Chaka Travel Golf Holiday Brochure

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Since starting Chaka Travel in 1995 my staff and I have been fortunate enough to have played some amazing courses in far flung corners of the globe. We have included our favourite resorts and courses in this brochure and would be delighted to use our experience to ensure you get the most out of your next golf holiday. All of our holidays are tailored to suit individual requirements and as such the length of holiday, number of rounds as well as choice of airline and much more can be adapted to suit your needs.

We also hold ‘social’ overseas tournaments for those looking for a bit of competition and offer escorted tours in South Africa with the charming Jacques Gous as your guide. So whatever you are looking for please just ask and we’ll do our utmost to provide you with the perfect golf holiday!

Mark Marais

Managing Director

Prices valid up to June 2019 – see chakatravel.com for latest prices

Contents

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4 Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
6 Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius
8 Le Touessrok Mauritius
10 Heritage Awali Mauritius
12 Heritage Le Telfair Mauritius
14 Anahita Mauritius
16 Mauritius Map
17 Other Mauritius resorts
18 Constance Lemuria Seychelles
20 Outrigger Laguna Phuket Thailand
22 Aphrodite Hills Cyprus
24 Verdura Sicily Italy
26 Argentario Tuscany Italy
28 Las Madrigueras Tenerife
30 Moon Palace Mexico
32 Le Blanc Mexico
34 Mar Menor Spain
36 Rovos Rail South Africa
38 Fancourt South Africa
40 Tailor Made South Africa
41 Escorted Tours South Africa

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Mauritius Top 5 Activities on this Indian Ocean Island Playground

Mauritius is one of the last sea jewels, a paradise island where you can relax and rejuvenate but also experience adrenaine-fuelled adventure and a range of land, sea and even air activities. Here is 5 must see activities for anybody embarking on a Mauritius holiday.

Chase Waterfalls & Volcanic Sands at Black River Gorges, Mauritius National Park

Chamarel Waterfall - Black River Gorges National Park
Chamarel Waterfall – Black River Gorges National Park

A volcanic island, Mauritius offers panoramic landscapes, sweeping coastal views, lush forests and roaring waterfalls. You can find all of these natural wonders on a hike through Black River Gorges National Park – a spectacular sanctuary of relaxation.
Set your own pace with an array of hiking routes for various abilities and moods. Don’t miss out on seeing the idyllic Chamarel Falls and the Iconic geological formation that is the Seven Coloured Sands.

Seven Colour Sands
Seven Colour Sands

Star Gaze from Ile Aux Cerfs Bubble Lodges

Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge - Ile Aux Cerfs
Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius which is named after the stags which once roamed it’s forests. Arrive by catamaran, cruise or speedboat and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the islands coral reefs and beautiful lagoon, before retreating to a private bubble lodge to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Ile Aux Cerfs - Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge
Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Swim with Dolphins on a Mauritius Boat Excursion

A highlight for honeymooners is a dolphin boat expedition. Within 5 minutes of taking off in your private speedboat, silhouettes of the dolphins will already emerge within touching distance. Flippers and snorkels are provided for those who wish to get a closer look at the majestic creatures. And if you’re lucky, it is not uncommon to spot the massive tail fin of a sperm whale rise above the waters surface.

Casela Safari Park – Mauritius Adventure Park

Zipline over Casela Safari Park
Zipline over Casela Safari Park

Casela offers adventure packaged in various forms. Animal lovers could swim with dolphins, take a camel safari, walk with lions and bottle feed giant tortoises all in one day!
Active adventure lovers can have a go on a dry toboggan, alpine coaster or a scenic zipline. While the most daring visitors may opt for a adrenaline-fuelled go on the canyon swing.
At Casela, even just making your way around the park is exciting as you make use of segways, 4×4’s, quads and tree top bridges.

Giant Turtles - Casela Safari Park
Giant Turtles – Casela Safari Park

Play Championship golf on the home of the Mauritius Open

Heritage Golf Course
Heritage Golf Course

With some resorts offering free green fees on excellent courses bathed in natural beauty, Mauritius is considered a golfing mecca. Heritage Golf Course is a highlight with two rivers running through it as well as a 19th century mansion, Le Chateau de Bel Ombre which is surrounded by beautiful French Gardens.
Also not to be missed is both the Links & Legends Courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Home of the Mauritius Open, playing across the lagoon on the Legends course is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves.

This is only a glimpse of what the beautiful Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius has to offer, find out more about a once in a lifetime holiday to Mauritius at Chaka Travel

Mauritius Revisited: Mark & Marcella Return to Paradise

It had been 3 three years since my last visit to Mauritius and with all the changes on the island, I felt a trip was very much needed to get up to speed with things. Stuart and Jean from the office had both been over recently to see a lot of the changes which had whetted my appetite. With Marcella and I now being empty nesters it was great to be able to go away on a ‘work trip’ together and this was her first time back in 10 years. We flew out of Dublin via Dubai and couldn’t find fault with Emirates who consistently rank as one of the world’s leading airlines.

