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Mauritius - 2014

2014


We took advantage of special pricing for a trip to Mauritius. Following a great holiday with our grand-daughters in the summer, we were wondering what to do for Janet's birthday. Low and behold, a special deal arrived in my inbox for a 17 day trip at the right time, flying Emirates via Dubai to Mauritius. The flight into Mauritius was excellent (although lengthy) and, suitably anaesthetised by Laurent Perrier and being spoiled by the Business Class attendants, we arrived in Mauritius happy and contented.

We had private transfer arranged and were soon leaving the airport for the 50 minute trip to our hotel in Trou d'Eau Douce, arriving just after dark. The check-in formalities were quick and painless and we were soon off to our rooms rejecting the first ground floor room and opting for an upstairs room. This proved to be an excellent choice as the views over the bay to the Ile Aux Cerfs, from our full length windows was absolutely stunning - the scene was set!.

2014 Mauritius - Cheers
2014 Mauritius - Room

2014 Mauritius - Cheers

2014 Mauritius - Room

Our room had a touch of French design with an excellent shower - (hot water and loads of pressure) and a stunning view from both the room and the veranda. With only 60 rooms this was a very intimate hotel and we soon made friends with several of the guests - many of whom were British. We stayed on an all-inclusive basis with a good breakfast, more than adequate lunch, afternoon tea and dinner. All drinks were included (alcohol being available from 11 am until 11 pm). The dinner was from a rather limited menu with little choice and tended to be rather bland. Nevertheless we always found something to eat and washed it down with the, drinkable, house wine.

The hotel had a smallish pool, a poolside bar (also used as the main bar in the evening), a boat house (including free trips to the Ile aux Cerfs and on a glass bottomed boat) a grassy area with palm trees and sun loungers, overlooking the small beach, a spa and other activities. More than sufficient for us.

There was always entertainment in the evening, with the weekly Sega dance being extremely popular. I must say that the rhythm and gyrations of those lithe, supple, female bodies did rather grow on me!

Whilst there was little outside of the hotel it was possible to walk to the village of Trou d'Eau Douce, with its small town beach and craft for hire, but little in the way of good restaurants, bars or shops. Busses ran from outside of the hotel to the regional main town Flacq, twice an hour for about 25p each way. Taxis, bookable from reception, could also take you to town (shops, market etc.), where the driver would wait for you (waiting time no real problem) and return you to the hotel for about 14. A taxi plus driver for the day (approx 8 hours) was about 60 per car - far cheaper than organised trips at about 65
per person.

Despite limitations with the evening meal and small issues over laundry and spa booking, we enjoyed our time here and the company of the other guests. Thanks in particular to David and Yvonne & George and Christine.

2014 Mauritius - Sunset at Trou d'Eau Douce
2014 Mauritius - Sega dance

2014 Mauritius - Sunset at Trou d'Eau Douce

2014 Mauritius - Sega Dance

In addition to eating, drinking, spa treatments and the beach, we did find time to travel to the North and South of the Island and also into Flacq, on three occasions (twice by bus).

Flacq did not seem to be the most interesting of towns, although it does have some shops (even a large KFC) and a good market on Wednesday and Sunday. There is also a shopping Mall, but on the day we visited there were very few shops actually occupied and even fewer shoppers. Our driver explained that it was too expensive for normal Mauritian people and that tourists did not want to buy the furniture etc., that was on offer!

Our trip to the North encompassed a drive skirting the central hills to Port Louis where we looked around the waterfront and took in a large market, a visit to the Pamplemousses gardens and a visit to the Sugar Museum, where the history of Mauritius, not just sugar growing, refining and usage was covered. Unfortunately you could not possibly absorb all the information - it was just overload. The Rum tasting was great, though! We also visited Chateau Labourdonnais, which at one time was the heart of a sugar estate. It was a beautiful building, still being restored, in very pleasant grounds with a restaurant, distillery and shop. The rum here was excellent and the candied fruits were some of the finest I have tasted - we bought both rum and fruits. This was an excellent visit.

2014 Mauritius - Ile Aux Cerfs
2014 Mauritius - Chateau Labourdonnais

2014 Mauritius - Ile Aux Cerfs

2014 Mauritius - Chateau Labourdonnais

We spent much of our time, during the day, on the beach - especially on the Ile aux Cerfs where you could find peace and quiet on the excellent beaches.

We also took a trip, by taxi, to the South which is much more tree covered than the North. We visited the Hindu temple at grand Bassin, with its crater lake and temple dedicated to Shiva, a Rhummerie at Chamarel, very interesting and 7, yes 7, rum samples to taste, the Black River country park, with the Chamarel waterfall, the seven coloured earths & giant tortoises and the stunning views of the Black River Gorge itself, with views down to the sea. We returned via the very scenic coastal road past La Morne to Flic 'n Flac before heading back to Trou d'Eau Douce. Another good trip.

All too soon our 16 days in Mauritius were at an end and we were travelling back to UK, via Dubai, on the Emirates A380. A good break which we wouldn't have missed. It was very interesting, but having now seen Mauritius, our preference is still for South East Asia!

2014 Mauritius - Black River Gorge
2014 Mauritius - Chamarel Falls

2014 Mauritius - Black River Gorge

2014 Mauritius - Chamarel Falls

2014 Mauritius - Port Louis
2014 Mauritius - Onion Farming

2014 Mauritius - Port Louis

2014 Mauritius - Onion Farming


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