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Do you really need an excuse for a family holiday in the Indian Ocean? Obviously the answer to that question is a resounding no. But if you were looking for better reasons than ever to dip your toes into the world’s warmest, clearest waters next year, here’s one:

Along with direct flights to Mauritius, British Airways are launching direct UK flights to The Seychelles between 24 March and 31 October 2018, with flying time of just 10 hours.

Tempted? Have a look at the five best family holidays in Mauritius and The Seychelles with Beachcomber for 2018.

Best all-inclusive: Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauritius

A resort with three private beaches, sitting in Blue Bay Marine Park on Mauritius’ peaceful south east coast sounds idyllic. But it’s close to irresistible, when you add in the most generous all-inclusive family holiday offer on the entire island, along with free watersports, and free sports’ lessons. That’s the promise Shandrani are making for 2018.

To seal the deal they’re also inviting up to three kids to stay free with parents between 01 May and 30 September 2018. And, unlike most other resorts, Shandrani count kids as kids, right up until age 17. Shandrani all-inclusive family holidays include:

  • Free watersports and land sports
  • Group golf (pitch & putt golf course) and tennis lessons
  • The best all inclusive package on the island
  • Beachcomber kids clubs for three to 12 years
  • Kids up to age 17 sharing with parents stay free May to September
  • Three private beaches, and 70 acre tropical gardens
  • Part of Blue Bay Marine Park protected reserve
  • New Deluxe Family Room sleep up to six
  • Family Apartments and Family Suites sleep up to five

Book early for 2018 and save 20% on all-inclusive family holidays.

Find out more about Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa



Best for luxury: Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Le Morne Peninsula is one of the most photographed places on Mauritius. So you probably don’t need to be told it’s lovely. Paradis sits right on the peninsula’s tip, with its toes in the Indian Ocean, and UNESCO World Heritage Le Morne all around.  Between its historic setting, 18-hole golf course, eight restaurants, and four private beaches, the resort’s considered to be one of the best family resorts on the island on the island.

If an easy charm and family atmosphere is more unexpected; bear in mind this is also the Beachcomber where suites have two bedrooms, beachfront villas sleep eight, and kids up to the age of 17 stay free sharing with parents May to September. 

  • Le Morne Peninsula, south west Mauritius
  • Choice of family rooms, suites and beachfront villas
  • Free Beachcomber Kids Club for three to 12 years
  • Four private beaches and eight restaurants
  • 18-hole golf course
  • Beachcomber Spa

Book early for 2018 and save 20% on luxury family holidays.

Find out more about Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa



Best for villas: Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Mauritius

The north west coast of Mauritius, minutes from lively Grand Baie, is heaven for kids and teens.  Trou Aux Biches spotted the appeal early, built one of the first luxury resorts on this part of the island, and hasn’t stopped designing free-spirited fun into family holidays since.

Suites or villas are the only choice here. But they come with masses of space, fabulous views, and  the villas with private pools, so nobody’s complaining.

  • Set on Trou Aux Biches Beach: one of the island’s finest.
  • Choice of two and three bedroom family villas with private pools
  • Free Beachcomber Kids Club for three to 12 years
  • Free Beachcomber Teen Club for 13 to 17 years
  • Kids up to age 17 stay free in parents room May to September
  • Six restaurants
  • Reduced green fees and preferred tee times at brand new Mont Choisy 18-hole championship golf course, five minutes from Trou Aux Biches.

Book early for 2018 and save 20% on family villa holidays.

Find out more about Trou Aux Biches Beachcomber Gold Resort & Spa



Best for value: Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Award for best value Mauritian resort for family holidays in 2018 has to go to Victoria Resort & Spa, on the island’s ever popular west coast.

The resort’s two bedroom family apartments comfortably sleep five, and family rooms are more than spacious enough for two adults and two children. Along with the freedom of incredible space, Victoria is another Beachcomber resort with a generous approach to all-inclusive, up to and including, free watersports and kids clubs. 

  • Idyllic west coast setting, between Port Louis and Grand Baie.
  • Two bedroom family apartments sleep up to five
  • Family rooms sleep up to two adults and two children
  • Interconnecting family rooms
  • Free Beachcomber Kids Club for three to 12 years
  • Free Beachcomber Teen Club for 13 to 17 years
  • Kids up to age 17 stay free in parents room May to September
  • Family all-inclusive includes watersports and all meals

Book early for 2018 and save 20% on great value family holidays.

Find out more about Victoria Beachcomber Resort & Spa



Best private island: Denis Private Island, the Seychelles

Rare and beautiful islands are a bit of a signature in The Seychelles. But even in this magical Indian Ocean archipelago, few inhabited isles are as spectacular as Denis.

Privately owned, and home to only 25 guest cottages, this little green patch of paradise doesn’t do phones or TVs. Internet access is very limited, and it’s car-free. Bikes are the way to visit white sand beaches, explore forests, spot wildlife, and glide around lazily.

Just imagine complete escape for mind, body and soul and you’re on the right track. Kids are more likely to think it’s one of the world’s best natural playground, and it is.

  • Private island, 30 minutes by air from Mahé.
  • Direct British Airways flights to The Seychelles take 10 hours
  • 25 beachfront and spa villas, sleep up to five
  • Car free, TV free, mobile phone-free
  • Hike or bike guided nature treks and trails
  • Restaurant, bar, and in-villa catering
  • Fresh local produce from St. Denis Island farm
  • Diving, sailing, watersports, cycling, fishing, snorkelling.

Find out more about Denis Private Island

What’s better than best in the Indian Ocean for 2018? How easy Beachcomber make it to plan a family holiday, how good they are at getting everything just right, and how much you can save if you book next year’s holidays now. 


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