Mauritius Top 5 Activities on this Indian Ocean Island Playground

Mauritius is one of the last sea jewels, a paradise island where you can relax and rejuvenate but also experience adrenaine-fuelled adventure and a range of land, sea and even air activities. Here is 5 must see activities for anybody embarking on a Mauritius holiday.

Chase Waterfalls & Volcanic Sands at Black River Gorges, Mauritius National Park

Chamarel Waterfall - Black River Gorges National Park
Chamarel Waterfall – Black River Gorges National Park

A volcanic island, Mauritius offers panoramic landscapes, sweeping coastal views, lush forests and roaring waterfalls. You can find all of these natural wonders on a hike through Black River Gorges National Park – a spectacular sanctuary of relaxation.
Set your own pace with an array of hiking routes for various abilities and moods. Don’t miss out on seeing the idyllic Chamarel Falls and the Iconic geological formation that is the Seven Coloured Sands.

Seven Colour Sands
Seven Colour Sands

Star Gaze from Ile Aux Cerfs Bubble Lodges

Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge - Ile Aux Cerfs
Lake & Sea Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Ile Aux Cerfs is a small island off the east coast of Mauritius which is named after the stags which once roamed it’s forests. Arrive by catamaran, cruise or speedboat and enjoy a relaxing day exploring the islands coral reefs and beautiful lagoon, before retreating to a private bubble lodge to sleep under a blanket of stars.

Ile Aux Cerfs - Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge
Banyan Tree Bubble Lodge – Ile Aux Cerfs

Swim with Dolphins on a Mauritius Boat Excursion

A highlight for honeymooners is a dolphin boat expedition. Within 5 minutes of taking off in your private speedboat, silhouettes of the dolphins will already emerge within touching distance. Flippers and snorkels are provided for those who wish to get a closer look at the majestic creatures. And if you’re lucky, it is not uncommon to spot the massive tail fin of a sperm whale rise above the waters surface.

Casela Safari Park – Mauritius Adventure Park

Zipline over Casela Safari Park
Zipline over Casela Safari Park

Casela offers adventure packaged in various forms. Animal lovers could swim with dolphins, take a camel safari, walk with lions and bottle feed giant tortoises all in one day!
Active adventure lovers can have a go on a dry toboggan, alpine coaster or a scenic zipline. While the most daring visitors may opt for a adrenaline-fuelled go on the canyon swing.
At Casela, even just making your way around the park is exciting as you make use of segways, 4×4’s, quads and tree top bridges.

Giant Turtles - Casela Safari Park
Giant Turtles – Casela Safari Park

Play Championship golf on the home of the Mauritius Open

Heritage Golf Course
Heritage Golf Course

With some resorts offering free green fees on excellent courses bathed in natural beauty, Mauritius is considered a golfing mecca. Heritage Golf Course is a highlight with two rivers running through it as well as a 19th century mansion, Le Chateau de Bel Ombre which is surrounded by beautiful French Gardens.
Also not to be missed is both the Links & Legends Courses at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Home of the Mauritius Open, playing across the lagoon on the Legends course is a feast for the eyes and a test for the nerves.

This is only a glimpse of what the beautiful Indian Ocean Island nation of Mauritius has to offer, find out more about a once in a lifetime holiday to Mauritius at Chaka Travel

Dubai – Sunset Desert Safari

There are quite a few things that many would consider compulsory to see or do on a golf holiday to Dubai. Shopping in Dubai Mall, seeing the Burj Khalifa fountain show, walking along The Walk at Jumeirah Beach and taking in sights of the Burj Al Arab and the Arabian Gulf.
While I was lucky enough to enjoy all of these during my short trip to the Emirates, my absolute favourite activity was when we left the city of gold behind for a few hours and embarked on a Sunset Desert Safari.
Those on our Jumeirah Al Naseem & Jumeirah Beach golf holidays will enjoy a complimentary sunset desert safari. So, here’s a quick glance at my experience to give you an idea of what to expect.

