Buy the Perfect Holiday Memorabilia at Long Beach
December 26 2017
December 26 2017
Mark Twain once said “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”—and over a century later, this emerald green gem that rises dramatically out of the crystal-clear cerulean waters is as idyllic as ever. And more than that, it’s the perfect holiday destination for any kind of traveller, especially at the wonderfully contemporary Long Beach resort, situated on the east coast of Mauritius. Sun worshippers can spend their days lazing on the pristine, postcard-perfect beach, those in search of an active lifestyle can indulge in a huge range of fitness and outdoor activities, foodies have ample options of exceptional culinary experiences and shoppers are in one of the best, and most underrated, island shopping destinations in the world.
What many people don’t know about Mauritius is that apart from its incredible tourism and sugar industry, it has a thriving textile and garment industry, the products of which have featured in highly coveted and international brands in the US, Europe and South Africa. You may not know it but some of your branded apparel may just have been made on the gorgeous island of Mauritius! Brands that have garments in their ranges that were made in Mauritius are the likes of Mango, Zara, Guess, Topshop, Woolworths, Polo, River Island among many others. But garments aren’t the only thing you can return with from an exquisite trip to Mauritius. In fact, the island has a huge range of local products, souvenirs and trinkets, any of which make the perfect gift for a loved one back home or something to always remember your holiday by.
While Mauritius has a few incredible local markets and even some factory stores, it could mean spending a day trying to get to and from them and spending hours haggling the prices down in sometimes extreme Mauritian heat. If that doesn’t appeal to you but you would still like to indulge in a little shopping spree while in Mauritius, then you can do so at either of Long Beach’s stunning boutiques. Here’s what they have to offer:
Long opening hours
Both the Sands Collection Boutique and the Reef Beach Boutique afford guests the opportunity to spoil themselves at (almost) any time of the day and evening. The Sands Collection Boutique, situated next to the superb Japanese-inspired restaurant Hasu, is open between 8:30 to 21:00 every day. The Reef Beach Boutique, which is situated next to the main swimming pool and towel cabana, is open between 8:30 and 20:00 every day. This way, whenever the urge hits, guests are welcome to indulge in a little retail therapy.
The absolute essentials
While the definition of the “absolute essentials” of a beach holiday spent in a tropical paradise may differ from person to person, Long Beach ensures that guests have easy access to some of the daily essentials at their Sands Collection Boutique. Now your forgotten toothpaste doesn’t need to be the reason for a family argument and outing to the nearest local supermarket, you can simply go to the boutique for it. With a small range of holiday essentials—which range from toothpaste and toothbrushes to nail polish remover—you can ensure that you will be covered in any kind of packing emergency.
Local and authentic souvenirs
It’s always a lovely gesture to buy your loved ones back home something special from your travels and choosing the right gift for them (or a small memento for yourself) at Long Beach is made easy during your once-in-a-lifetime trip to Mauritius. Bottles of the local rum, a pack of the wonderful vanilla tea, items with the iconic dodo bird on them or some special items that have been specifically made for Long Beach—you are bound to find something unique for your favourite people back home.
Glam swimwear and beach gear
While on a holiday in a five-star resort along a breathtakingly beautiful Mauritian coast, you are probably going to want to look your best on the beach. That’s why both of the phenomenal boutiques at Long Beach offer a range of gorgeous, high-quality beachwear that includes products from international brands such as Seafolly, Tooshie, Waboba and Vilebrequin. You can purchase swimsuits, beach shoes, cover-ups, games for children and sunscreen among many other items. The Reef Beach Boutique is conveniently located next to the pool and a stone’s throw from the beach and offers the beach essentials to ensure that and your family look great and feel totally at ease as you embrace the gorgeous Mauritian surrounds.
Garments that have been made in Mauritius
Because the textile industry is strong and the quality of the garments in Mauritius are outstanding, it would be a shame to leave without buying a item of clothing that has been made in Mauritius. The main focus for the garment industry in Mauritius went from the absolute basics to a huge range of high-quality T-shirts, loungewear, sports clothing and pullovers to name but a few of them. And if you have always wanted a stunning cashmere jumper or a linen shirt, then this is definitely the place to buy it. The Sands Collection Boutique has a host of different colours and styles available in some of the finest quality materials you can find the world over, which gives you the perfect opportunity to spoil yourself with one of the absolute classic wardrobe items. And the best part is that it would have been made in Mauritius!
Wonderful shop attendants
Don’t have your best friend or your favourite and trusted shopping partner in Mauritius with you to help you buy the perfect items during a mini shopping spree at Long Beach? Not to worry, when you shop at one of Long Beach’s boutiques, you can count on the exceptionally well-trained and friendly shop attendants to assist you with anything that you may need. They are there to tell you what works, what doesn’t, which items are the closet essentials and which of them make fantastic gifts. Remember, that if you purchase non-consumable items to the worth of Rs 2,500 or more, you will be able to get your 15% VAT back. You can ask the friendly shop assistants about this as well, giving you that little extra incentive to go on a small shopping spree in Mauritius!
If you are looking to escape to an exotic and idyllic holiday destination, then you should definitely consider a stay at Long Beach. With equal appeal for families and couples, this gorgeous five-star luxury resort will have something special for everyone—even the most discerning guests. From incredible golfing opportunities and day trips to Ile aux Cerfs to superb dining options, phenomenal beaches and wonderful boutiques, you and your loved ones are sure to have a memorable holiday in Mauritius.