Day 1 – Arriving to a Sunny Festive Mauritius and straight onto the Heritage golf course

After a comfortable and stress-free journey from Dublin via Dubai with Emirates we arrived and were quickly out of the bright and modern airport and into a sunny, warm Mauritius morning. We were driven along the south coast by our charming concierge Clifford from Emotions who look after all of our clients’ transfers and local tours requirements as well as giving us a 365 day /24hr presence on the island. We passed an amazing Tamil religious festival en route to the hotel, the bright bold colours of the silks and exotic flowers immediately stirred the senses, making us suddenly feel like we were a long way from the hustle, bustle and any stress left at home.

Straight on to the Heritage Golf Course


Of course within an hour of arrival at the African themed Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort I was out on the Heritage golf course. It was great to be back out on one of my favourite courses, I remember seeing the course when under construction and had the pleasure of watching it blossom into maturity when attending its official opening, over the years it’s just got better and better. I enjoyed playing with the South African golf director Jonathan Menteath and his friend Nico who was over visiting from Legends Golf and Safari resort in SA. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Legends 3 times and even taken on the ultimate golf experience with a helicopter up to the Extreme 19th! As such there were 3 of us Southern Africans playing together but unfortunately only two good golfers! I used every excuse in the book about our 8 month winter in Europe to try and justify my wayward golf, I must thank them for their patience. The weather was absolutely perfect, 28c with a lovely soft breeze and clear blue skies, we played in these absolutely ideal conditions until the sun set. I was pleased to hear from Jonathan that they are soon starting the 2nd course and I look forward to playing it in the future!

After the obligatory post game Phoenix beer sundowners I met up with Marcella and we enjoyed an early dinner at Infinity Blue restaurant down alongside the beach. Sitting outside with your feet in the sand at this relaxed restaurant was a perfect end to our first day back in Mauritius!

Day 2 – Catching up with Golf Developments in Mauritius

Another day in paradise for Marcella and I: beach, massage, food, beer and a tough lunchtime meeting with my old friend Michael Geerdharry at the stunning Heritage Le Telfair Resort. Michael has been involved in golf on the island since day 1 and I’ve known him for over 20 years! It was great chatting about how golf has developed on the island and I’m pleased to say more courses are in the pipeline including the second Heritage golf course! I love the local food in Mauritius and we had a delicious meal in the Mauritian-Asian style Zafarani restaurant at the Heritage Awali.

Marcella and Michael Geerdharry Le Telfair Golf Resort Mauritius
Marcella with Michael Geerdharry at Heritage Le Telfair

Day 3 – Meeting an old friend at the new Avalon Golf Club

After breakfast we headed up the from the south coast to Avalon Golf Club where we were met by the Estate Manager Ryan Dodds. Whilst it was my first round at Avalon it wasn’t my first time meeting Ryan who I’m sure many will remember at Heritage GC just down the hill! Marcella and I really enjoyed this superb Peter Matkovitch course, he’s a great designer and I’m pleased to say a fellow Zimbabwean. The course has spectacular views of the ocean from virtually every hole, surrounding tea plantations and nearby mountains. The course has wide forgiving fairways as it winds through rivers, ravines and indigenous forests, we thoroughly enjoyed our round yet again played in perfect conditions. During the round we bumped into Jean Patrick who I had met many times over the years at Heritage Golf Club – it was really pleasing to see that a local Mauritian who had started working at the range has progressed to being Avalon’s PGA pro, a true sign that Mauritius has matured as a golf destination. After golf we set off across the Island with our ‘concierge supreme’ Clifford who stopped at the very impressive recently constructed statue of Parvati the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion – what an island, even after 23 years of coming here and still so much to see…… We went on to Anahita Golf and Spa Resort on the east coast of the island ending the day with a wonderful dinner on the veranda.

Avalon Golf Course Mauritius Mark & Ryan Dodds
Mark & Ryan Dodds on the Avalon Golf Course

Day 4 – Some welcome down time at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort

After a fairly busy start to our trip we treated ourselves to a really relaxing day around the pool at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is truly top class and offers a wide range of accommodation all set in beautiful gardens as well as having a superb golf course which I was looking forward to playing the following morning. In the evening we headed up the coast to the recently completely renovated One&Only Le Saint Geran resort for dinner with Rheena, the charming manager of Emotions and her equally charming husband Martin. We had a tour of the resort before enjoying a memorable meal in excellent company. On&Only LeSaint Geran for many years set the standard on the island and whilst we only enjoyed a short visit I believe it will have all of the other leading hotels knowing they will have to up their game as the bar has been raised.

