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Leah and the team understood our requirements and couldn’t have done more - great service as always.
Roy and his colleagues were as attentive and helpful as ever.
Service provided by Michelle was excellent
We relayed our thoughts about what we wanted and got exactly that. Jackson always communicated with us so we knew what was happening. We ended up with a fantastic holiday. Would thoroughly recommend to others
The trip was fantastic. The hotel was super and the transfers were seamless. All was good until we returned to Heathrow terminal 2....!
Isla Lawson has been brilliant throughout our travel arrangements. We would not hesitate to book with DialAFlight again.
Everything went exactly to plan - perfect thank you.
Marco was fantastic as was his team. Nothing was too much for them and they made the booking and travel effortless.
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We asked Daniel to suggest a hotel in Mauritius. He provided the most perfect location that suited my family. He kept in contact between booking the trip and us actually going and was always on hand to answer our many queries. I can’t recommend highly enough!
Callum excellent. Dealt with the multiple changes well
Everything was excellent thanks to Brody and the team.
Calls always answered promptly. When our contact was not in the office a colleague always stepped in and dealt with our queries effciciently. Top service mentality!
Gavin was fantastic all the way through. Gave us great choices and was on hand for any questions we had.
Excellent service all round that's why I keep coming back to you.
In the past we dealt with Rudi but this time it was with Mark who dealt superbly with all our requests and made sure all went smoothly. Their sevice was excellent and will book our holidays/flights with them in the future.
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Shelley was excellent and will be booking with her again - thank you so much
It was a pleasure to work with you. The only hitch was that the airline website did not allow us to check in and select seats.
We spent a lot of time searching for the right destination and the right place, then we expanded the group and one more person flew in from another country and then we changed the location in the middle of our holiday. It all required a lot of patience and time and Teddy was brilliant!
Niall was excellent - could not have been more helpful and responsive
Damian did a great job of getting everything organised to ensure our honeymoon went very smoothly. We had one small issue and when we contacted him he assisted us in resolving it immediately. We were very happy with DialAFlight and will certainly use them in future.
Harrison was brilliant all the way through and would definitely use again
Tony was excellent throughout the whole booking process and always responded very quickly to any requests. Even when there was a slight mix up with our rooms he arranged a refund with the hotel for us.
Thank you so much Libby for clearing all the fog around travelling! We had an amazing time and everyone was helpful and courteous
Yet another perfect holiday at the Resort (except for a cyclone which hit the Island for one day). Travel arrangements excellent.
Just perfect Lucas. Thank you
Noah was very helpful and nothing was too much trouble
The dodo's image is everywhere you look in Mauritius, from the moment you arrive at the airport to the cover of restaurant menus. It seems a strange emblem to use to promote the island, considering it was the very place they were hunted into extinction in the 17th century.
The 3ft-tall, flightless birds were killed by dogs, cats, rats, pigs and, of course, humans who ate them, despite the unpleasant taste, until they became extinct in the 1660s while the island was under Dutch rule. But it's the national bird of Mauritius. And, like the dodo, the island has a complicated history. Replacing the Dutch, the French invaded in 1710 and ruled Mauritius for 100 years.
The population speaks French today despite the British colonisation beginning in the early 19th century (Mauritius became an independent nation in 1968). The majority of the population is of Indian descent, with residents also hailing from Africa, Fiji, China and, of course, Europe.
Mauritius is surprisingly verdant, full of rich green hills, woods and lush farmland. And another big surprise was its incredibly well-maintained road network.
Mauritius is a wealthy island with its sugar, rum and cut-flower exports. I travelled north up the east coast to Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort, which reopened at the end of last year after a major refurbishment (previously owned by the One&Only group).
No matter what time you arrive, your breath will be taken away by the entrance to the hotel with its huge mangrove tree filled with fairy lights - and then by the local art and huge, blown-glass light fittings in the foyer.
The resort sprawls across the bay with low-level beachfront villas connected by a path which you can use to pop to one of the three private beaches.
Depending on which way the wind's blowing, you will always find a tranquil suntrap; well, mostly tranquil - sometimes you'll get a party boat whizzing by with rum-soaked guests dancing on deck. As well as the beaches, the Mauritius hotel has two beautiful, and very quiet, swimming pools surrounded by tropical plants and trees. Lying in the shade and taking the occasional dip to cool off, the days could not have been more perfect. The hotel also has regular motorboat shuttles to its two private islands.
One is the venue for watersports such as parasailing and kite-surfing, while the other has an 18-hole golf course and a huge stretch of totally unspoilt beach, where we were serenaded by a guitarist who played Light My Fire ('Have you heard of The Doors?' he asked).
You might not want to, but there are plenty of opportunities to leave the resort. You can canoe among the mangrove trees, visit a local rum distillery, cycle along the coast or have a speedboat tour along the coast.
Our driver Charles was no stranger to full throttle, and we charged along with music blaring, leaving boats of Japanese tourists bobbing in our wake. We anchored at the Blue Bay Marine Park where we dived from the boat to snorkel among beautiful fish. Back in the boat, we were taken to a waterfall where we saw monkeys eating mangos from the trees on the bank, then to Fouquets Island, which houses an old lighthouse built by slaves, and to an ocean sandbank for a great view of the island.
The only view that's better is through the plane window as you leave, but you'll be too sad it's all over to appreciate that one.
First published in the Mail on Sunday - November 2016
First published in the Mail on Sunday - November 2016
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