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An Authentic Immersion into Mauritius

From £2442 pp

Mauritius

14 Days / 13 Nights

Private Group (2 -4)

An Authentic Immersion into Mauritius

From £2442 pp

What You'll Do

This 2 week holiday will leave you wanting to re-live it. Relax and enjoy luxury accommodation, immerse yourself in crystal waters, bask in the warm sun and discover the real Mauritius on off the beaten track unique local adventures.

Holiday Summary

Day 1-4  Grand River South East

Day 5 – 7  Bel Ombre

Day  8- 10 Chamerel

Days 11- 13 Trou aux Biches

Day 14 Return home

Your 13 night trip will take you on an adventure starting in the East of the island at Grand River South East, and a beautiful eco lodge nestled between the river and the coast, where you’ll have four days to relax, unwind and acclimatise enjoying gentle water activities, hiking or cycling. Your next stop will be in the South at Bel Ombre with its stunning white sand beaches and protected coastal and marine ecosystem. Then on to Chamarel where you will stay on a working tropical farm on the edge of the National Park, and finally to the North West coast to enjoy the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches, and explore the capital Port Louis.

Discover so much of this beautiful island in a leisurely and fun way. Embark on an electric bike tour of the South Coast,  immersing yourself in the untouched nature and culture. Starting from the Domaine de Bel Ombre, you’ll ride beside the beautiful beaches of St. Felix and Riambel and along the famous cliffs of Gris Gris and La Roche qui Pleure.

You will view the iconic underwater waterfalls of Le Morne peninsula, hiking to the top of Le Morne Brabant ( a UNESCO world heritage site ) to wonder at the awe inspiring panorama and the spectacular underwater phenomenon.

Unwind in your sustainable and locally run accommodations, swimming in the gorgeous pools, exploring the local area on hiking trails, relaxing in a luxurious outdoor spa, snorkelling in the crystal clear water and much more!

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains and forests of Chamarel on a peaceful horseback ride, as you are guided through the lush tropical forest and wide grasslands of La Vieille Cheminée’s private Domaine.

Take the adventure of a lifetime, canyoning and abseiling from stunning waterfalls. Reward yourself for your bravery with a refreshing swim in the famous natural plunge pools.

Explore an authentic winery, learning about the art of lychee wine making as well as tasting the exquisite creations! Learn to cook an authentic Mauritian curry with locally grown ingredients, and take a guided stroll around the capital, Port Louis, with its eclectic mix of old and new; graceful colonial buildings and modern towers, a stylish waterfront complex, a busy and bustling melting pot of cultures with a fascinating history.

This unique and sustainable adventure in Mauritius will leave you ready to book your next trip back, and with stunning weather year-round, why not make this all-encompassing tour of Mauritius your next winter sun escape?

Experience
Highlights

Watch the sunrise whilst horse riding through the forest

Enjoy a local market visit and cookery class

Swim in the crystal clear waters and plunge pools beneath waterfalls

E-bike tour through stunning scenery

Your Local Host:

Gerald

I was born and raised in Mauritius, since an early age I have been involved in tourism. Through the years I’ve seen Mauritius grow as a world-renowned destination for our beautiful sea side resorts and pristine beaches and that is all, pretty much.

As a local, I knew there was more Mauritius could offer to a traveller. I wanted to introduce Mauritius to visitors as a local friend would do, the authentic way so that they too could see all the beauty in nature, traditions and landscapes that only locals know.

Experience Itinerary

Arrival Day

On  arrival in beautiful Mauritius, your private transfer will be waiting to  take you to your glamping river lodge. You will have the afternoon to relax, settle in and prepare yourself for the wonderful Indian Ocean adventure that awaits you.

Dinner is provided at the eco lodge where you can try the delicious local cuisine, served on the wooden deck overlooking the palm grove.

Accommodation

The Otentic Eco-Lodge, Mauritius.

