We discussed long and hard over where to go for our holiday last winter, should we pack our backpacks and head for Costa Rica or the Phillipines or did we want to pack a suitcase and stay in one place to rewind. Though choice right? Anyway we ended on option no. 2.
We booked a package travel through Spies because we just needed to RELAX and wasn’t into the hassel of too much transport and planning this time. And we got a good deal. I have travelled a lot with Spies earlier and I have always been pretty satisfied with the hotels and the service. I like mixing up the way I travel sometimes.
Trou de Douce
We stayed in a small fishing village on the south east of the island, called Trou de Douce as we wanted a quite place to stay. The name of the hotel we stayed in was Tropical Attitude, a small 3 star hotel located literally on the beach. Although the beach is not so swimable here because of the wind, that carry branches, leaves and so on to shore. But just head up north for a kilometer or two and the beach is perfect for both swimming and snorkelling. We had an All Inclusive booked which is nice (but can be a little monotonously for 2 weeks) even though they were good at mixing up meals.
The rooms were spacious, light, clean and all of them has direct view to the sea from the balcony or terraces. Something you normally have to pay extra for. They have a boat house to arrange diving and snorkelling trips for you and they a free daily tours to the nearby island Ile Aux Cerf. All in all a very good choice at a good price to a little expensive destination if you choose to do it the way we did.
What to do in Mauritius
Is one of the more obvious activities to do in Mauritius and if you haven’t dived or snorkled a hundred times I can guarantee you will discover heaps of things you haven’t seen before. We dived on the east coast not far from the hotel at La Passe Belle Mare dive site. Diving here is windy and there can be a lot of current. We experienced low visiblity and rough sea, which made the dives a little less spectacular colorwise than they could have been in perfect conditions. BUT we still got too see moraine eels, giant clams and small octopuses something none of us had seen before. The east coast it good for drift diving but the west coast has more popular dive sites and typically better visibility. Also go on sailing trips maybe even combined with one of these activities.
Market in Flaq
Catch the local bus – an experience in it self to Centre de Flaq and witness the ladys going to the market in their breathtaking coloured saris that the rest os us can only dream of wearing. The market is just next to the busstation and you can get everything here. Clothes, shoes, fresh vegetables, spices, food, drinks what ever you want. Get lost and come up for air by grabbing some delicious food from the food stalls, have a fresh coconut to rehydrate and just do some people watching – its amazing.
In February or March (depending on the hindu calender) you can be lucky enough to experience Maha Shivaratree. A hindu festival to celebrate Lord Shiva with a pilgrimiage to the Grand Bassin. In Flaq they devotees of the pilgrimage carried big bamboo decorations (Kanwars) filled with bells and flowers in beautiful colours. It is truly an amazing sight.
Eat divine food at Indian Pavillion
Dinner for kings and queens…And normal mortals like you and me, only it is expensive – but you will also get the best food, drink AND service experience here. This indian restaurant is part of the One&Only Hotel Saint Geran. It is ultimately some of the best indian food I have ever had in my life and the location is crazy. Your table will be on a wooden terrasse over looking the crystal clear water of the bay where there is completely still windwise. Try the Indian Daiquiri infused with 3 different spices for a pre dinner drink – the taste is out of this world! You can have tasting menus but you can also just choose one or two courses. The tasting menu is highly recommendable. If you don’t feel like spending too much on dinner you can just have lunch or drinks in these stunningly beauiful and quite surroundings. The personel of the restaurant is as polite and friendly as they come and made our dinner a very good experience.
Indian Pavilion, One&Only Saint Geran, Poste de Flaq +230 401 1688 (dinner reservations is required).
Black River Gorges National Park
Into mountains, waterfalls and birdlife? Go to Black River Gorges National Park. Accessible by car, scooter or a one day guided tour. There is a place where you can see, what is called 7 colored earth, an all natural phenomenon – pretty cool actually – only note that this place will have a lot of tourists. If you want to do hiking in the park, make sure it is in season, because humidity will be close på 100 some times of year, making hiking very challenging.