MAURITIUS - A PIECE OF HEAVEN ON EARTH
Mauritius is definitely an island paradise in the Indian Ocean, which surprised us with its diversity.
Mark Twain once said: 'Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius'. And after our wonderful trip to the island we can only confirm this sentence. Continue reading to find out why! :)
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean, known for its beautiful beaches, bays and reefs. And that's exactly why we chose Mauritius as our destination for our short trip, where we just wanted to relax and recharge our batteries. We booked a beautiful hotel (no cooperation) directly at the beach and decided to spend the whole three days only in the hotel and just do nothing. If you have known us a little longer, you can probably imagine that this didn't work out. Mauritius is much too diverse to "just" lie at the beach.
Arriving on the island (there are good flight connections with Emirates via Dubai) we were immediately expected at the airport by a very nice driver, who immediately made a half island round trip out of the drive from the airport to the hotel. He told us EVERYTHING about Mauritius and its attractions, which surprised us quite a bit. Beside breathtaking beaches there should be also mountains with great hiking trails, a national park, rain forests, waterfalls, tea plantations and much more. Our plan to just stay in the hotel was bursted.
Our hotel (Long Beach A Sun Resort) was located on the east coast of the island and thus on the side with the most beautiful beaches and lagoons. The south-easterly winds (the west coast is much quieter) make this side of the island a paradise for kite surfers and other exciting activities such as parasailing. Some water sports activities are offered free of charge by most hotels. You can also watch beautiful sunrises on this side.
After we moved into our room with direct access to the beach, we immediately thought about how to spend the next three days. In order to at least partially follow our actual plan we decided to spend two days in the hotel and at the beach or pool and to explore the island on the third day. But we rented a pick-up from the hotel (about 120€ per day), which was definitely the best decision, as the roads in Mauritius can be quite bumpy.
BEST TRAVEL TIME
On the first day, the weather wasn't the best to be honest. Especially the wind was relative cold. The other two days were even more beautiful, sunny and warm.
Basically, the best travel time is between May and October with minimal rainy days and temperatures between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius.
However, we already have noticed several times, that on these tropical islands you cannot always rely on the weather forecasts.
Fast weather changes from sun to rain and back to a bright blue sky are quite normal here. Sometimes it is even better to travel to tropical places like Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives, Sri Lanka, Philippines, etc. during the off-season in order to avoid overpriced hotel prices and tourist crowds. Nevertheless, you NEVER have a weather guarantee in these places.
As planned, we spent the first two days in the hotel, sunbathing and just relaxing. We think that this is definitely a must do on this wonderful island. Mauritius is, as already mentioned, famous for its great beaches. There is definitely no lack of luxurious hotels. During a holiday in Mauritius, it is absolutely necessary to plan some time to relax! Beside luxurious and very expensive hotels, there are also a lot of nice small boutique hotels or holiday flats for considerably less money which also have a lot to offer. But Mauritius has so much more to offer besides the breathtaking beaches.
Hence 3 days are much too short for a trip to Mauritius. We recommend 10 days in order to enjoy a balanced mix of relaxation, adventure and sightseeing.
Whether diving trips, swimming with dolphins, catamaran or boat tours, exploring waterfalls, safaris in the national park, tea plantations, kitesurfing, hiking...
Mauritius offers everything you can imagine of! Unfortunately, we had far too little time to really do everything. So, because of that we have to come back again.
Here are some activities, we recommend you to do:
A tea tasting at the BOIS CHERI tea plantation is an absolute must do for tea lovers. There you can not only taste the locally grown tea with a breathtaking view, but also feed super cute and trustful deer, which we definitely didn't expect on Mauritius. Additionally, you can book a complete tour through the plantation, learn about the history of Bois Chéri and the importance of tea production in Mauritius, as well as visit the tea museum.
The next stop is the BLACK RIVER GORGES VIEWPOINT. From there you can enjoy an absolutely breathtaking view over the Black River National Park and the Alexandra Waterfalls. The viewpoint is free of charge and only 3 minutes from the road away. In addition to the fabulous view, you can also see monkeys and bats.
ATTENTION: the monkeys can be quite cheeky and like to play "hide and seek" with all the things you carry with you.
TRY LOCAL DISHES:
An absolute highlight is the LE CHAMAREL restaurant, which serves not only super delicious local dishes, but also offers an incomparable view over the mountains and coastline from 260m above sea level. The nice thing about it is, that you don't have to choose a dish, but get served a selection of different small dishes, so you can try everything (also suitable for vegetarians). This restaurant is definitely worth visiting!
One thing is definitely clear; the sunsets in Mauritius are worth it! And by far, the best sunset can be observed from the hotel beach of the LUX* LeMorne. This sunset is definitely one of the most beautiful sunsets that we’ve seen so far. Simply visit the hotel for a sundowner, order a coconut and a few cocktails and let the day end in a relaxed manner.
In order to be able to list further activities and places for you, we asked in addition to these 4 activities that we’ve done, the nice concierge of our hotel, what he can recommend:
- 7 Coloured Earth
- Albion Lighthouse
- Alexandra Falls
- Chamarel WaterfallRochester Falls
- Eau Bleu Waterfall
- Chamarel Waterfall
- Alexandra Falls
- Albion Lighthouse
- 7 Coloured Earth
- Seven Waterfall
- Blue Bay Marine Park
- Domaine De L’étoile
- Frederica Nature Reserve
- Ile Des Deux Cocos
- Ile aux Cerf
- Le Morne Mountain
- Le Pouce Mountain
- Montagne Jako
- Port Louis Market
- Trou Aux Cerfs Volcano
- Dolphin & Whalewatching Tour
- AND MUCH MORE!
With this list it will definitely not be boring! To sum everything up, we can only say that Mauritius absolutely thrilled us and we are looking forward to coming back very soon and really enjoy the variety of the island!
We hope you enjoyed the report and look forward to seeing you again soon!
Tayler und Anika