Enjoy this glamping experience between a mountain and river, with wonderful  views over the palm groves. The Otentic Eco Lodge is a collection of Glamping tents built on stilts in a peaceful and picturesque location just 20 minutes drive from the beach at Ile aux Cerfs and close to the river. Expect cozy nights thanks to the well-equipped and elevated tents, with an array of ecotourism activities to be explored in this privileged location. Every well furnished and spacious tent comes with a private bathroom, and  Your stay here will include breakfast, dinner, daily shuttle transfers to the beach of  Ile aux Cerfs and free use of mountain bikes, kayaks and paddle boards.

Each river tent has a queen size bed as well as 2 twin beds, accommodating up to 4 people. You will have electricity and hot water from solar panels, and the Eco-Lodge has many facilities: restaurant, bar, swimming pool, lounge areas, bonfire evenings, mountain trails, boat to Ile aux Cerfs, mountain bikes and kayaks to explore the waterfall of Grand South-East River.

Accommodation : Otentic Eco Lodge 

Meals 

Dinner

Relax in the Eco Lodge

Enjoy a delicious breakfast of seasonal fruits, fresh juice and freshly ground coffee from 7 to 10 am. A selection of Homemade bread, homemade jams and yoghurts, eggs, ham and cheese are prepared daily by the lodge team.

Today, you will be able to enjoy Mauritius as you desire. Whether you choose to venture out to the breathtaking landscapes, immerse yourself in the local culture, or relax in the beautiful Eco-Lodge, you will enjoy a beautiful day here in sunny Mauritius.

You can take a boat to the gorgeous Ile aux Cerfs, a small island located in the largest lagoon in Mauritius. This island offers 87 hectares of luxuriant vegetation and preserved white, sandy beaches.

If you are feeling particularly active, you can enjoy walking the mountain trails or even mountain bikes! Venture into the beautiful Mauritian countryside, admiring the flora and fauna and stunning views.

Alternatively, you can relax at your accommodation, swimming in the cool pool or kayaking or paddle boarding.

A delicious selection of local Mauritian dishes is served each night, including grilled meat, fish or brochettes accompanied by two or three vegetarian dishes, salads and a dessert.

You can finish the evening with an arranged Rum or a lemongrass infusion made with fruits, berries and botanicals from the garden, whilst sitting round the camp fire.

Accommodation

The Otentic Eco-Lodge, Mauritius.

Meals Breakfast and Dinner

Relax and enjoy your eco paradise

Today enjoy a delicious breakfast of fresh fruit, juices, homemade bread, yogurt, jams, eggs, cheese and ham served between 7 and 10 am, and relax and enjoy your day.

Take the shuttle bus around 09:30 and enjoy the beautiful unspoilt white sand beaches of  Ile aux Cerfs, Ilot Mangénie or Ilot Flamand, three islets located in the crystal clear lagoon off the east coast…  home to the beautiful beaches of Mauritius.

Or you may choose to paddle, snorkle, mountain bike or hike discovering more of this picturesque location, visit the local village or simply relax by the pool.

Meals  breakfast and dinner

Start your day with a delicious breakfast and enjoy another relaxing day  winding down and experiecing Mauritius however you desire. Make use of the bikes, kayaks and paddle boards or relax by the pool. Hike to the top of Lion Mountain, Cat and Mouse Mountain, or Bamboo Mountain, the peaks of the mountain range, or paddle up the large South east river to its majestic waterfall.

Meals Breakfast and Dinner

Explore Beautiful Bel Ombre

Enjoy your last breakfast at the Eco Glamping Lodge before checking out. You will be leaving this accommodation to move to the next stop on your immersion into Mauritius.

You will then be picking up your rental car, which will be a Nissan Micra or similar. This automatic car has air conditioning as well as space for 4 passengers and luggage.

The rental service benefits include a comprehensive insurance; delivery & collection service 7 days a week; 24hr roadside service and optional services such as GPS upon request. You will have unlimited mileage, theft protection and personal accident insurance for the rest of your time with the car.

You will then be checking in to your new accommodation, The Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre.

The rest of the afternoon and evening can be spent at your leisure. Now you have your car, you may choose to venture into the local towns to dine on their delicious cuisine. The melting pot of cultures and cuisines and delicious fresh produce here in Mauritius means you are sure to find amazing food to enjoy!

Accommodation

The Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre, Mauritius.

