“Just Married” – your vows are made and you are ready to commence on a life long journey with your partner. Your honeymoon is the perfect opportunity to connect with your sole mate, in a relaxing environment, giving you time to explore and enjoy each others company. For years to come you will be nostalgically thinking of Mauritius honeymoon as “the best time of your life”.
Rated among the top destination for honeymooners in the world, Ile Maurice is indeed a best romantic escape in time to experience intimate moments in perfect harmony.
You (Indians) end up enjoying more as you meet and experience so much of a fusion of India into beautiful culture that has evolved there. That’s apparent given that about 30% of the population is of African descent and the remainder is mostly of Indian descent, both Hindu and Muslim – political allegiances are organized according to class and ethnicity.
Mauritius will enchant you; will uplift your soul, making you feel that you belong to the chosen few. Every visitor enjoys personal attention especially the honeymooners. Every encounter is an opportunity to discover a friendly face. Behind each smile lies the promise of a unique holiday. The contrast of a multitude of colors and tastes, the island, set in its turquoise sea, is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Mauritius, a melting pot where past and present are smoothly blended together, offers an essential beauty that will compel to return to its shores time and time again.
Mauritius lies in the south-west Indian Ocean region, some 500 miles east of Madagascar. The main island is volcanic in origin and is just within the Tropics at 20° South. The climate is sub-tropical, with average daytime temperatures varying between 26° C and 32° C in coastal regions.
Coral reefs protect the crystal-clear lagoons and the sea ripples gently onto the beaches, edged with coconut palms.
How to go?
That’s the simplest one, just log on to any popular Travel Portal and check the deals offered, there are always several. Choose one that suits you. However I got my best deal from www.myvaluetravel.com, talk to them as well. The guys really did the good job of mix matching and offer the package I needed instead of having me choose from fixed ones they had.
Where to stay?
There are many options listed on travel portals, you can choose the one that suits you.
I decided to stay at Beau Rivage and I am really glad I did. Located on a superb beach at Belle Mare in the east of the island, it has a natural class and relaxed elegance, without being ostentatious. I felt at ease there.
The majestic and spacious lobby has a large pool with turquoise mosaics opening onto the delicate lines of the crystal-clear swimming pool and the aquamarine lagoon. Thatched roofs invoke legendary Mauritian hospitality and give all the buildings an authentic charm.
The resort offered lots of choices for the accommodation and I was placed in what they called a junior suit.
The Junior Suites are spacious and airy, with terraces looking out over lush tropical gardens and the sparkling ocean beyond. They feature super king-size beds, separated from the comfortable seating areas by small wooden trellises, in a warm and glowing décor. Each Suite has a small dressing room and spacious bathroom, with a large walk-in shower, two washbasins, a bath and a separated toilet.
The food was another specialty they have mastered. The restaurants were beautifully done to seduce the eaters not only with looks but also with fine aroma perfectly blending to give the most. The staff members were very friendly and it was as if they really enjoyed talking to us probably being Indians trying to ask you about culture while sharing their own.
The food was awesome and it was apparent that chefs had a good world wide experience in culinary with French savoir-faire. In total they had 4 Restaurants and 2 Bars. Rive Gauche is there main restaurant overlooking the pool and ocean beyond. The main restaurant is set under a high, beamed thatched roof, open to the sides, with wonderful views of the lagoon and the swimming pool, absolutely magnificent when it and its palm trees are lit up at night. It is open for breakfast and dinner, when it serves a variety of tables d’hôte, buffets and gala dinners. The themed buffets conjure up all the magic of Asia, Africa and Mauritius.
Beau Rivage offers a romantic celebration for couple to private dinner on the beach. One such dinner is complimentary for the honeymooners.
The spa at Beau Rivage a haven of peace, dedicated to beauty and well-being. In a relaxing and refined ambiance, the complex offers a whirlpool, a cold-plunge swimming pool, a sauna and a hammam, a hydrotherapy room (scrubs and wraps), 9 massage rooms in which 2 are double rooms, a vichy shower treatment room, 2 message kiosks, and a hairdressing saloon.
Another special experience is the Traditional Indian Massage, performed with cooling Ayurvedic oil which releases tension, flushes out toxins, tones the body and leaves guests feeling fresh and energized.
Free of Charge: Windsurfing, Pedal Boats, Kayaks, mini-sail, Snorkeling, Glass Bottom Boat Rides and Water-Skiing.
For a fee: Speedboat Rides, “ski tubes”, Scuba Diving, Para Sailing and Big Game Fishing.
A lot and more.
Grand Bay: Grand Bay was the first area of the island to fully experience the tourist boom. A shopping and leisure paradise, Grand Bay also happens to be the area where Mauritians head for when they want a fun-filled night out (restaurants, bars and discos). Recently renovated, La Cuvette beach is well worth a visit.
Pereybère: The wonderful Pereybere public beach is popular because of its shopping facilities, restaurants and pubs.
Balaclava Ruins: A few metres away from Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area, can be found the ruins of the old Balaclava estate. Visitors can see the sea walls, whose initial foundations were laid down by Mahé de Labourdonnais.
The Triolet Shivala: The longest village on the island, Triolet offers an opportunity to visit the biggest Hindu temple, the Maheswarnath, first built in 1819 in honour of the Gods Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.
Flacq Market: Flacq is one of the most important villages in Mauritius. This meeting point for inhabitants of the East boasts the country’s largest open air market. The extremely colourful market attracts a large number of people.
The Waterpark Leisure Village: Enjoy unforgettable moments sliding on the giant chutes, with family or friends. Relaxation and pleasure guaranteed.
Ile aux Cerfs: Ile aux Cerfs is a paradise for water sports and has the most beautiful beach in Mauritius. You cannot afford to miss this tiny island, delicately poised on the ocean, a real pearl in the Mauritian landscape.
Ile aux Aigrettes: Owing to the remarkable work accomplished by the Mauritius Wildlife Fund, the island has become an international standard for the protection of natural resources and endangered species. A few of the world’s rarest birds, including the kestrel, can be seen there. You can also discover the extremely rare Pink Pigeon, the Green Gecko Phelsuma and the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Blue Bay: Blue Bay beach is one of the most popular bathing spots in the South-East of the island. An ideal spot for windsurfing and sailing.
This is where I ran out of time. There is of course lot more to see and I am definitely going back for that.