. . . and probably costs less than you thinkIf you want a single word to sum up everyone’s dreams of the ideal incentive, that word could well be ‘Shandrani’. And this would be from the point of view of not only the incentive award winners, but also of the group organisers.
Organisers welcome the pioneering way in which so much of an incentive programme is encompassed by the all-inclusive packages that Beachcomber’s Shandrani Resort & Spa can offer on the island of Mauritius.
A package can be created to suit the requirements of the organisers, so that a very varied and exciting – and at the same time relaxing – programme can be provided for the award winners and where everything comes within the budget allocated from the start.
An additional benefit is that less than 20 minutes from leaving the aircraft on arrival on Mauritius, a group can be checked into their rooms at the Shandrani, is the international hotel most conveniently located for the airport.
The all-inclusive packages are usually found to be less than first imagined by the clients and yet they include return flights, 5-star accommodation, top-of-the-range cuisine, beverages, fun team-building activities, water sports, excursions and spa treatments.
At the same time, the Shandrani Resort packages will still leave a welcome amount of choice to the guests. The packages can embrace not only soft drinks, but glasses of French champagne.
There is choice of five restaurants and two bars. Guests can select international dishes from the live cooking stations at the main restaurant, Le Grand Port. Light tropical food is offered at Le Sirius located at the tip of the beautiful palm-fringed peninsula. The Porto Vecchio specialises in Mediterranean cuisine, whilst Le Boucanier is for fine dining on seafood in a cosy ambiance on a wooden deck alongside the beach. And there is a Thai restaurant, the Teak Elephant.
Not only is there such a wide choice of cuisines, but incentive groups can even choose the type of beach to suit their tastes. Shandrani has three contrasting beaches, where the whole ambiance differs one from the other. One is more like a sheltered lagoon, another has a beach lapped by gentle waves, whilst a third, facing the open sea, is an option for those who enjoy diving and splashing in white-topped waves.
The hotel’s sports centre has a wide range of activities to offer within the agreed packages, including snorkelling, kayaking, water-ski-ing, sailing and windsurfing. It is possible to combine these sports with a visit to the Ile des Aigrettes Nature Reserve, just offshore, or with an exploration of the phenomenal sea life of the surrounding Blue Bay Marine Park.
The resort’s spa, by Clarins, is called ‘La Source’ – ‘the Spring’. The massage cabins have their own walled gardens.
Within the hotel’s extensive grounds, where guests enjoy wandering amongst the flowering hibiscus, frangipani and jasmine, there are tennis courts, table tennis facilities and a par-29, 9-hole golf course where everyone, expert or novice, can enjoy a fun game at their own level along the lawns and the beach.
Flying to Mauritius
Air Mauritius has a code-share agreement with Air France so that together they offer every week a total of 12 direct, non-stop services between Paris and Mauritius and the French airline has connections between Paris and scores of other cities worldwide.
The Air Mauritius flights out of the UK and France make it easy for group organisers to arrange a stay on the island of any number of days. An incentive of only three to four full days on the island can be achieved at a comparatively low cost, flying each way overnight. As the flights are almost due south from Europe, there is no jetlag to overcome.