Okay so I know what your thinking, Dubai & Mauritius for a gay honeymoon? Surely not. Having worked in travel for over 13 years when we decided to honeymoon I wanted it to be perfect.
I researched lots of different options from the Caribbean to Hawaii. However Mauritius was that destination that I’d always wanted to go to, it looked so idyllic for a honeymoon and was just what I needed after planning the wedding of a lifetime. I’d also heard gleaming reviews from other colleagues and friends. Also to break the journey up and to do a bit of city and sightseeing we decided that Dubai would be a great stopover include.
My only reservation was being a same sex couple in both of these destinations. Having done research I found that it was illegal to be gay in Dubai & Mauritius which really concerned me, however I wasn’t about to let this put me off. I asked numerous people what they thought and they weren’t really sure. I asked one of my work colleagues at the time and she was in expert in luxury travel. She said she didn’t think there would be any issues and that she had gay couples travelling to both destinations in the past without any issues.
I decided to bite the bullet and book the honeymoon. We chose to do 2 nights at the gorgeous Jumeirah Zabeel Saray and then 7 nights at the stunning Lux Le Morne in Mauritius. To finish off we did a 2 night stop off in Dubai city at the Grand Hyatt on the way home to break the journey.
Flying Emirates business class the experience was wonderful. A private bar on the upper deck of the A380, champagne, gourmet food and a nice sleep before arriving into Dubai.
We checked in at the Zabeel Saray and were greeted with a very warm welcome. We were upgraded to a family suite which was huge. When the luggage was delivered to our room the porter did seem a little curious about if we were brothers etc and tried to make conversations, however I think this was purely down to politeness of making conversation. I can honestly say we weren’t treated any different to any other couple in the hotel and we had an amazing experience. The food was some of the best I’ve had from around the world and the Indian restaurant in the hotel is a must. Even little things at the Zabeel like bottled water in ice bags brought to you free of charge whilst you relax by the pool.
Next stop Mauritius! We arrived feeling refreshed and looking forward to seeing beautiful Mauritius & Le Morne itself. As we arrived at the hotel it was early evening and we arrived to the most stunning backdrop, sunset at the Lux Le Morne. We were greeted by the guest services manager who congratulated us on our honeymoon and said anything we needed that she was our first port of call. She showed us to our room, we had booked a prestige junior suite just for that extra special touch, It was perfect! An outdoor shower overlooking Le Morne mountain, huge kingsize bed and an amazing view straight out to sea through the palm trees.
We received a honeymoon gift on the bed, we got a Tshirt and then my husband got a sarong. We had to laugh, but as soon as we mentioned it they changed it over for us straight away.
The next morning we met with the guest services manager for a welcome meeting and she talked to us about the extra services we were entitled to because we were honeymooners. We had a cake delivered to the room, dinner on the beach one evening and also a cooking class as part of the package.
The pool beach and grounds of the hotel are amazing, a real honeymoon paradise.
The food at Lux Le Morne is ultra all inclusive so everything is premium and you don’t need to worry about paying any extras for different branded spirits etc.
After a couple of days into the holiday and after lots of sunbathing we decided to do an excursion. We chose the private Mauritius island tour and also ‘walking with lions’. At first I was hesitant about the walking with lions and was quite scared. However I have got to say this was one of the best experiences of my life.
After a lovely 7 days in Mauritius we headed back to Dubai for our final 2 days in the city. We stayed at the Grand Hyatt which was great for what needed it for. We did some shopping, went up the tallest building in the world (the Burj Khalifa) and met up with some friends for dinner whilst out there. A must whilst your out there is the Wild Wadi waterpark (if you’re staying at a Jumeirah hotel then entrance is included free of charge).
Overall I am so glad that I went with my original choice for the honeymoon I’d dreamed of. Mauritius now holds a special place in our hearts and we will be sure to return for our anniversary.