Sun, Sea and Island Living, Mauritius

Charmaine Higgins on 23 August 2008

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Travelling to Mauritius in August offers moderate temperatures of between 18 and 25 degrees Celsius, the gentle breeze off the Ocean is refreshing. A pleasant & comfortable time to visit Mauritius. The magnificent 4 Star Superior Le Victoria Hotel situated on the North West Coast between the tourist centre of Grand Bay and the capital Port Louis. The transfer from Mauritius Airport by road takes approximately 50 minutes by air-conditioned vehicle through the vibrant city of Port Louis.

Our accommodation was spacious & comfortable with ensuite bathroom. All the rooms at Le Victoria are air conditioned and sea-facing. Choice of accommodation is available on a half-board (dinner & breakfast) or Serenity (all inclusive) basis. The Serenity package is highly recommended for those who enjoy three meals a day. Alcoholic drinks are pricey with water, soft drinks and the local beer at a reasonable price.

The atmosphere at Le Victoria is one of family, with the sound of happy children and adults alike the hotel expresses its value to people and service. The friendly and helpful staff are there to host their guests with enthusiasm.

The hotel boasts a beautiful wellness centre, spacious Gym, tennis courts on site and non-motorised sporting facilities The mini club at Le Victoria is located in an ideal area of the resort, with loads of planned activities under supervision available for children from 3 to 12 years.

There are 3 fantastic restaurants to choose from at Le Victoria, the Buffet Restaurant - Le Superbe, boasts the most wonderful cuisine for breakfast & dinner which is also included in your stay, with lunch at an additional charge.

La Casa offers Italian cuisine and & the Sea Food and Creole Restaurant - Le Horizon. The cuisine at these restaurants boasts some of the best food I have tasted! The Le Corail Bleu main bar at Le Victoria gives you the opportunity of watching the magnificent sunset over the Indian Ocean.

Mauritius is an island of many aspects and it was with this in mind that we took the opportunity to do a full day excursion to explore the great diversity and richness of the local culture. We departed in an air-conditioned bus from Le Victoria, ventured through Port Louis at Peak hour, en-route to Trou aux Cerfs.

Reflecting its volcanic origins Mauritius has a number of large and well-preserved craters. We visited the topmost rim of one of these, Trou aux Cerfs – seven million years old – which offers a unique and spectacular panoramic view. Bois Chéri is at the heart of the tea-growing region, a discovery of the secret preparation of the Mauritius national beverage. The sacred lake of Grand Bassin was our next stop. It is said that the Lake in Grand Bassin is connected to the great river of Ganges in India, Every year there is a pilgrimage by the Hindu community to honour their God Shiva. On we ventured taking a scenic tour of the beautiful sights and panoramas of the Central plateau, the region of the Plain Champagne unrolls its carpet of lush forests high up in the Black River National Park.

We headed southwest to the region of Charmarel. This distinctive landscape is vibrant and colourful; it is a stunning geological phenomenon hewn out of the volcanic rock over aeons of time. Known as the land of seven colours. The winding descent took us along the edge of mountain slopes, through dense forests and green hills, offering spectacular views of the coastline. We enjoyed lunch at La Chamarel a superb restaurant nestled high up in the Black River Mountains. With a view from Le Morne to Black River. We returned via the coast travelling north to Le Victoria a journey of adventure behind us.

Now we wanted to see the sea, we arrived at the undersea safari reception to be met by friendly staff, ferried from the beach of Mont Choisy by water we reached the Blue Safari Submarine. At a depth of 35 metres, in a pressurised cabin beneath the waves we discovered the sea is one of the most amazing discoveries. A ship wreck and Pirate ship anchor left from bygone days it is an excursion not to be missed. There is no avoiding that face to face contact is the best with your newfound friends of the sea!

We checked out of Le Victoria hotel with heavy hearts and when our flight departed from Mauritius it was once again a bye for now wave as I look forward to my next visit!

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