What To Do in Mauritius

What To Do in Mauritius

Generally, when I spend a week at a beach front resort, I want to do, well nothing. That’s sort of our way of traveling. But, I was very surprised to find how much there was to do in Mauritius. I found myself learning a lot about the culture and environment of this unique island, more so than I expected. Top Things To Do In Mauritius Exploring a Nature Preserve This was a bit of a surprise for me. It was even more of a surprise that we enjoyed it. Heritage Resorts has a private nature preserve called Frederica. It’s possible to take a Mauritian-style safari, in a 4 wheel drive, purpose-built truck. During our safari, which included a ride part of the way up, and then a one-hour hike, we saw what I termed the “Mauritian Big 5.” Our safari included wild hare, wild boar, deer, pheasant, and the only native mammal to the island – bats. After our hike, they set up a sunset yoga for us. But, the weather did not cooperate. It was rainy and windy. Instead, we enjoyed a little snack with some healthy wellness drinks, while waiting for the sunset over the mountains. After, we took a mini night safari on the way back to the resort, where we saw hundreds of deer under the driver’s lamp. Their alien-like eyes glowed in the dark. Other than getting caught in the rain, it was a lot more enjoyable than I imagined, being that we are not really adventure travelers. Mauritius Food Tour During one warm afternoon, we drove a little over an hour from the...
What to Eat in Mauritius

What to Eat in Mauritius

Before arriving in Mauritius, I really didn’t know much about the island, or it’s cuisine. I had made some assumptions (many of them wrong) but I was pleasantly surprised at the varied of foods to eat in Mauritius. Mauritius is a melting pot, with a unique combination of African, Indian, Chinese, French, and British influence. The Brits probably have the least direct influence on the cuisine, although tea is very popular. This melting pot influence means you can eat curry, dim sum, and a Chateaubriand all in one day. Or, some dishes combine the influence from these varied cuisines into one dish, a Creole inspired dish. We ate some of these dishes on a great Mauritian food tour, but others we were able to eat at our hotel, the Heritage Le Telfair, as well. It was a perfect mix of what to eat in Mauritius, from street food to luxury. Mauritian Curry Mauritian curry is just different enough from Indian curries to make it unique. Most common are fish curries, or chicken and prawn curries, spiced with cumin, coriander seeds, cardamom, ginger, and about a dozen other ingredients. The curries are sometimes spicy, but they seem to tone it down a bit for the tourists. I always asked for extra chilies and most times they provided me a unique chili paste. The Heritage Le Telfair made their chili paste in house, spiced with chilies, citrus, and vinegar. It was amazing, and white. I am used to seeing red or green chili paste. We learned to cook our own Mauritian Curry during a cooking class at the Heritage Le Telfair,...
A Week In a Luxury Mauritius Resort

A Week In a Luxury Mauritius Resort

I realize I say this a lot about trips that we take, or meals that we eat, but in the case of Mauritius, I really had no idea what to expect. Having taking our first trip to the Maldives last year, Mauritius was really just another island on my Indian Ocean bucket list. But, what I found out was that we were headed for a luxury Mauritius resort, with way more to do than I anticipated, and with character entirely different from the Maldives. Planning For Our Week in Mauritius I let Eric plan this trip. I was busy working on launching our online social media training school right up until the very end. In this case, a PR company asked if we wanted to promote a trip to Mauritius just after our business launch. We jumped on the opportunity for a well needed holiday at a Mauritius resort. And, because Eric did all the planning, choosing the flights, and everything else. I knew nothing about Mauritius before we arrived, other than a quick WikiTravel search. And, I kind of liked it that way. I was so unknowledgeable that a few days before we left, I had to do a Google Maps search to see exactly where the island was. I knew “off the coast of Africa” but that was about it. In my mind, I expected an island similar to the Maldives. But, I could not be further from the truth. Mauritius is a predominantly Hindu island, and a religious and cultural melting pot. It’s colonial history includes influences from the Dutch, the French, and the British. The...
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