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What better way to embrace local customs and meet inhabitants than to lodge at a homestay or a holiday cottage when travelling to an island? Domaine de la Paix, a guest house run by a lovely couple, Claudine and Pascal, lies on a hilly landscape with an exceptional 180° panoramic view on the lagoon. Seven minutes from the capital of Rodrigues, Port Mathurin, the hotel is only five minutes from Anse aux Anglais beach and Caverne Provert, whose names you may recognise from the setting of Nobel prize-winner, J.M.G Le Clézio’s novel, Le Chercheur d’or.
The charming rooms or studios – gracefully adorned by Claudine herself – are named after exotic endemic birds of the island and offer wonderful panoramas of Rodrigues and its famed turquoise lagoon. Each abode provides all the amenities you could possibly need.
Feeling jetlagged? You will want to sooth your fatigue with a curative dip in the magnesium swimming pool. Breakfast, prepared by Ingrid, comprises delicious homemade bread, served with jam and Rodrigues honey, a local specialty. At the sunset hour, order drinks at the poolside bar and a delicious dinner will be served by Claudine from fresh local market produce. The attentive hosts can also recommend other local restaurants where you may also dine.
Dwelling with residents of the locality will certainly give you a feel for the authentic culture of Rodrigues, which has remained largely unchanged due to the citizen’s efforts to preserve the rich heritage and beautiful natural setting of this unique island.