Anahita Resort Mauritius Beach
Some relaxation on the beach at Anahita

Day 5 – An early golf game at Anahita then onto Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok

With another sunny morning I was up early and the first out on the Anahita Golf Course, as always the course was in fantastic condition. With the construction of a number of new villas alongside the course, there was some background noise and the normally picturesque 4th hole had fencing most of the way down the fairway. Fortunately, the stunningly located green with wonderful views of the turquoise ocean was unaffected. The course is very forgiving off the tee box which suits me, to score well you need a good short game as designer Ernie Els made sure scoring wasn’t easy with well protected, tricky greens.

After lunch we moved around the bay to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok, Mauritius where we would be spending a couple of days. Having been taken over by Shangri La since my last golf break in Mauritius I was interested to seeing any changes. Having been to a number of Shangri La’s resorts including the Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Golf Resort in Malaysian Borneo and the Shard in London I knew the standard would be high. Overall the biggest difference we found was that the resort had a more relaxed and informal feel having previously been very elegant and chic. I particularly enjoyed the late afternoon sundowner session they now have every afternoon on the beach which brought people together with music in the background creating a lively and fun atmosphere. Throughout our stay we were looked after like royalty by the affable marketing director Peter Donlevy, we joined him for dinner in the Japanese restaurant and the company and the food were of the highest order!

Anahita Resort Mauritius Plunge Pool Overlooking Golf Course
Plunge Pool overlooking the Golf Course at Anahita

Day 6 – A golf transfer with a difference – off to Ile Aux Cerfs course by boat!

Marcella and I spent a magical day playing on the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs course. This was her first time there and I really enjoyed sharing the experience with her. Everything was perfect, from the boat ride out to the island, to playing the immaculately maintained course and enjoying post match drinks and lunch in the lovely clubhouse, it is truly an experience that will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to grace Ile Aux Cerfs fairways. The course was in tip top condition and with just a gentle cooling breeze conditions were once again ideal. I have played it many times and enjoy it a lot more now since they have made it easier to play – when it was first opened it was ridiculously tough! Hats off to the Director of Golf Marc Amelot and his team who do an amazing job in keeping the course at a consistently high standard!

Mark on the Ile Aux Cerf Golf Course Mauritius
Mark on the Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Course

Day 7 – The ultimate in laid-back luxury – a relaxing day on a private island!

We spent most of the day at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok’s private island Ilot Mangenie – truly paradise!!! Just a short boat ride from the resort and you find yourself in heaven, nothing more than a few sun loungers dotted along the stunning beaches plus an excellent beach restaurant providing world class food – how do the Mauritians do it! Our overall impression was that the Shangri-Las Le Touessrok has notably changed and is now less formal but equally as impressive! After lunch we moved back around the bay to the Four Seasons Mauritius. We were lucky enough to be given a beachfront villa with a private pool. These outstanding villas are the absolute epitome of luxury as one would expect from Four Seasons. The resort has a number of excellent restaurants and dinner was enjoyed under the stars with a gentle breeze keeping things really comfortable.

Ilot Margenie Private Island Mauritius Boat Trip
Boat trip to the private island of Ilot Margenie

Day 8 – On your bike!

Marcella and I decided we needed to work off some of the amazing food (and in my case numerous cold Phoenix) so we hired some bikes and went off for a fun ride through the cane fields and down the east coast. Whilst the weather was cloudy and breezy it was great to get out of the resorts and enjoy the island. Later in the day we moved to the superb Constance Prince Maurice Resort, in my opinion the finest resort on an island famous for its world class hotels! Le Prince Maurice shares two superb golf courses, the Legend and the Links, with its sister hotel the Constance Belle Mare Plage. Le Prince Maurice is an extremely elegant resort, renowned for its exceptional service, luxurious décor, amazing cuisine and a wonderfully extensive wine list. After a cocktail at the floating bar we had an excellent meal at the Asian Restaurant, where the superb food is prepared by the chefs in full view of the diners.

Day 9 – Epicureans & wine lovers, be ready!

Another day, another great golf course! This time Marcella and I played the Links course. Opened in 2002, The Links is Constance Hotels second championship golf course, it’s a fair course that rewards good play but can be equally tricky, particularly on the back nine. There are reasonably generous fairways leading to tricky greens which puts an emphasis on solid iron play as well as making really think about your choice of approach shot. There’s considerably less water than on the Legend course but there are still 6 water hazards as well as volcanic rock features that must be avoided. Following the golf we relaxed on the beach at the resort before winding down even further with a relaxing massage at the superb spa. We had a wonderful evening with pre-dinner drinks at the floating bar before the ‘La Paulée’ dinner dedicated to sumptuous wine and food pairings!

