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Indian Ocean Odyssey, Tots in Tow

Pristine beaches, azure waters, toddler-friendly luxury and a touche of je ne sais quoi are hallmarks of these two alluring islands which offer parents the perfect opportunity to blend relaxing family moments with some restorative time-out.

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Leaving aside the spectacular scenery, Mauritius is rightly famed for its luxurious hotels, some of which offer fantastic children’s clubs and childcare. La Reunion, a delightful slice of France in the Indian Ocean, is known for its volcanic, rainforested interior, offshore reefs, beaches and Creole culture, ensuring plentiful opportunities to explore and a unique twist to this special twin centre holiday.

We recommend an overnight flight with Air Mauritius to ensure a leisurely morning transfer to your chosen hotel for 7 nights. You can then make the most of your time in resort, whether that is relaxing on the beach, or by the pool, taking advantage of the childcare to have a Spa treatment or perhaps opting for something more exhilarating. Families who like to get out and about will enjoy exploring this eclectic island with its fusion of Asian and European heritage, and plentiful cultural and nature-based experiences, from boat trips to visits to see the giant tortoises.

Next, head to the French outpost of Reunion, just a 40 minute flight away. Its European character means exploring and dining out is a joy for all ages. Collect your car or take a transfer to LUX* Saint Gilles, our recommended hotel, for 4 nights, which, amongst other things, offers an enviable array of watersports. The dramatic island interior harbours lush forests and waterfalls - perfect for a leisurely family stroll or, for a grown-up adrenalin hit to impress the little ones, you might like to try canyoning or rafting. In contrast, the Piton de la Fournaise features arid, moon-like landscapes surrounding the second most active volcano in the world. Tots and toddlers are sure to love the Kelonia Sea Turtle Observatory, and humpback whale-spotting in season (June – November).

recommended duration:
10 to 14 nights
From £1,760 per adult/ £840 per child under 12 sharing / £150 per infant under 2, staying at 4 – 5*hotels, on a half-board basis in Mauritius and B&B in La Reunion, including flights and transfers. travelling May – September.
0845 1244455

suggested extensions

The perfect complement to an exotic beach holiday has to be a safari, especially as Johannesburg and Cape Town are only 4 - 5 hours away from Mauritius.

recommended accommodation

  • The Residence

    bushbaby rating:
    Five stars

    Inspired by the turn-of-the-century plantation houses, this elegant hotel situated on a lovely beach on the Eastern side of the island. Guest are welcomed with gracious


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  • Lux* Saint Gilles

    Lux* Saint Gilles

    bushbaby rating:
    Four stars

    This chilled-out colonial-style hotel is on one of Réunion’s most beautiful and sheltered beaches, just a short flight from Mauritius. Rooms in the main buildings are


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