There’s no doubt that Mauritius is a fantastic destination for couples who want a luxury, romantic break. As Sleek Events launches their luxury incentive travel service, this wasn’t a holiday but an opportunity to find out if Mauritius could also be a great incentives destination too.
Jennifer Davison, Founder & MD at Sleek Events shares her view on Mauritius
Managed by Emotions DMC, a unique concierge service driven through elegance and style, and organised by Pearl Representation Ltd, with over 18 years’ experience in the travel and service industry, I was promised an itinerary full of excellent service and new experiences. All event profs will know how precious time out of the office is – this trip was an opportunity to network, relax and share industry perspectives in beautiful surroundings whilst checking out the destination for our clients.
So much was fabulous but I’m going to mention the standout moments on each day… hold on for this whistle stop tour!
On arrival with the Air Mauritius flight, a private Audi awaited me as I stepped off the plane and I was whizzed over to the YU Lounge at the airport for a 12.30 meet & greet by Annik from the Emotions Team. The same chauffeur service took me on to the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort.
After about as quiet an evening you can possibly have with a group of event profs, I woke up to the sound of the Indian Ocean lapping against the shore, breathing in the scent of the gentle sea breeze and listening to the peaceful melody of tropical birds singing after a blissful night’s sleep – exactly what the resort hopes for every guest. Every element of Heritage Le Telfair, from the four poster bed, to the wooden floors and freestanding bath, the accommodation is designed for the utmost in luxury and comfort. It’s everything you expect from a resort in Mauritius and the private villas are ideal for group incentive trips.
Want to see what could be the world’s longest sushi platter? Go for cocktails and dinner at Gin’Ja. Set on a stretch of white sand, overlooking the lagoon, Gin’Ja is one of the most desirable dinner locations in Mauritius at the moment. I love sushi and if it’s your thing too, make sure you put this place on your itinerary.
Domaine de Bel Ombre was set to give us an insight to traditional Mauritius. The full estate is 2,500 hectares in the south-west of Mauritius, stretching from the mountains to a turquoise lagoon on the coast. For the past century, Domaine de Bel Ombre was an agricultural business with its main focus on sugar cane cultivation and production. Following the closure of the sugar factory, a complete reengineering of the business environment in Bel Ombre was initiated and set the vision to transform the region into a quality hospitality and leisure zone. One of the houses which is part of the estate, Le Chateau, is available to hire in its entirety and makes a stunning and unique venue for group entertainment.
Mauritius might be one of your bucket list destinations but it could also tick off some activities on your bucket list too. For me, one of those things is swimming with dolphins and that’s what I did when we jumped into the sea off the back of a boat. Happy, wild dolphins paid us attention without any coaxing from the guides and I can imagine this experience would be much more enticing than the latest iPhone or other gadgets offered as an incentive at work.
Having worked up a healthy appetite, we had lunch laid out for us under a canopy at La Prairie. This public beach venue had a relaxing vibe, only improved by the acoustic music played by locals.
Could the day have got any better? You’d think not but then I hadn’t expected a helicopter transfer to our second hotel of the trip – the Four Seasons Resort at Anahita. After landing, an executive car took me to a 5-bedroom villa with a refreshing plunge pool to use during some leisure time.
I took my personalised dressing gown past the welcome message written in golf balls surrounded by dancers and musicians, picked up my cocktail and boarded a golf buggy to take me for a relaxing massage.
Feeling revitalised, I met up with seven event profs to do what we do best – eat, drink and make merry! Overlooking the lagoon, we enjoyed the live music at O’Bar with a great casual-dining menu.
If you have budding chefs on your team, they will love the lunch challenge put on by Vacoas Terrace. After putting on our personalised aprons, we were given one minute to grab ingredients from the pantry. Our food was judged by the restaurant chef – he said that mine was the worst food he’s ever tried in his life which probably wasn’t an exaggeration. Luckily, they cooked a local-style BBQ for us all instead!
After lunch, a speed boat excursion took us to the Eastern islands and in the national reserve, a bar was set up for us in the sea. We sat in the warm water sipping on coconut water and cocktails wondering which corporate job would offer a reward programme like this because we’d consider taking a job there!
Our last dinner in Mauritius was Creole style. I knew things were going to be special when drums sounded outside the villa and we were paraded down the street with firelight and people in traditional dress. We were treated to an atmospheric site visit of a candlelit villa, with staff playing the roles of a bygone era in Mauritius. Serving a variety of dishes including lamb curry and chapatis, the team did their best to entice us to stay for another 5 days!
Not tired yet?
If you’d like to fill each day with heart-pounding adventure, Mauritius has so much to offer – these are two of our favourite locations.
Domaine de L’Etoile is the biggest natural and private reserve in Mauritius and is a beautiful setting for quad biking and the longest zipline course in the world – a breathtaking ride of 3,500 metres through the air.
Ile aux Cerfs is a privately-owned island near the east coast of Mauritius. Besides the Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Club, there are three beach restaurants and a host of water sports to enjoy.
Fancy Mauritius for your next incentive trip?
Event profs are the hardest people to please when it comes to venues and delegate activities. If they wow us then we know they will wow our incentive clients. Mauritius has ‘wow’ written right through the heart of it like a stick of rock. It’s almost impossible to put this type of trip into words that give it justice – the only way to really understand it is to get your next incentive booked up and take a bite of the ‘wow rock’ yourself.
When costing out a 4-night incentive trip for 60 people at either the Heritage Le Telfair or the Four Seasons with a host of activities included but not your air travel, you’re looking at a little over £1,000 per person – now that’s what I call a sensational reward experience for less than the cost of the laptop you’ll use to sort the hundreds of photos you’ll take!
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