1 – WHERE DID YOU GO?
The little island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean
2- WHO WITH AND HOW LONG FOR?
I went for my sister’s wedding and so travelled with family for ten days.
3- WHO DID YOU FLY WITH AND HOW WERE THEY?!
We flew with Virgin from Melbourne to Perth and then connected with Air Mauritius to Mauritius.
Virgin, as always, were great. Their aircraft are very comfortable and with inflight entertainment on the way over it made for a quick trip (there was no inflight entertainment on the Sunday fight home).
Air Mauritius felt a little less spacious and even though I am quite short I felt there was not a lot of leg room. The inflight entertainment was sufficient and the staff were lovely. Meals on board were simple but airline food is never going to be gourmet! All up, they were comfortable and got us all safely to and from our destination.
4- WHAT WAS THE HIGHLIGHT?
Definitely the highlight was my sister’s wedding which was just gorgeous (congratulations again to Mr & Mrs!).
Other than that though the absolute highlight was definitely swimming with dolphins. This is in open water and the dolphins come in each morning to feed before heading out to deeper water for the day. Please note, these are wild dolphins and are not fed by the tourist companies. We arrived at the site early morning and with snorkels at the ready we jumped overboard in groups of three only and followed our guide to the dolphins. I could easily see the dolphins swimming all around me, to the sides and below and with the water being so clear it made for one of the most memorable holiday experiences ever!
5 – WHAT WAS THE LOWLIGHT?
The lowlight? Well, I can’t really think of one to be honest! It is a beautiful destination with some amazing beaches, welcoming locals, perfect weather, and a little bit of French flair thrown in for good measure!
6 – BEST THING YOU ATE?
They make a great curry there which does taste a little different to the flavours I am used to but was delicious. I have to say the best thing I ate was tandoori chicken overlooking what would have to be one of the most amazing beaches I have seen to date. The water was crystal clear and the sand here was so fine it felt like silk. The food was good, but the view was amazing!!
7 – WHERE WOULD YOU GO BACK TO?
I stayed at a few different hotels during my stay to get a feel for different options here. I enjoyed them all for different reasons (Sugar Beach for its location on a long stretch of uninterrupted beach and Aanari for value for money and central location) but Club Med Plantation d’Albion was probably my favourite. It had the main pool and then the Calm Pool which is for over 16’s only and in a quieter location. There are always so many activities at Club Med and an enormous buffet included for all meals. The deluxe rooms here too were enormous and had absolutely everything you could want. As for the Island itself, I would like to go back again and perhaps do one of the easier walks through the Black River Gorges (some of the family went and raved about this area) and I would also love to explore the Eastern side too.
8 – TRAVELLING TIP POST HOLIDAY?
Eat like a local; sometimes the strangest looking food can be a tasty surprise!