I’ve just returned from a delightful 4 day break in Mauritius, and my heart is so full and happy from how beautiful and peaceful a place it is. As someone who travels Europe fairly often but has never gone further than Florida in her life, the 12 hour flight to a completely unexplored area of the world for me was certainly an adventure. Words cannot even begin to describe how I feel about Mauritius, it has so much beauty and character, it’s impossible not to fall in love with it. I’m a little sad that I’m no longer breathing in the warm air and looking out over the glistening Indian Ocean, but I feel so lucky and blessed to have witnessed such incredible views as I have this past week – it’s made my passion to travel and explore even stronger!
The area we stayed in was Port Louis, which is the capital of Mauritius and is known as the financial/business sector. Despite the lack of a beach in Port Louis itself, I still really enjoyed staying here and the waterfront views were stunning in their own right. All of the activities we did and places we visited were no more than an hour’s drive away, meaning it was super accessible, too.
The hotel we stayed at was the Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel, located on the Le Caudan Waterfront. The Le Caudan Waterfront area near the hotel has restaurants, bars and shops, perfect for evening entertainment while staying near the hotel. The view from our balcony was incredible, overlooking bustling Port Louis – I’m certainly going to miss waking up to that! I can’t recommend the staff and hotel highly enough, it’s a gorgeous building and the staff go above and beyond. The room service breakfast especially was fantastic, and definitely made getting up in the morning a whole lot easier! We visited the spa here on our first day and received the most wonderful facial, exactly what I needed after a 12 hour flight. When I return to Mauritius, I’d definitely want to stay here again.
So, if you’re planning on visiting Mauritius (which I absolutely recommend you do!), here are some of the activities we did that you may enjoy, also:
- Île aux CerfsWe discovered this beautiful little island on the last day, and I just wish we’d found it sooner because I could have easily spent the whole trip here. Located a short speedboat ride away from the main island, this mini paradise was breathtakingly beautiful. With crystal clear waters, vibrant greenery and delicious pizza (always a bonus as far as I’m concerned), sunbathing and listening to the sound of the waves is the most tranquil and relaxing feeling I’ve ever experienced. There’s plenty of activities to do such as water sailing, snorkelling and more, so you can easily spend a full day (if not longer) over here.
- Club Med La Plantation D’AlbionSituated to the west side of Mauritius, Club Med is a chain of resorts all over the world, although this was the first one I had experienced. We paid approximately £50 for the day pass (10am-5pm) which included access to all the facilities/activities, and most importantly, unlimited cocktails all day and a delicious buffet from 12-2:15pm. There was a pool area with an infinity pool as well as a beach section, and it was relatively quiet which gave the perfect opportunity to relax in the sun. To take advantage of the activities on offer, we opted to go snorkelling which was incredible – I’d never done snorkelling before, and to do it in the stunning Indian Ocean is as good a place as ever to try it out! My friend had used a waterproof case to take her phone in and get some cool snorkelling videos, which I’m sure would’ve been amazing, if only the case had been as waterproof as it had claimed… Oops.
- Flic en FlacWatching the sunset on the beautiful beach at Flic en Flac is undoubtedly a bucket list kinda moment. It was about an hour bus ride from Port Louis, and we spent the day basking in the glorious sunshine then spent the afternoon on the beach with beers and Doritos (what more can you want?) watching the intense sunset. As it’s currently winter in Mauritius, the sunset took place at about 5:30pm, and it was amazing to see how quickly the sky turned from a burnt orange to a faded coral – absolutely stunning.
Side note: This trip actually gave me time to stop, relax and read a book (it’s been a while, trust me!) and I’d completely forgotten how much I love reading. If you’re a overly-dramatic-crime-thriller-book kinda gal like me, try out ‘Tell No One‘ – I thoroughly enjoyed it!
Have you been to Mauritius before? What’s the most idyllic place you’ve ever visited?
Thanks for reading!