Magical Mauritius

I have so much to say about my magical trip to Mauritius, I don’t actually know where to begin… so here are the [heavily edited] highlights!

Day 1: As soon as we touched down in Mauritius we were picked up by Porsche Cayenne and whisked off to a 5 star lounge for a private check out. Our first day was pretty chilled out as we got to know our group and recovered from our 12 hour flight. We arrived at our first hotel Hilton Mauritius with coconuts imprinted with our names and the most relaxing massage, which set us up for the days ahead.

Day 2:  We were transferred to ‘Black River’ where we boarded our private catamaran. We sailed for a few hours and stopped in the clearest blue water for some snorkelling which was absolutely mesmerizing. We were surprised by the seakarts who collected us from our catamaran for a trial run which was a great adrenalin fueled experience. While we were busy on the seakarts our lovely hosts on the boat prepared a delicious lunch for us and we concluded our day with a stunning beach BBQ and a traditional Sega dance.

Day 3: We started the morning walking with the lions which was the experience of a lifetime. I have never been in such close proximity to a wild animal and then came the bridge and the zip line…I actually nearly cried, I have never been so scared in my life! But once I made it to the end I felt so good that I had managed to face my fears. To top off the day we jumped on quad bikes and drove around the safari park and I was literally just hanging out with the zebras! After lunch we were told we had to skip our last course as we were late for a site inspection so we hurried to get to the venue, but when we arrived we were greeted by our mode of transport to the Le St Geran Hotel, a helicopter! We boarded the helicopter and were taken on a tour of the beautiful Islands. On arrival at Le St Geran we were greeted by the lovely staff and cold towels and escorted to our rooms where we were introduced to our dedicated butlers…wow!!!

Day 4: This day was absolutely hilarious. We were all split in groups of 2 and 3 and were given a mini cooper and a booklet which contained questions about Mauritian culture and a shopping list of items that we had to purchase from a local market. We must have looked absolutely ridiculous to the locals cruising around in mini coopers asking them random questions! The funniest part was when we were told to go to the Hindu temple and we ended up at the Hari Krishna temple. Our hosts were in hysterics and asked us if we could read English as the temple name (Hari Krishna)was clearly stated on the entrance but the driver and I both managed to miss it…Duh! I was literally on the floor in stitches of laughter!! After we had completed all the questions we had to head to a small village to a beautiful venue called Eureka Colonial House’ for a cooking workshop followed by lunch. This cooking challenge made us realise how hard it was for the Mauritians to cook before all the appliances we have today were invented. We all had the chance to roll the coconut with a large stone which felt like the biggest workout ever!! After lunch we stopped of at the 4* Ambre Hotel. This hotel is great for low budget events and it was great to see there are options out there for clients who don’t have the biggest budgets but want to organise an incentive in Mauritius.  We then headed back to the hotel to freshen up for our final gala dinner at  Le Saint Gerran. Our final night was spectacular. On arrival at the venue we were greeted by a large ice sculpture which said ‘MICE FAM trip 2013’ and a marquee, a tipi and a Moroccan chill out area. We enjoyed a barbeque on the beach, accompanied by a traditional Indian band.

Day 5: Our last day on the island… luckily our flight was at 10pm so we were transferred to Trou d ‘eau Douce where we boarded a speed boat to Ile Deux Cocos for a very tasty BBQ lunch. This island was very tranquil and would work well for events from breakfast meetings, lunches, and, more importantly, for private dinners. The island is located very close to airport so a great place to transfer guests when you have an early arrival into Mauritius.

All I have to say about this magical island is that it completed exceeded all my expectations. Before leaving for Mauritius I had a preconceived view that the destination was mainly for honeymooners but based on what I experienced this island is a perfect incentive destination and I will definitely be a new ambassador for Mauritius.

– Andrea

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