As a single gal, I don’t often get the chance to swan around luxurious all-inclusive resorts and embrace my inner-diva. This is partly because I feel like if I let her out she won’t go back in, partly because I can’t afford to and also partly because out-dated rules mean us singletons often get hit with high single supplements, or just feel a tad out of place amongst the cooing honeymooners and screaming toddlers of the standard all-inclusive world.

But not at Club Med. This brand is all about creating a new luxury environment with an emphasis on “growth” beyond an expanding waistline! And that means for everyone; singles are more than welcome and have heaps to keep them occupied in the way of activities, friendly meals and tasteful parties. However, if you simply want to shovel delicious treats into your face all day long, no one is going to stop you either. In fact, they would probably offer you another delish Pina Colada to wash it down with. With single-supplements starting from only 10% additional charge, what better time to indulge?

When I say “growth,” I mean in the self-improvement sense. Not in the life-coaching or drinking tree roots in the jungle self-improvement sense – you can cleanse those chakras another time. Simply, activities in a variety of options primarily focused around sport and leisure but also ranging to local crafts, plus the chance to engage with a truly international crowd, all with the goal that you might just come out an improved version of yourself.

So, what will you try first? Some flying trapeze, for the brave? Or maybe a spot of archery? Mellow late afternoon tai-chi on the lawns, or simply work your way through the cocktail menu by the adult-only zen pool. Each resort has an onsite spa with a host of treats, multiple private beaches, an excursions office where you can arrange to take a day off from resort life for an adventure across the island to swim with wild dolphins, check out some local street food, or maybe brave the waves on a speed boat tour. But hurry back in time to watch the sun fade into the Indian Ocean, welcoming dinner and the evening’s entertainment.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner are as decadent as you’d like them to be. Choose between gourmet buffet restaurants or quaint beachfront brasseries, serving a la carte delights and mid-afternoon tasters. The choice is abundant at the buffet, with food to suit all tastes, while the seated brasseries offer a changing a la carte menu. Every night kicks off with a delicate arrangement of accompaniments such as sushi, delicious olive focaccia, or a micro-Mauritian delicacy, served around the resort bars.

I stayed at both of Club Med’s Mauritian resorts on my visit: the 5-star La Plantation D’Albion and 4-star La Pointe aux Canonniers. As all of my prior all-inclusive experience is based solely on childhood holidays to Spain’s ubiquitous Costa Brava, I was in for quite a happy surprise!

 

La Plantation D’Albion

The quintessential polished resort with all bases covered; the level of service is undeniable. Staff greet you in the hallways, chat to you over lunch and generally are happy to cater to even the most diva demands.

Arrive from the airport to a glass of champagne or fruit tea in the opulent reception-lounge, complete with giant mahogany turtles and huge tribal gongs. Sway back and forth on a swinging sofa while your GO’s (Reps) give you a short briefing, followed by a whistle-stop resort tour in one of the kitsch golf carts that roam the resort.

Arriving from London’s Heathrow with Air Mauritius, the direct flight is as pleasant as 12 hours in an economy can be, with great service. Although it’s only a convenient three hour time difference, I sleep terribly on planes so retired to my insanely huge kingsize bed for a quick snooze and a dip in my fancy new roll top bath. The room – simple, yet elegant: a ground floor superior room with garden-facing terrace, perfect for relaxing on. Inside, a seating area, large dressing table and bathroom that opens right into the main room, for garden-views straight from the tub. Complete with copious amounts of cupboard space, complimentary beauty products from the onsite Cinq Mondes spa and a full-length mirror. A girl could do worse, no?

Evening entertainment changes nightly and includes Moët-fuelled parties on the lawn with traditional Mauritian dancing and a crazy sushi platter, as well as unique circus entertainment with acrobatic performances and an all-white party, held poolside – to name a few.

Unfortunately, I’ve developed an unaffordable taste for Rosé Moët – so that’s on you, Club Med. A variety of champagnes are served freely after 6pm, in addition to the main drinks menu, which is included with your resort fee. The only extras to pay for would be premium spirits and wines. Fun fact: your Club Med bracelet works as your room key, plus as a method to charge any extras to your room, so you can cast your credit card aside for the entirety of your stay!

Breakfast and lunch are filled with excited chatter as guests come together with staff to share food and company. This is something I’ve not seen anywhere else before and is ideal for any solo guests, or those looking to meet some new friends, as it encourages guests to become part of a larger group, rather than staying firmly within their comfort zone.

 Resort Highlights:

  • The Zen Pool – I think the addition of the aptly named zen pool (adult-only area) is a particularly great concept, for those who want to enjoy peace and quiet. Enjoy some sunset aqua aerobics, or simply work out those arm muscles reaching for yet another delicious glass of pink champagne
  • Cinq Mondes Spa – With a range of therapeutic and indulgent treatments from massages to facials. I opted for a Japanese Flower Bath, which involved a big mahogany tub filled with delicate rose petals and bath oils, taken by candlelight. Afterwards, enjoy a green tea on the adjoining ocean view relaxation deck.

