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One of the perks of travel writing is visiting some of the world's most exotic destinations – like the Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa on the island of Mauritius.

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The beautiful beach at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa.

The beautiful beach at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa.

One of the perks of travel writing is visiting some of the world’s most exotic destinations. While the remuneration is not in the same league as bankers, we may be lucky and invited to review the haunts of the rich and famous to raise awareness and ‘spread the word.’

This week’s press trip is one such example. Instead of the cold grey climes of January in the UK,  I’m writing this from the lush warmth of the Indian Ocean. I’m staying at the wonderful Maradiva Resort, an all villa all pool resort on the far west coast of Mauritius.  For four special days and nights, I have the use of a private villa, sumptuously furnished  with its own plunge pool,  garden with frangipani tree and outdoor shower, just a few yards from a soft sandy beach.

The sun is hot, the temperature is about 30°C  and the sea warm enough that even I can plunge straight in without the slightest hesitation. A few short weeks ago, Maradiva was fully booked with rich Russian families celebrating the New Year. Many had flown in by private jet.

 

My  private swimming pool!

My private swimming pool!

We travelled from London Heathrow with Air Mauritius – and are now enjoying the many amenities of  this exclusive resort, which has established a reputation for excellence in the travel industry. Mauritius and the surrounding ocean are ours to explore for a few magical days – we can snorkel in a glass bottom boat, swim with a pod of over 50 dolphins,  explore Port Louis, the island’s capital or just relax amid beautiful surroundings enjoying the beach-side setting, flowers and colourful birds.

I’ll be writing at greater length about my experiences in the Maradiva Spa, where we had daily yoga sessions and therapeutic ayurvedic treatments

Well,  must close now as I’m off for a swim in the ocean before joining my colleagues for dinner. On a day like this, travel writing really IS the best job in the world!

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