Jacob, thanks as always for your help. Always end up changing things which you accommodate efficiently or asking questions as I did whilst away recently and you always respond very promptly.
I am very happy with DialAFlight
Great service as usual. Very happy
Harvey provides excellent service.
Fabulous service and communication as always
Good service. Fast and reliable communication. Enjoyable experience
Once again Damian and company did an excellent job in planning our trip with a very good price! In the age of the internet and so called super deals it is reassuring to know you are personally catered for
So easy to book a flight with DialAFlight and operators are very friendly.
Lucky that you have a 24 hours helpline that was able to help me out when I needed help. Very reassuring! DialAFlight is my favourite travel agency. Please keep up the good work.
Everything ran like clockwork and the hotels we stayed at simply stunning. Mauritius won our hearts!
Superb service, we will be using you again
DialAFlight gave us a fantastic service, very good communication and easy to deal with. It’s a shame Emirates didn’t do the same. Thanks again to Harvey
Received a call from Jay the night before my Mum's flight to make sure all was OK. Thought this was great customer service!
Steve and the team were amazing. The booking process was effortless and the information provided was exactly what we needed. We will definitely use Steve and DialAFlight again.
Excellent customer service from Alan.
Kieran was fantastic as always. Everything went smoothly with all six flights and hotel was more than we expected. Absolutely stunning.
Troy is fab!
Philip is superb. Shows some exceptional diligence that makes you feel calm when spending a lot of money!
As always. Brilliant service
Thanks for a great service. Extremely helpful and polite. You sound and are a wonderful team
This lived up to all Otis recommendations. A great experience with a truly laid back atmosphere and a great chill out
As always Darryll was brilliant. I have used his services for years and will continue to for many more.
Amazing personalised service from start to finish. Andrew looked after every issue and the holiday was planned to perfection!
Brilliant service from Carla, as always. Everything was organised like a dream - thank you. We will be back!
Mason was absolutely superb and went above and beyond what I would expect from a travel agent, and when he wasn't around anyone else I spoke to was always so helpful.
Kept us informed of any changes along the way
As usual, a great service.
Ralph and Dennis in his absence couldn’t be more helpful
The service with DialaFlight is second to none. I asked for a Maldives holiday which was what I had planned to take from my retirement money from work. After speaking to Jordan, he recommended a different island to meet my needs. He got a beach bungalow for us within budget and it was just perfect. He contacted us before we went to ensure everything went well and answered some last minute questions. He is excellent and very caring in his job and I wouldn't hesitate to book either flights or full package with DialAFlight again. This company is amazing and competitive with prices.
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.