Pick-up at the hotel is at 3.30pm meaning there is plenty of time to get a game of golf in before being driven comfortably to the edge of the Arabian Desert to start your desert adventure. Before starting there was some local traders and I enjoyed some refreshing coconut water directly from a coconut. Delicious!

Sunset Desert Safari in Dubai
Transport to the desert safari

The fun begins with Dune Bashing in your 4 x 4! I wasn’t certain what this was going to involve but it’s pretty much exactly what it says. Your experienced driver will spend around 20 minutes driving up, down AND INTO sand dunes in the vicinity. It is a laugh out loud experience from start to finish (What a great job they have).

Dune bash in a 4x4 on a desert safari experience in dubai
Dune bashing in a 4×4

Following the dune bashing adventure you will be escorted to the desert camp where you will spend the rest of the evening. Here you can relax and indulge in a range of activities from hookah to henna tattoos while you wait for your traditional BBQ. We were able to take our time and have a go at all the activities including the quad bikes and the much slower camel rides all the time while in the traditional dress.

At the desert safari camp you can rent a quad bike and roam around
Quad Bikes available at the desert safari camp
Camel rides are available on the sunset desert safari tour in dubai
Our marketing officer Stevie on a camel ride with friends while on the Sunset Desert Safari

I was able to fulfil a bucket list dream of sand boarding (basically snowboarding on sand dunes). I’ve been recommended to try again on red sand as it’s much faster but this was a good introduction to the sport for the less adventurous or experienced.

As the sun set in the distance, I remember feeling so alive as I climbed a sand dune nearby the camp to enjoy a moment alone in the desert wilderness.
The tour finished with a local display of song and dance under the star lit sky before we were driven comfortably back home to the door of our hotel.

I can’t recommend a desert safari enough on your luxury golf holiday in Dubai. Check out the Jumeirah Al Neseem & Jumeirah Beach golf holidays which have complimentary desert safaris included.
You can also find our full range of luxury middle east golf holidays here

– Stevie
Chaka Travel Marketing Officer

Mauritius Revisited: Mark & Marcella Return to Paradise

It had been 3 three years since my last visit to Mauritius and with all the changes on the island, I felt a trip was very much needed to get up to speed with things. Stuart and Jean from the office had both been over recently to see a lot of the changes which had whetted my appetite. With Marcella and I now being empty nesters it was great to be able to go away on a ‘work trip’ together and this was her first time back in 10 years. We flew out of Dublin via Dubai and couldn’t find fault with Emirates who consistently rank as one of the world’s leading airlines.

Day 1 – Arriving to a Sunny Festive Mauritius and straight onto the Heritage golf course

After a comfortable and stress-free journey from Dublin via Dubai with Emirates we arrived and were quickly out of the bright and modern airport and into a sunny, warm Mauritius morning. We were driven along the south coast by our charming concierge Clifford from Emotions who look after all of our clients’ transfers and local tours requirements as well as giving us a 365 day /24hr presence on the island. We passed an amazing Tamil religious festival en route to the hotel, the bright bold colours of the silks and exotic flowers immediately stirred the senses, making us suddenly feel like we were a long way from the hustle, bustle and any stress left at home.

Straight on to the Heritage Golf Course

Of course within an hour of arrival at the African themed Heritage Awali Golf and Spa Resort I was out on the Heritage golf course. It was great to be back out on one of my favourite courses, I remember seeing the course when under construction and had the pleasure of watching it blossom into maturity when attending its official opening, over the years it’s just got better and better. I enjoyed playing with the South African golf director Jonathan Menteath and his friend Nico who was over visiting from Legends Golf and Safari resort in SA. I’ve had the pleasure of visiting Legends 3 times and even taken on the ultimate golf experience with a helicopter up to the Extreme 19th! As such there were 3 of us Southern Africans playing together but unfortunately only two good golfers! I used every excuse in the book about our 8 month winter in Europe to try and justify my wayward golf, I must thank them for their patience. The weather was absolutely perfect, 28c with a lovely soft breeze and clear blue skies, we played in these absolutely ideal conditions until the sun set. I was pleased to hear from Jonathan that they are soon starting the 2nd course and I look forward to playing it in the future!

