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Made for Mauritius

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Contact down in Mauritius and also you’ll be at Anantara IKO Mauritius Resort and Villas in ten minutes. Effectively, that’s when you’ve cleared customs and obtained your baggage in fact. However with no extra testing on arrival or masks mandates, it’s a reasonably seamless course of and one we had been most grateful for when arriving on a late flight to the island not too long ago.

The quick switch meant we had been settled, having fun with a cocktail, and indulging in a scrumptious buffet dinner inside an hour of touchdown. What a option to begin our vacation!

Our house away from house

Anantara IKO is situated on the south-eastern coast of Mauritius, on the white sands of Le Chaland Seaside. The brochure promised a lot to maintain us entertained, from eating at three completely different eating places and even working off all that good meals on the absolutely geared up fitness center and health middle, which additionally gives instructor-led actions reminiscent of yoga and tai chi.

On high of all that there’s a children membership with day by day actions to maintain the little ones entertained, excellent as we had been touring with a one-year-old in tow, and a full-on spa with out of doors Thai therapeutic massage pavilions and conventional Hammam the place we might get pleasure from some actual, full-body leisure. And that’s not all, there’s additionally a small boat home with actions reminiscent of stand-up paddle boarding, kayaking, and pedalos for having fun with the nice and cozy crystal blue water of the protected lagoon which is true in entrance of the lodge.

The expertise on the bottom

Throughout our keep, we additionally found that there’s a lot extra to this resort, and Mauritius, than the brochure describes. One of many highlights of our keep began with a brief switch to the close by protected space of Blue Bay marine reserve. Right here we launched into a non-public boat trip across the attractive bay, with a cease close to the corel-clad shores to go snorkeling. Because the boat we had been on had a glass-bottom boat, even our little lady might benefit from the motion below the water with out even getting moist!

Another actions took us off the resort and into the guts of the island. These included guided climbing within the lush La Vallée de Ferney forest in the hunt for waterfalls, mountain biking by means of the sugarcane fields, quad biking in Mauritius’ distant southern reaches, studying to kitesurf on the windy shores, and venturing to the busy Monday meals and craft marketplace for a spot of native tradition.

Eat your coronary heart out

One other spotlight of our keep at Anantara IKO was the eating, notably on the resort’s Sea Hearth and Salt restaurant which gives an a la carte menu of contemporary seafood and tender meat choices. All of the meals was ready in an open kitchen which offers a little bit of leisure as you’ll be able to see your meal being cooked proper in entrance of you.

Breakfasts had been additionally memorable, being served on the Horizon restaurant which gives a mixture of al la carte and buffet eating. Consuming contemporary espresso, whereas tucking into chocolate pancakes and freshly made omelets was an exquisite option to begin the day, particularly when seated out on the deck overlooking the lagoon.

Karoka bar was additionally an excellent place to only sit again and loosen up and revel in one in every of their many cocktail choices. Because the bar is situated proper subsequent to the glowing infinity pool it was additionally the proper spot for ordering a drink or snack whereas catching a tan. The bar additionally has a really massive assortment of regionally produced rum on provide, and I might extremely suggest doing their complimentary rum tasting which is an effective way to search out your favourite one.

One other enjoyable exercise held on the bar, however appropriate for the entire household, was the free smoothie-making class. We made essentially the most scrumptious coconut, avocado, banana, and honey smoothie with the barman in a personalised lesson. It’s one thing we’ll be attempting to copy again house in the summertime months!

The small particulars

Other than nice meals, spectacular eating, and too many cocktails to depend, it was additionally the little particulars at Anantara IKO Mauritius that actually made our vacation one to recollect.

Conveniently situated on the far finish of the pool proper beneath the place the water disappears off the sting of the infinite pool, is a child’s pool. This walk-in, walk-out pool with the water falling from the primary pool above, was a enjoyable place for the baby to play and swim and an excellent well-thought-out contact for households.

One other small contact, which could not appear distinctive however is, is the standard of the rooms. Now their new and fashionable however the TV can also be geared up with a Chromecast. In a rustic the place you’ll battle to search out English channels, having the ability to select your favourite streaming service proper out of your telephone is simply a kind of seamless choices you want on trip.

All in all, Anantara IKO proved to supply simply what we wanted for a break from actuality. The resort was conveniently situated with a lot to supply and undoubtedly value spending just a few days absorbing that heat Mauritius solar!

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Smoothie courses poolside

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The plush, tropical gardens at Anantara IKO Mauritius

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A breakfast of champions

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Too many rums to decide on only one

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A snorkelling tour to please all ages

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