SHOP TILL YOU drop IN THE CENTER OF THE ISLAND
From the residence, you will head to Floreal Square, a beautiful destination which includes a textile museum and a shopping complex. The recently opened Floreal textile museum is great place to find 100% natural fibers: Wool, Lamb wool, Cashmere, Fine Merino, Cotton, Wool, Angora, Linen, Silk can be found. You will be able to purchase at competitive prices handmade crafts, watches, paintings, top designer garments and many more, all directly from the manufacturers. Don't miss the visit to the workshop where you can watch the cutting of diamonds and buy at really competitive factory prices.
A little further is the city of Curepipe which is the second city in size and importance after Port Louis. Curepipe is a great place for shopping where you will find many duty free shops, modern clothing shops, Indian wear clothing shops and many more. However, the highlight of shopping in Curepipe is definitely the ship model boutique the Comajora where you'll be delighted by the manufacturing of ship models. Each ship is made of different size: small, medium, large and oversized and you will be able to buy souvenirs at very affordable prices.
The third stop will be Quatre Bornes located in the Upper Plaines Wilhems district. The main shopping activity is done in the city center on its main street and at Quatre Bornes central market place, where you will discover many local flavors and specialties. On Thursdays and Sundays, the market is for clothes, local crafts and accessories. According to locals, those two days are the most favorable to make good deals.
The half day draws to an end at the brand new shopping mall of Mauritius! The mall is located in the area of Bagatelle, close to the capital, Port Louis. Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius boasts with 130 shops offering the most comprehensive and compelling lifestyle shopping experience, including the widest selection of specialty shops in Mauritius. Enjoy a wide range of delicacies at either the spacious food court or in one one the various restaurants present at the mall.
PAMPLEMOUSSES AND PORT LOUIS
Drive from the residence and start your day at the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden, created by the famous French botanist Pierre Poivre. Fill your lungs with fresh air as you follow the many meandering paths planted with rare species from around the world.
Next stop will be Port Louis where you will visit the Citadel, a fortress built in 1934, which will entertain you with a panoramic view of Port Louis.
Then, take advantage of the shopping opportunities in Caudan Waterfront with its numerous boutiques which display beautiful collections of local designers and famous brands. Its craft market is an open bazaar, impregnated by exotic scents of spices, souvenirs and basketry. The recent extension, Dias Pier, named after a famous Portuguese explorer, houses shops, coffee shops and bars.
The half day will end in the central market of Port-Louis for a glimpse of its colorful cross-section of Mauritian life.
YESTERDAY, NOW AND FOREVER
Îles aux Aigrettes - Rault Biscuit Factory - Museum and Mahebourg Market - La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes
From the residence, drive to Pointe Jérome on the South-East coast to board the boat to the 25-hectare nature reserve of Île aux Aigrettes, set in the turquoise waters of the bay. It is the last refuge of the Ebony forest, endemic animals and plant species. Managed by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation (MWF), the islet harbors indigenous plants and coastal ebony forests, once the dodo's home. This conservation program ensures the survival of rare species like the Pink Pigeon, the colorful day gecko and the giant Aldabra tortoise in total freedom.
After Île aux Aigrettes, visit the Naval Museum which preserves a collection of relics salvaged from the wrecks, reminiscent of the fierce naval battles that took place in the region which saw the very first naval victory of the French over the British during the Napoleon period.
Deep in the heart of a small suburb of Mahebourg, discover the unique Rault Biscuit Factory (a.k.a Biscuiterie Rault), a traditional factory of cassava (manioc) biscuits, over 140 years old. See the making of the biscuits which you will pack and take home. Then proceed to Pointe d'Esny to go to Île aux Aigrettes by boat. Lunch will then be served in the beautiful settings of the ‘Jardin de Beau Vallon’.
Finish the day by visiting ‘La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes’. This park host giant tortoises, reptiles, crocodiles and an impressive collection of butterflies and insect.
