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Luxury Holidays Direct has two dream destinations: a stunning setting in Mauritius, and a Caribbean resort perfect for families.
It’s easy to dismiss the picture-perfect islands of the Caribbean as the exclusive domain of A-listers and dreamy lovers. However, the pioneering all-inclusive Buccament Bay Resort, located on the pint-sized island of St Vincent, reveals a refreshingly different side of the Caribbean.
One of the 32 verdant islands that make up the ‘Jewels of the Caribbean’, St Vincent is home to the towering (but climbable) La Soufrière volcano, waterfalls, black volcanic beaches, hidden bays and dense rainforest teeming with rare plants and animals. It’s a rich natural bounty – one which ensured the island’s immortality as the set for the Pirates of the Caribbean films and which Buccament Bay Resort encourages its guests to get up close and personal with, arranging excursions into the forest and around the dramatic coastline.
When you stay at the five-star resort, embrace your inner child snorkelling in clear waters above coral reefs or exploring the battlements of the colonial Fort Charlotte above St Vincent’s capital city, Kingstown, while your children receive tuition in football, tennis, cricket and performing arts. In addition to five diverse restaurants, including Jack’s, offering fine-dining with a private dining room and a premium wine cellar, the resort gives you the opportunities to indulge yourself in the ESPA spa and to see whales and dolphins during a sunset cruise. Children (and adults) have the opportunity to train with the Liverpool FC Soccer School, Pat Cash Tennis Academy, West Indies Cricket Academy and a Performing Arts Academy staffed by West End professionals.
Furthermore, there’s a supervised Kids Club and Teen Club, multiple pools and watersports facilities, and a white-sand beach (the sand is imported from Africa), making Buccament Bay Resort the ultimate Caribbean destination for discerning, active families.
Square Meal readers can book seven nights’ all-inclusive accommodation at the Buccament Bay Resort, including flights and transfers (travelling from 23 April to 12 July 2013) from £1,699pp – a saving of £899 – when they quote LHDSQMEAL. To book, visit luxuryholidaysdirect.com or call 020 8774 7297.
Some islands have all the luck: Mauritius is blessed with nearly 100 miles of white sandy beaches, turquoise lagoons protected from the Indian Ocean by the world’s third-largest coral reef, unusually diverse flora and fauna and a uniquely multi-ethnic population. Discovered by the Portuguese in the 16th century, the mountainous volcanic island has been ruled by the Dutch, French and British, whose cultural influences are blended with the inimitable beat of neighbouring Africa and the tastes and traditions of Asian sea traders.
While palpable across Mauritius, this rich cultural blend is most magical on the lush 20-acre estate of the Oberoi Mauritius. Located in Turtle Bay on the north-west coast (perfect for watching the sun sink into the ocean each evening) with 2,000ft of ocean front, this iconic property is the essence of barefoot luxury. Meandering paths bring you from tranquil, fish-filled pools through sub-tropical gardens to cashmere-soft beaches; serene Buddah statues watch over an Indonesian love swing shaded by palm trees; and thatch-roofed timber buildings house palatial suites, complete with four-poster beds and some with pools and sunken marble baths overlooking private gardens.
Days are spent marvelling at the beauty of the Indian Ocean – snorkelling, diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing and island hopping – and exploring Mauritius with its vibrant capital city, Port Louis, atmospheric beach towns and dramatic mountains. That said, the secluded beaches, inviting pools, award-winning Oberoi Spa and attentive staff at the Oberoi Mauritius make it hard to leave the sanctuary of the hotel. As dusk falls, lanterns light the way to the hotel’s restaurants, the heady scent of frangipani flowers lingers in the air and a gourmet feast of Creole, Mauritian and international cuisine unfolds.
Whether it’s dinner à deux, served on a jetty above an ocean sparkling with bioluminescence, yoga on the beach at sunrise, or having a tropical island all to yourself, a visit to the Oberoi Mauritius will create memories to last a lifetime.
Square Meal readers can book seven nights’ B&B at the luxurious Oberoi Mauritius hotel, including a complimentary dinner for two, plus economy flights, VIP private airport transfers and taxes, for £1,499pp – a saving of £895 – when they book before 20 December 2012 and quote LHDSQMEAL. (Offer valid until 31 Dec 2012, excluding the festive season.) To find out more, visit luxuryholidaysdirect.com or call 020 8774 7297.
This advertorial was published in the autumn 2012 issue of Square Meal Lifestyle.