Mark Links Golf Course Constance Belle Mare Plage Golf Resort Mauritius
Mark on The Links at Constance Belle Mare Page

Day 10 – A warm welcome at the new C Palmar Resort

After this we moved to the new C Palmar Resort, I was really looking forward to seeing our great friends from Constance Resorts latest offering. This is a smaller boutique style resort and on arrival we were given a typically warm Mauritian greeting. As we walked through the hotel we took in the stunning view of the beach and sea which dipped beyond the horizon. The bright natural light as well as the airy feel to the resort really complimented the colourful setting. We were fortunate to have a room that shared this wonderful vista and spent the afternoon enjoying the crystal clear sea and sparkling white sandy beach! After the obligatory pre-dinner cocktail we had dinner in the main restaurant. Whilst the buffet didn’t have an overwhelming selection there was plenty to keep us happy and we were well looked after by the attentive and friendly staff.

View of the Beach at C Palmar from the Deck
View of the Beach from the deck at C Palmar

Day 11 – A testing round at the new Mont Choisy golf course

We woke to strong winds and a cloudy sky so made sure we had waterproofs packed before heading to the north of the island to try out the new Mont Choisy golf course. We played with our old friends Jo and Rory Kirk who originated from South Africa but have been in Mauritius for many years. Jo did a wonderful job looking after our Mauritius Mixed Pairs tournament for many years and was as enthusiastic as ever to get out and show off their new golf club regardless of the weather.

Fortunately the rain stayed away apart from one large shower and I really enjoyed playing a truly testing round in high winds, living in Ireland has made me accept it as part of the challenge! The course is another excellent Peter Matkovitch design, it’s built on a former sugar plantation with few mature trees and offers wonderful views of the mountains. The 15th hole is an absolute gem, it’s a short par-3 across a wetland to an island green, it’s located near an old chimney, a landmark that harks back to the past. We had the pleasure of lunch and a few drinks in the stylish modern clubhouse with the Kirks. As Rory had to fly off to South Africa that afternoon Jo joined us for dinner in the C Asian restaurant back at the resort, we had a superb meal reminiscing about the island and all of the changes it has undergone over the last 20 years – fortunately the majority of these are very positive both for tourism as well as the locals.

Mont Choisy Golf Club Mauritius Mark & Jo Kirk
Mark taking on the challenge of Mont Choisy

Day 12 – Home from home at the Belle Mare Plage

We thoroughly enjoyed the C Palmar and would have happily stayed on for another week but it was time to move on again! Luckily the trip wasn’t too arduous as it was just a few minutes up the road to what is generally rated the best golf resort on the island – Constance Belle Mare Plage. Having first visited the resort in 1995 I have really enjoyed seeing the resort develop from a ‘charming’ old beach resort with one golf course to the wonderful stylish current version with two excellent courses and a third in the pipeline! Belle Mare Plage, like the island itself, really feels like a second home to me, we have had thousands of happy clients enjoy the resort and many of these return year after year and like me feel totally at home.

Villa Gazebo at Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
Villa Gazebo at Belle Mare Plage

Day 13 – Golf with old friends at the Links course

In the afternoon I caught up with my old friends Sarran and Dinesh who have been looking after the golfers at the Belle Mare Plages two courses for many years. It is always a highlight of my visits to Mauritius playing golf with these fun-loving, charming guys and it was a real pleasure playing the Links course with them. Golf with these laid-back guys whilst enjoying a couple of beers on the way round is my type of golf, lots of laughs and whilst competitive it’s always played within the right spirit. Many of our returning clients would know Sarran and Dinesh and I’m sure they would agree with me that the two of them, as well as the rest of the staff, really enhance the golfing experience with their charm and professionalism. It was a shame that Sebastian the director of golf was unable to join us due to a bad back but I’ll be sure to get out with him on my next visit. Our delightful dinner in the Blue Penny restaurant at Belle Mare Plage was preceded by a tour of the very impressive wine cellar and a sumptuous wine tasting experience.

Day 14 – On your bike again!

To combat all the wonderful food and drink on this trip we took on another bike ride, this time along the beautiful east coast of the island, the stretch along the Belle Mare public beach with the spectacular colours of the sea right next to us was truly memorable! A well-deserved swim and lunch were followed by a lazy afternoon enjoying the resort. We ended the day at La Spiaggia, one of my favourite restaurants, where the superb food was up to its usual high standards, before heading to the main bar to listen to some music and enjoy a nightcap (or two).

Day 15 – A quick 9 holes at the Legend Course and travelling like a star!!

Our final day had unfortunately arrived However, we were departing on an evening flight so still had the whole day to savour. We spent the morning relaxing on the beach and after lunch, we went out for a final 9-holes on the Legend Course. The changes made to the course over the last two decades have been considerable, it now plays a little easier due to wider landing areas but the abundance of water, as well as dense forest and volcanic rock, means you can expect to lose a ball or two. Overall the course was in excellent condition with well-maintained tee boxes, bunkers and pure well-paced greens. In the evening we tried out the Yu Lounge at the airport. This is in a separate building to the main terminal and is ideal for stress-free travel. On arrival at the lounge your luggage disappears, and whilst you enjoy bubbly and excellent food your passports are taken away and returned with your boarding passes. When it’s time to fly out you are taken to the main terminal in a Porsche Cayenne! At the terminal, you are whisked through a private security route and onto the departure gate. This is one indulgence I recommend particularly for those who like to be pampered!

