Mauritius, June 2012
“After several days of doing not much more than enjoying mojito’s by the shore, sunset strolls along the beach and snorkelling among tropical fish and coral, it was time to explore the island.”
We had arrived in Mauritius several days early after having spent 10 nights in Kenya. Prior to the flight from Nairobi to Mauritius we were kept entertained by browsing the astounding amount of shops in the departures area. I was pleasantly surprised by the Air Mauritius flight, and whilst I did have a slightly dodgy seat that would not remain upright, the staff were helpful and fairly quickly found my husband and I alternative seats together. We also received a hot meal during the short flight with stainless steel cutlery!
During our time in Mauritius we stayed at the Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort located in Domaine de Bel Ombre in the South of Mauritius. A beach break on a tropical island was slightly out of character for us, though following our full-on first half of our honeymoon in Kenya we had decided to treat ourselves to a more relaxed pace of life!
After several days of doing not much more than enjoying mojito’s by the shore, sunset strolls along the beach and snorkelling among tropical fish and coral, it was time to explore the island. We first set about this by going on a 4×4 tour of Valriche nature reserve that was included as part of the hotel’s free activities. However the tour guide was a bit crazy and seemed keener on throwing us out of the poorly converted truck than showing us much scenery or nature, however we did get a closer look at the sugar cane plantations, a few Rusa deer and a waterfall.
We also booked a Scenic South tour with White Sands Tours where we were taken to the Hindu sacred lake of Grand-Bassin that was also home to a population of macaque monkeys, enroute to this we stopped at the impressive 33m tall statue Shiva. We enjoyed a three course lunch at L’Alchimiste restaurant at La Rhumerie de Chamarel, a local rum distillery, prior to continuing on to Chamarel to see the Seven Coloured Earths, a geological feature comprising in the sand dunes being seven different colours and the Chamarel Waterfall.