Feel the white sand between your toes in Mauritius

No worries, be happy

I'd always wanted to visit Mauritius. The combination of tranquil blue seas and a fascinating history always seemed like the perfect exotic destination to me. I imagined it to be romantic, peaceful and serene, like a lonesome canoe, floating in the ocean. And I was right.

Jonathan and I love to travel and these days a vacation for two can be pretty expensive. Somewhere like Mauritius was definitely out of our budget, but we both knew that we had to experience paradise on earth at least once in our lifetime. So with Mauritius in mind, we set out to earn as many
Asia Miles™ we could after we applied for our American Express Cathay Pacific Elite Credit Card. The Welcome Offer of 1
Asia Mile for every HK$5 we spent was great and we literally put everything onto our Card. And in a few months, our bags were packed with sunscreen and our brand new beachwear.

Our holiday started the moment we got to Hong Kong International Airport. With our Complimentary Priority Pass™, which grants access to more than 600 VIP airport lounges all over the world, we headed straight to the lounge at the airport to relax knowing we were about to embark on another adventure.

Mauritius is small; sparkling like a gem in the vast Indian Ocean. It was uninhabited until only 500 years ago, but it now hosts a number of luxury resorts. And we were able to splurge on one of these fantastic resorts, thanks to the money we saved on our flights which we redeemed with our
Asia Miles. It also meant we could sample all the local food in some really great restaurants, and enjoy lots of guilt–free shopping! And when we weren't eating or shopping, we were lazing by the hotel pool, exploring the spectacular beaches, snorkeling in the calm waters and even taking fishing trips around the island.

I can't stop telling all my friends about how our Card made such a wonderful holiday possible. We paid for our flights with Asia Miles and all we had to do was to go online for redemption, it was that easy. Best of all, our magical Mauritius holiday didn't break the budget. We have to get back there again before the rest of the world discovers our secret.

Travel Tips:

There is no direct flight from Hong Kong to Mauritius. Travellers departing from Hong Kong can fly with Cathay Pacific Airways and transit at Johannesburg International Airport. Cathay Pacific Airways operates several flights to Johannesburg International Airport weekly. Each flight takes about 13 hours. The journey by boat from Johannesburg to Mauritius, which is very convenient, takes about 4 hours.

We’ve been to beaches all over, but Mauritius was a little slice of heaven on earth. We’ll be there again, very soon. - Christy and Jonathan

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