Eden’s new luxury travel specialist Kuoni gives you the lowdown on Mauritius

Mauritius. Just hearing the name transports you into a world full with tropical beauty. You can almost hear the soft lapping of its crystal clear waters on the sandy white shores and feel the wind as it effortlessly drifts over the towering, luscious mountains.

The island itself has such a marvellous mix of African, Indian, European and Oriental influences, all set on one spectacular island made up of white sand beaches, sugar cane fields and waters that shine like deep blue sapphires. Home to some of the finest hotels in the world, as well as professional golf courses and indulgent spas, it’s one of mine (and the team’s), favourite destinations.

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5* Sugar Beach Resort in Mauritius is a classic resort that offers a relaxed vibe on one of the island’s best beaches. A grand and beautiful plantation-style hotel, Sugar Beach delivers amazing style and service in a laid back, intimate atmosphere.

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The hotel is great for families being on the spectacular west coast resort of Flic-en-Flac, perfect for horse riding at sunset and making the most of the resort’s water sports in the warm waters of the lagoon. The stunning beach itself boasts over 500 metres of white sand, so it never feels crowded. A palm-lined walkway adorned with fountains and a sweeping staircase lead to the entrance of the attractive plantation-style Manor House at the centre of this popular resort.

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A holiday to Mauritius can be twinned with the nearby Island of La Reunion. An early morning helicopter excursion will take you across the island’s dramatic landscape, taking in spectacular views of volcanos, canyons and waterfalls. You can even hire a private car and driver to explore the island at your own pace, from souvenir shopping in Mahebourg to visiting the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens.

For those looking for relaxation, Mauritius offers beautiful beaches and idyllic lagoons, perfect for diving and snorkelling. For nature lovers, witness natural waterfalls, botanical gardens, unforgettable national parks and eye-catching wildlife, including giant tortoises! It truly has something for everyone.

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To celebrate the opening of our new store here in Eden and the launch of Eden’s new website we are giving one very lucky shopper the chance to win a holiday of a lifetime to Mauritius, staying at the beautiful Sugar Beach Resort mentioned above.  Enter here by 30th June 2015.

We have a world full of amazing destinations just like these to show you, so pop in and browse our range of holidays in a calm and inviting atmosphere. You’ll find a relaxing lounge area with fascinating travel artefacts from around the world, as well as video screens, access to a coffee bar and a champagne fridge, so pop in or call 01494 619682.