My brother and his wife went to Mauritius for their Honeymoon back in 2003, and ever since I saw their honeymoon photos, it’s been somewhere I have wanted to visit. What’s not to love – Sun, Sea, Sand, Sensational views…..
The main island of Mauritius is surrounded by more than 100 miles of white sandy beaches and lagoons. They are protected from the open sea by the third-largest coral reef in the world, which surrounds the island. Just off the Mauritian coast, there are well over 40 uninhabited islands and islets, which are also part of Mauritius. Nowadays, several of these islands are used as nature reserves for endangered species.
I’m forever browsing travel blogs and holiday websites, so I have plenty of ideas for my dream holiday to Mauritius. For starters, I would love to visit without the kids in tow! In my mind, it’s definitely a place to go to escape – not to chase kids round the pool. There are plenty of child friendly hotels of course, but for me, I would go to relax and unwind – definitely not activities which involve my children.
I’d want to spend my days relaxing on a sun lounger on or near the white sandy beaches, with a book in one hand and a cool drink in the other. The breeze coming in off the Indian Ocean keeping me cool, despite the high temperatures.
I’m pretty sure Hubby would want to be out and about most days though, seeing what Mauritius has to offer. I can see us taking a walk around the shops in Port Louis at some point, and I predict us exploring the local villages and seeking out the emerald lagoons as well as the odd boat trip to explore the smaller islands.
The Botanical Gardens in Grand Baie would be a must see for hubby, and I’d have to snorkel over the reefs, without a doubt. I can see us enjoying a cocktail or 3 with our evening meal, enjoying the local food in the process, and maybe a romantic stroll along the beach at sunset, before retiring to our private suite. Imagine waking up to the sound of the sea lapping along the shore outside your bedroom window – life doesn’t get much better than that, in my eyes!
When you visit Mauritius, chances are you’ll fly into Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. The majority of flights from the UK will involve 1 plane change each way, so it’s not a quick journey. You’re looking at around 14 to 18 hours’ travel time each way – not including checking in and collecting baggage, post flight. (See why I wouldn’t take the kids to Mauritius now)? If my sister in law and my brother’s tales are anything to go by, it’s the perfect place to go for a romantic getaway though.
I think I’d find it hard to leave if I ever get to visit. Mauritius looks like it offers the laid back life I crave. What do you think? Is visiting Mauritius on your bucket list?