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!

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!

Come Dance with us!

The Mauritian Way of Life: Joy and Liveliness. And it couldn’t be more precisely expressed than the traditional folklore – Sega. The Sega is a dance which originated from the habitual music of Madagascar and the mainland of Africa. It was originally sung by men and women who had been sold as slaves but whose souls had remained sensitive to music, the Sega is nowadays a folksong which has incorporated itself within the framework of their folklore!

The Sega/Seggae is usually sung in Creole language, the Local tongue of Mauritius and has preserved the uniqueness and cultural richness of the local music of Mauritius. There were a numerous different musical instruments that were used to compose the tropical rhythm of Sega. However, the original instruments are fast disappearing, making way for the more conventional orchestra ensemble. Yet, all along the coastal fishing villages, the traditional instruments such as the ‘Ravanne’, ‘Triangle’ or the ‘Maravanne’ and the traditional guitar are still being used.

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The dance itself is the rhythmic swaying of the hips to the pulsating rhythm of the Ravanne. Let us take you on a vivid imagination of how this beat will get you groovin’! The man usually stands in the dancing area with hands on the hips waiting for the girl to shuffle towards him, wiggling, hip-balancing and waving a colorful handkerchief invitingly. Then the partners face each other with a waist-and-shoulder grasp and the improvisation starts. It starts with a gentle swaying, to a slow and solemn tune, which gradually rises and you find the dancers swaying with animated movements to keep pace with the ever-increasing tempo. The beat creeps inside you and as your body responds to the rhythm, you are carried to heights of ecstasy, generating a vibrating force that shakes the “lead” off your feet and inspires you to a high-spirited and free way of dancing.

Tiring perhaps, but exhilarating! Never mind if your movement does not follow the rhythm … Simply carry on dancing and you will be amazed how rhythm and movements synchronize afterwards. The Sega is a cry from the soul trying to transcend the miseries and heartaches of life, while at the same time expressing the universal human desire for joy and happiness. It tells the joys and sorrows of the peasants and the fishing folks. It is a nostalgic heritage of the villagers. Its beats, gripping in intensity, now provide entertainment to Mauritians of all walks of life in towns and villages. Today the Sega and its beat are a part of every Mauritian’s life.

If you ever come across this vivid form of expression, just let yourself go and we assure you, You will have felt immense peace with yourself!

 

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Plan your Trip to Mauritius!

Get off the bus, take an uptown route or swim with the dolphins? Or nah, let’s just go shopping. Ergh! Why is planning so difficult? We always want to decide one place then sometimes end up going to another!

Not just our daily catch up with friends but a travel plan for a vacation also sometimes goes haywire. Many of the times agencies and tour operators give you those boring same old structured plans and visits to follow, and since we are traveling to an unfamiliar place, we give in to the tour operators to set our itinerary. This sometimes tends to be a not so clever idea or just a satisfactory experience leaving us with the desire of discovering the place alone.

The answer to that, dear travelers, is the Discover™ Mobile App! Planning a trip has never been this easy! You have your preferences in mind? We have your custom made plan ready! Use the App and plan that extravagant holiday by just letting us know YOUR NEEDS. From your shopping needs to sailing on that cruise, we got your plans covered! With this latest feature, you can not only plan a custom made itinerary but can also access to amazing deals on a variety of Activities! Just fill out our tiny quick form and the rest will be taken care of!

This is the place to start your adventure!

 

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