Live by the sea for eight memorable days, flirting with the coastline as you discover the talc-white beaches that surround the island. Experience island life like a local, take a dip into the pristine sea and relish your five senses on traditional dishes
« During your experience through various coast lines of the island, discover the Chateau de Labourdonnais for an authentic local and memorable experience » - Yovanna, Islandian Expert
The price includes:
- Meet & greet at destination
- Transfer from the airport to La Balise jetty by private car
- 4 nights aboard the Chaka catamaran boat
- The culinary stroll "Taste the cuisine and the charm of Port Louis" by MyMoris
- 3 nights at the 20° Sud in ‘Charme’ room on half board basis
- Transfer from 20° Sud Hotel to Poudre d'Or and vice versa, by private car (taxi)
- Excursion at “Poudre d’Or” by MyMoris
- Transfer from 20° Sud Hotel to Domaine de Labourdonnais and vice versa, by private car (taxi)
- Visit and lunch at Domaine de Labourdonnais
- Transfer from 20° Sud Hotel to the airport by private car
The price does not include:
- Meals and drinks not mentioned as included.
- Cancellation / multi-risk insurance
- Excursions and activities not mentioned as included
- Personal expenses
Upon your arrival at SSR International Airport, you will be greeted then taken to the jetty at La Balise Marina in Rivière-Noire on the island’s west coast, to embark on the catamaran, Chaka. Mid-morning you will set sail to Bénitiers, a crescent-shaped island off the coast. The immensity of the lagoon is striking at first, as is its color - turquoise and limpid like a swimming pool. Slip on your fins, mask, and tuba to glimpse pods of Bottlenose or Spinner dolphins in their natural habitat. Lunch onboard. Mid-afternoon you will head to Le Morne, the craggy majestic mountain that bears witness to the Maroons, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The coastline is studded with small fishing villages, surf shops, and mangroves. Before the sun dips into the ocean, you may glimpse Reunion island, 226 kilometers away. Dinner and night onboard.
Nibble on some toast, locally made jams, eggs and bacon and seasonal fruit before you set sail for Port Louis, the historic capital. Once the catamaran is docked in the marina at the Caudan Waterfront, the crew will serve lunch. Spend the afternoon perusing the boutiques at the Caudan or wander into the city with its cobblestone streets lined with colonial buildings, century-old fruit trees, street food vendors and rows of tiny shops. The Caudan, situated on the waterfront, has a cool craft market, cafés, cinemas, a bookstore -the shelves filled with Mauritian authors-, boutiques and a museum, The Blue Penny.
Rise early for a light breakfast before going ashore for a “My Moris” cultural and culinary tour on foot of the cosmopolitan city. The charming My Moris guides will take you along alleys and backstreets that conceal hot steaming street food - from piquant Indian rotis to steamed Chinese pastries, from a tea house to a ‘corridor’ restaurant. Sample the ethnic foods eaten by all communities and the local way of living while they narrate the story of the Mauritian people. A late lunch will be served onboard before sailing to Grand Baie in the north of the island. The catamaran will moor in the bay of Grand Baie, a local favorite. The coastline, a trendy strip of bars and boutiques, scintillates come nightfall. You may go ashore to experience the local nightlife.
Off the north coast are several volcanic rock islands, which can be reached by boat: Gunner’s Quoin, Flat Island, Round Island, Gabriel Island, Serpent Island, Pigeon House Rock.... Keep your snorkeling gear at hand as you will be spending the day island hopping between Flat Island and Gabriel Island. Breakfast will be served onboard before you set sail for the first halt: Flat Island - on which stands a lighthouse and the ruins of an ancient quarantine. Weather permitting, the catamaran will drop anchor in Baie des Palissades, on the west side of the islet. Jump into the warm blue waters and explore the reef. The crew will prepare fresh salads and a barbecue for lunch. The next halt is Gabriel Island, an islet fringed with blond beaches, which appear to widen at low tide. Now is the time to work on your tan. Cool off from the heat with a dip in the surrounding shallows. Enjoy the last rays of this balmy day before you head back to Grand Baie. Dinner and night onboard.
