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Budget traveling doesn’t often conjure up images of palm fringed pale sandy beaches and colorful tropical landscapes, but believe it or not, it is possible to find your dream desert island escape and not break the bank in the process. Mauritius might seem as though it’s a hefty price tag away, but with some clever planning and a spot of advanced preparation, you could be on your way to organizing a purse friendly exotic break.
Having long been associated with luxurious living through its plush hotels and star studded fan base, Mauritius has a reputation as a playground for the wealthy. That is not to say that those of us with a more modest bank balance cannot also enjoy a slice of island life.
The Early Bird
While many of us travel addicts love nothing more than a spontaneous last minute deal, the best offers are usually reserved for those who are open to several different destinations. When looking for a budget break in a particular destination, the secret to low air fares and accommodation is to actually book in advance. Many airlines and hotels set a standard price for their seats and rooms, which tend to get more expensive the more bookings they receive. Getting your booking in early will mean you will pay the base price, and you won’t be fighting off the masses when it comes to selecting your ideal package.
Mauritius is peppered with grand spa resorts that offer sumptuous surroundings and first rate facilities, but these are often paired with a four figure price tag per week. The good news is that the island is also home to a vast number of cheaper resorts that still offer the desert island experience.
While the bigger resorts tend to offer a slice of every type of holiday to suit every type of visitor, the smaller destinations are more modest in their offerings. Ranging from quiet beachside retreats with no sign of nightlife, to lively hotels with bustling bars, restaurants and nightclubs, each is a haven for someone. It is worth doing your research before booking into the cheapest hotel you can find, so you can make sure your final choice is worth spending your hard earned cash on.
Many of the five star resorts boast their own private beaches, so guests can enjoy cocktails on the sands and comfy loungers under the sun. That said, the more popular public beaches are definitely not to be sniffed at. The spectacular Trou aux Biches is a shimmering stretch of pearlescent sands that is open to any visitor, and many of the island’s more affordable hotels are found within walking distance.
The beach is bordered by lavish hotels often with security guards, many of whom will let you wander into their grounds for a drink at the bar, giving you the chance to experience a slice of the high life. If you’re not comfortable wandering into a neighboring hotel you can discover some stylish beach clubs that offer the same experience.
If planning has been so successful you find yourself with some excess spending pennies, you can decide to add on certain luxuries that will make your stay more enjoyable. From spa treatments and sea excursions, to water sports and day trips, there are a number of treats you can indulge in.
Author Bio – Once an eccentric ten year old writing scripts from her bedroom in Oxford, Laura now spends most of her time regaling with tales of travel, design, fashion and film. The rest of her time is spent daydreaming of where to go next…