Warm welcomes, superb golf and idyllic weather – what more could you want!

May is the perfect time of year out here with great hotel rates and idyllic golf and beach weather! The courses were all in fantastic condition particularly considering winter officially started when we were out there. The Emirates flights were all on time throughout our journey and all of our luggage appeared at the right times and places so we are grateful to them for their usual high-quality service!

I am so fortunate to have been to Mauritius many, many times and the island itself really feels like a second home to me. It was a real privilege and pleasure to spent two weeks with Marcella enjoying the best that the island has to offer. We could not have been looked after better and are very thankful for the kindness and hospitality we enjoyed throughout or visit. We have had thousands of happy clients enjoy the superb golf courses, idyllic weather and world-class resorts that Mauritius has to offer, many of these return year after year and like me I’m sure they are always planning the next return to paradise!

Jean’s trip to Mauritius to see the new C Palmar

Chaka Travel sales specialist, Jean, recently travelled to see the newly opened C Palmar resort in Mauritius. Here is her report from the trip.

Having been in out in Mauritius only months before to see the newly refurbished Belle Mare Plage I was very excited to hear I was travelling out again, this time to stay in Constance’s newest boutique hotel C Palmar, which is just 10 minutes from Belle Mare Plage itself.

Saying goodbye to the husband and the dogs I took myself off happily to Belfast City airport to start the first leg of my journey. After a few happy hours of duty-free shopping in Heathrow I met up with the rest of my traveling companions and we headed off to the lounge for a glass of fizz (or 2) before boarding our Air Mauritius aircraft.

We were on the direct service from Heathrow which was great and woke up 11 hours 55 minutes later feeling refreshed and excited for the next few days ahead. Having already been to Mauritius many times I knew what to expect from this beautiful Island and its people, so the unknown was what to expect from Constance’s newest little addition C Palmar.

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

Day 1 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Upon arrival into Mauritius we were picked up and transferred straight to C Palmar and had the warmest of Mauritian welcomes by the team at C Palmar which is something I have had the pleasure of receiving at both The Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice previously, so it was lovely to see how delighted my travelling companions were as this was their first Constance experience.

After meeting the lovely staff we were brought into the bright and airy buffet restaurant for breakfast and immediately noticeable was how happy the staff all were and they seemed genuinely delighted to be chatting with clients all around us.

Having to be dragged away from the buffet, we were taken on a short tour of the hotel just to get our bearings and then each of us were shown to our room. The rooms were just fabulous, beautifully done with thought and attention clearly going into the design, using the local wood for the furnishings just added to that feel of small boutique hotel vibe.

There is a feeling of space in the rooms with every amenity you would need, including the mini bar as part of the all-inclusive and as the property has only 50 rooms in total they are laid out in almost a horseshoe shape so you either have beautiful garden or sea views.

Aerial shot of the resort

Aerial shot of the resort

Naturally an agreement was made between the group that after we unpacked we were to meet at one of the two infinity pools at the earliest opportunity (turned out to be 5 minutes later) and get to grips with how the clients would be enjoying the beautiful view from the infinity pool right into the beautiful Indian ocean. The water was just right and quote some time was spent in the pool testing “the view”.

C Palmar is set right on a beautiful stretch of white sand which couldn’t be ignored so we headed down to the beach and parked ourselves on one of the comfortable sun loungers, however before we could get too comfortable we were encouraged to try out some of the water sports that can be taken from the beach at Palmar.

Life vests are collected at the water sports hut on the beach and away we went, kayaking, pedalo and paddle boarding to name a few which are complimentary to all guests. Wifi is included throughout the hotel so we were able to snap away at our water antics and post online immediately, showing off really I would have said

This evenings dinner was taken in the C Asian restaurant which is the a la carte restaurant at Palmar and seats 26, so be sure to get yourself a seat as the food was amazing. Of course before dinner we met up with Giovana the hotel manager for cocktails on the upper deck, this was to become a favourite spot for me over the next 2 days!

C Palmar from the outside

C Palmar from the outside

Day 2 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Started with another super breakfast in the buffet restaurant, I went with omelette this morning as I had heard rumours of cocktail making classes later on in the day so best to have a good breakfast.

Headed straight off after breakfast to see the golf courses at Belle Mare Plage on the complimentary shuttle provided by C Palmar for all guests and also a tour of the hotel, which again for my now new friends not just travelling companions (the cocktails on the deck the night before proved to be a good bonding experience) was a new experience as none of them had seen the course or the hotel before.

So again I took great delight in seeing their reaction to another fabulous Constance property topped off with a fabulous lunch at Indigo restaurant in Belle Mare Plage.