After the obligatory post game Phoenix beer sundowners I met up with Marcella and we enjoyed an early dinner at Infinity Blue restaurant down alongside the beach. Sitting outside with your feet in the sand at this relaxed restaurant was a perfect end to our first day back in Mauritius!

Day 2 – Catching up with Golf Developments in Mauritius

Another day in paradise for Marcella and I: beach, massage, food, beer and a tough lunchtime meeting with my old friend Michael Geerdharry at the stunning Heritage Le Telfair Resort. Michael has been involved in golf on the island since day 1 and I’ve known him for over 20 years! It was great chatting about how golf has developed on the island and I’m pleased to say more courses are in the pipeline including the second Heritage golf course! I love the local food in Mauritius and we had a delicious meal in the Mauritian-Asian style Zafarani restaurant at the Heritage Awali.

Marcella and Michael Geerdharry Le Telfair Golf Resort Mauritius
Marcella with Michael Geerdharry at Heritage Le Telfair

Day 3 – Meeting an old friend at the new Avalon Golf Club

After breakfast we headed up the from the south coast to Avalon Golf Club where we were met by the Estate Manager Ryan Dodds. Whilst it was my first round at Avalon it wasn’t my first time meeting Ryan who I’m sure many will remember at Heritage GC just down the hill! Marcella and I really enjoyed this superb Peter Matkovitch course, he’s a great designer and I’m pleased to say a fellow Zimbabwean. The course has spectacular views of the ocean from virtually every hole, surrounding tea plantations and nearby mountains. The course has wide forgiving fairways as it winds through rivers, ravines and indigenous forests, we thoroughly enjoyed our round yet again played in perfect conditions. During the round we bumped into Jean Patrick who I had met many times over the years at Heritage Golf Club – it was really pleasing to see that a local Mauritian who had started working at the range has progressed to being Avalon’s PGA pro, a true sign that Mauritius has matured as a golf destination. After golf we set off across the Island with our ‘concierge supreme’ Clifford who stopped at the very impressive recently constructed statue of Parvati the Hindu goddess of fertility, love and devotion – what an island, even after 23 years of coming here and still so much to see…… We went on to Anahita Golf and Spa Resort on the east coast of the island ending the day with a wonderful dinner on the veranda.

Avalon Golf Course Mauritius Mark & Ryan Dodds
Mark & Ryan Dodds on the Avalon Golf Course

Day 4 – Some welcome down time at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort

After a fairly busy start to our trip we treated ourselves to a really relaxing day around the pool at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort. The resort is truly top class and offers a wide range of accommodation all set in beautiful gardens as well as having a superb golf course which I was looking forward to playing the following morning. In the evening we headed up the coast to the recently completely renovated One&Only Le Saint Geran resort for dinner with Rheena, the charming manager of Emotions and her equally charming husband Martin. We had a tour of the resort before enjoying a memorable meal in excellent company. On&Only LeSaint Geran for many years set the standard on the island and whilst we only enjoyed a short visit I believe it will have all of the other leading hotels knowing they will have to up their game as the bar has been raised.

Anahita Resort Mauritius Beach
Some relaxation on the beach at Anahita

Day 5 – An early golf game at Anahita then onto Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok

With another sunny morning I was up early and the first out on the Anahita Golf Course, as always the course was in fantastic condition. With the construction of a number of new villas alongside the course, there was some background noise and the normally picturesque 4th hole had fencing most of the way down the fairway. Fortunately, the stunningly located green with wonderful views of the turquoise ocean was unaffected. The course is very forgiving off the tee box which suits me, to score well you need a good short game as designer Ernie Els made sure scoring wasn’t easy with well protected, tricky greens.

