In pictures: Mauritius fam trip - part one

Agency planners headed to Mauritius this week on a fam trip organised by Emotions DMC and hosted by Pearl Representation, Air Mauritius and Beachcomber Hotels.

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The five-day fam trip, which includes attendees from CI Events, Wolf & White, Rockitfish, Cornucopia Events, Blue Line Events, Conference Contacts and KWTM arrived in Mauritius late morning on Sunday, ready for an action-packed itinerary showcasing the island's C&I highlights. 

On the first day, guests arrived at The Shandrani Resort & Spa in Blue Bay and enjoyed the spa facilities, before jetting out on a boat and getting up close and personal with marine life on a hour-long snorkelling trip. Dinner was held on the beach, with the group feasting on a buffet of starters and desserts, with a main course featuring surf and turf, Mauritian-style.

On the second day, the group made a brief stop at Ile des Deux Cocos, a five-minute boat hop from the Shandrani, which can be hired on an exclusive basis for events, before journeying inland to visit the SIVCC conference centre in Pailles, near the island's capital Port Louis. The group stopped for lunch at the colonial-style Chateau Mon Desir, with the ruins of a flour mill and former arsenal proving a memorable backdrop, before checking in to Trou Aux Biches resort on the north west coast of the island. 

Guests tried their hand at making several rum-based cocktails with a teambuilding activity on the beach, enjoying drinks with the sunset in the background.

Yesterday (27 January), was billed as a day of 'discoveries' with plenty of surprises in store. Delegates took part in a hair-raising rally in Mini convertibles, driving across part of the island in search of various local fruit and vegetables and in a bid to learn more about the island's history. 

Cooking skills came to the fore at lunchtime, with groups challenged to cook local dishes with their wares, including aubergines with chilli and potato curry, before enjoying lunch on the verandah at La Maison Eureka. In the late afternoon, the group checked in to Le Paradis Hotel & Golf Club where a further surprise awaited - a 20-minute helicopter ride with stunning views of the island. The evening was rounded off with a gourmet dinner at La Ravanne. 

Today, the group is heading for another day of adventure at Casela Leisure & Nature Park, with a white-themed gala dinner taking place in the evening. 

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