The time is always right to visit Mauritius

We decided to ditch the horrible November weather in Europe and exchange it for the beautiful crystal clear sea and sun of the Mauritius island.

I honestly believe that the time is always right to visit Mauritius. Whenever you decide to fly there, be it February, July or November, you will always have the time of your life.

Mauritius, an Indian Ocean island nation, is known for its beautiful beaches, lagoons and reefs.  But there is so much more to do besides swimming, laying and relaxing on the beach or scuba diving! The wildlife of Mauritius will leave you speechless, but let’s not forget also about the food. Mauritius is a winning destination for the excellence of its food, and that goes for fine-dining restaurants at five-star resorts as well as beachside old houses serving fish just off the boat.

Accommodation

We stayed at the Shangri-La Le Touessrok Resort & Spa ( http://www.shangri-la.com/mauritius/shangrila/). The hotel lies on a beautiful stretch of sandy coast, overlooking the stunning Trou d’Eau Dauce Bay.

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The hotel honestly represents all that luxury is. If you are staying there as a family or only a couple, you will find that the hotel is suitable for you either way.

The breakfast buffet is amazing and offers so many things from so many different cuisines that you cannot even imagine.

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Since we were there with our son Tristan we really loved their kids club; T-Club. It is amazingly well organized and offers a fantastic range of activities for kids. Since the hotel property includes two islands, Ilot Managenie and Ile aux Cerfs, the children were also doing daily trips to the islands. When they did a trip to one of them that included a Zip Line, Tristan had the best time of his life with his buddies that day.

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In fact, the T club was so good that there were days where we didn’t see him from morning ‘til dinner as he was having so much fun and engaged in so many different. Amongst other things, children can enjoy golf, tennis, windsurfing and swimming, as well as a variety of educational exercises.

During that time, me and my husband of course had the time to relax, read a book (or two) on the beautiful beach, enjoy the water and have some treatments in the amazing Chi -The Spa.

But we were mostly presently surprised when we discovered that the Spa also offers massages for kids! Tristan has been begging us for years to take him to a spa as he would also love to have a massage. As most spas only accept children from the age of 12, this has never been possible – until our Shangri-La Mauritius! So of course, we booked a treatment also for our little one. To say that he loved it, is a complete understatement! See for yourself… 🙂

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And the best thing was that we all had a chance to enjoy our massages together!

The resort includes five restaurants that serve the finest Western and Asian cuisines. From the spices and fragrances of India to the pure, fresh ingredients of Japan, there is something for every taste and occasion at the resort’s numerous dining venues. And every evening was a great and very different experience for a curious little home chef!

Experiences:

Wherever we go, we always like to rent a car and explore the destination as much as possible – at our own pace and not necessarily with a predefined plan. One day we just took the car and drove around the island to explore the amazing nature.

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For us always a must (since Tristan loves the animals): a visit to the local Zoo or Safari experience at the destination. In Mauritius, we went to the Casela Park: (http://www.caselapark.com/en/). There are so many animals that you can see here and activities that you can do that you will surely spend several hours here – indeed it is a great day trip. What particularly impressed Tristan were the beautiful (white!) tigers.

Another trip worth taking in my view is to the capital Port Louis. Although not necessarily a main tourist area, we liked its vibrancy. In fact, you will be overwhelmed by the intense activity that prevails across the boulevards and along the streets. The history of Port Louis first starts in the eighteenth century when the French took possession of the island. There have since been several changes of rule, so there is a lot of history to explore and historical monuments to see, including impressive old canons, Le Caudan Waterfront, Blue Penny Museum, St Louis Cathedral…

Of course, being the foodies that we are, we also discovered a most amazing Asian restaurant with some of the best dim sums ever: Yuzu restaurant.

(http://www.labourdonnais.com/world-class-restaurants-labourdonnais-business-hotel-mauritius/yuzu-restaurant.html)

The restaurant brings together the best of Thai, Vietnamese, Chinese and Japanese cuisines. With the elegant decor, it is situated in the full of history Waterfront hotel. If you love Asian food, you must book a table at Yuzu!

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Unfortunately, this was a rather short family vacation, certainly leaving many more places and things to enjoy, relax and explore on the beautiful island Mauritius. Therefore, we are coming back for more. Have I mentioned that anytime is good time to come to this island with crystal blue water and fullof nature?

The amazing holiday experience at Mykonos

The amazing holiday experience at Mykonos

Travelling with family and friends is perhaps one of the surest ways to enjoy a fun-filled and memorable trip. My trip to Mykonos with my girlfriends was no different! We absolutely had a blast fun wise. From the activities to the food and accommodation, Mykonos proved to be an absolutely great destination. The shops filled with galleries revealed the unseen beauty of this destination. The experience here was one of a kind and I would certainly recommend this location to anybody looking for a life transforming trip. So, what went down at Mykonos?

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Welcome to Mykonos 

Upon arrival, we immediately felt relaxed and simply wanted to go and find a nice beach. We decided to go to Principaute de Mykonos Panormos beach (http://www.panormosmykonos.gr) and enjoy all the natural beauties that Mykonos has to offer. This beach has perfectly clear blue water and beautiful sandy beaches.  It brings out the very best definition of a beach and explains why both residents and tourists found it so irresistible.

