After packed days filled with touring Cape Town, and early morning wake ups on safari, Mauritius could not have been a more perfect place to sleep in, catch some rays and relax. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the island itself is not too big at about 2,000 square kilometers, but it is beautiful and diverse. We stayed on the east side of the island, which tends to be windier and rainier, but I cannot say I noticed. There was that one day we had to sit on our paddleboards in order to get back to shore, but some may even call that a user error. The east side is known for its gorgeous beaches as well and we were afforded pristine views of the ocean from what became our daily perch.
I regret to inform you that we did not too much in Mauritius that we can write home about. We had big plans to visit Black River Gorges National Park, but after go-go-go, we just needed to sit still. Having been a little burnt out at this point by numerous flights and activities, Mauritius was our relaxing paradise where we got a glimpse into what our retirement lifestyle would look like. Morning tennis match, leisurely breakfast, reading books on the beach – do we really have to wait another 40 years for this?! For not having been on a beach vacation in two and a half years, we managed to slip into the perfect routine pretty quickly.
The Four Seasons at Anahita was beautiful with the typical style and décor found at the brand’s other resorts. I had originally been nervous that the resort would be overcrowded and touristy, but it was neither. Our same beach spot was waiting for us each afternoon, and by 3 o’clock we practically had the white sand and turquoise waters to ourselves. Coming during the “winter” months really has its benefits. Note to self: live somewhere where there is year-round sunshine and winter means 80 degrees and sunny.
The food was delicious and diverse with French, Italian, Asian and Creole flavors abounding. We got to attend “Zilwa Night” at Bambou, which featured local Mauritius cuisine, and the dancing and performances gave us a taste of Mauritius culture.
We were fortunate enough to have our same waiter on the beach all five days, and Jayen was kind of enough to provide us with a daily history lesson. Here are some fun facts about this beautiful African island with some of the friendliest people:
- English is the official language of Mauritius, but only 1% of the population speak it (can you believe that?!)
- Most people speak Creole, but a small percentage also call French their main language
- The island was originally occupied by the French, hence why there is still so much French influence on the island. The British captured the island in 1810, and independence was not attained until 1968.
- Mauritius was used as a naval base by the British during World War II for a variety of operations.
Mauritius was the most peaceful end to a whirlwind trip of fifteen days and seven flights, where we started in summer traveled to spring, continued onto winter and went home to fall. I was convinced we were going to come home sick after traveling through all four seasons in a matter of three weeks, but fortunately we avoided it!
We could not have been happier in our five days of paradise and would love to return some day to do more exploring of Mauritius itself. For now, we can just relive our last stop through photos.
What are your thoughts on a vacation where you just truly recharge and do not sightsee?