Recently beautifully renovated,  the rock walls of this boutique guest house once sheltered the labourers who ran the Domaine de Bel Ombre, an old sugar state at the South of Mauritius. Today, the historical quarters reopen their doors to travellers looking for a comfortable stay close to nature, history and the gorgeous beaches of the South! You will have complimentary access to C Beach Club and Heritage Le Chateau. Bicycles for independent use are also available.

Staying in a double room in this accommodation, you will have a king size bed. Your room also comes with free wifi and air conditioning, perfect for cooling off after a day in the sun. The additional facilities provided include: a shared kitchenette, living room, verandas, swimming pool and restaurant.

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Meals

Breakfast

Explore the South Coast on an Electric Bike Tour

Enjoy a delicious breakfast provided for you by your accommodation, starting your day off properly!

Today you will be embarking on a guided electric bike tour of the South Coast of Mauritius.

This is a fantastic immersion into the untouched nature and culture of the South of Mauritius. Starting from the Domaine de Bel Ombre, you’ll ride through the beautiful beaches of St. Felix and Riambel and the famous cliffs of Gris Gris and La Roche qui Pleure.

The integrated electric motors of your bike will help you comfortably cover a long distance while preserving this area CO2-free. Sustainability is at the heart of this trip, helping to preserve the beautiful natural world here in Mauritius.

In one of your stops, Madame Mala will welcome you to her home and treat you to a delicious local lunch. This off the beaten track experience allows you to talk to Mauritian locals, understanding their culture and way of life, getting to know them and and their cuisine !

This bike ride is of medium intensity, allowing this group tour to be enjoyable for all! Beginning at 8.30am and ending at 3pm, this trip along the South Coast will be a highlight of your holiday with stunning views, pristine beaches and opportunity to get to know the local way of life.

You will have the rest of the afternoon and evening at your leisure after a busy day!

Accommodation

The Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre, Mauritius.

Meals

Breakfast, lunch

Enjoy a Hike to Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO Site

After a delicious breakfast provided by your accommodation, you will prepare yourselves for a beautiful hike.

Beginning at 9am, you will embark on a challenging Hike to Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This guided hike can include a Green Trip Kit, allowing you to clean up debris should you choose to along the way.

The best way to admire the famous “underwater waterfall” is from the height at the top of this gorgeous mountain, just to be clear this isn’t an actual waterfall, but the perfectly clear water allows an amazing view of the ocean shelf above the seabed, which abruptly ends in a 4000-meter-deep abyssal drop. Thanks to this marine topography, various shades of blue are visible and the constantly moving sand and silt create the amazing optical illusion of a waterfall.

In the afternoon you will return to your hotel for a well earned rest by the beach or at the swimming pool.

The evening will be spent at your leisure, whether you choose to dine in the restaurant in your accommodation or in a local restaurant, you are sure to have a delicious end to your surreal day of adventure.

Accommodation

The Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre.

Meals

Breakfast

Explore the Mountains of Chamarel

Locally sourced breakfast will be provided for you by your accommodation. You will then have time at your accommodation to relax, enjoy a slow start to your morning. Take in the views from this gorgeous location before you move to your next location on this trip.

After checking out of the Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre, you will be moving to La Vieille Cheminee for the next three nights.

Here, you can spend the rest of your day enjoying the peaceful nature and exploring the hiking trails around your accommodation.

Horseback riding and bike rentals are available at an extra cost, giving you the opportunity to venture further afield and to experience more of this beautiful island, or relax by the tranquil swimming pool at your accommodation.

Accommodation

La Vieille Cheminee, Mauritius.

This accommodation includes a set of 6 cosy and perfectly equipped cottages tucked on the mountain of Chamarel, offering you traditional meals from their organic farm and horseback riding mornings around the nature trails surrounding the domain. This is the perfect place to disconnect from your busy routine and reconnect with nature and your loved ones.

You will be staying in a Couple’s Chalet with a king sized bed perfect for 2 adults,  air conditioning and kitchen equipped for self-catering. There is a restaurant and swimming pool on site.

Meals: Breakfast and Dinner

Horse Riding in the Forests of Chamarel

Breakfast will be served to you by your accommodation and you will then set off for a beautiful morning horse riding experience.

