The SpaceThis stunning home offers the best of both worlds, the space and flexibility of self-catering with the option of never lifting a finger. We are Home 49942 on Holiday Lettings where you will find more info and many lovely reviews from previous guests. Our staff are available to look after your every need from private airport transfers and suitcase unpacking through to grocery shopping, childcare, cooking and Indian head massages on your huge daybed overlooking the ocean. The air-conditioned Indonesian themed interior is complete with crisp white bed linen, beach robes, towels and beach bags as well as other home comforts, such as complimentary wireless internet, Bose docking station, flat screen TV and Nespresso coffee machine. Bread, milk and fresh coconuts are delivered to your veranda at sunrise each morning and fishermen from the beach will offer you their daily catch to BBQ as the sun goes down.
This house offers the perfect romantic backdrop to relax and rediscover the magic in your life whilst also being fully but discreetly equipped for a young family. Huge beach front swimming pool-with a shallow end perfect for the children and large separate baby pool. Water sports available on your doorstep, beautiful horses brought to your door for sunset rides- international standard golf courses a 10-minute car ride away.Quiet and peaceful, front line uninterrupted ocean view yet only fifteen minutes walk to Belle Mare with bars and Restaurants easy access to all amenities, including the local market for bargain hunting and fresh fruit and vegetables & excellent restaurants for eating out as well as fabulous street food everywhere.
The beautiful 5 & 6*hotels (The Residence and Beau Rivage) are only a barefoot beach-walk away and our friends there welcome your custom at their relaxed beach bars and fine dining restaurants so you can eat in or out to suit your mood, indulge in their spas or enjoy their daily and evening entertainments and activities. This is a very special place that will ruin you for all your future holidays!
Our guests often return. Guest AccessPool, beach, gardens, maid, cook, beautician, driver, nanny, Wi Fi, sun beds, TV, docking station, nespresso coffee maker, BBQ, large pool, child pool, beachfront, day bed, outside dining, parking, washing machine, microwave, Interaction with GuestsOur maid is included and comes daily and the other staff can be around as much or as little as you require on a day to day basis.
Our driver, maid and nanny are Hindu Mauritian and speak many other languages including French and English. The Neighborhood
Mauritius is a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know what to do next in Mauritius. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Mauritius is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, but with a bit of effort and resourcefulness you can escape the crowds and find your own patch. The smells, noises and bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis, Africa’s wealthiest city, are never far away, while the busy garment markets in the Central Plateau towns of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe and Black River Gorges National Park's dramatic virgin forests give the lie to Mauritius being just another beach destination. But what beaches! From the stunning sand-rimmed lagoons and popular wide public beaches to the picturesque islands off the country’s coastline, there’s truly something for everyone here. Add to this the joys of Chinese, Indian, French and African cuisine, the rousing beat of séga music and the infectious party spirit of the locals, and you soon understand why Mauritius really is so many people’s idea of paradise on earth.
Read more: (URL HIDDEN) Getting AroundWe have our own trusted driver who is multilingual and undercuts other quotes that you may get and is a great guide into the bargain. However in case you want to look further afield..
For between Rs 1500 and Rs 2500, you can hire a taxi for a full-day tour of sights around the island (the fare varies with how much ground you intend to cover). You can cut costs by forming a group – the price should not be calculated per person. If you want to squeeze a tour of the whole island into one day, keep in mind that this won’t leave much time for sightseeing. You’re better off splitting the island tour into two days. Once you’ve agreed to a price and itinerary, it helps to get the details down in writing. Although most drivers can speak both French and English, double-check before setting off to ensure you won’t face a day-long communication barrier. If you’re lucky, you’ll get an excellent and informative guide, but note that most cabbies work on a commission basis with particular restaurants, shops and sights. If you want to go to a restaurant of your choice, you may have to insist on it. Again, small guesthouses can usually recommend a reliable driver.
