If you’ve never ventured to the Indian Ocean with your kids, you owe it to yourself to enter this incredible competition! Those lucky families who have visited Mauritius will know how welcoming and beautiful the island is, with stunning beaches, wonderful watersports, family-friendly resorts, and lots to see and do for all ages, from pony treks in the Domaine du Chasseur to the colourful markets of Port Louis – and all with minimal jet lag from the UK.
Set on a white sand beach on the glorious east coast is The Residence. This is one of those clever five-star resorts that manages to combine genuine elegance with all the requirements of a family stay. Its 1920s colonial charm sets parents and children at ease, as they are greeted by the scent of ylang-ylang and expansive views of the turquoise ocean. Rooms and suites are oversized, light and airy, making them perfect for families. Choose from interconnecting rooms, or perhaps a senior suite, which has a separate bedroom and living area to accommodate up to two children on extra beds.
Parents will adore the fact that there is butler service across all room types, leaving you to make the most of your precious holiday time. Children aged three-12 are entertained at the Planters Kids’ Club (open 9am-10pm). The friendly and reliable Planters team offer little ones hours of excitement, from treasure hunts to glass-bottom boat rides.
And if you’re travelling with troublesome teens, there are a variety of complimentary watersports available, with tuition in waterskiing, sailing a Hobie Cat or windsurfing. Back on dry land, they can turn their attention to tennis, or fitness, while parents head to The Sanctuary spa. And families will adore the cuisine at The Residence, which strives to incorporate local produce into its international menus across The Dining Room and the ocean-front Plantation restaurant.