Luxury vacation in Mauritius, 20 Degrees South & Chamarel

“Take time out on Mauritius in two of the island's most exclusive locally-owned hotels where nearby villages, forested hillsides and beautiful beaches help to create a luxurious tailor-made itinerary.”

Highlights

Lakaz Chamarel boutique lodge | Black River Gorges National Park | Seven Coloured Earth | Chamarel Reserve | 20 Degrees South beach hotel | Flat Island | Grand Baie | Deux Cocos | Optional catamaran cruise, watersports and spa treatments |

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Responsible tourism

Responsible tourism: Luxury vacation in Mauritius, 20 Degrees South & Chamarel

Environment

Responsible Travel doesn't mean having to compromise on the enjoyment of your trip or the quality of your accommodation. We feel strongly that we should directly benefit the communities we visit whenever possible through sustainable travel, environmental protection and social projects, without sacrificing comfort or character.

We are firmly committed to the principles of ethical travel. Our comprehensive Responsible Practices policy summarises our commitments and actions.

Although the very basis of our ground operations lends itself to the ethos of responsible tourism, this policy re-iterates our commitment to:
•Use locally owned hotels, in this trip we use the Lakas Chamarel lodge which is situated in a forest, and uses environmentally friendly practices such as energy initiatives.
•Use locally owned ground agents
•Use local guides and drivers
•Promote community tourism projects from homestays to craft shops
•Support charities that work within the destinations that we travel to
•Support carbon reduction projects through Friends of Conservation.

In this trip we visit the National Park, where you will be guided by a local guide. They will be able to both educate you and get your best opportunity to see wildlife, but also give you advice on how not to damage the environment in these areas.

Ethical considerations are also part of our research and development process and we encourage feedback on our practices. Clients are asked to comment and make suggestions on our responsible practices when completing their post-trip questionnaire. In addition to this, as well as visiting destination-based initiatives whilst on their educational trips, our country specialists are encouraged to help continually improve our responsible travel initiatives.

Community

We are committed to supporting a wide number of responsible and ethical initiatives, including environmental projects, community tourism projects and education programmes. We encourage our clients to visit many of these initiatives such as wildlife sanctuaries, local schools, orphanages and co-operatives.

Through client-specific notes in our tailor-made itineraries, we continue to actively recommend restaurants, shops and other local businesses so that the community is directly benefited. Most of these have been discovered by our country specialists and include craft shops that ensure tourist money is fed back to the individuals who produce the crafts, and restaurants which train local street children.

We prefer, where possible, to use smaller, locally owned ground agents. Not only does this ensure that it is the host community who are managing and benefiting from the local tourist industry, but we also believe that our clients will have a better trip as local agents have a much more intimate knowledge of the region.

We favour ground agents who have an awareness of responsible tourism policies and strong environmental commitment. Responsible practice is one of the principle criteria during the selection of new suppliers, and ethical initiatives form a fundamental element in our ground arrangements.
In addition to feedback from country specialist visits, all our ground agents are asked to keep us updated on their own responsible tourism practices as well as potential community tourism projects, local charities and eco-accommodation that we can recommend to our clients.

We always prefer to use hotels which have environmental policies in place regarding reuse of towels and sheets, electricity and water usage.
Where available we recommend our clients stay in ethically responsible accommodation, such as eco-lodges that aim to preserve the beauty of natural surroundings.

Ethical practice is not just limited to the destinations we operate in. Responsible practice is exercised in our office with various measures put in place aimed at reducing, re-using and recycling resources where possible.

We carry out dedicated responsible travel training sessions with all employees upon joining the company. We minimise our electricity consumption by switching off lights, computers, fans etc in rooms that are not in use and at night. We also monitor thermostats and keep doors and windows closed when heating is on. We recycle all office paper, encourage double-side photocopying and, where appropriate, circulate documents by email. We also exercise effective control of brochure production, distribution and disposal. We encourage car sharing amongst employees and are part of a cycle scheme.
We offset the carbon emissions resulting from staff educational trips through the Friends of Conservation carbon-offsetting programme. We also offer the facility for clients to do the same for their own travels.

4 Reviews of Luxury vacation in Mauritius, 20 Degrees South & Chamarel

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Reviewed on 12 Apr 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


We particularly loved the beautiful grounds at Lakaz, the boat trip to see the dolphins and the stunning beac and amazing snorkelling at The Residence.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


If you go to Lakaz, take super strength mosquito repellent and long sleeved tops and trousers to protect yourself!

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Yes I think so

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


9 out of 10

Reviewed on 04 Dec 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The tours we made, nature is fantastic.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Make sure you visit the south of the island. Chamarel and the whole area there are amazing.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


Not sure about that to be honest.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a very nice vacation. Relaxing and enjoyable.

Reviewed on 06 Nov 2017 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The standard of accommodation was excellent. Particularly the outstandingly beautiful location of the lodges in the forest at Lakaz Chamerel. Staff at 20 degrees South were exceptionally good felt like home from home.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Drinks at the hotels were very expensive, the cheapest bottle of wine and sparkling water came to around £50 a night. Limited choice on menu at Lakaz Chamerel.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


I hope we did by providing jobs. unsure re environmental and conservation issues.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


Excellent. Relaxing but with plenty of places to explore, really needed longer there.

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2016 by

1. What was the most memorable or exciting part of your vacation?


The exhiliration of climbing Le Morne on the second day of our trip and looking out across the beautiful island of Mauritus, knowing that we had the rest of our vacation to explore it.

2. What tips would you give other travelers booking this vacation?


Definitely book some time a Lazak Chamarel, it is a truly magical place to stay.

3. Did you feel that your vacation benefited local people, reduced environmental impacts or supported conservation?


The stay a Lakaz made us feel at one with nature. Im sure local people benfitted byt the jobs the hotels create dor the Mauritians. Both hotels requested that towels etc were only washed when needed to preserve water and protect the environment.

4. Finally, how would you rate your vacation overall?


It was a wonderful break. Mauritus offers a good balance, providing opportunities to relax and unwind on the beautiful beaches as well as interesting places to visit for the traveler. Whether you like to trek through the stunning scenery or shop in the local markets, there is something for all tastes. The locals are friendly and love that you have chosen to visit their lovely island.

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