  • The White Party – A bad idea for the red wine drinkers among us, but an excellent idea for everyone else! Guess you’ll just have to have champagne again, eh? The White Party was extravagant in all forms from the pristine white table-settings, to the gourmet poolside buffet serving all kinds of fresh seafood, made to order steaks, salad bar and abundant dessert table. Over dinner guests are treated to an acrobatic show performed over the pool, followed by dancing in the onsite club (optional, but highly recommended!)

  • Exploring the Island – I visited the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, a short private transfer from La Plantation D’Albion. Although it was technically “winter” when I visited in May, there was still a plethora of exotic greenery to see, plus huge lily pads, vine-entwined trees and giant tortoises. But the best part? Our rep Elodie who told us all about the history of Mauritius’s flora and fauna, as well as answering all our questions on the history of the island – which has very unique origins.

  • Breakfast in Bed – Well, technically, it was on my pretty little patio. But breakfast served to the room was an excellent option for those feeling lazy or worse for wear from last night’s tequila. Also convenient for those needing to leave early on an excursion. Strong coffee, pastries and exotic fruit salad; the perfect way to start any day.

La Pointe aux Canonniers

Club Med’s second resort lies just a little further north on an idyllic stretch of coastline that similarly boasts private beaches, excursions, three pools but focuses on water-based leisure activities. Here you can try waterskiing, snorkelling, kayaking, or perhaps take a sunset trip on one of their many catamarans. La Pointe is visually just as impressive as La Plantation D’Albion, and I would say the food was similarly indulgent. The difference in quality between the 4 and 5-star resorts was very minimal, although the level of service seemed more relaxed at La Pointe which would suit visitors that want to do their own thing, plus and there’s a dedicated children’s pool area ideal for families. And still boasting an onsite spa and adult-only zen pool. For guests looking to take part in water-based activities, La Pointe is the perfect match. But don’t feel too obliged to join in, there’s plenty of opportunities to laze in hammocks on the lawn, or take a drink in one of the many casual bar areas. My superior room was again simple, yet elegant. A substantial balcony that opened up onto a beautiful view of the palm-covered lawns facing the sea! Another huge bed, sitting area, ample wardrobe space and another full-length mirror – perfect. No bathtub in this accommodation, but an incredibly satisfying rain shower instead.

Food choice was equally abundant with a relaxed buffet restaurant with heaps of choice and the polished beach club brasserie which looks out over the ocean – perfect for a la carte meals, enjoying late breakfast, or simply a drink on a lazy afternoon. The beach restaurant also has a charming sectioned-off-area with few tables that make excellent work stations, for those who need it. And, of course, wifi is available throughout both Club Med properties, phew. If you need an afternoon delight snack on freshly made crepes doused in Nutella.

In the evening guests can enjoy an equally varied schedule of entertainment, including live music and dancing and a formal dinner at the beach club. I was super impressed with all the performances I saw – all extremely professional acts – it is clear to see Club Med put a lot of effort into sourcing their entertainers. One night we saw a French rock band, the next a South African artist who I genuinely now follow on Insta and Spotify!

Resort Highlights:

  • Amazing Views – I think I lucked out on this, but I had a perfect view from my upper-floor room. It’s a large resort, but much of it is sea-facing, so the chances of a stunning view are high. For families with young children, it would perhaps be more suitable to be housed further away from the main bar area as evening entertainment carries on into the night.
  • The Zen Zone – Yay, another adult-only area! A great addition to the property, offering a cute infinity pool that faces the sunset with a full bar and towel service, perfect for catching the last rays of the day.
  • Explore via Speedboat – Race across turquoise waters to visit an old sea fortress, waterfalls, riverside monkeys and enjoy a beachside lunch of fresh fish accompanied with live reggae from One Love tour operators, working in partnership with Club Med. We were unlucky in that the weather was a bit off, but the enthusiastic driver and stocked boat- bar was enough to put smiles back on our faces until the sun came out to join us.

  • Beach Party – A formal dinner similar to the white party, hosted at the beachfront brasserie with live music, a sumptuous buffet of all kinds of gourmet cuisine and even a dance floor – for those determined to throw some shapes.

 

Thoughts on the Club Med Experience:

I’m pleased to say that my view of all-inclusive resorts has been widely expanded. So it’s not just for honeymooners – who knew? I think singles would perhaps prefer the extra facilities and social interaction of La Plantation D’Albion, whilst families might prefer the more relaxed vibe of La Pointe and access to water activities. Club Med resorts are a truly international experience with staff from all other the world, speaking multiple languages and many local staff who are able to share a wealth of insight on their slice of paradise.

One thing is for sure – you won’t go hungry! The quality of the food is excellent, and choice abundant. And as to leaving a better person than I came? I’d like to think so. I’m leaving Mauritius with a hope that I will one day return, confirmed knowledge that monkeys enjoy cheese biscuits and an unquenchable thirst for pink champagne.

To take a look at Club Med’s Mauritian properties and more (they have properties all over the world) take a peek at their website.

 

**Although I was hosted on this trip by Club Med, all opinions stated are, of course, my own.**