Our SA Weddings 'Bride Of The Year 2016' and her lucky partner will be winning an incredible holiday to Mauritius courtesy of World Leisure Holidays, Sands Suites Resort and Spa and will now also be arriving in the utmost style thanks to the good people of Air Mauritius! Wondering if this is the perfect honeymoon hotspot for you? Read on and get inspired! Just in time for some Monday desk day-dreaming, if you ask us..
The Indian Ocean archipelagos of the Maldives and Seychelles, and the single island destination of Mauritius, have certainly raised the bar when it comes to exotic luxury honeymoons. Jane Anderson, Editor of 101 Honeymoons, recently shared some top tips on how to choose the right island, and the right resort for you.
“Honeymooners should remember that destinations such as Madagascar, Zanzibar, Seychelles, Mauritius, Maldives, Sri Lanka and Mozambique ~ regard newlyweds as one of their most important target markets, and consequently there is much competition between resorts to provide the most memorable and romantic experience. If you have the budget, you can expect wow-factor suites and over-water villas, impressive cuisine, breath-taking spas, outstanding watersports, including some of the best diving in the world and a growing emphasis on indigenous culture and conservation.”
The Island of Mauritius, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquillity. Of volcanic origin and sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural, safe, crystal clear lagoons, Mauritius has long been a dream honeymoon destination. Home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, this single island nation is a peaceful, cultural melting pot of Indian, Chinese, African and French influences.
Says Anderson, “It has carefully crafted a high-end tourism profile with many four and five-star hotels lining its coastline. If you want a ‘fly and flop’ honeymoon with extremely high levels of service, good cuisine and wonderful spas and golf, Mauritius is the place for you. It also has a growing choice of adventure activities in its spectacular jungly domains and peaks such as mountain biking and climbing. The clear, calm waters off the coast make conditions ideal for all kinds of water sports, which include windsurfing, scuba diving, snorkelling and water-skiing.
“Resorts here have the art of caring for honeymooners and couples wanting to tie the knot down to a fine art. Care is taken to make you feel special with some resorts insisting on only one wedding per day at their hotels. Couples can tie the knot standing on a peer at sunset, or even tie a symbolic knot in the branches of a banyan tree.”
Only a four hour flight away from Johannesburg, and five-and-a-half hours away from Cape Town, Mauritius offers a year-round honeymoon destination that is malaria-free, and where South Africans do not require visas. We say- double bonus!
The SA Weddings team are beyond proud to partner with some incredible industry professionals for this years event and can officially announce that our title prize sponsor for the winning bride and her partner is an incredible five day holiday in Mauritius thanks to Sands Suites Resort and Spa,World leisure Holidays, as well as business class flights courtesy of Air Mauritius to ensure you arrive in style, so it’s no wonder everyone is getting just a little excited!
Sands Suites Resort and Spa is located on one of the islands most pristine stretches of beach at Flic en Flac on the west coast, overlooking the azure blue waters of Tamarin Bay and the legendary rock of Le Morne. Elegant decor and natural lush tropics are perfectly balanced at this prime property, offering you the ultimate tropical island experience with the comforts of this luxury boutique hotel. If you’re battling the post-public holiday blues today, we suggest envisioning your next holiday at Sands Suites & Spa, picture yourself lounging at the rim-flow pool as you sip on a cocktail and toast to another setting sun.
Sands Suites Resort and Spa have very generously offered a five day package to our lucky winning bride to include accommodation in a superior suite, breakfasts and dinner daily, evening entertainment and all non-mptorized water sports too! This boutique hotel heaven offers the perfect spot to start your beautiful beginning together as a honeymoon couple and promise to add a few extra spoils to all these special guests. Enquirer for more info at www.sands.mu
The national carrier, Air Mauritius, acts as an ambassador for the country ~ and in so doing reveals and pays tribute to the island and its people.
From the moment passengers board ‘Our Island in the sky,’ they are surrounded by the warmth and hospitality of beautiful Mauritius, emphasising the exceptional natural scenery of the island, along with its rich and vibrant marine resources.
The gastronomy on board Air Mauritius reflects the rich culinary heritage of the Mascarene Islands, combined with the finesse of French cuisine. Beyond offering an excellent product on all its routes, Air Mauritius is renowned for its high level of in-flight service and excellent passenger attention, winning several international awards.
Highly competitive rates are available in economy and business class, with the bride’s fare discounted by 20 percent during Air Mauritius’ Travel Smart Program. This highly successful incentive programme is aimed at enticing more South African visitors to the tropical paradise during the low, cool seasons ~ through a host of value added benefits.
Passengers are allowed two pieces of luggage ~ 2 X 23kg for economy class and 2 X 32kg for business class ~ on all Air Mauritius international destinations. Special arrangements may be made to transport wedding dresses, with extra special care. Last minute airport upgrades to business class are offered on a first-come, first serve basis, at a cost of R1, 900.00 (aircraft: A319) and R2, 500.00 (aircraft: A340) per ticket, respectively. (Ts & Cs apply)
Today, Air Mauritius carries 1.4 million passengers (many of these newly wedded couples) and more than 31,000 tonnes of cargo annually. Air Mauritius’ excellent technical and safety record is a testament to their strict safety standards and IATA compliant operating principles.
Air Mauritius and the island, awaits…
For more information, go to: www.airmauritius.com or call:
(011) 601 3900