can hop on a jetty and experience parasailing!

Kitesurfing 

Kitesurfing in Le Morne! Either with a private instructor or on your own! Minimum age for most is 10 years

Swimming with the Dolphins

Yes! Swimming with Dolphins! Wild dolphins! I personally have not done it yet due to lack of time but it is located in the South West coast of Mauritius and Kreola.mu offers this experience! I have added this on my list for my next visit!

Llot Mangenie

Just off the resort’s pristine coastline is the beautiful island of Ilot Mangenie, providing the perfect Indian Ocean island escape exclusively for Shangri-La guests and was one of our favorite things to do! We spent the whole day on the island and rented a cabana where we had our own butler and most importantly, what you cannot miss, is the famous truffle homemade pizza! 

HOW TO GET THERE?

I flew with Emirates Airlines direct 6 hour flight from Dubai to Mauritius. It then too 50 minutes by car to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok. I was greeted at the airport by the hotel’s pick up. Few people asked me about the Visa rules, for most, and Lebanese, you don’t need a visa to enter Mauritius. On arrival, your passport will be stamped allowing entry to the country for 60 days. Just check online before departure.

Important Information 

* I have a rule of thumb for the Indian Ocean and mostly anywhere in the world when it comes to beach vacations… Don’t trust the weather forecast! Before my visit to Mauritius, the forecast showed thunder and rain and during my stay, we had beautiful blue skies and sunshine!

* They say the best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny. But off-peak season also means you can to enjoy lower rates and still some sunshine!

* You can also arrive to the resort in style by Helicopter that costs 800 Euros per way!

* The T- Club entertains children aged between 4 and 11 years old, while the Active-T Club offers innovative social activities and themed evenings for 12 to 17 year olds, open until 9pm.

* Language: Creole, English, French, Bhojpuri. 

* Religion: Religiously diverse, Hinduism is the largest religion of Mauritius

* The first owner and first Chef of Le Touessrok, Mrs. Jacqueline Dalais

Mauritius

It’s important to travel with children or with your child alone from time to time. Not because they learn a lot, no. Because YOU learn a lot. I learned so much from traveling with Chloe at a young age. What she’s like when she’s vulnerable, what I’m like when I have no one but her around me, what sort of things we both like doing together. I learned to have more patience as we both grow and to put my phone and work on the side. I still have my camera in one hand when we are together and sometimes she gets so annoyed with my constant “Chloe smile” but I think she’s learning to accept that this is something I can or don’t want to change in me… and so she looks at me and gives me this face of acceptance… and I love her for it!

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  1. Eva Travel says:

    All the information which is shared by you are absolute correct. Always inspiring with your photos, hope to create something like that!

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