Everything ran very smoothly, the team were very helpful and all went as planned
Marshall was a great help when booking our holiday to the Maldives and he was always a joy to talk to.
I will certainly go to DialAFlight again and have already suggested it to friends and colleagues. Very impressed with the service. Well done all of you
Glen was especially helpful, always replied very quickly to my emails and made the planning very easy
Thanks Frank. Another great holiday. I have already recommended friends.
Brilliant service from Ivor as always
Amazing personalised service. Highly recommend
Booking our honeymoon through DialAFlight was perfect. Everything was easy and straight forward, our flights and accommodation were amazing and we didn't have to worry about anything.
Great service from Russell as usual.
Your performance very good. BA however is a shambles
Declan’s a star. Works every time.
Absolutely brilliant. I will definitely get you guys to plan my holiday again.
The hotels that you provided for us in Mauritius were first class and your representatives on the island were excellent
Excellent. Thank you.
Excellent service from Brett as usual!
Everything was as promised. Thank you Curtis for all your help
Thanks Dennis. Great job
As always DialAFlight came up trumps. Danny and his team are great and I have recommended him to so many of my friends now he must be really busy. We are already thinking about our next trip!
Everything went according to plan.Was disappointed with the quality of BA outbound flight - very poor club experience. But all the rest of the holiday was excellent
Declan organised our holiday to perfection! Everything was absolutely fabulous
Hotel and all arrangements including transfers were excellent and great value. Thanks to Dylan for his efforts!
Amazing customer service, as usual.
Very helpful staff- especially Noah
Good service. Fast and reliable.
Excellent service as usual. Thank you once again
Very helpful, efficient service. Thank you
We are glad that we booked our trip to Mauritius with your company. Everything was handled by you very well and stress free. For any future overseas trip, we will book with you
Have been using DialAFlight for various events over a number of years. Saf is my contact and have every confidence in him providing the right package to suit my requirements
Jenson was great all through the process
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.