Mauritius delivers on its promise
Mauritius, says this lively account of ‘48 hours in magnificent Mauritius’, over in The East African, was top on the writer’s ‘bucket list of destinations must-visit’.
And when he finally made it there, for a ‘short but memorable trip’, the island did not disappoint.
Settling into the five-star Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa was easy and pleasant, with its ‘great food, strong WiFi and beautiful sunsets’, but it was when they went on their ‘tour of the island the next morning that we discovered how truly magnificent Mauritius is.’
Starting out at the Sagar Shiv Mandir Hindu temple, ‘on the bank of Ganga Talao (or Grand Bassin), a crater lake 550m above sea level’, they learned, every February, ‘600,000 Mauritians walk here to join other Hindus from across the world’.
Then they visited ‘the Chamarel waterfalls on the St Denis River, which plunges 83 metres down the cliff’, and the ‘Chamarel Seven Colored Earth reserve’.
A seafood lunch at the Alchimiste restaurant came recommended, as was a tour of the Rhumerie de Chamarel distillery’.
The visit was wound up with ‘a quick swim with the dolphins’, a cruise on jet skis, and back ‘just in time to see the stunning Mauritian sunset’.
‘Our tour of the “Paradise Island” could not end without experiencing the clear blue turquoise water and endless white beaches with coconut trees.’ Ah, indeed…
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