When individual fares are hard to come by, some cabs will cruise around their area supplementing the bus service. For quick, short-haul trips they pick up passengers waiting at the bus stops and charge just a little more than the bus. Their services are called ‘share taxis’ or ‘taxi trains’. Mind you, if you flag down a share taxi, you’ll only be swapping a big sardine can for a small one, and if you flag down an empty cab, you may have to pay the full fare. Other Things to NoteThere is no questioning the beauty of Mauritius' beaches. And the famous powder white sands, which slope gently into sapphire blue waters, have long lured visitors to the island. Yet beyond their achingly picturesque aesthetics lies an island waiting to be discovered: markets hum, gardens bloom, swathes of feather-tipped sugarcane ripple across undulating fields and moss green mountains frame a verdant, compact landscape that spills into the Indian ocean – it is a textbook tropical island paradise.
You needn’t look further than Black River Gorges if you are raring to explore. The country’s largest national park covers roughly 2% of the island and is home to waterfalls and a variety of wildlife, including some of Mauritius’ most endangered species. Hikers in the park may be treated to a glimpse of the rare pink pigeon or echo parakeet, as well as deer, wild boar and cheeky macaques. Most trails can be completed in three to four hours – staff at the park’s two visitors centres will be able to advise you on which to choose. Pick up a map or consider hiring a guide for insider tips and tales about the area.
A short drive northeast from the capital takes you to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, also known as Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. Constructed in 1770, this 62,040 acre expanse of land is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, and hosts myriad indigenous and exotic flora such as giant lilly pads, lotus flowers and frangipani. However, visitors expecting a visual feast of floral colour be warned: the predominate feature of the garden is its array of endemic and non-native palm trees. Hire a local guide at the entrance for a mere 50 rupees – they will help you to distinguish between the species (making it far more interesting), as well as test your ability to identify a variety of spices and scents. If you’re lucky, the guide will introduce you to the eerily enchanting blood tree. There are no food or drink outlets within the garden – vendors sell water and snacks in the car park at the entrance.
Mauritius seems to have achieved the kind of multicultural harmony that many nations can only hope for: tolerant and accepting, whilst preserving a palpable air of spirituality. Temples, mosques and churches are scattered across the island, from grand old buildings to rudimentary shrines on the roadside. Mauritius is home to the third largest percentage of Hindus in the world after India and Nepal, and the religion is practiced by almost half of the Mauritian population. Christianity, Islam and Buddhism follow in numbers of followers, respectively. After a morning lounging on the white sands of Trou aux Biches, take a short walk inland to Maheswarnath Temple on the north side of Triolet village (near the bus depot). It is Mauritius’ largest Hindu temple, comprising a cluster of white-washed buildings, each dedicated to a different god. Usual temple etiquette applies (bare feet and modest clothing), but don’t be afraid to interact with the locals – a simple smile may be returned with a story about Shiva or invitation to make an offering.
If copious amounts of rum and endless Chinese and Indian buffets have left you feeling bloated and sluggish, it’s time to stretch out and rejuvenate your body and mind at a yoga class. There are numerous hatha yoga studios around the island, and most hotels include classes as part of their activity schedule. For something a little different, you could even take part in laughter therapy at Veranda Pointe aux Biches, although you may find your spectators at the bar are laughing a little harder than you. To reward your efforts, treat yourself to a massage tailored to your specific preferences at one of six Seven Colours ((URL HIDDEN) spas on the coast. Everything from the fragrance to the mood lighting is chosen by you, in accordance with the needs of your chakras. Depending on availability, beachfront massage beds allow you to ease into blissful relaxation to the sound of the ocean.
Head to the central market of the capital Port Louis extra early to catch traders preparing for their day’s graft. Grab a breakfast of French pastries or spicy dahl puri, which you can eat standing alongside the local businessmen who've paused for a bite on their way to work, before exploring the ornate – if a little dingy – Victorian halls. They are crammed with a rainbow of locally-grown produce, ranging from towering mountains of greens to piles of small, prickly Victoria pineapples, not to mention slabs of meat and miscellaneous animal parts – it's easy to spend an hour or two wandering here. Once you've had your fill in the halls enter the narrow lanes where wrinkle-faced men sell cheap incense and imported trinkets (it's worthwhile to request permission from stall holders before taking photos).Taking a local cooking class is the best way to ensure the piquant flavours of Mauritian cuisine – a highlight of many a visit – follow you home (it certainly beats scribbling the name of last night's meal on the back of a napkin).