Back at C Palmar late afternoon, we were being served C Palmar’s version of afternoon tea which was delightful and well received by all and then along came this cocktail class that had been rumoured that morning.

Everyone was strangely very eager to take part in this and a real bonus was whatever cocktail one of us chose to make we all got to have one, that somehow made the afternoon go in quite quickly and the next thing you know we are getting ready for yet another fabulous dinner this time in the buffet restaurant and joined by the lovely Fabrice Sales Manager for Constance.

Having been served up the most beautiful lamb in the buffet they had taken the time to pair up a lovely red wine and take the time to discuss the wine itself with us which is another part of the all-inclusive, actually 100 wines from around the world are included I’m told, I’m just hoping nobody is going to ask me to sample them today!

Jean's View at C Palmar

Day 3 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Morning at leisure so off we headed back down to the beach as you simply just couldn’t resist that sand and crystal blue water, by this stage as the property is so small you are now beginning to see the same people and chat happily as if you have always known them. This is a first for me in a property and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to people’s plans for the day and what they had already been up too.

Lunchtime brought another great first for me, a cooking lesson at the C Asian restaurant where we made the most fabulous curry from scratch. I will not admit to how much help we had from the excellent chef, but our curry was good enough to be served up for lunch in the buffet restaurant for all to enjoy!

The afternoon again was spent leisurely between the beach and the upper deck where you are continuously looked after by a happy smiling staff member which is only too happy to whizz you up a drink of your choice while you enjoy the sunshine.

Our last evening was kicked off with canapes and Champagne for all guests out by the pool, the canapes having been made by the fabulous Dominique who himself took great delight in seeing how well received they were and chatted happily to every client in the most beautiful French accent We also had entertainment this evening with local singers who set the tone for the lovely evening ahead.

Off we went back to C Asian for another great meal and this time we did the cooking ourselves at the tables with hot stones, an unusual but very likeable experience which I would certainly do again. For our final farewell before heading home the following morning we had a rum tasting experience in the main bar giving us a flavour of all the rums on offer at C Palmar which was enjoyed by ourselves and clients alike and led to good craic in the bar that evening for sure!

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

The C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

Championship golf available

Championship golf available

Day 4 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Up and out nice and early for the flights home, we said our goodbyes to the staff as if they were old friends. It is not hard to make friends in this boutique hotel both with staff and other guests and I can only look forward to my next visit, and maybe I will even see you there!

Mauritius FAQs

Mauritius FAQ – One of the Best Year-round Destinations for Golf Holidays

Mauritius offers a collection of world-class golf courses by renowned golf desigers, in tropical settings and with perfect, year-round golf weather.  If you are thinking of a holiday in the paradise island of Mauritius and want to play golf while you are there, you may have a few questions about when to go and where to stay on the island. Our Mauritius golf experts have put together a list of Mauritius FAQs and anwers to help you plan your Mauritius golf holiday.

Mauritius offers the best value from April through to June and Sep into October. That said, the subtropical climate means the weather is suitable for golf all year-round and the heat is never unbearable. Mauritius was named 2016 Golf Destination of the Year for Africa, Gulf States and Indian Ocean region, the second time it has won this award.  Read our Mauritius FAQ and answers below.

List of Mauritius FAQs

What are the Best Golf Resorts in Mauritius with golf courses on site or nearby?

You don’t have to travel far or arrange transfers to the golf courses in Mauritius if you stay at the right resort. Our favourite golf resorts in Mauritius either have golf courses on site or a short drive away by shuttle bus, or even better, by boat! Here are our recommendations for Mauritius resorts with golf courses nearby:

Not only are these golf courses convenient to the resorts, but these Mauritius hotels also provide free green fees to hotel residents.

Mauritius FAQ – Map of Top Mauritius Golf Resorts and Golf Courses

What are the 10 Best Golf Resorts in Mauritius with Free Green Fees?

You don’t have to budget for green fees in Mauritius as most of the golf resorts offer complimentary green fees in the hotel rate for golfers. Some hotels even include golf buggies and allow Chaka Travel to pre-book your tee times in advance. As a hotel resident you don’t have to worry about the cost of a round of golf as with free green fees, Mauritius presents excellent value for money to golfers, especially for the keen golfers who like to play golf every day.

    • Best value is the Constance Belle Mare Plage where residents have complimentary access to the two 18-hole championship golf courses on site, the Legend Golf Course and the Links Golf Course.

Next door to the Belle Mare Plage is the Constance Le Prince Maurice, offers free daily golf on the two golf courses at the Belle Mare Plage.

