So I’m back with another Travel Diary…If you follow me on Instagram you’ll know I made a little trip to Mauritius earlier last year and I wanted to share some of my fave moments!..
Mauritius had always been on my travel list so you can imagine my excitement when I was given the opportunity to go!
I was luckily invited by the Mauritius Tourism Board in celebration of 50 years of their Independence so they organised an itinerary jam packed with the best things to experience on the island (we were slightly spoilt!).
Not only does the island have the dreamiest white sand beaches, but there is SO much to experience. Perfect if you are like me and enjoy immersing yourself in a bit of culture (as well as laying horizontal on a beach with a large glass of rose).
After landing we VERY excitedly headed to our first hotel, Beachcomber Trou Aux Biches and we were in for a TREAT! I can honestly say this resort was one of the most beautiful I’ve ever stayed in. Whilst its one of the larger resorts on the island, it felt so intimate and relaxing. Here is a peek of the lobby, pool and beach…
When we were shown to our suites, my excitment reached a new level. My room (which was as big as my flat in London) was placed on the beach with a private pool. I was contemplating a move to Mauriutius already…
We just about had enough time to unpack before hitting the beach for sunset. The beach is an absolute DREAM and has the most beautiful white sand.
Once the sun had set we headed for dinner at the hotel’s Indian restaurant Mahiya. We were treated to an absolute feast and were lucky enough to try a section of their dishes (each one was divine)! With very full stomachs we headed straight to bed, ready to explore Mauritius the next day…
First stop of the day was breakfast…I’m a big fan of a breakfast buffet and this one was literally a feast for the eyes AND also included champagne (we were in Mauritius after all…)
After a short drive we found ourselves in Port Lois, the main city in Mauritius. First stop were the food markets. These were bustling and a great way to feast on different Mauritian treats. I quickly became obsessed with the Mauritian cakes; Napolitaine. If you could buy these in London I genuinely think I would be 10 stone heavier….
From here we headed over to the Botanical Gardens…Despite the humidity, these were so beautiful to explore and the lily pad pond was INSANE (definitely worth the sweat…)
Stomachs rumbling, we headed for a spot at lunch at La Table du Chateau. You can find this restaurant in the middle of the Labourdonnais Estate, and its so BEAUT. Great little place if you want to sample some traditional Mauritian dishes in a colonial setting.
All this humidity however did mean one thing….a typhoon was on its way. We decided that the sunset boat trip perhaps wasn’t the best idea so headed back to the hotel and awaited the storms arrival….
So when a storm is brewing on a tropical island, the most obvious thing to do is feast . After a couple of cocktails in the hotel bar we headed to dinner at the Cannonier Beachcomber Resort.
The Navigator restaurant is not only stunning with the most gorgeous sea views, but the food is some of the best on the island. The trio of desserts was a dream come true…
Woke up to find the storm had well and truly ARRIVED…the rain was torrential and the wind next level…
Braving the rain, I sprinted to breakfast… (after resisting the temptation to call a golf buggy to pick me up)
Unfortunately plans for the day had to be abandoned. Instead we packed up, checked out and headed to the next hotel.
The Outrigger Resort is positioned in the South of the island on a 17th Century sugar cane plantation. The resort and it’s rooms feel laid back yet still luxurious.
Plus if you book into a suite or villa you have access to the Plantation Club which is AMAZING. It has a traditional french colonial feel and has it’s own restaurant and pool.
We took the opportunity to make the most of the facilities at the hotel and relaxed all afternoon/evening. We even got to visit the spa.
We were lucky enough to have breakfast at the Plantation Club on this morning. This was an A la carte breakfast served on tiered trays and also included unlimited sparking wine (the perfect combination no?…)
We then jumped in the car and headed off to a tea plantation; Bois Cheri. Tea was first produced here in 1892 so we started the tour in the museum. Here can follow the whole process of how the tea is produced and packaged. There is also terrace where you can sample the different teas and also a restaurant (which over looks these cuties)…
After a quick stop for lunch we headed to La Rhumerie de Chamarel for a rum tasting. This was super fun, you can book a tour where you’ll learn how the Rum is produced and you’ll stop at Rum ‘stations’ throughout where you can sample each type of rum.
If you like rum you will be in your element. The cocktails are deceivingly STRONG and also incredibly delicious. Just make sure you line your stomach before you go because they are generous…
En route back to the hotel we stopped at the Chamarel Seven Coloured Earth. This natural phenomenon is every geology geeks dream. You can see all 7 different colours of earth within the dunes including red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow!
The sun was setting so we headed back to the hotel to get ready for a beach banquet…
This was our final night in Mauritius so there was no better way to end it than a beach party. As with the rest of the food at the hotel, the buffet dishes were outstanding and the selection of desserts was a dream. We even got to watch some traditional Mauritian dancing (I hadn’t had enough cocktails to attempt to join in…)
Sadly, this was our last day in beautiful Mauritius. We joined for the dreamiest breakfast on the beach.
First stop today was Rochester falls. I think our driver may have taken an alternative route as when we arrived at the falls we were faced with a slight obstacle…
We had actually arrived at the top of the falls and in order to get to the bottom we had to cross the (very fast flowing) water at the top (whilst clinging onto a rope)…
None of us were prepared for this but the gram opportunity was calling us so clinging onto our possessions we started to cross. Not going to lie I was more concerned about my phone falling into the water than the risk to my own life…
Luckily a very friendly local was on hand to help us across, he even managed to get some fresh coconuts for us (once we all made it across…)
The waterfall is so beautiful and was DESERTED so well worth navigating the slightly scary obstacle. HOWEVER this is not the normal way to get to the waterfall so don’t let this put you off. There is apparently an easier route you can take!
Stil in our swimsuits, we got back into the car and headed to the beach for our boat trip around Le Morne. Many people try to climb this but instead we decided to take a leisurely boat around it (much better plan…). The water is so turquoise here; perfect for a dip..
After an amazing 5 days, our trip had come to an end and I had fallen in love with Mauritius. Not only does it offer the most beautiful scenery and beaches, but there is so much culture to immerse yourself in and the locals are incredibly welcoming. It has truly become one of my favourite places in the world.