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Panormos is a private beach with limited capacities so reservations are essential. On the other hand, the limited numbers mean that there is never a crowd. We immediately got our Nescaffe cold coffees followed by a splash in the perfectly clear blue water. The chill out music follows you everywhere, from the restaurant to the water.

The beach restaurant has just been refurbished and is a perfect merge of the (what I understand as) Greek and lounge styles. We booked a table in the open area. Again, the music was everywhere but at the right level so that we could also speak and enjoy each other’s company. We tried and shared a lot of different dishes as we always love to do. We can certainly recommend to try the black pasta with squid ink and scampi. And their signature Greek salad – it is unlike any other Greek salad you have tried before. Finger licking delicious! After the fantastic lunch we spent the rest of the day at the beach just lying on the beach, swimming and listening to the music. I may have mentioned this but the most amazing aspect about Mykonos is that music is absolutely everywhere – and we love this!

All in all, Panormos is just a perfect place for a bunch of friends chilling out after a long tough couple of weeks and getting into the “Mykonos groove”. Hell, even there slogan is amazing: “Feel the Elegance”!

Later In the evening, we decided to try out Scorpios bar and restaurant (http://www.scorpiosmykonos.com). According to the grapevine, it was supposedly topnotch. We simply had to check it out! What a disappointment: this joint did not meet our expectations in any way. The food was average and the music…! Let’s just say a younger generation would probably prefer it more.

Food – the more local the better

The most amazing restaurant experience we had during our trip definitely had to be at the Ling Ling Hakkasan restaurant (http://lingling.hakkasan.com/). Conveniently, it is situated in the heart of the old town center. Founded in London in 2001, Hakkasan has grown to become one of the most revered restaurant, lounge and nightlife brands. Ling Ling takes the Hakkasan DNA and twists it to create a restaurant and bar experience that reflects its environment but has signature elements from Hakkasan. The first Ling Ling was open in Mykonos in 2015.

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The Hakkasan kitchen is run by executive chef Tong Chee Hwee and it is courtesy of his dedication to Chinese cuisine that the brand has won numerous accolades including the Michelin stars. The food offered in this restaurant will leave you craving for more. BTW: the duck salat is their signature dish. One word for it, Scrumptious!

Possibly our best experience on Mykonos was a day trip on a private catamaran. We felt heavenly throughout the day. The catamaran was more than big enough for the five of us: we could pick our own music and dance to our liking. Our skipper suggested an itinerary with several bays and beaches which included some of the most beautiful ones we have ever seen – we could only agree!

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We indulged in the ride and the pleasant wind. We stopped in several bays where we could swim freely and had a really good time. But the best was yet to come: Diana, the second in command, prepared the most amazing meal with fresh ingredients for us – on the boat, in the super small kitchen! She somehow managed to include all the primary tastes of Mykonos and Greece and prepared several restaurant-level dishes, including fantastic scampi, authentic Greek salad, spicy grilled cheese, mixed calamari.

After this spectacle we slowly headed back to the port. On the way back we also had the possibility to a sail a little bit which was another fascinating experience. Thank you, iTravel Mykonos (http://www.mykonos-web.com/) for this perfect day and an amazing 5-star day.

Night life

At Mykonos you can find exciting beach bars but also lounge bars for a romantic evening out. The most frequent spot for vibrant nightlife is Mykonos town, boasting some of the best bars that party till early morning hours. Little Venice is another very nice nightlife option, where you can find lively bars hosted in charming terraced buildings.

And that is where you can find the one and only Caprice of Mykonos bar(http://caprice.gr/en). The moment you enter you will feel at home and this feeling never goes away. After the first drink the full of energy, kind and always smiling waters will become your best friends. Caprice bar is located in the seafront of Little Venice. It is party time all day and night in Caprice. You will be greeted with the most amazing dance music that will satisfied the most picky music lovers. The best thing about this place is that people immediately (yes, already at the entrance) embrace the positive energy of the place – and you inevitably find yourself surrounded with people who are happy, smiling and just having fun.

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Accommodation

There are numerous hotels in Mykonos. You’re absolutely spoilt for choice!  We decided to stay at the Porto Mykonos hotel for 3 nights. Unfortunately, the hotel is not the ideal place for anyone looking for privacy. In addition, the quality of services was poor! Why you wonder? Well, we had to wait for 15 minutes before having a simple cup of coffee served.

The amazing view of the Mykonos Port from the hotel came in handy engulfing the unwelcoming experience at the hotel. In addition, this hotel is the ideal place for anyone looking for close proximity to the town.

Conclusion: strongly recommended!

Mykonos will steal your heart! There are so many different things to love and it does not matter, if you are there with your friends, as a couple or a family: this place is so diverse and unique that everybody will find something they will want to take back home.

Not everything is perfect for a regular traveler. But Mykonos is certainly very close to perfection for a music lover looking for a relaxed amazing place to get away from everyday stress and fill up those batteries! So just pack your bags and GO!!! See you there, we’ll surely be back!