  • The newly opened Constance C Palmar offers free daily golf on the Constance Belle Mare Plage’s two Championship golf courses. [as above link to http://www.chakatravel.com/hotel/c-palmar-by-constance-19600 on GOLF anchor] Free shuttle transfers and buggies are included in Chaka Travel’s prices.
  • The Anahita Golf & Spa Resort offers the ultimate golfing experience, with complimentary golf on two exceptional 18-hole golf courses: Anahita and Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course. Golf is complimentary on both courses which includes green fees, 55 practice balls and 1 hour of daily golf initiation. Golf cart is available with a supplement.
  • The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius offers complimentary unlimited golf at the Four Seasons Golf Club – including green fees, golf cart with GPS and a pyramid of golf balls.
  • At the Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort golfers enjoy free green fees at the Heritage Golf Club.
  • Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort – resident golfers enjoy free golf on the spectacular award winning 18-hole Heritage Golf Course.
  • Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius includes free daily golf on the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course.
  • Long Beach Resort includes free daily golf at the nearby iconic Ile Aux Cerf Golf Club and the Anahita Golf Club.
  • Sugar Beach Resort & Spa offers golfers complimentary green fees at Tamarina Golf Club.

Where to Book a Competitive Golf Package to Mauritius

To avail of the free golf offers and to get the best value and service it is best to book with a specialist UK-based golf tour operator, who can advise on when the best deals are available. Specialist golf tour operators will have half-board and all-inclusive golfer packages which include green fees and sometimes range balls in the deal.

They will be able to ensure there is flight availability before booking your accommodation as they have access to the full range of flight options at the best prices.

They will arrange your airport transfers in advance, whether you want a luxury car or more competitive shared transport. They will also be able to advise on the best time of year to travel, on which course you will need a golf cart and can help you by booking your tee times in advance. Chaka Travel are one of the biggest providers of golf holidays to Mauritius and the 5-star EXCELLENT rating on Trust Pilot speaks for itself. They will take the hassle out of arranging your golf holiday to Mauritius by giving you expert advice on the best choice of resort and golf courses for you, and by booking your flights, accommodation, airport transfers and golf tee times in advance.

Is the East or West coast of Mauritius better for Golf Holidays?

Golfers are spoilt for choice as both the east and west coast of Mauritius offer a range of scenic coastal golf courses.

The eastern coast of Mauritius is an untouched, verdant stretch of paradise, perfect for golfers who appreciate scenic coastal views while golfing. On the East coast you have the Links Golf Course and the Legend Golf Course, two fabulous 18-hole courses at the Constance Belle Mare Plage, home of the Mauritius Open. Further down the east coast, you have the unique Bernhard Langer designed island course, Ile Aux Cerfs island golf course, at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Mauritius. This is one of the most scenic golf courses in Mauritius with the added thrill of boarding a boat with your clubs to access the island course. Not far away is the Ernie Els designed Four Seasons Golf Club Anahita, the newest championship golf course on Mauritius, and one that could quite quickly become the best in Mauritius. Home to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open 2018 – the only worldwide tri-sanctioned tournament endorsed by the European, Sunshine and Asian Tours. The six stunning oceanfront holes culminate in a final shot that is among the most spectacular in the world.

The west and south-west of Mauritius offer a wide variety of golf courses. On the west coast of Mauritius is the Tamarina Golf Course, more protected and generally less windy than other courses. In the South West is the Heritage Golf Club, host to the AfrAsia Bank Mauritius Open, and accessible from either the Heritage Awali or Heritage Le Telfair. The course designed by Matkovich & Hayes offers magnificent views of both the sparkling ocean and the mountains. Recognised as one of the Top 10 golf courses in Africa and winning the title of “Best golf course in the Indian Ocean” at the World Golf Awards (2014 & 2015 & 2016 ), this award-winning course provides an enjoyable yet challenging experience for golfers of all handicap levels.

On the south-west tip of Mauritius is Le Paradis at Le Morne, set out on a promontory against the backdrop of Le Morne Peak, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a magnificent setting for a golf course. The course is not too difficult, but has a lot of water and offers several challenges, especially on the holes along the coast.

What are the Best All-Inclusive Golf Resorts in Mauritius?

There are several first-class golf resorts in Mauritius offering an all-inclusive board with free golf. Favourite all-inclusive resorts with our clients are:

Mauritius FAQ – Can you Learn Golf while on Holiday in Mauritius?

Many golf resorts in Mauritius have a resident PGA golf pro and offer coaching sessions with the golf pro either individually or as a group. For example, the Four Seasons Golf Academy offers one hour of free golf initiation daily to all guests. Anahita Golf & Spa Resort offers one hour of golf initiation every day to the Resort’s guests. The Heritage Golf Club offers expert tuition for adults and kids from a resident Golf Pro. For kids new to golf, The Heritage offers SNAG classes (Starting New at Golf method). The Belle Mare Plage has its own golf academy with professional and qualified golf instructors. Coaching sessions are available both individually and in a group.

What Skill Level or Handicap do I Need to Play Golf in Mauritius?

Golfers at all skill levels can enjoy the golf courses just as well as the most demanding professional players. With the diverse range of golf courses in Mauritius, you will find a choice of golf courses catering to whatever level you play at. Use our experts at Chaka Travel to guide in choosing the right Mauritian resort and golf courses for your skill level

What to Wear on the Golf Course in Mauritius.

