I have a pretty awesome mom (yes, she’ll read this; no, I’m not sucking up) because when she retired in September, she booked a holiday for the whole family, +1’s, to go to MAURITIUS!!!! How spoilt are we?! 😎
So, 8th December rolled on and we all got on aeroplanes – 2 flying from Dubai; 4 flying from Jo’burg – and we met somewhere in the middle of the Indian Ocean, on this island paradise called Mauritius, at a fabulous resort called “Le Canonnier”!
The hotel was filled with French-speaking staff (understandable, since it is a French island, and a French resort) but it was also filled with French-speaking guests… which made the holiday feel like we were holidaying somewhere in the middle of France! Don’t misunderstand me, though – I am in no way complaining! The staff (ok, most of them) were exceptionally friendly and always ready with a smile and a helping hand. Mom booked the “All inclusive package” which is an additional amount paid per person, per day, but then on top of your regular inclusions (dinner, bed, breakfast, tea & coffee in the room), you get: lunch, selected “all inclusive” beverages (alcoholic and non) from 10am to 11pm, pancakes daily, a refreshed mini-bar daily, picnic baskets (on request), and some sports (water and non) such as glass-bottom boat, archery, paddleboats, snorkelling tours etc.
The weather was not our greatest friend for the holiday, unfortunately, but we did make the most of it. Mornings were spent eating late-ish breakfasts, followed by a cappuccino (or two), and then getting on with the day in the sun, or at the cocktail bar.
One of the days we arranged a private mini-bus to take us on a tour of the island, which was fantastic! We went up to Pampelmousse gardens where they have these huuuuge lilies (which they say can carry the weight of a small child); we then went to Port Louis (the Capital City) and walked around the street markets for a bit. We continued south to the Hindu Temple and then on to Chamerel Waterfall and the seven coloured earths. From there we tried to get to Casela National Park to see some zebras (my favourite animal) but unfortunately got there as they were closing the park for the day 😦 so we carried straight on back up to the resort.
On another of the days we were up super early to get onto a catamaran at 8am and headed out to “Flat Island” where we spent the day snorkelling and had a wonderful braai (made by the guys operating the catamaran), and tasted their locally made dark rum. It was very yummy! A sweet kind of rum that was good enough to drink on its own, no coke or anything needed.
Our last night we all headed down to the beach at 6pm, cocktails and Christmas presents in hand, and had “Mini Christmas” on the beach – it was SUCH fun!
And then we all said goodbye and headed back to Dubai and Jo’burg – until the next time I see my family XX