After lunch we moved around the bay to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok, Mauritius where we would be spending a couple of days. Having been taken over by Shangri La since my last golf break in Mauritius I was interested to seeing any changes. Having been to a number of Shangri La’s resorts including the Shangri La’s Rasa Ria Golf Resort in Malaysian Borneo and the Shard in London I knew the standard would be high. Overall the biggest difference we found was that the resort had a more relaxed and informal feel having previously been very elegant and chic. I particularly enjoyed the late afternoon sundowner session they now have every afternoon on the beach which brought people together with music in the background creating a lively and fun atmosphere. Throughout our stay we were looked after like royalty by the affable marketing director Peter Donlevy, we joined him for dinner in the Japanese restaurant and the company and the food were of the highest order!

Anahita Resort Mauritius Plunge Pool Overlooking Golf Course
Plunge Pool overlooking the Golf Course at Anahita

Day 6 – A golf transfer with a difference – off to Ile Aux Cerfs course by boat!

Marcella and I spent a magical day playing on the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs course. This was her first time there and I really enjoyed sharing the experience with her. Everything was perfect, from the boat ride out to the island, to playing the immaculately maintained course and enjoying post match drinks and lunch in the lovely clubhouse, it is truly an experience that will live long in the memory of anyone lucky enough to grace Ile Aux Cerfs fairways. The course was in tip top condition and with just a gentle cooling breeze conditions were once again ideal. I have played it many times and enjoy it a lot more now since they have made it easier to play – when it was first opened it was ridiculously tough! Hats off to the Director of Golf Marc Amelot and his team who do an amazing job in keeping the course at a consistently high standard!

Mark on the Ile Aux Cerf Golf Course Mauritius
Mark on the Ile Aux Cerfs Golf Course

Day 7 – The ultimate in laid-back luxury – a relaxing day on a private island!

We spent most of the day at Shangri La’s Le Touessrok’s private island Ilot Mangenie – truly paradise!!! Just a short boat ride from the resort and you find yourself in heaven, nothing more than a few sun loungers dotted along the stunning beaches plus an excellent beach restaurant providing world class food – how do the Mauritians do it! Our overall impression was that the Shangri-Las Le Touessrok has notably changed and is now less formal but equally as impressive! After lunch we moved back around the bay to the Four Seasons Mauritius. We were lucky enough to be given a beachfront villa with a private pool. These outstanding villas are the absolute epitome of luxury as one would expect from Four Seasons. The resort has a number of excellent restaurants and dinner was enjoyed under the stars with a gentle breeze keeping things really comfortable.

Ilot Margenie Private Island Mauritius Boat Trip
Boat trip to the private island of Ilot Margenie

Day 8 – On your bike!

Marcella and I decided we needed to work off some of the amazing food (and in my case numerous cold Phoenix) so we hired some bikes and went off for a fun ride through the cane fields and down the east coast. Whilst the weather was cloudy and breezy it was great to get out of the resorts and enjoy the island. Later in the day we moved to the superb Constance Prince Maurice Resort, in my opinion the finest resort on an island famous for its world class hotels! Le Prince Maurice shares two superb golf courses, the Legend and the Links, with its sister hotel the Constance Belle Mare Plage. Le Prince Maurice is an extremely elegant resort, renowned for its exceptional service, luxurious décor, amazing cuisine and a wonderfully extensive wine list. After a cocktail at the floating bar we had an excellent meal at the Asian Restaurant, where the superb food is prepared by the chefs in full view of the diners.

Day 9 – Epicureans & wine lovers, be ready!

Another day, another great golf course! This time Marcella and I played the Links course. Opened in 2002, The Links is Constance Hotels second championship golf course, it’s a fair course that rewards good play but can be equally tricky, particularly on the back nine. There are reasonably generous fairways leading to tricky greens which puts an emphasis on solid iron play as well as making really think about your choice of approach shot. There’s considerably less water than on the Legend course but there are still 6 water hazards as well as volcanic rock features that must be avoided. Following the golf we relaxed on the beach at the resort before winding down even further with a relaxing massage at the superb spa. We had a wonderful evening with pre-dinner drinks at the floating bar before the ‘La Paulée’ dinner dedicated to sumptuous wine and food pairings!

