If you are an eco-conscious traveller, look no further than La Belle Rodriguaise, a charming guest house perched on the south-eastern coast of Rodrigues, above which looms the imposing Montagne Chérie. The owners, Françoise and Laval, have created a harmonious seaside retreat, set upon two hectares of organic terrain, dotted with rustic casuarina trees and coastal foliage. The estate’s water supply is powered by solar energy, meaning that you will not be the only one basking in the sun!
All twelve of the cheerfully decorated rooms face the turquoise sea. Rise early to the pace of the sun and wander down to pristine Graviers beach, just steps away, after which breakfast is served on the hotel’s Creole-style veranda, set beside the swimming pool. The restaurant provides much of the social interaction between guests, to the accompaniment of exquisite local Creole specialties prepared by Françoise, who is a connoisseur and author of a cookbook. Musts are the free-range chicken and duck, fresh-caught fish (brought in daily by the fisher folk of the nearby village), turmeric-laced octopus, coconut tarts and pickled papaya. Cooking classes are offered for those wishing to try their talents with island cuisine.
La Belle’s lovely staff know how to make you feel at home and are ready to share their secrets of traditional herbal medicine or intricate sewing tips: even teaching you the use and benefits of the garden’s plants or taking you to town to choose your fabric. Or why not learn about conventional fishing techniques from local fisherman?
Adventurers will want to join in the many water sports the island is known for: kitesurfing and diving top the list, as well as exhilarating big game fishing excursions, which can be arranged through nearby aquatic centres. Guided treks up Source Ti Gomme are another favourite for travellers to this secluded haven.
At the end of the day, relax with a massage in your room or by the beach, or simply take a dip in the crystal blue sea. Whatever you choose, your sojourn at La Belle Rodriguaise promises to keep you grounded to earth and grateful for the natural lifestyle of the islands.
The restaurant of La Belle Rodriguaise serves typical Creole dishes, concocted with local produce, such as fresh-caught fish and seafood, organic vegetables from the garden, duck and farm turkeys raised in the back yard of the guest house.
Meals are served on the veranda overlooking the garden and at the large family-style dining table in the main building, with panoramic views of the surrounding nature. Take your meals in this warm and friendly setting from 7:30 to 21:00 daily.
Evening Entertainment with a Folklore Group.