Summer Paradise – Your sunny plan!

 

Okay, here’s the thing. Its Summer, its hot and you just can’t seem to find the courage nor the enthusiasm to go out during the day. Well, we’ve got a plan for you that is going to get you out of that lazy pajamas and enjoy the Island vibes!

While the world is having its snowfall of the month, Mauritius has its bright sun shining out on you in December. The heat is strong around the coastal line and if you move towards the center of the Island, you can still bask in grey skies and rain! Such extremities of weather in such a small place, fascinating! But if you are the one still not wanting to get out during this Sunny shenanigan, we’re here to give you another reason to go and bask in this warm brilliance.

During summer, the first thing you need to do is drink ample of water as it keeps you hydrated. Once you do that, put on those Dodos and a pair of shorts and walk towards your nearest beach. The is good wind and the ocean water is cool during the day so you would love to have a dip in the ocean and get refreshed on this heated day.

You can pick up some chilled beers, we suggest you take the Phoenix Fresh as its citron flavor will give you that exact blast of uplifting taste. The best time to go is around 4:30 pm as the sun is not directly overhead so you can take pleasure in the warm and cold mélange of the ambience. This does ideally set your mood! By the time you are done taking a dip, it is almost evening and you can sip on that can while watching the beautiful sunset or grab a hot Roti or some delicious boulettes from the hawkers to fill up your growling tummy! Just have a moment of bliss and you will see how beautiful the nature surrounding this Island is.

Hey, don’t laze around just reading this. Get up and get going, Get some Vitamin Sea!

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Your Mauritian Cuppa Tea!

 

“Would you like to have some Tea?” is the first thing that pops out if you meet and greet someone. Certainly, when in Mauritius, this is probably what you will notice if you are invited over by your Mauritian Friends! Grown, picked, traded and sipped for centuries, this beloved beverage is considered as the Islanders’ passion that never seems to wane. Mauritius is a producer of tea, initially on a small scale when the French introduced the plant into the island around 1765. It was under later British rule that the scale of tea cultivation increased.

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Tea drinking allows for socializing and is commonly being served to guests and in the workplace. The Mauritian people usually consume black tea, often with milk and sugar. But as the tropical paradise has its array of flavors to offer, so does their cup of Tea. Flavors such as Mint, Cardamom, Citron, Vanilla, Passion Fruit, Peach, and Fruit Punch are at the top spots of peoples’ choices. Not just these, you also have Tea Infusions that have intense aroma and a rich mauve color that will elevate your senses by just a sip!

As a visitor you can explore this fervor by following the Tea Route at the Bois Cheri tea plantation – a culinary and cultural journey into the history of tea production in Mauritius. Followed by Domaine des Aubineaux in Forest Side, a little way south of Curepipe, where the town gives way to a more rustic area. Their beautiful gardens, a handsome colonial house-turned-museum filled with antiques, paintings, vintage photographs and furniture from the East India Company are the perfect getaway for some Tea tasting. Wide ranges of infusions are offered: flavored black tea (plain, mint, coconut, bergamot, earl grey, lemon or vanilla), herbal teas (with ayapana, lemongrass or ginger) and green teas – plain or with jasmine.

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Finally, make your way towards the Bois Cheri factory. You’ll pass by an old locomotive’s steam engine once used to dry out tealeaves. Grab a cup of tea in hand – and gaze down on an ancient volcanic crater now transformed into a small lake, surrounded by century-old trees and admire the panoramic views from the wooden terrace.

 

Feeling relaxed already!

Summer is here in Mauritius!

 

Everyone put that sun spray out and get your flip-flops ready! Summer is here! Beautiful blue beaches and white powdered sands await your presence. Mauritius coastal line is flooded with tourists to get their glowing sun tan every year. If you haven’t tried snorkeling yet, this is the right time for you to jump in the cool waters. Explore the island’s bustling marine life by swimming with the Dolphins!

 

The best beaches to visit during summertime in Mauritius are Tamarin, Flic en Flac and GrandBaie. Flic en Flac has a good vibe as it is surrounded by delicious food hawkers, a supermarket and various restaurants, where you can go grab some quick munchies during your day out as well as active nightlife with a pretty good crowd. Grandbaie is a tourist HotSpot and is usually overcrowded. If you are looking for a sweet escape with your beloved with some much needed space, the Flic en Flac and Tamarin are the perfect choices for you.

