It is hard to resist the charms of Mauritius. As if the verdant island nation’s extraordinary topographical features weren’t enough, we also particularly enjoy its salty sea breeze, which seems to be utterly constant (imagine having your legs caressed all day long). Avid OutThere readers will know our favourite places to stay in Mauritius have always been Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels, and thanks to their latest initiative, that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

Planning their return to the escapist holiday scene post-coronavirus, Beachcomber have released the inspiring ‘Travel Tomorrow’ video and developed the SAFE PLACE label in collaboration with LIBA, the bio-analytical laboratory already carrying out regular, unannounced food safety and room hygiene audits throughout the group’s eight luxury resorts. The seminal move seeks to provide an additional layer of reassurance for guests looking to leave the worries of the past few months behind. And, suitably, we find that Mauritius’ endless, powdery beaches make one fine spot to bury your sorrows and build a sand castle of dreams in their place.

The initiative will entail everything from health checks for all hotel staff and an in-house infirmary with a doctor on call, to revised cleaning and disinfection measures adhering to World Health Organisation standards, and more. Additionally refining the guest experience as such, masks will be recommended in certain situations (we say have fun with it – they’re the accessory of the season!), restaurant layouts will be reviewed to provide more personal space and privacy, and fitness facilities will open their doors to a strictly limited amount of people. A plus in our book: it’s the perfect excuse to skip leg day.

Commenting on the SAFE PLACE label, Beachcomber CEO Gilbert Espitalier-Noël explains: ‘Health and safety requisites will be of the greatest importance when choosing a hotel and holiday destination in the future. It’s therefore important to take the necessary steps to make travellers feel safe and confident’. We look forward to congratulating Espitalier-Noël on the move during our next Mauritian escape – clean hands and all. 

www.beachcomber-hotels.com / www.beachcombertours.uk 

Photography courtesy of Beachcomber Resorts & Hotels

OutThere believes in boundless travel, but in Mauritius, life for LGBT+ citizens can be difficult, with discriminative laws in place. OutThere travellers are unlikely to experience any negativity while staying at international hotels, but public displays of affection should be kept to a minimum, particularly off property. When visiting any country, you should be fully aware of the implications of its laws and be sensitive to and respect local customs and regulations, so as to ensure an enjoyable, safe holiday.