Ahhh those beaches!... I think we all got the idea by now: " I love Islands!". There is something so powerful and peaceful about the oceans. Even if it's for a short period of time like 24 hours, Mauritius Island is a great and sweet escape from the daily routine.
Rising up like a precious pearl in the southwest side of Indian Ocean, Mauritius doesn't stop impressing me with its panoramic view, turquoise-blue waters and hot beaches that sink gradually into the ocean. Every time I go to Mauritius I discover something new to do. It's a place where even your slightest caprice can be satisfied. I wouldn't have a problem to swim with the dolphins every day, go hiking in Black River Gorges National Park and refresh myself in the cold waterfalls. Or read my book all day long on the beach and let the local connoisseurs to teach me more about the famous production...Rhum.
Whatever you choose to do, Mauritius Island has it all. In summer season, when the sun is targeting the land like a burning arrow, it's a great time to take advantage of all the water activities like: snorkelling, scuba diving, water skiing, kayaking...etc. Despite the fact that the total area of the island is just over 2000km2, Mauritius is well known for its lively 4* or 5* resorts that spread on a vast territory to offer you the best front row seats to the beach openings.
One of my favourite is Shandrani, a 5* resort set on a private peninsula that takes you all the way down to the unspoiled south region. Along with the nice and comfortable accommodations, the food in the resort is absolutely incredible. In those 24 hours that i've spent on the Island, I had 2 lunch and 1 dinner buffets. I completely forgot how good are those slow-cooked dishes that remind me of the food from back home, Moldova. The locals of the Island appreciate very much the power of the vegetables and fruits and combine them in the most interesting way. There can't be a complete meal if there are no curries. From grilled beef steaks to freshly cut fish infused with a wide variety of sauces served on a bed of potatoes au gratin or steamed vegetables, you can move to the hot and creamy stews that are simply served with rice. Having, also, a lot of influence from the indian cuisine, the local dishes are very consistent and flavoured. But not heavy enough to make you refuse the desserts that include creme brûlées, torts, papaya with syrup...etc.
On the way to Mauritius I asked a friend of mine J, what would be the best things to see and try on the Island. It took him 5 minutes to write on a piece of paper the must-do's that require more than 24 hours to complete. I tried to book a tour with the speed boat to see the dolphins early in the morning, but unfortunately it was overbooked due to the Easter holidays. Another intriguing sightseeing is Chamarel 7th Coloured Earth, a remarkable place where the land naturally reveals 7 colours and beautifully presents it to us. For an exotic feeling, you might want to try to walk with the lions in the Casela Park, get to know the flora of the Island in Botanical Garden at Pamplemousse. Or have a learning experience in La Rhumerie at Chamarel where locals produce the Rhum of different qualities and aromas. My number one is Vanilla Rhum, and Coconut Rhum.
I always get very excited when I have a flight to Mauritius, because for me is another chance to relax in the middle of the nature and really connect with it. Just thinking that I am so close to Madagascar, which I would love to visit as well, my adrenaline is increasing to the maximum. Regardless of the season, Mauritinas are always happy to great tourists from all over the world.
There is nothing more beautiful than the way the ocean refuses to stop kissing the shoreline, no matter how many times it's sent away.