May 2, 2019 ♥♥♥
Ready to emark on the dreamiest babymoon of all time? Let me create the setting for you: set 2000 kilometers (1200 miles for the Americans) off the coast of mainland Africa lies the swoony tropical island of Mauritius. Floating on the warm Indian Ocean, this island, which was once colonized by France, maintains its’ elegant french influence through the language (most speak French). Think lots of pretty words, set against an even more spectacular backdrop.
We also discovered a tremendous amount of Indian and African influences through the food like in the curry dishes, spices as well as among the people itself. Mauritius is very multi cultural with several different kinds of ethnicities as well as a mixture of various religions. They pride themselves on being tolerant of others and have a government that provides free healthcare, free education and free public transportation for most citizens.
This simply is my kind of island.
Day 1: You never know who you’re going to meet
Stay: Four Seasons Anahita for all 5 days.
We flew out on a Friday morning from Cape Town, had a short layover in Johannesburg, and finally landed in Mauritius at 9:30 pm. There are direct flights (which we flew on the way back – 6 hours) but it isn’t daily unfortunately. The airplane routes and prices within Africa never cease to shock me. The island also has a 2 hour time difference from South Africa. Nevertheless, our journey was lovely and on our final flight from Joburg to Mauritius I got a lovely surprise.
As I was walking the aisles allowing the blood flow and working out the kinks through my pregnant body, I met a cute little boy and his pretty momma. We got to talking and the convo went like this:
Where are you from? LA. Me too! Where do you live? Cape Town. Me too! What do you do? Used to be an actress. Me too! Where are you staying on the island? Four Seasons. Me too!
Pretty much, I met my “life” doppleganger. Here I was flying to a very small island off the coast of Africa, and I meet someone who not only lives in Cape Town (half the year) but is from our home town of Los Angeles. How unbelievable is that? This is why I love traveling. You just never know who you’re going to meet or how. It made the beginning of our trip that much more exciting.
We arrived to pitch black skies and a warm breeze, grabbed our rental car (surprisingly easily and efficiently might I add) and zipped off on the curvy seaside road. The night sky made it hard to see, but we could hear the crash of the ocean waves as we drove.
Day 2: Waking up in paradise
We woke up in paradise. The birds were chirping, the sun was shining, and everything was just SO green. After perusing the breakfast buffet that is fit for royalty, we took a tour of the property, soaking in the tropical island vibe left and right.
Our first mini adventure was to one of the two private beaches Four Seasons so beautifully and thoughtfully designed. One has villas spilling onto the beach so allows parents to let their little ones nap while they enjoy some “adult time” beaching which is so smart. And one is the exact opposite: the quiet beach (ahem- adults only- keep your kiddos away).
For our first day’s adventure we hopped on a water taxi provided by the hotel that whisked us off for a little island hopping. We arrived to Ile Aux Cerfs, a small secluded island with a long stretch of white sand, a simple and charming restaurant (by Four Seasons) that serves fresh fish steps from a turquoise lagoon, and a bar that is simply to DIE FOR.
Okay and one last video for you all to truly admire this piece of island design perfection. This is where form meets function at the dreamiest point possible. If I could live in this bar, I would. The end. That’s it. Now enjoy :).
Day 3: Vibin’ at the markets with Mauritians
We decided we wanted to get the local vibe of the island. We chatted with the concierge and asked them where we could find a good place to really feel the people of Mauritius and that wasn’t too touristy. They suggested the colorful and bustling Flacq Market to see how the locals shop. But what ended up really blowing us away…is the drive to the market. See video below to understand why.
VIDEO: Driving around Mauritius
Day 4: Off to the capital we go!
For our last full day on the island, we felt we needed to visit Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius, out of pure travel duty. We hadn’t heard much about it but figured we can’t come to an island and not see it’s main city! After spending a few hours there we realized….well…maybe we could’ve.
Port Louis as a city has a bit of a grunge vibe. It’s tall buildings are faded in color, the busy chaotic streets are slammed with heavy construction, but the city is bordered by the ocean and a really lovely waterfront mall. After a few wrong turns, and many construction detours, we arrived at the waterfront where we spent 2 hours strolling under the colorful umbrellas as seen above. We also dined at an incredibly authentic Indian restaurant which ended up being our favorite meal of the trip! As always, we never regret seeing somewhere new, and getting off a resort for a bit- especially when it involves good food. :)
Day 5: Goodbye Paradise
VIDEO: Driving to the airport
Our last day was spent biking around the property, squeezing in one more ocean dip, and hanging out with our new friends. Overall, Mauritius was the perfect babymoon/island getaway for 4 nights if you live in South Africa. It felt very similar to living in California and escaping to Hawaii, which we loved doing when we lived there as well. However, Mauritius did feel much more exotic and remote, and we enjoyed every second of this lush, gorgeous tropical paradise.
Thanks for reading! xo