A Day in the Life of the Rich & Famous

2 01 2012

One of the few times we left our hotel in Mauritius was an excursion to Flat Island.  The owners of our hotel also have several watercrafts and rights to the ruins of a Governor’s house on a tiny island off the coast of Mauritius.  Anytime I read a review of our hotel, the guests were always quick to say, “DO THE FLAT ISLAND TRIP.  IT IS WORTH IT!”  So, we did.

We departed first thing in the morning on the hotel’s private catamaran.  We cruised for just over an hour before stopping off at an island right beside Flat Island to snorkel.  After half an hour there, the masses started rolling in.  Commercial catamaran after commercial catamaran packed with people started arriving and soon the ocean looked like a parking lot.  It was then that Joe and I looked at each other and thought, ‘This is exactly what we didn’t want.”  Luckily, almost immediately after, we left our catamaran and cruised off to Flat Island.

After a 20 minute walk, our guide directed us down a set of stairs and told us our bartender would be with us momentarily.  We reached the bottom of the stairs and it was like angels singing.  Bean bag beach loungers, parasols and a bar greeted us on this beautiful, white sand beach.  It was like an oasis on an uninhabited island.  Aside from the 5 of us and the bartender and chef, there was not a soul to be seen.  We swam, relaxed, drank and enjoyed absolute tranquility.  At noon, the chef came down to tell us our lunch was ready.

We walked up the stairs to the Governor’s House where tables were set for us.  There we were served wine and the most delicious fresh lobster all while overlooking the Indian Ocean.  Afterwards, we returned to the beach.  It was the PERFECT day.  We felt like celebrities as we were pampered, wined and dined.

**Yes, that is a lovely sunburn on my face – small price to pay.**


A Week in Paradise

26 12 2011

Mauritius is beautiful – plain and simple.

The colour of the water, the beautiful beaches, the charming people and their hospitality made it the perfect holiday destination.  As I mentioned before, Joe & I were really looking to relax this trip.  We’ve had a busy year full of ups, downs and travels so we were ready to head somewhere where we didn’t have to do anything but had the option to do something in case we got bored.

We stayed at Hotel 20 Degres Sud and it was PERFECT.  Again, we chose something on the smaller side as the last thing we wanted was a giant resort with music blasting and big buffet meals.  20 Degres Sud has 34 uniquely decorated rooms and it was beautiful, tranquil and subtly luxurious.  It was so great that we didn’t even really want to leave — so we hardly did and we don’t regret it.  Our days were filled with beach, books, drinks & food and instead of describing, I’ll let you see for yourself.

20 Degres Sud from the water.

Our room that also included a giant clawfoot bathtub overlooking the ocean and an outdoor, rainfall shower.

Our private terrace


A glimpse of the beach.


In Grand Baie

We’re Going to MAURITIUS!

7 11 2011

Joe & I try to spread out our holidays throughout the year as it’s best to take regular breaks from Gabon and the difficulties here.  We saved an extra week of Joe’s vacation days just for this purpose as we knew we wouldn’t be coming home for Christmas this year.  (Singapore was an added bonus!)

After our busy trips to Canada, South Africa & Singapore this year, we decided we needed something a little more relaxing to decompress from work for Joe and life in Africa for me so we decided Mauritius was the place to be.

Mauritius is to the right of Madagascar - the tiny little island that says "Port Louis."

Mauritius is a small island in the Indian ocean to the East of Madagascar.  It’s known for it’s luxury accommodation and rich culture as the residents come from Indian, African, French & Chinese heritage.  English is the official language however, French and Mauritian Creole are widely spoken as well.

Joe and I will spend 1 week in Mauritius taking in the sun and then we’ll fly back to Johannesburg and spend a couple of days there to stock up on anything we need in Gabon.  We’ll get home December 20 just in time for a Christmas in West Africa.