Mark Links Golf Course Constance Belle Mare Plage Golf Resort Mauritius
Mark on The Links at Constance Belle Mare Page

Day 10 – A warm welcome at the new C Palmar Resort

After this we moved to the new C Palmar Resort, I was really looking forward to seeing our great friends from Constance Resorts latest offering. This is a smaller boutique style resort and on arrival we were given a typically warm Mauritian greeting. As we walked through the hotel we took in the stunning view of the beach and sea which dipped beyond the horizon. The bright natural light as well as the airy feel to the resort really complimented the colourful setting. We were fortunate to have a room that shared this wonderful vista and spent the afternoon enjoying the crystal clear sea and sparkling white sandy beach! After the obligatory pre-dinner cocktail we had dinner in the main restaurant. Whilst the buffet didn’t have an overwhelming selection there was plenty to keep us happy and we were well looked after by the attentive and friendly staff.

View of the Beach at C Palmar from the Deck
View of the Beach from the deck at C Palmar

Day 11 – A testing round at the new Mont Choisy golf course

We woke to strong winds and a cloudy sky so made sure we had waterproofs packed before heading to the north of the island to try out the new Mont Choisy golf course. We played with our old friends Jo and Rory Kirk who originated from South Africa but have been in Mauritius for many years. Jo did a wonderful job looking after our Mauritius Mixed Pairs tournament for many years and was as enthusiastic as ever to get out and show off their new golf club regardless of the weather.

Fortunately the rain stayed away apart from one large shower and I really enjoyed playing a truly testing round in high winds, living in Ireland has made me accept it as part of the challenge! The course is another excellent Peter Matkovitch design, it’s built on a former sugar plantation with few mature trees and offers wonderful views of the mountains. The 15th hole is an absolute gem, it’s a short par-3 across a wetland to an island green, it’s located near an old chimney, a landmark that harks back to the past. We had the pleasure of lunch and a few drinks in the stylish modern clubhouse with the Kirks. As Rory had to fly off to South Africa that afternoon Jo joined us for dinner in the C Asian restaurant back at the resort, we had a superb meal reminiscing about the island and all of the changes it has undergone over the last 20 years – fortunately the majority of these are very positive both for tourism as well as the locals.

Mont Choisy Golf Club Mauritius Mark & Jo Kirk
Mark taking on the challenge of Mont Choisy

Day 12 – Home from home at the Belle Mare Plage

We thoroughly enjoyed the C Palmar and would have happily stayed on for another week but it was time to move on again! Luckily the trip wasn’t too arduous as it was just a few minutes up the road to what is generally rated the best golf resort on the island – Constance Belle Mare Plage. Having first visited the resort in 1995 I have really enjoyed seeing the resort develop from a ‘charming’ old beach resort with one golf course to the wonderful stylish current version with two excellent courses and a third in the pipeline! Belle Mare Plage, like the island itself, really feels like a second home to me, we have had thousands of happy clients enjoy the resort and many of these return year after year and like me feel totally at home.

Villa Gazebo at Constance Belle Mare Plage Mauritius
Villa Gazebo at Belle Mare Plage

Day 13 – Golf with old friends at the Links course

In the afternoon I caught up with my old friends Sarran and Dinesh who have been looking after the golfers at the Belle Mare Plages two courses for many years. It is always a highlight of my visits to Mauritius playing golf with these fun-loving, charming guys and it was a real pleasure playing the Links course with them. Golf with these laid-back guys whilst enjoying a couple of beers on the way round is my type of golf, lots of laughs and whilst competitive it’s always played within the right spirit. Many of our returning clients would know Sarran and Dinesh and I’m sure they would agree with me that the two of them, as well as the rest of the staff, really enhance the golfing experience with their charm and professionalism. It was a shame that Sebastian the director of golf was unable to join us due to a bad back but I’ll be sure to get out with him on my next visit. Our delightful dinner in the Blue Penny restaurant at Belle Mare Plage was preceded by a tour of the very impressive wine cellar and a sumptuous wine tasting experience.