Enjoy the beautiful scenery of the mountains and forests of Chamarel in a peaceful horseback ride. You will be welcomed a few minutes before your excursion to meet the horses first. After a proper introduction accompanied by a cup of coffee, Frederic, the horse whisperer, will guide you through the lush forest and wide grasslands of La Vieille Cheminée’s private Domaine. Open your senses while Frederic explains about the fauna and flora of this place. You are set-up for a great start of your day!

Between 8.30am am 10am, you will be horse riding in the Chamarel. This low intensity group activity ensures responsible tourism in a natural reserve, upholding the trip’s aim of sustainable travelling. This trip is ideal for riders with some experience and may not be suitable for beginners.

After this amazing start to your day, you will have the rest of the afternoon and evening to explore Mauritius at your leisure. Relaxing in the swimming pool or walking the hiking trails, you are sure to enjoy yourself. Dinner will then be served to you by your accommodation.

Accommodation

La Vieille Cheminee, Mauritius.

Meals

Breakfast and Dinner

Canyoning and a Wine Tasting in the Heart of Mauritius

After a delicious breakfast at your hotel you will set off for another day of exploring.

To begin your day, you will be canyoning in the heart of Mauritius. Starting off at 8.30am, you will have the adventure of a lifetime in Mauritius’ beautiful countryside

Enjoy 2 abseils of 25m & 10m from waterfalls 45m & 10m heigh. Whilst abseiling, admire the wild and lush beauty of the Tamarin Falls.

You’ll take a cool swim in natural plunge pools and trek on the banks of the river, heading for a final jump of 6m into a natural pool. Enjoy a refreshing dip again before hiking back up the hillside – around a  20 minute hike up hill ad your experience will end at around  12pm.

Next you will enjoy a private Mauritian Lychee Wine Tasting. Somewhere between the West of the Sun and the East of the Moon, authentic lychee wine is being crafted by artisans.

During your visit to this boutique winery you will learn about the wine making  process and enjoy tasting Mauritius’ unique organic wine made from lychees. This 1 hour off the beaten track experience is truly sensational!

You will then return to you accommodation where you can relax after your busy day, before enjoying a exquisite dinner provided to you by your accommodation.

Accommodation

La Vieille Cheminee, Mauritius.

Meals Breakfast and Dinner

 

Enjoy your Beautiful Beachfront Hotel

After your last delicious breakfast at your accommodation, La Vieille Cheminee, you will have the rest of the morning to enjoy your accommodation and its beauty, before departing.

Today you will be moving to your new accommodation, the Sakoa Boutique Hotel. This stunning beachfront hotel has a breathtaking location and luxury facilities.

Spend the rest of your day at your leisure. Swim in the beautifully warm waters along the coast of Mauritius, taking in the stunning scenery.

Alternatively, you can take on a little adventure, participating in the accommodation’s free water sports in the calm lagoon. Stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling and much more can be experienced in these crystal clear waters!

Dinner will then be spent at your leisure, before retreating to your beautiful room.

Accommodation

The Sakoa Boutique Hotel, Mauritius.

This is an intimate boutique hotel, based in one of the most beautiful beaches of the North coast of Mauritius: Trou aux Biches. Spend relaxed days by the pool, beach, bar and restaurant, or enjoy the free water sports in the calm lagoon. Close by you’ll find everything you need: from ATMs to lively restaurants, pharmacy, diving centres and bus stop.

You will be staying in a Sea View Room, with a queen size bed. Free wifi is provided, as well as air conditioning. The accommodation has additional facilities; a restaurant, bar, complimentary water sports on the sea, stand up paddle boarding, kayaking, snorkelling, glass bottom boat, water skiing. The outdoor spa can be enjoyed at an extra charge.

Meals Breakfast and Dinner

Explore Port Louis on a Food Tour

Start your day with a delicious breakfast at your hotel.

Your day will become even more delicious, as you join a small group to embark on a Food and Historical Tour of Port Louis. Appreciate the local cultural heritage in the bustling capital city.

