Ambre Resort & Spa is the perfect getaway for those looking for a little alone time with their partner, without the kids, says Tracy Maher.

The more the merrier is not always the case, especially when it comes to vacations. In fact, you would do well to treat yourself to a mental health holiday, with or without your significant other. Despite World Mental Health on 10 October (see Mamas & Papas magazine, October 2016), most working South Africans are unaware that personal time off to re-group and gain perspective is vital for long-term mental health.

And since we are all about health and wellness, we suggest an island getaway, of course!

You don’t need to look far, either. Just a four-hour direct flight with SAA or Air Mauritius from Johannesburg, Mauritius lies along the east coast of South Africa and beckons her tropical hand in invitation to the weary. A holiday haven for the world over, Africa proudly lays claim to this Indian Ocean nugget steeped in cultural and natural splendour.

Once there, make your way to Sun Resorts’ Ambre in Palmar, an all-inclusive adults-only spa resort in Mauritius – and by adults only they mean 16 years and older. Of course it comes with all the trappings of being on the island: turquoise waters, stretches of pearly-white beaches and a warm climate all year round (22 degrees Celsius in winter and 35 degrees Celsius in summer).

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Upon arrival, you will receive the customary warm Mauritian welcome and be escorted to your room – you cannot lose here, as you will either have an enviable ocean view or look out onto the beautifully landscaped gardens. You are encouraged to request a site tour to scout the entertainment offerings before deciding just how you intend to spend your time there.

From basking in the sun and barefoot beach strolls to glass-bottomed boat excursions, or snokelling if you prefer to get wet, the all-inclusive invitation is just that: free basic activities, free Wi-Fi, a variety of free dining options and drinks, free vistas and, best of all, free green fees and transfers to the magnificent Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club. Not included in this fabulous offering are spa treatments and personal fitness training sessions.

From personal experience, should you suffer a mild injury during one of your activities or the ails of too much sun, a quick visit to the medical office for personal treatment by the nurse on staff will see you back on your feet again… just in time to hit the Shakers Club dance floor later in the evening, catch the game on the big screen at H&H Lounge, or watch live shows at the Coral Bar.

A picture is worth a thousand words, and it is always best to actually see what lies in store for you when you decide to get your #adultonlyholiday on!

Ambre Resort & Spa is part of Sun Resorts. World Leisure Holidays is the exclusive tour partner of SAA. Visit www.wlh.co.za and have them tailor-make a package perfect for your mental health island getaway!

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