Day 14 – On your bike again!

To combat all the wonderful food and drink on this trip we took on another bike ride, this time along the beautiful east coast of the island, the stretch along the Belle Mare public beach with the spectacular colours of the sea right next to us was truly memorable! A well-deserved swim and lunch were followed by a lazy afternoon enjoying the resort. We ended the day at La Spiaggia, one of my favourite restaurants, where the superb food was up to its usual high standards, before heading to the main bar to listen to some music and enjoy a nightcap (or two).

Day 15 – A quick 9 holes at the Legend Course and travelling like a star!!

Our final day had unfortunately arrived However, we were departing on an evening flight so still had the whole day to savour. We spent the morning relaxing on the beach and after lunch, we went out for a final 9-holes on the Legend Course. The changes made to the course over the last two decades have been considerable, it now plays a little easier due to wider landing areas but the abundance of water, as well as dense forest and volcanic rock, means you can expect to lose a ball or two. Overall the course was in excellent condition with well-maintained tee boxes, bunkers and pure well-paced greens. In the evening we tried out the Yu Lounge at the airport. This is in a separate building to the main terminal and is ideal for stress-free travel. On arrival at the lounge your luggage disappears, and whilst you enjoy bubbly and excellent food your passports are taken away and returned with your boarding passes. When it’s time to fly out you are taken to the main terminal in a Porsche Cayenne! At the terminal, you are whisked through a private security route and onto the departure gate. This is one indulgence I recommend particularly for those who like to be pampered!

Warm welcomes, superb golf and idyllic weather – what more could you want!

May is the perfect time of year out here with great hotel rates and idyllic golf and beach weather! The courses were all in fantastic condition particularly considering winter officially started when we were out there. The Emirates flights were all on time throughout our journey and all of our luggage appeared at the right times and places so we are grateful to them for their usual high-quality service!

I am so fortunate to have been to Mauritius many, many times and the island itself really feels like a second home to me. It was a real privilege and pleasure to spent two weeks with Marcella enjoying the best that the island has to offer. We could not have been looked after better and are very thankful for the kindness and hospitality we enjoyed throughout or visit. We have had thousands of happy clients enjoy the superb golf courses, idyllic weather and world-class resorts that Mauritius has to offer, many of these return year after year and like me I’m sure they are always planning the next return to paradise!

Jean’s trip to Mauritius to see the new C Palmar

Chaka Travel sales specialist, Jean, recently travelled to see the newly opened C Palmar resort in Mauritius. Here is her report from the trip.

Having been in out in Mauritius only months before to see the newly refurbished Belle Mare Plage I was very excited to hear I was travelling out again, this time to stay in Constance’s newest boutique hotel C Palmar, which is just 10 minutes from Belle Mare Plage itself.

Saying goodbye to the husband and the dogs I took myself off happily to Belfast City airport to start the first leg of my journey. After a few happy hours of duty-free shopping in Heathrow I met up with the rest of my traveling companions and we headed off to the lounge for a glass of fizz (or 2) before boarding our Air Mauritius aircraft.

We were on the direct service from Heathrow which was great and woke up 11 hours 55 minutes later feeling refreshed and excited for the next few days ahead. Having already been to Mauritius many times I knew what to expect from this beautiful Island and its people, so the unknown was what to expect from Constance’s newest little addition C Palmar.

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

The Swimming Pool at C Palmar

Day 1 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Upon arrival into Mauritius we were picked up and transferred straight to C Palmar and had the warmest of Mauritian welcomes by the team at C Palmar which is something I have had the pleasure of receiving at both The Belle Mare Plage and Prince Maurice previously, so it was lovely to see how delighted my travelling companions were as this was their first Constance experience.