Learn about Mauritius’ eclectic history and the blend of cultures in our island by sampling typical street food snacks from different origins. Steamed dumplings in their hot broth, roti filled with spiced curry and gato pima, the unbeatable deep fried chilli-cakes.

This tour will run from 9am to 12pm, allowing you to spend the rest of your day at your leisure. You can choose to remain in the capital city, immersing yourself in the local culture or to return to the beautiful sanctuary of your hotel, and relax.

Spend the day beside the pool, soaking up the sun and bathing in the perfectly warm ocean.

Accommodation

The Sakoa Boutique Hotel, Mauritius.

Meals Breakfast

Authentic Cooking Experience with a Local

After breakfast at your accommodation you will be departing to reach your activity of the day by 9.30am.

Today, you will be preparing and sharing a meal at Rosemonde’s home. You’ll visit the weekly fresh market to handpick the ingredients you will cook with.

A delicious curry preparation follows, filled with the aromas, talk and music that you can only experience in the kitchen of a Mauritian Creole.

This authentic off the beaten track experience will truly immerse you in Mauritian culture. You will be able to learn about the culture and traditions in Mauritius, whilst visiting key local spots.

You will then return to your accommodation at around 1pm, allowing you to enjoy your last afternoon in beautiful Mauritius as you desire.

Sunbathing along the white beaches, swimming in the warm waters, snorkelling in the crystal clear water, make the most of this last afternoon here!

 

Accommodation

The Sakoa Boutique Hotel, Mauritius.

Meals: Breakfast and Lunch

Departure Day

After your final breakfast in Mauritius you will be departing for home. At the airport, you will drop off your car before boarding your flight, marking the end of this sensational trip in Mauritius. We look forward to welcoming you back soon !

Location Information

You will be arriving and departing from Port Louis Airport, the capital city of Mauritius.

Enjoy all parts of the island staying at the Grand River South East, Bell Ombre, Chamarel and Trou aux Biche.

Mauritius is a beautiful island  located in the warm Indian Ocean, fly into the capital city Port Louis to begin and end your trip here. Your 13 night trip will take you on an adventure starting in the East of the island at Grand River South East, and a beautiful eco lodge nestled between the river and the coast, you’ll have four days to relax, unwind and acclimatise here, enjoying gentle water activities, hiking or cycling. Your next stop will be in the South at Bel Ombre with its stunning white sand beaches and protected coastal and marine ecosystem. Then on to Chamarel where you will stay on a working tropical farm on the edge of the National Park, and finally to the north west coast to enjoy the beautiful beach of Trou aux Biches, and explore the capital Port L

  • 4 nights glamping at Otentic Eco-Lodge (breakfast and dinner included)
  • 3 nights at the Historical Guest House in Bel Ombre (breakfast included)
  • 3 nights at La Vieille Cheminee (breakfast and dinner included)
  • 3 nights at Sakoa Boutique Hotel (breakfast included)
  • 10 days insured car rental
  • 1 airport transfer with private driver
  • Guided small group electric bike tour with lunch
  • Guided small group hike to Le Morne
  • Two hours guided horse ridie
  • Half day canyoning and swimming in a small group
  • Private lychee wine tasting
  • Market visit and cookery class with lunch
  • Half day guided walking food and cultural our of Port Louis
  • Reef friendly sunscreen SPF 50
  • Complimentary self-guided experiences
  • Carbon footprint offset
  • Free use of bicycles, kayaks, paddle boards as mentioned

FAQs

Yes! This trip is as sustainable as possible. The CO2 emissions from your 14 day trip will be offset through the Mauritius Conscious' Go CO2 Neutral initiative. All of the lodges are also strong supporters of sustainable tourism, making this an extremely environmentally friendly holiday.

All year round! The low season tends to be from the start of May until the end of September, making all experiences cheaper. The high season is from the start of October to the end of April, with the peak season being from the 20 December to the 10 January. Mauritius is beautiful all year round, however this tend to indicate the most popular times to visit this beautiful island.

Yes, the 10 day rental of a Nissan Micra or similar is included in the price of this trip. This automatic drive, air conditioned, 4 passenger car includes unlimited mileage, theft protection and personal accident insurance. You will be completely covered whilst renting this car, all included in the cost of this trip!