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July 2018

Two stunning locations in their own right but if we told you that price-wise they were on a par for a family summer holiday if you factor in all the extras, which would you pick? This month we delve into the ins and outs of a summer holiday in Crete versus the white sands and fabulous resorts of the charmed island of Mauritius

We feel Mauritius offers great value in low season (May – September) with package prices often on a par with Europe yet with more meals and activities included. For families who find Southern Europe on the hot and busy side in the summer holidays, Mauritius offers more comfortable temperatures for little ones and active teens as well as luxury hotels at seriously tempting prices! Of course the perfect solution is to holiday in Mauritius in summer and Crete in spring or autumn! We wish!

Check out our latest special offers, or, for more inspiration browse bushbaby.travel or folin low us on social media

Where we've been and seen

This might top our busiest ever season of team travel!

Emily kicked things off with an
extended May half-term family holiday exploring the delights of Mauritius with her husband and daughters Evie (6) and Anna (3). So for the low-down on Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, Lux*Le Morne, Sugar Beach Golf Resort and SpaLux* Grand Gaube, Constance Le Prince Maurice,  Lux* Belle Mare, The Residence, One&Only Le Saint Geran, do give her a call! In the meantime, take a peek at her blog on Mauritius with tots in tow!

Meanwhile, Lops headed for Vietnam and later Cambodia, where she was joined by her 'wingmen'  aka her husband and their three girls. Look at what they got up over on Instagram #lopsvietnamandcambodia2018

Last but certainly not least, Amy jetted off to Zimbabwe on a fact-finding mission - it's fair to say it was an action-packed extravaganza of a trip and has given us plenty of ideas for our Zimbabwe launch in Autumn - watch this space! See her stunning pics at #amyinzimbabwe2018

Mauritius 

Mauritius is a great place to travel with children. The island’s world-class resorts, fabulous beaches, and fun nature reserves will keep all ages entertained for hours. Most resorts have children's clubs where dedicated staff look after younger guests, and where specially planned activities and events are on offer for older children and teens. Johannesburg is just a 4-hour flight away so you could even add on a family safari for extra excitement!

If you are visiting Mauritius with teens in tow, do take a look at our blog on this very subject for some top tips!

Our favourite beach: Flic en Flac - shallow waters and a stunning beach combine to make this a family favourite.

Beyond the beach: take a day trip to lush Domaine Les Pailles - once a colonial sugar estate, it is now a family-friendly park and cultural centre with a myriad of activities on offer.

For water-babies: many of the resorts we feature offer an incredible array of (often complimentary) water-sports. Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa offers everything from water-skiing, wind-surfing and sailing, to pedal boats and snorkelling.

Crete

The largest Greek island, Crete is also the most southerly. The undulating coastline offers dramatic cliffs, wide beaches and hidden coves. It's a great choice for summer if you like things hot or if you're in search of warmth for an off-peak holiday.

Don't miss: Rethymnon and Chania to the west showcase pretty Venetian architecture and to the east, Agios Nikolaos oozes character.  

Beyond-the-beach: Hikes, bikes and horses is the way to go for older kids and then there's the simple delights - enjoying mezze at a local taverna, where your children will be welcomed with open arms and encouraged to try all manner of tasty tit-bits! Calamari anyone?

For water-babies: Water is going to feature pretty highly on any family stay in Crete - whether it's bumping along the waves on a fun boat-trip, donning snorkel and fins to explore the under-water world or just finding a patch of white sand for sand-castle building. Crete's got it covered! Unlike Mauritius below though, do be aware that most water-sports are chargeable so go prepared!

Mauritius Escape

Escape to sunny climes with 20% off at the iconic One&Only Le Saint Geran, With early-bird discounts and free half-board until 30th September, now is definitely the time to book, especially as 2 children under 12 share free. A family of 4 travelling September and staying in a Lagoon Room pay just £2,900, excluding travel.

From £2,900

Last Minute Crete

Book a stay at the fabulous family-friendly Greek resort of Porto Elounda Golf & Spa Resort by 31st July and receive a 15% discount plus free half-board! Based on 2 adults and 2 children aged 12 & under travelling in October, a 7-night stay in 2 Porto Sea-View interconnecting rooms comes in at £1,750, excluding travel. Don't miss out!

From £1,750

Island LUX* 

If island life is what you're after, we have a great offer in for Lux*Belle Mare! Stay 7 nights & receive a 25% discount, plus the 1st child stays free of charge! What's not to love? Based on September travel, 2 adults and 2 children aged 11 and under can enjoy 7 nights B&B in a Junior Suite for £2,780, excluding travel.

From £2,780
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