After meeting the lovely staff we were brought into the bright and airy buffet restaurant for breakfast and immediately noticeable was how happy the staff all were and they seemed genuinely delighted to be chatting with clients all around us.

Having to be dragged away from the buffet, we were taken on a short tour of the hotel just to get our bearings and then each of us were shown to our room. The rooms were just fabulous, beautifully done with thought and attention clearly going into the design, using the local wood for the furnishings just added to that feel of small boutique hotel vibe.

There is a feeling of space in the rooms with every amenity you would need, including the mini bar as part of the all-inclusive and as the property has only 50 rooms in total they are laid out in almost a horseshoe shape so you either have beautiful garden or sea views.

Aerial shot of the resort

Aerial shot of the resort

Naturally an agreement was made between the group that after we unpacked we were to meet at one of the two infinity pools at the earliest opportunity (turned out to be 5 minutes later) and get to grips with how the clients would be enjoying the beautiful view from the infinity pool right into the beautiful Indian ocean. The water was just right and quote some time was spent in the pool testing “the view”.

C Palmar is set right on a beautiful stretch of white sand which couldn’t be ignored so we headed down to the beach and parked ourselves on one of the comfortable sun loungers, however before we could get too comfortable we were encouraged to try out some of the water sports that can be taken from the beach at Palmar.

Life vests are collected at the water sports hut on the beach and away we went, kayaking, pedalo and paddle boarding to name a few which are complimentary to all guests. Wifi is included throughout the hotel so we were able to snap away at our water antics and post online immediately, showing off really I would have said

This evenings dinner was taken in the C Asian restaurant which is the a la carte restaurant at Palmar and seats 26, so be sure to get yourself a seat as the food was amazing. Of course before dinner we met up with Giovana the hotel manager for cocktails on the upper deck, this was to become a favourite spot for me over the next 2 days!

C Palmar from the outside

C Palmar from the outside

Day 2 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Started with another super breakfast in the buffet restaurant, I went with omelette this morning as I had heard rumours of cocktail making classes later on in the day so best to have a good breakfast.

Headed straight off after breakfast to see the golf courses at Belle Mare Plage on the complimentary shuttle provided by C Palmar for all guests and also a tour of the hotel, which again for my now new friends not just travelling companions (the cocktails on the deck the night before proved to be a good bonding experience) was a new experience as none of them had seen the course or the hotel before.

So again I took great delight in seeing their reaction to another fabulous Constance property topped off with a fabulous lunch at Indigo restaurant in Belle Mare Plage.

Back at C Palmar late afternoon, we were being served C Palmar’s version of afternoon tea which was delightful and well received by all and then along came this cocktail class that had been rumoured that morning.

Everyone was strangely very eager to take part in this and a real bonus was whatever cocktail one of us chose to make we all got to have one, that somehow made the afternoon go in quite quickly and the next thing you know we are getting ready for yet another fabulous dinner this time in the buffet restaurant and joined by the lovely Fabrice Sales Manager for Constance.

Having been served up the most beautiful lamb in the buffet they had taken the time to pair up a lovely red wine and take the time to discuss the wine itself with us which is another part of the all-inclusive, actually 100 wines from around the world are included I’m told, I’m just hoping nobody is going to ask me to sample them today!

Jean's View at C Palmar

Day 3 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Morning at leisure so off we headed back down to the beach as you simply just couldn’t resist that sand and crystal blue water, by this stage as the property is so small you are now beginning to see the same people and chat happily as if you have always known them. This is a first for me in a property and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to people’s plans for the day and what they had already been up too.

Lunchtime brought another great first for me, a cooking lesson at the C Asian restaurant where we made the most fabulous curry from scratch. I will not admit to how much help we had from the excellent chef, but our curry was good enough to be served up for lunch in the buffet restaurant for all to enjoy!

