Choose your paradise – which Indian Ocean Island(s) gets your vote?

Caught in a delightful dilemma of choosing between Maldives or Mauritius?

Beautiful white sandy beaches, sparkling emerald waters, relaxation and luxury easily describes both Maldives and Mauritius, so if you are choosing between the two it’s easy to feel overwhelmed. Afterall they are so similar.”Or are they”? Having done the research for you, we’ve concluded that these two island getaways are same same but soo different!

They’ve each got their own unique offerings, so read on and let us help you make that choice.

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Landscape – Mountains, coral, and waterfalls Vs. Robinson Crusoe luxury Island life

Mauritius is a single island ringed by reefs and beaches. Its interior consists of rugged hills and mountains, that are covered in lush tropical foliage, while the beaches are picture perfect white sand beaches with coconut palm trees lining the shores. A must visit place on the island is the UNESCO protected ‘Le Morne’ area in the southwest corner of the island, where the iconic Le Mont Brabant mountain overlooks a deep blue lagoon fringed by a white sand, creating a truly tropical idyll that comes close to absolute paradise.


Where To Stay:


LUX* Grande Gaube

Located amidst lush tropical gardens, the LUX* Grand Gaube is enveloped by coves, the calmest of lagoons and two tranquil beaches and two spectacular swimming pools.  There’s an abundance of places to relax or refuel and extensive sports and wellness facilities featuring a sensational new spa, fitness, tennis academy, golf and water sports. A stay here is sure to please both the adventurer in you and the relax your mind.

The Maldives consists of 1192 tiny coral islands and sandbanks – of which around 200 are inhabited and a further 100 are managed as tourist resorts. These islands are grouped in 26 breathtakingly beautiful atolls and encircled by white sands and incredibly beautiful lagoons blessed with crystal clear waters and protected by reef structures.


Where To Stay:


Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives

Located in Gan, Addu Atoll, the Shangri-La Villingili Resort & Spa is one of the largest resorts in the Maldives. This resort stays true to Maldivian hospitality, as every guest is appointed a personal villa host upon check-in. Resort facilities include a gym, an infinity pool on the beachfront, the Maldives’ only nine-hole golf course, Chi – The Spa, and an eco and dive centre. Every room also offers two bicycles and a personal buggy so that guests can explore the surrounding areas of the island! How awesome is that?

The underwater Scene – Shipwrecks Vs House Reefs

Both offer some amazing diving and snorkeling experiences where the Mauritius diving scene revolves around over a 100 mostly artificially sunken shipwrecks around the Island. The wrecks grow full of soft corals, schooling fish, king fish, moray eels, lionfish, parrot fish, leaf fish and sea slugs. If you are lucky, you’ll swim into some barracuda, sting rays and dolphins.


Where To Stay:


LUX* Bella Mare

Tucked away in beautifully landscaped tropical gardens near the sleepy village of Belle Mare, this modern Mauritius boutique resort lives on a glorious stretch of the east coast. With its own sheltered lagoon with breath-taking coral and colourful fish snorkellers will be in their elements amidst the serene surroundings right at their doorstep. For the more adventurers the hotels Dive centre arranges full day excursions around the Islands diving spots.

The Maldives Islands are based around atolls and most islands have their own house reef so whether you are diving or snorkeling you are bound to see some gorgeous marine life! All from baby sharks to huge coral walls, caves, schools of tropical fish, manta rays, turtles and for an out of the world experience you might catch sight of the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.


Where To Stay:


Taj Coral Reef Resort & Spa Maldives

Located on Hembadhu Island, Vivanta By Taj – Coral Reef is a luxury resort that offers stylish villas with breath-taking views of the Indian Ocean. This luxurious property is located by a coral reef lagoon and it has its own diving centre. Taj Coral Reef Resort facilities include a stunning outdoor pool, a rejuvenating spa, a dive school, a fitness centre and plenty of dining options making it everything you need for the perfect tropical vacation. Beach lovers, divers, and honeymooners – make sure you check this resort out!

Activities: Abundant Vs Relaxed

Look up Mauritius on the map and you’ll see a lot of green! There is so much other than water activities to keep you occupied. Look up the SSR Botanical Garden, Le Morne Cultural Landscape, Black River Gorges National Park, Crocodile & Giant Tortoises Park and Nature Reserve. There would be no shortage of activities to indulge into if you get bored of sun-bathing.


Where To Stay:


LUX* Le Morne

LUX* Le Morne offers the best address for climbing Le Morne, exploring Black River Gorges National Park, and for barefoot walks and bicycle rides. Sheltered at the foot majestic Le Morne, this is where to tune in with nature. Feeling lazy? Don’t feel guilty about staying anchored at this boutique resort—it has four pools, a tempting spa and off course white glistening beaches!

Maldives is not a destination with a variety of attractions and more for the relaxed traveler. Take a ride on dhoni, a coconut palm timber cruise boat. Swim and snorkel during the day, enjoy fresh seafood barbecue and spend every evening on the different island.


Where To Stay:


Makunudu Island

With perhaps the most tranquil and untouched beaches in the Maldives, Makunudu Island is a perfect haven if you are looking for an escape from reality. Choose one of the 36 deluxe bungalows nestled amidsts tropical vegetation with the white beach in front you of. Leave the sun lounger and enjoy a Maldivian massage at Aavun Spa.

So whether you are escaping the busy life, looking for an unforgettable honeymoon or a family adventure both of these two paradise destinations are sure to tick your boxes. Book through the ENTERTAINER and enjoy our 2for1 Offers on room nights. Which Island getaway will you choose?

 

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