There’s nothing like an island break to refresh you four months into the year. We took family time out in Mauritius recently and I thought I’d share a few of the highlights.
If you have kids, Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers is where you should stay. It’s a kids’ paradise. I should know – I waved goodbye to my sister’s two as they headed for the kids’ club every day. On that note, if you’re not the get-along-gang type Club Med may not work for you. It’s Dirty Dancing on steroids. Don’t think you can hang in the corner, quietly sipping a cocktail, at the nightly themed evenings. The Club Med team or, as they call themselves, the GO’s will find you, pounce and get you on that dance floor.
If they’re not heating things up at the discotheque, it’s group activities all the way. Think a ripped Mauritian calling, with the same enthusiasm that I feel in a shoe store, singing ‘tout le monde, tout le monde’. That’s a sure sign of a race or group activity of some sort.
Having said this, it is guaranteed fun. The beach is beautiful and when you’ve tired of the music and festivities on the main beach you can lie low on the second, more private beach on a deck chair under a parasol, cocktail in hand. The resort is central and a few minutes from Grand Baie, the shopping and the restaurant strip.
Book at Club Med La Pointe aux Canonniers here.
My sister Jacqui and I in Mauritius. Side note: If you love design and DIY check out here blog here.
20 Degrees Sud
20 degrees Sud is an absolute must for sundowners. The boutique hotel is quaint, charming and one of the island’s best-kept secrets. It took my breath away. Behind the grand oak entrance doors lies a luxurious hotel in an old coconut grove. Staying there may break the bank but you will be getting, among other luxuries, a six-course lobster menu and sushi that will bring you to tears. We enjoyed sundowners overlooking the swimming pool, which is a stone’s throw from the beach. Don’t make the mistake of rocking up in shorts – you won’t get in. For the guys, it’s trousers, please, and girls, do make an effort for an equally elegant experience.
For more information on 20 degrees Sud, click here.
The Beach House Restaurant
This is by far the best place to hang out in Mauritius. The menu is small but spot on and the buzz is just right. Don’t miss the live jazz on Friday and Saturday evenings or the Sunday lunch sessions. On Sundays the sundowners with the resident DJ are a must too. Ask anyone on the Island where the action is at and they’ll point you to The Beach House’s restaurant. You’re likely to bump into fellow South African’s but the locals go there too, a sure sign that it’s good.
Don’t leave without trying their strawberry daiquiri and The Juicy Lucy, their signature burger. If fillet is your thing, try the Vodka fillet. Venture upstairs to Al’s Bar and No grill Is this the correct name? I can’t find it on Google. for sundowners with a spectacular view.
I love: The Beach House Restaurant does a weekly soup kitchen and once a year over Christmas they treat the kids in Grand Baie as well as La Colombe Children’s Home to great food and a fun day out.
Need-to-know: The face behind the restaurant is none other than Cabous van der Westhuizen, the former SA rugby player. He’s super chilled, friendly and will make sure you experience is a good (and festive) one.
Opens Tuesday – Sunday, 11am – 12
For more information on The Beach House, click here.
To play: Shake a leg at Buddha Bar & Club or Les Enfants Terribles. But always kick your evening off at The Beach House, it’s the only way to do it.
Buddha Bar & Club
Vingt Pieds Road, Grand Baie
Phone: (230) 263 1769
Les Enfants Terribles
Royal Road, Pointe aux Canonniers
Phone: (230) 263 8117
Top tip: Enjoy ‘dilo koko’ (coconut water) the Mauritian way, straight from the fruit, on the beach. Coconut water is also used in cocktails and as a mixer for whisky. You’ll find it in sweets and local dishes too, and it is amazing for your hair too! Simply add 1-2 teaspoons coconut oil and 1 teaspoon of honey to 2-3 tablespoons conditioner and some hot water. Pour into a spray bottle and voila! Instant coconut detangler courtesy of Trendland.