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Our Hot Resorts: Mauritius is a must

Our Hot Resorts: Mauritius is a must

Our World | On 21, Apr 2011

Having attained an outstanding reputation for service and high standards over the past 20 years, it’s time for Mauritius, the ‘jewel in the Indian Ocean’, to benchmark itself not just against its beachfront competitors, but against those who might be deemed best in class.

Consumer service expectations continue to grow and goalposts keep moving. If Mauritius wishes to keep one step ahead of the competition, will its extensive list of deluxe hotels be enough?

Sun, sand and sea are not necessarily the winning formula for corporate events. The growth from the MICE sector seen in Mauritius over the last 20 years can only continue if it invests now for future projects. The MICE buyer is not your average visitor and this sector is highly lucrative. Ask yourself if after a 12 hour flight from Europe your guest would want more than simply an amazing hotel? Is value for money a concern, is there a demand for a quality experience and a high level of understanding of complex needs? If so, bear in mind that Mauritius does need to invest in infrastructure. I am talking roads, shops, independent restaurants, an upmarket nightlife, upkeep of public beaches, higher levels of quality and improved training.

Having said all of that some of the hotels are stunning, I can highly recommend the Sugar Beach Resort. Truth is that you can forget any stress or concerns you may have once on location and simply relax. The resort boasts plantation elegance and with over half a kilometre of sandy beaches it has plenty of room for guests to relax and unwind. If the beach is not your thing then why not use your time to discover the 30 acres of beautiful gardens and all manner of water and land sports. This resort caters for all, the romance of the starlit tropical sky at night and glorious food with a feast of Mauritian, Mediterranean and world flavours makes it perfect for an incentive tailored to couples.

My one concern for the future with this great location is that I sincerely hope Mauritius doesn’t look to deviate into the cheaper mass market, which we have seen happen all too many times in other beach resorts of the world. Other than that, I would recommend Mauritius as a must visit destination, go enjoy the hospitality and relax in the picturesque surroundings.

Susan Sexton, Events Team