Sip a cup of vanilla tea as Grand Bay awakens: vendors set up their food carts, shop owners pull up noisy metal roller shutters and hand-painted battered buses pull up to seemingly ‘invisible’ bus stops. The catamaran will dock the 20˚ Sud, a boutique luxury hotel set on a private coconut-studded beach near Pointe aux Canonniers, a bike-ride away from the heart of Grand Baie. The colonial style edifice, with its wood columns and veranda, is tastefully decorated. Hand-picked antiques are scattered throughout the 36 rooms and suites. The enticing menu, poolside deck and stunning views of the sea make for a perfectly enjoyable lunch. The afternoon can be spent reading a good book on a chaise longue by the pool, kayaking in the bay or going for a bicycle ride. A number of sea activities are available. Around 4 o’clock is tea-time. The house-made cake is served with tea - add plenty of milk and sugar to drink it the local way.
Breakfast at 20˚ Sud is the perfect fantasy of what a hotel breakfast should be: that is, served buffet style in a gorgeous setting. Private transfer to Poudre d’Or, on the north-east coast at 8.15am for a “My Moris” cultural bicycle tour. The cultured My Moris guides will take you along the winding streets of Poudre d’Or, a village by the sea which flourished during the golden age of the sugarcane industry before nearly disappearing off the map. A fictitious Poudre d’Or exists in literature: there is something poetic about the small village filled with places of worship, gardens crammed with flowers and candy-colored houses. Private transfer back to your hotel at noon. Spend your afternoon lazing around the hotel until dinner time. At the 20˚ Sud farm-to-fork eating is a year-round affair. The Chef Sanjeev Purahoo concocts sumptuous dishes of freshly caught fish -ombrine, vieille rouge, and dorade-, meat, poultry and vegetables from the garden.
You have a full day to laze around the hotel: you may want to check in to the spa after several days at sea. Choose from a menu of after-sun soothing, detoxifying, nourishing and revitalizing treatments or simply sit in the Turkish bath. If you’re feeling adventurous, rent a bicycle and take the coastal road, which runs alongside the bay and leads to the heart of Grand Baie with its bustling streets, roadside cafés, public beach, food trucks and old-school Chinese restaurants. The hip Sunset Café’s seating is the place to watch the deep-sea fishing boats dock and unload gigantic silver fish that will be taken to the nearby fish market. Dalon, a café run by three friends, has a mean venison burger on its affordable menu. If you are in the mood for something a little funkier, head over to Au Paradis de Nourriture, where “Gro” and his Thai wife cook up a glorious pad thai. Sit down on one of the rickety red plastic chairs and order a coconut water (Gro keeps a pile of coconuts on hand.)
Enjoy the breakfast buffet before heading to the Domaine de Labourdonnais, an old sugar estate. Amidst the stunning gardens and century-old Intendance trees, sits a lavender colonial home, an architectural gem built in 1856, referred to as “le château.” The restored edifice has been converted into a museum containing artifacts, letters, furniture, silverware and porcelain belonging to the family. After touring the château, you are invited to sample house-made fruit candies and rum arrangé -rum in which fruits and spices, left to macerate, infuse the liqueur. The Domaine de Labourdonnais produces fruit-based products ranging from jams that blend exotic fruits and spices (we recommend the vanilla-papaya jam), guava paste and fruit candies, sorbets and fresh juices, including a cool minty mango-mint blend. Take a stroll in the orchards from which the fruits are picked before sitting down for lunch at La Table du Château where Chef Fabio’s creative seasonal menu is packed with local produce from the orchards. His innovative cuisine incorporates elements of Mauritian cuisine, such as green papaya, green banana, lady fingers, heart of palm, combava - kaffir lime -, chouchou - chayote - and salt from “les Salines” in Tamarin with the classics. Private transfer back to your hotel. You have some time to pack before your transfer to the SSR International Airport.