And how can you miss out on the cold Alouda? – A local specialty drink made with milk, Basil seeds and vermicelli. A must try during this heaty exchange! Moreover, you can also find amazing and vibrant swimwear on display that don the Mauritian Dodo prints and lovely orchids.

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You can end your day by sipping on a cool bootle of Goodwill – a local Rum or grab a can of Phoenix Beer and relax by surrendering yourself to the roaring of sea waves and the fresh salty smell of the Ocean.

 

Happy Summers to you!

When in Doubt, just Rum! (Mauritian Rhum)

Alcohol does not seem to be the most suitable solution to problems, but your trip to Mauritius may prove otherwise! Mauritius is a relative newcomer to global rum markets. For centuries, colonial governments in Mauritius frowned on using sugar cane for rum, because refined sugar fetched much better profits. The historical progression of the rum industry in Mauritius is no less elevating than that of the Caribbean or of the South America. It was Mr. Pierre Charles Francois Harel who initially proposed the concept of local distillation of rum in Mauritius, in 1850. Thanks to him, Mauritius today proudly houses distilleries. Presently, the industrial rum represents about 90% of the world production of rum. Mauritius is one of the few countries that produce both industrial and agricultural rum!

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Whether or not you are a rum connoisseur, you will love discovering the rum making process when visiting one of the many rum distilleries in Mauritius. A few of the ones you can visit are: St. Aubin, Rhumerie de Chamarel, and Labourdonnais. They all make excellent rums that you will want to bring back with you as souvenirs. During your visit, make sure to ask about the Mauritian tradition of rum arrangé, or flavored rum!

The process of making agricole rum requires distilling the juice as quickly as possible after it’s crushed out of the cane. Twelve kinds of sugar cane grow in Mauritius, but two are used for rum — yellow and red. The color refers to the stalk, only visible once the green leaves are stripped away. At the Rhumerie, everything is designed to showcase the process, to encourage visitors to watch rum being made and then to sample the results. The finished drink is smoother than the traditional molasses rum.

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If you are to take those bottles home, we suggest you try the Chamarel’s Gold variety which is kept in French oak for 18 months, giving it a woody undertone. Another batch goes into American oak for a fruitier taste. Also, look out for Rhum Arrangé traditionnel. “Arrangé” refers to the infusion, often from macerated fruits like litchi or coconut, or other local produce like coffee, vanilla and spices. They create 21 different flavors, and for tourists worried about flying home with liquids, they also sell packets of dried fruit and Mauritian sugar, with instructions on how to infuse rum at home. Couldn’t get any better! And for the Coffee Lovers, it’s time to taste St. Aubin’s Coffee Rum, packed with intense flavor of Mauritian Coffee and ideal as a liqueur or an engaging aperitif, served on the rocks.

 

Cheers to the weekend, we drink to that!

What’s in that Mauritian Pickle?

By now if you have tasted the street food of Mauritius, you might have gotten familiar with that tangy, sweet and sour taste that you get in your Roti or even when eating a warm plate of rice with some Mauritian Lima Bean curry. And that delicious taste, my dear Foodies, is the most appreciated and beloved ‘Achard’ or fondly known as ‘Pickle’!

Mauritius is anyway a cultural pickle by its own, so why not make pickles of different variations? Everyone on the island loves it and your meal is incomplete without some Achard to go with! From sweet, sour to fiery hot or something in between, you can get the taste of your preferences!

When you go street hopping for food, you must try our recommended few flavors such as Achard Legumes which is a mix of shredded carrots, cabbage and French beans, this particular one is what the Roti seller puts into your hot Roti or Farata. A very delicate taste of all these vegetables and a tinge of mustard oil. Another kind we suggest you to try is the Achard Fruit de Cythere or commonly known as Ambarella/Jew Plum pickle. This is especially prepared by extracting all the juice and sun drying them thus giving it the tropical flavor when it has been well marinated. Drooling already?

There is something particularly exciting about Mango pickles. Maybe it is the aroma or just the nostalgia of our childhoods that the King of Fruits has always been so dearly savored by everyone around the world! And if that is the case with you, then you cannot miss out on getting some sour tingle on your tongue! Among all the pickle family that we have on the Island, the one particular that will win your hearts is the Famous Bilimbi Pickle. This fruit might be commonly known as Mimbro or Cucumber Tree or Tree Sorrel is also known for its medicinal properties. But when you are on a vacation, who wants to count the calories? Bilimbi pickle will leave you wanting for more as the taste is quiet peculiar and stands out from the rest of the flavors you have ever tasted.

