Last September we decided to go on a last minute trip to Mauritius. We hadn’t really planned to go away again but when we saw a fabulous deal advertised with Kuoni, we thought – why not??
Again, Mauritius was on my long list of places I wanted to travel to, I really love being by the clear blue ocean surrounded by palm trees and a Solana Beach in Belle Mare most definitely didn’t disappoint. We spent six days lying on the beach, drinking rum cocktails and reading lots of books! We didn’t have much of a summer here in England last year, and I was so desperate for some sunshine so when we booked the holiday I said to my husband that I just wanted to veg in the sun and not plan a busy sightseeing holiday. This is actually something I regretted. The thing that caught my attention about Mauritius was their use of colour, every little village we drove through which was situated on the waters edge was painted in vibrant colours and surrounded by hills of vibrant green sugar cane fields. A real photographers dream if you love capturing colour, patterns and nature. I really wish I’d taken a couple of hours to explore these small villages, taste local delicacies and experienced local village life. If we were to return to Mauritius this is something I would do and I would highly recommend others do too!
We went to Mauritius towards the end of September which did mean that it wasn’t the hottest time of year to go, but for us this was not a problem as it has been a while since we were in a very hot climate. We experienced a few thunder storms in the evening, but this wasn’t a problem at night time and it was actually quite nice going to sleep with the roaring waves outside. Most days were sunny, and we were able to enjoy long periods of sunshine before the clouds rolled in. For some, the weather might have been a problem, but for me it was perfect as it meant I didn’t get scorched in the sun!!
The resort that we stayed at – Solana Beach, was a four star resort that offered an all inclusive option. Again, we always like this type of holiday as it just means we don’t have to think about cash at all while we are there. This is a very popular hotel with Europeans, especially Italians who made up the majority of the tourists there. The staff were fluent in English, French and Italian. I was amazed at bi-lingual everyone was.
The room we had was huge! Much, much larger than I thought (or was advertised in the brochure) so this was a lovely surprise. We were on the ground floor which meant that we had a lovely little veranda where we could sit in the evening and enjoy a drink or two before heading off for dinner. The room was air-conditioned, and was all open plan. We had a large shower, as well as a large jacuzzi bath with a his and her walk in wardrobe.
There were a few options for dinner, a buffet restaurant which was the main option for residents, as well as two other fine dinning options. On the menu was a lot of fish, especially sea food which was exceptional. There was also a selection of local style dishes such as curries. Part of the Kuoni was that we were offered to each at these restaurants on a couple of evenings. However, on one of the evenings we opted for a seafood BBQ (we were celebrating our anniversary, so we thought it might be nice to do something a little special) and we had a choice of lobster, prawns and crab. This was an option that wasn’t offered by Kuoni but was so worth the extra money. This resort also brought in Almond milk for us to have while we were there, as well as offer to make us a gluten free option each evening. It was such a lovely to know that our dietary requirements was not a problem at all.
Solana Beach is a great option for you’re after a low key holiday but there is enough to do if you’re wanting to break up the day. Snorkelling, scuba diving, sailing, fishing, and excursions to waterfalls and national parks are all things that you can do to get out and about in Mauritius. A Kuoni representative met with us soon after we arrived and provided us with all the necessary information to help us choose activities if we wanted to do something.
Here are a few snaps of our time there! x