The Tamarina Golf Course is situated on a beautiful estate of 206 hectares of land at Tamarin on the Western coast of the island. This 18-hole championship course undulates over rugged savanna land framed with mature trees and crossed by the Rempart River. The holes have been specially designed to give spectacular views of the impressive Mount Rempart and the towering mountain range. Some holes also offer great views over the crisp crystal clear blue lagoon of Tamarin Bay.
The course consists of four par 3 holes, four par 5 holes and 10 par 4 holes. Each hole offers five different teeing options, catering for all level of golfers: Championship, Professional, Club, Senior Championship and Ladies tees.
A fantastic covered driving range is also provided with large putting greens as well as chipping and bunker facilities. Golfers will love the contrast between the rough surroundings and the smoothness of the rolling greens and wide fairways that adds to the experience of golfing at the Tamarina Golf Course. This unique estate is not only a haven of peace but also a golfer's dream with gentle breezes and the lowest average rainfall of the island!
Learn to play golf - from individual lessons to a 6 days complete golfing course. Various individual and group lessons can be booked at the academy for beginners and/or advanced players seeking to improve their entire game or a particular facet. A PGA Golf Pro and the Assistant Pro are available to provide sessions of video coaching and playing lessons.
Club House & Restaurant
Enjoy a drink after the game and relax at the Club House. The restaurant & bar Le Dix-Neuf, overlooking the 18th hole, the Rempart River and the Tamarin Bay, is open every day for breakfast, lunch and light meals.
The Pro Shop at the Club House provides a wide selection of equipment and accessories for golfers and non-golfers, ranging from clubs, balls and clothing to bags and souvenirs.
Get the opportunity to experience quad biking around the beautiful rural countryside away from the popular tourist resorts.
You shall be truly amazed by the beauty of the region. A safety and introductory lesson is included so that it doesn't matter even if you have never ridden a quad bike before.
Safety equipment such as helmets are provided for all riders and must be worn at all times. All Quad Bikes are fully automatic and suitable for 1 or 2 persons.
You can enjoy wonderful walks around the domain, guided visits of the neighbourhood as well as horse riding at Les Écuries de la Vieille Cheminée.
The horses there are robust double Pony - originally from South Africa. They are extremely calm and gentle and are ideal for this type of riding.
Along the way, you'll be able to visit the Coloured Earths, the Chamarel Waterfall, the Rum Distillery and The Adventure Park. Furthermore, the most attractive South and West beaches are at a short distance either by car or by bus.
Come and experience the true beauty of the nature of Mauritius. Trekkers, as well as the nature lovers and bird-watchers will find bliss while visiting the Black River Gorges. Encounter a wide, beautiful canyon curving dramatically down between a series of mountains. Beautiful waterfall scampering down the hillside with a range of mountains behind them and a river where you can have a swim.
The "Black River Gorges" National park is a national park in the hilly South-Western part of Mauritius. The park extends over an area of 6,754 hectares. With the help of the guides, you will discover Mauritius' natural heritage in this unique area which is also the location of one of the rarest forests in the world. It harbors about 311 species of native and endemic flowering plants and 9 species of birds which are found only in Mauritius.
During the trip you will be taken into the heart of the indigenous forest with many panoramic views. You will also get to learn about the natives, the vegetation as well as on the endemic and exotic bird life. The hike will end with a complementary picnic lunch.
JOURNEY CUREPIPE • GRAND BASSIN • PLAINE CHAMPAGNE • CHAMAREL
From your residence, travel past the suburb of Floreal and drive towards Curepipe, one of the island’s main cities. As you reach the highest point in town, admire the panoramic view of the anthracite grey mountain chains, then step down to see Trou aux Cerfs’ crater, a dormant volcano covered with lush vegetation.
Considered by many devotees to be an extension of the sacred Ganges River in India. This natural lake resting on a volcanic crater is a place of worship for the Hindus in Mauritius.
