Over the coming weeks, I will be blogging about various destinations that we would recommend, starting today with our summer holiday from last year...
Until last summer, neither of us had been south of the equator. We wanted to find a summer holiday destination that afforded opportunities for both relaxation and adventure, and Mauritius did not disappoint.
Mauritius is a volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, off the south east coast of Africa. Historically, its culture has been influenced by the Arab world, the Portuguese, the Dutch, the Chinese, the British and the French - quite a melting pot! Its cuisine, for example, is a mix of Creole, Chinese, Indian and European and they celebrate Hindu, Muslim, Chinese and Christian festivals.
We stayed at Heritage Le Telfair in Domaine de Bel Ombre on the South coast. It is a beautiful resort, built in the French colonial style and nestled amongst lush tropical gardens. It was the perfect setting in which to enjoy some well-earned downtime, and its beautiful Seven Colours Spa was the ultimate in relaxation and self-indulgence (we can really recommend the Couple Spa Suite Experience!).
Beyond the resort, Mauritius had such a lot to offer. There were breathtaking views around every bend in the road and a wide variety of activities and excursions to take advantage of, both on land and at sea. If you, like us, prefer destinations that combine beach holiday repose with vibrant culture and opportunities to get out and about, then Mauritius is well worth considering.
|First view of the sea.|
|In need of some sunshine!|
|This smaller shared pool was right outside our suite and empty most days!|
|Part of our spa experience - a deliciously deep outdoor bubble bath with a fresh fruit platter and fruit juice cocktails.|
|The beach at sunset, right outside our suite.|
|Beautiful clear waters.|
|Another of the many bars available for a cheeky pre-dinner apéritif.|
|Venturing out of the resort.|
|La Vallée des Couleurs.|
|Meeting beautiful lions - just incredible, Casela Nature Park. NB The big cats in captivity here are NOT sedated or under the influence of other drugs - we would not support that kind of practice under any circumstances.|
|Meeting zebra, amongst other species, on a Segway safari, Casela Nature Park.|
Where would you recommend for a holiday that can offer a balance of relaxation and more adventurous or cultural experiences?
Safe travels, whenever and wherever your next adventure may take you...