You can also buy these pickles at a local produce market or a supermarket that might have few of these flavors for sale. But take Bilimbi home with you and you may thank us later!

Bon Apetit!

Top Attractions for one day in Mauritius!

 

Want a crazy compilation of the top attractions and Tours in Mauritius to do in one day? Seek and you shall have! There are so many things to do on this Paradise Island that when you feel you are done seeing everything, you have actually just begun!

When the land is a tropical mixture of cultures around the globe, the top attractions get even vast in their range of choices. Mauritius is famous for its mixed cultural background thus allowing the tourists to explore the global phenomenon in a small tiny place! Forget the usual advertisement selling you only the luxurious aspect of the Island, as there is much more Mauritius has to offer.

Apart from the tours in Mauritius that are commonly offered to the tourists, take our word for it that one of the top attractions in Mauritius can be done in a day!

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Start of early by eating some delicious Pork boiled noodles at Pret a Manger in Curepipe area and then begin your bumpy ride towards Grand Bassin. A 40 minutes journey full of natural scenic beauty, you would pinch yourself thinking it is a dream! As you reach this stop you shall be greeted by the world’s largest statue of Goddess Durga (the Hindu Idol) and adjacent to it the Indian Ocean’s tallest statue of Lord Shiva’s. Everyone from all walks of life have visited this place and then you can continue your ride towards the Black River Natural reserves of Mauritius. Stop at the Alexandra Falls Viewpoint, you shall find yourself surrounded by Mountain range and look far over the coastline hiding through the mountains, a majestic view of the entire Black River Bay from above, with the Waterfall and Mountains to your sides.

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Moving further to Chamarel, where you can visit the 7 colored earth, the Chamarel Rhumerie and sneak a peak at the Chamarel Waterfall, which is as tall as the Statue of Liberty. And finally end your day by driving down to the beach and enjoy some sea and Sand. From Chamarel you can go to Le Morne Beach on the Southwest side of the island( which is opposite the historical site of the Salves Monument) or go to Tamarin or Flic en Flac Beach on the West Coast. If you are avid of Photos and Sightseeing, this trip will be just for you; and are all this can be covered up within 4 to 5 hours!

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When you look up for tours in Mauritius or the top attractions, in Mauritius the best way to go about is by hiring a car and getting your curious hat on. And oh, don’t forget to have the Discover Mauritius – Travel Guide Mobile app that you can use at any given time of your journey. Besides, it works offline and gets handy for offline google maps making it easier for you to travel around!

What are you waiting for then?

Get, set and Go!

White Sand of Mauritius Beaches.

Surrender to the tranquility of Mauritius Beaches.

Islands often have their own vibes. Away from all the hustle and bustle of the very hectic lives in the fast lane, you always look out for that one place to relax, forget all your worries and just be idle. Well, what better place than to be on this Tropical Paradise? Even better, be at ease, feel the powdered white sand and listen to the gentle roaring of the ocean waves at the surreal Mauritius Beaches. The island has got many private beaches as well as public.

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Here is a list of the best beaches around Mauritius that we know you will absolutely adore! Our number one choice is Flic en Flac Beach in Mauritius. You are surrounded by all amenities around the coast line so it gets easy if you are a tourist and if you require anything at the last moment. There is a shopping center, a supermarket, Continental restaurants, bikes on rent, police station, pharmacies, serviced apartments for stay and most importantly, it is less crowded and clean.

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The second choice would be Blue Bay Beach in Plaisance, Mauritius where nature takes you by surprise! The waters are crystal clear and you can also see the stunning coral reef. Just take a towel and a few cold beers and you are all set. It is one of the best beaches in Mauritius for swimming and Snorkeling. Also the airport is nearby so when you lie down, you can see the giant metal birds flying above you reminding you of your return with the special memories of this island!

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If you are a party animal and like people, the third one you need to visit is Pereybere Beach in the Northwest region. Pereybere has a lot to offer. There is a good range of restaurants in the area, beach hawkers and the local tour operators. Make sure that you can book that dolphin cruise or big game fishing trip when you are here.

Dont forget to put on that sunscreen and overall, have a great time as these Mauritius Beaches will not only take you by surprise, but will leave you wanting for more!