The afternoon again was spent leisurely between the beach and the upper deck where you are continuously looked after by a happy smiling staff member which is only too happy to whizz you up a drink of your choice while you enjoy the sunshine.

Our last evening was kicked off with canapes and Champagne for all guests out by the pool, the canapes having been made by the fabulous Dominique who himself took great delight in seeing how well received they were and chatted happily to every client in the most beautiful French accent We also had entertainment this evening with local singers who set the tone for the lovely evening ahead.

Off we went back to C Asian for another great meal and this time we did the cooking ourselves at the tables with hot stones, an unusual but very likeable experience which I would certainly do again. For our final farewell before heading home the following morning we had a rum tasting experience in the main bar giving us a flavour of all the rums on offer at C Palmar which was enjoyed by ourselves and clients alike and led to good craic in the bar that evening for sure!

C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

The C Asian Restaurant at C Palmar

Championship golf available

Championship golf available

Day 4 at C Palmar, Mauritius

Up and out nice and early for the flights home, we said our goodbyes to the staff as if they were old friends. It is not hard to make friends in this boutique hotel both with staff and other guests and I can only look forward to my next visit, and maybe I will even see you there!

Culinary Delights of South Africa

We love to travel, and whenever we explore a new destination one of our favourite things to do is to try out the local cuisine. Following a recent golfing holiday to South Africa, our very own sales consultant Kallam was lucky enough to sample some delicious South African culinary delights, and shared his experiences with us. Find out more about Kallam’s trip, as well as what to expect from South African dishes (and of course, let’s not forget the wine!)

Kallam’s South Africa food review

  • Cape Town nightlife: We started our trip off exploring all of the bars and clubs of the legendary Long Street thoroughly. It’s been a long time since I’ve seen a street with such a warm friendly party vibe, it was the weekend of the Cape Town Jazz Festival and Long Street resembled a scene from New Orleans during Mardi Gras!
  • Arabella Resort: Our meal was as spectacular as the property itself – I ordered crispy confit pork belly followed by a perfectly cooked rack of lamb and a baked cheesecake to die for.
  • Marine Hotel in Hermanus: It’s a beautiful boutique hotel situated right on the coast, the sound of crashing waves and the smell of fresh sea air is almost intoxicating and the perfect accompaniment to the seafood dinner we enjoyed. Simply outstanding; a deliciously unique red seafood curry was paired with a wonderfully crisp Sauvignon Blanc.
  • Conrad Pezula: Here, I enjoyed a unique twist on Parma ham and melon to start paired with another crisp Sauvignon Blanc, followed by a tender and perfectly cooked venison loin backed by an equally powerful Bordeaux Blend. Exquisite!

South African Wine

South Africa’s vineyards produce some of the world’s finest wines, and a trip to this beautiful country wouldn’t be complete without a trip to a winery to sample some of the delicious wines. These regions, which are mostly along the Western Cape near the coast, are steeped in years of wine making traditions and hold lots of rustic charm. Ask us about incorporating a winery tour into your South African golf holiday and you could enjoy dining al fresco whilst sipping your new favourite tipple at one of many boutique wineries.

Famous local cuisine

Our hotels can cater to every taste with their varied menus, but if you want a more authentic food scene there are some famous local delicacies you should look out for. So, when it comes to being adventurous and trying the local cuisine, what can you expect from the food in South Africa? The good news is that it enjoys varied dishes full of flavour, so your taste buds won’t be disappointed. Bobotie is the national dish, made from minced meat simmered with spices (usually curry powder), herbs and dried fruit, then topped with a mixture of egg and milk and baked until set. If you have more of a sweet tooth, make sure you try a melktert (milk tart) which is a pastry filled case containing a delicious combination of milk, eggs, sugar and traditionally dusted with cinnamon.

Tempted by all South Africa has to offer? Why not get in touch with us today and we can help you to tailor your dream South African adventure. Call our specialists today on 028 9023 2112.