You hear Mauritius and you think long sand beaches and clear waters…. spot on!!!. Without a doubt Mauritius one of the most beautiful islands on the indian ocean. I will recommend this to the honeymooners out there… this is where you want to be but take note, the luxury resorts are not exactly “budget friendly”. But i’ve never believed the words “budget” and “luxury” go hand in hand. Mauritius is pure Luxury.
You see, the moment i found out Mauritius was visa free, my every sentence started and ended with Mauritius. Dude… you don’t know the joys of not having to apply for visas before a trip. Anyway, your passport will be stamped allowing you entryÂ but make sure you have a confirmed return ticket, hotel reservation and personal travel allowance $$$. Â My friends birthday was coming up and we finally found our reason to head to Mauritius.
Unfortunately, there are no direct flights from Nigeria. If you are travelling from Lagos or from Abuja, South African Airways is the best option. It has the shortest travel time compared to other airlines Â including a short 3hrs45mins layover in Johannesburg. Johannesburg airport has these paid lounges where you can pay a small fee to relax, eat, sleep, charge your phone or just do whatever till your flight is ready to board. Try to choose one closer to your boarding gate so its not such a hassle rushing off to board a flight after a 2 hr nap.
Your choice of resorts in Mauritius is endless. We chose 2 hotels because we couldn’t decide on what part of the island to stay. Flic en Flac or Grand Baie. Flic en Flac is more of a serene area away from all of the hustle and bustle of the capital and Grand Baie is particularly for a good night life. So we stayed at the Sofitel L’imperial Mauritius resort in Flic en Flac and the Intercontinental hotel Balaclava.
We got 2 suites with the breakfast package. Be sure to ask for the all inclusive (breakfast, lunch and dinner) or half board (breakfast and dinner) package if you want to just leave your wallet at home and enjoy every meal the hotel has to offer. There are 5 restaurants at the Sofitel so i don’t see any reason to dine elsewhere.
As this was just a 5 day trip and we were just spending 3 nights at the Sofitel so we had to cram as much fun as possible into 5 days. Called hotel concierge to recommend tours and leisure activities and they started talking about Lion walk and botanical gardens blah de blah. Nah… sounds interesting though but who are we kidding this was more of a “girls just wanna relax and have fun doing it” kind of trip. So we headed to the dive centre and booked a few water sports for the next 3 days; Snorkelling, dolphin watching, Parasailing and water skiing.
I should probably talk about our random Karaoke night at a random bar in Flic en Flac but i wouldn’t. I just want you to know that i sang better than Beyonce… in my head.
After 3 days of absorbing all the salt in the indian ocean at the Sofitel Mauritius it was time to move on to Intercontinental Balaclava for some birthday fun. Please do not be deceived, don’t expect Lagos turn up in Mauritius. The hotel concierge recommended the banana beach club for drinks and dancing and when we got there that was exactly what we did. Forget your heels at home this was good ol’ island life. They love Psquare so on your return from Mauritius you’ll probably turn your radio off every time Psquare’s “Do Me” comes up. And the one question every local asked us was “you know Psquare?”. Â At some point i gave up and just answered yes every time.
On our Last day in Mauritius, we chartered a speed boat and headed toÂ Trou D’eau Douce where we stopped for a little beach barbecue and some rum! Eau Bleu for a little more snorkelling, and the Waterfalls visit at Ile aux Cerfs… Simply breathtaking.
I had such an amazing time in Mauritius and i can’t wait to visit again. if you’re looking for a beautiful island to visit with no visa stress, Mauritius should be on your list.
If you have any questions about taking a trip to Mauritius, shoot me an email and i will be happy to respond.