4123 kms and 5 hours away from my home town, Cape Town, I discovered paradise. With palm trees and crystal blue waters. With a climate so pleasant it took me 5 minutes to realise it was raining because there was no wind and the temperature didn’t drop. Yes, honest to Zeus. Welcome to Mauritius, and to the hotel I called home for a week.
Stretching along 1,000 metres of soft white sand, Le Meridien ile Maurice is what I’ll always think of when I hear ‘Mauritius’. Situated in the North West of the island, Le Meridien ile Maurice is the perfect combination of lush green and sparking blue. Our back door opened to a garden busting with colour and and birds chirping outside, and then led to the Indian Ocean.
Where to eat
Breakfast was enjoyed at the same spot each morning but it didn’t disappoint, birds chirped and people laughed, and every morning I laughed at myself for drinking fruit juice infused with chilli. Now that’s how you kickstart your day. With 4 restaurants on the resort, we had our pick of where to enjoy dinner. From fine dining to Indian classics, 3 course meals were enjoyed with the sound of the ocean in the background and smiling faces around us.
What to do
Take your pick of island classics, from snorkeling, to glass bottom boat trips and kayaking, Le Meridien ile Maurice has an exciting selection of watersports, even my mom tagged along for a few.
Why I loved the stay
For a week I forgot about everything back home, and simply experienced Mauritian culture. Here’s a quick runthrough:
There’s an ocean a few feet from your hotel door.
Watersports keeps you active and gets the blood pumping at all hours of the day.
The staff take the time to remember your name and how you take your coffee.
There’s something for everyone, from fine dining experiences to kids clubs and live entertainment in the evenings.
But of course there’s more, find out more on their website: http://www.lemeridien-mauritius.com