The dress code is quite relaxed for players on golf courses in Mauritius. Generally, any golf attire suitable for warmer weather is acceptable.

For Ladies, with the warm Mauritius weather, shorter slacks such as capris, crops or shorts are advised. Skorts (a combination of a skirt and shorts) and golf dresses are also popular choices. For Gents, light-weight golf trousers, golf shorts and a polo or collared shirt are all acceptable. Not forgetting a golf cap or wide-brim hat for sun protection, although a golf buggy will also offer good protection from the sun.

For anyone travelling without their full golf equipment, it is possible to buy golf clothing or to hire either golf clubs or shoes. For example, Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club’s extensive Pro Shop has everything you could possibly need, from sunscreen to golfing attire, shoes, balls and more. If you have left your clubs or shoes behind but don’t want to buy, they also offer the option of hiring clubs or shoes.

What are the Top 10 Golf resorts with Luxury Spa Facilities in Mauritius?

Mauritius caters not only for golfers but for spa lovers as well. For a post-golf massage or for non-golfing partners, Mauritius resorts have some of the finest spa facilities in the world. With well-trained staff and a wide selection of treatments, there is something for golfers and non-golfers alike. We can recommend all of the below resorts for their excellent Spa facilities.

Mauritius FAQ – Which Airlines Fly from the UK to Mauritius?

Air Mauritius Direct Services from London to Mauritius
Air Mauritius operate 3 direct services weekly between London (Heathrow) and Mauritius on Friday, Saturday and Sunday returning from Mauritius to London (Heathrow) on Thursday evening, Saturday Morning and Saturday evening. They also operate a Wednesday services during July to October.

Regional daily connections via Paris (CDG)
Air Mauritius also offer daily services to/from Mauritius via Paris (Charles de Gaulle Airport) from seven regional airports in the UK – Aberdeen / Birmingham / Edinburgh / London Heathrow / Manchester / Newcastle.

Regional departures via London (Heathrow)
Flights to/from Mauritius via London (Heathrow) from Aberdeen/ Belfast/ Edinburgh/ Glasgow/Jersey/Manchester/Newcastle are also offered.

British Airways
Travel to Mauritius from London Gatwick (LGW) in under 12 hours. BA’s direct flights to MRU depart three times a week and increase to five times a week from November to March, ready for the Mauritian summer.

Emirates
For flight from London to Mauritius with good connection times, Emirates have a great choice of 2 daily flights between London Gatwick (LGW) and Mauritius (MRU), 2 daily flights between London Heathrow (LHR) and Mauritius (MRU) and 1 daily flight between Stanstead (STN) and Mauritius (MRU).  Further flights with a longer stopover times are available with EK.

Air France
Air France partner with Air Mauritius to offer daily flights to Mauritius via Paris.

Turkish Airlines
Turkish Airlines fly 3 times a week from Dublin via Istanbul to Mauritius.

Connecting flights are available between Aberdeen, Birmingham, Belfast, Edinburg, Glasgow, Jersey, Leeds Bradford, Manchester, Newcastle and Mauritius via London Heathrow, Paris or Amsterdam. All flight schedule information is subject to change. Contact Chaka Travel for up to date information on flight availability and your best options for flights to Mauritius. We at Chaka Travel will ensure there are suitable flights to and from Mauritius available before booking your accommodation in Mauritius.

How long does it take to Fly from the UK to Mauritius?

Direct flight times are typically 12 hours to fly from the UK out to Mauritius and 12 hours 30 minutes for the return flight to the UK.

How Much Will the Airline Charge Me to Take My Golf Clubs to Mauritius?

Depending on which airline you are flying with, taking your golf clubs with you can be an additional expense. It’s important to check which airlines include golf club carriage in your included luggage.

Here are the airlines that provide a free of charge golf bags service or include golf equipment as part of your luggage allowance, to and from Mauritius (information accurate as of November 2017) :

  • Air France (more details here) golf clubs carried free if you join the Frequent Flyer club
  • Air Mauritius (more details here) golf clubs carried free of charge
  • British Airways (more details here) golf clubs are extra at around £130.00 per set
  • Emirates (more details here) golf equipment included within the 30kg luggage allowance
  • Turkish Airlines (more details here) golf clubs carried free of charge

Note: Size and weight restrictions apply. Always check with your golf holiday booking agent for up-to-date information at the time of booking as airline guidelines change over time.

Should I take My Golf Clubs or Hire Them When I Get to Mauritius?

We will give you up to date advice regarding golf club carriage, as all the airlines have different policies e.g.Emirates luggage allowance is generous enough to allow free golf club carriage whilst BA are charging… But if you want to travel light and perhaps only play a few games of golf, the option to hire clubs can be appealing and clubs can be rented either at the airport or at the resorts.