Also known as the Ganga Talao, the lake becomes alive especially during the months of February and March, when the Hindus celebrate the Maha Shivaratree, in great pomp. The calm water beautifully reﬂects the colourful temples and offerings (ﬂowers, bananas, incense) to the miniature representations of Shiva and Ganesh surrounding the lake.
In the South-West part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies the Rhumerie de Chamarel. Situated in the vicinity of the “Coloured Earths of Chamarel”, one of Mauritius’ most popular tourist attractions and the place to visit while in Mauritius, the road leading to the Rhumerie is lined with vast plantations of sugar cane growing side by side with pineapples and other tropical fruits.
Exuding an inimitable sense of warmth and authenticity, the Rhumerie welcomes guests for an all-encompassing tourism experience ranging from a guided visit of the distillery and rum tasting to a tasty meal at L’Alchimiste, its own stylish and creative “À la Carte” restaurant.
The Seven Coloured Earth(s) are a geological formation and prominent tourist attraction found in the Chamarel plain of the Rivière Noire District in south-western Mauritius. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). The main feature of the place is that since these differently coloured sands spontaneously settle in different layers, dunes acquire a surrealistic, striped colouring.
After lunch, see the spectacular coloured earths of Chamarel, composed of seven different colours ranging from orange to ochre. Lay eyes also on the Chamarel Falls which peaks at 823 meters.
SHOP TILL YOU drop !!!!
From your apartment, you will head to Port Louis main market (also known as the Port Louis main bazar) where you'll find various local fish and vegetables, saris, t-shirts, baskets, wooden and traditional handicraft products, local jewelleries and souvenirs at very low prices. The Port Louis main market is the ideal place to find many local dishes such as "Dholl Puri", "Biryani" and "Haleem" among others.
After Port Louis, you will go through the village of Arsenal, situated between Triolet and Terre-Rouge, which consists of branded shops, cashmere clothing shops, and most of all factory duty free shops where you can get really good deals on various products. Next step is the coastal village Grand Bay. Have a stroll along the Sunset Boulevard consisting of many textile shops, jewellery shops and many more shops selling both Mauritian made products and imported products.
At the Sunset Boulevard you will find many international brands alongside the local brands. When shopping in Grand Bay one can find luxury clothing, jewelry and handmade products there. The duty free shops enable cheap shopping with great value products.
End your wonderful half day with a halt at Grand Bay La Croisette where you can combine the useful to the pleasant. Shop, relax by watching a movie, have lunch or simply have a coffee, all in one and unique venue.
THE TEA ROUTE
This day is devoted to exploring few samples of the Mauritian heritage. The Tea Route starts with Les Aubineaux, one of the few existent, typical colonial house of the Central Plateau. Built in 1872, the house boasts authentic furniture, paintings and photographs of the family and of Curepipe in the past.
Drive through tea fields to the village of Bois-Chéri for a guided tour of the tea factory. Discover the thousand and one secrets of Mauritian tea in its museum; a real trip through the history of that beverage. A stop at the Chalet will make you discover the tastes of so many varieties of tea as you pause for a traditional tea break and scones with a stunning view over the South coast of the island.
In keeping with the traditional colonial theme of the day is Bois-Cheri tea factory. The Bois Chéri is the biggest tea producer in Mauritius, operating since 1892. Visit the tea factory and learn about the process which turns the freshly-picked tea leaves into the famous scented Mauritian teas.
The drive to further South will lead you to Le St-Aubin, a plantation house built in 1819. Le St-Aubin has been home to several managers and has been renovated in the early 90's. A little stroll after lunch will take you to the rum distillery of the domaine, where a guided visit will reveal the secrets of our local spirit; Rum. Take a pause to enjoy the rum and sugar tasting!
Visit ‘La maison de la Vanille’ and the greenhouse where anthurium intermingle with vanilla pods. In the Creole dining room of the house, enjoy a typical Mauritian lunch that is prepared from fresh products of the estate.
Eventually, you might like to step in the souvenir shop which offers a collection of local crafts and tea route souvenirs as gifts.