Expat Blog!

If you are looking at relocating to another country-this blog is the greatest place to gather information, chat in forums, ask questions and to meet other people. I stumbled upon it and now is one of my favourite sites. Its helpful and handy and the team behind it are so friendly and welcoming.

Having chatted to a few other expats that have moved to Mauritius, Mike and myself feel more at ease, knowing there are loads of young people from around the world, living and working there, looking to meet new people and make new friends. It kind of feels like even though we have never met these people that we are still moving into a community with a support base.

I just love the way people are looking for morning coffee buddies, squash partners, nature lovers interested in hiking, volunteers at NGO organizations, friends for their dogs and nail salons!

Expat Blog also organizes meet & greets for people in the country/area to meet each other and form friendship. Expat Blog have truly done a remarkable job! What a fantastic Idea!

Thank you Expat Blog and the team behind it! Looking forward to meeting you all!

www.expat-blog.com

Annabella’s

Every evening I got excited to go for dinner just to see what Annabella’s had to offer.

Annabella’s is the main restaurant at Heritage Le Telfair Hotel. With its colonial style setting, the lovely atmosphere and unbelievable food – Annabella’s is a MUST-GO-TO! restaurant. Each night the menu is different and you get 3 options of your starter, mains and desserts. The best part about it is, if you are no sure what to order, you can walk into the “kitchen” and see what each dish looks like and watch it being plated up. One of the Head Chefs there, Carl, was just a pleasure to meet. All the staff are highly professional and friendly! Top notch service!

The name: Heritage Le Telfair was named after Charles Telfair. Charles Telfair was a botanist who has a huge influence on Mauritius. His wife’s name was Annabella, she was a water colour artist who loved to entertain people.

The food has a french influence and is gastronomically creative. Ginger ice-cream = YUM! Annabella’s can take a simple apple and turn it into something exciting and new.

My heart (which listens to my stomach most of the time) was filled with happiness after each meal at Annabella’s!

Food – Amazing

Service – High Class

Atmosphere – Relaxed

High Class Fine Dining

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED

10/10

http://www.villasvalricheexperience.com/Restaurant/annabellas-at-heritage-le-telfair-golf-a-spa-resort.html

http://www.islandinfo.mu/mauritius/hotels/stars-5-40/le-telfair-golf-spa-141.html

Top Tip for Flights

When we were looking to book flights to Mauritius, we did look via student travel centres, travel agents and the internet. Best bet is to cut out the middle man and look what the airlines have to offer. You can find great deals if you just watch what the airline has to offer. We managed to save a good R2000. (ZAR) by just waiting a week before we booked the tickets. Our local SAA came in with the best pricing. This is great if you are looking for just the flight but if you are looking for a hotel, look for packages via travel agents or resort groups such as Beachcomber or Club Med.

Château de Bel Ombre

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Overlooking a beautiful french style garden with the sea in distance, we enjoyed our basket of pastries and freshly squeezed orange juice. Le Château is just the most beautiful setting for breakfast, lunch or dinner. With its french style cuisine and stunning decor, Le Château is perfect for any occasion. It would make a fantastic wedding venue. The staff are incredibly welcoming and friendly, making sure that you are happy. Le Château lies next to these gigantic trees that look as if they are pre-historic, their enormity is breath taking. These beautiful trees and the  lovely garden add to the peaceful atmosphere. It makes you feel like all you need to do is breathe in the fresh air and relax.

Le Château, if I’m correct, is a heritage site that was restored to become a restaurant. This gem can be found in Domaine de Bel Ombre.

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Food – Fabulous

Service – Great

Atmosphere – Peaceful

Tel: (230) 601 5516

www.domainedebelombre.mu

Reservation required

Sunset Cafe

If you’re in the North and looking to enjoy a drink, snack or ice-cream, whilst overlooking the sea, the Sunset Cafe is just perfect.

Nestled on the Sunset Boulevard in Grand Baie. For such a little place they like to serve big beer, big ice-cream, big food. Lovely to have a drink and watch the sun set over the bay. They also have TV’s that air the English Premier League football- which makes this place rather popular for the locals that work near by.

Ile aux Cerfs

We booked a day trip to Ile aux Cerfs through a tour guide in Grand Baie. Not knowing we were in for quite the experience. We woke up early, had breakfast early and made sure we were ready to go. Our driver arrived at the hotel, rather quiet man and escorted us to the mini-bus. There was 1 lady already in the mini-bus, she was small, petite and also very quiet. And off we went to pick up the other. When the drive started I did think to myself that this man must be in quite a hurry to get to the next hotel. We got to the next hotel and picked up the rest of the people and off we went! Literally!  Our driver was driving so fast that people were hanging onto their seat praying. I genuinely thought we were all gonna die in this mini-bus. In South Africa, we have lots of mini-bus taxis which are dangerous and drive terribly, never did I think I would experience it in Mauritius. The quiet lady was still very calm whilst the rest of us were almost in tears. This driver was coming around sharp bends, in the wet weather, on the other side of the road, with just a honk of the hooter as warning to any oncoming vehicles. Eventually when we were traveling 140km/h through a small town did my cousin, sitting in front of me, scream out, “Hey Louis Hamilton! Can you slow down! You’re making us all sick-and if you can on driving this way, we’re all going to get sick in your car- so slow down!”

This man didnt quite understand what the problem was, he just kept looking into his rear view mirror with this puzzled look on his face. The quiet lady turned to us and said, “Don’t worry, everyone drives like this.” Finally we reached our destination. People couldnt get out of that mini-bus fast enough and the first thing everyone did was light a cigarette.

We were greeted by a strapping young guy to told us what we would be doing for the day and off we went on a small speed boat to Ile aux Cerfs. The weather was not great but it was still humid.

We went past the famous and renowned Le Touessrok- magnificent! Bordered with black rock and turquoise water. Google it or see the link at the bottom. Really stunning resort! