Spice things up with a last minute winter getaway
If you live in the northern hemisphere then winter likely conjures thoughts of cosy fires, cardigans and comfort food. In the southern hemisphere however, it’s a completely different story – almost. We certainly have no need for the first two, but comfort food is something we excel at year round, so there’s no need to miss out on your favourite fare.
While everyone else is donning sweaters and slippers and tucking into a sausage casserole back home, you could be enjoying an Air Mauritius Holiday in the heat of a tropical summer. Long lazy days on the beach, fabulous meals in the evenings. Our island cuisine reflects our rich cultural heritage, with spicy curries and juicy seafood dishes showcasing the full range of Indian, Chinese, African and Creole influences. Here’s a few of the best meals and snacks to try while you’re here: - Banana peel and salted fish curry: a delicious local dish that’s both fruity and savoury. Try it down home family style at local Creole hot spot Palais de Barbizon in Chamarel.
- Dhal puri: no trip to Mauritius would be complete without trying this renowned local street food. Found on almost every street corner, dhal puri consists of a pancake style flatbread filled with cooked yellow split peas, blended and seasoned with turmeric and cumin. Fills a gap, any time of the day or night.
- Octopus curry: this Mauritian staple is a firm favourite among islanders, and you can even learn how to make it yourself by taking a cooking class with Anjoo. The magic is all in the mix of herbs and spices – cloves, cinnamon, curry leaves and coriander to name a few.
- Aromatic fried fish: a plate of seasoned, succulent sea bass or bream made even more delicious with the addition of smoked paprika, cumin seed and red chili powder.
- Let’s end on a sweet note: in Mauritius we’re extremely fond of the little round, delicious shortbreads known as napolitains. Two sweet biscuits sandwiched with a layer of berry jam and smothered in a rich fondant icing, they’re a perfect treat to end a meal or enjoy with a cup of tea.
Tempted to book a last minute winter getaway? We’ve got some fantastic special offers and deals available at the moment, including a Super Saver 25% discount deal on Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa and a Last Minute 15% discount deal on Beachcomber Le Victoria Hotel.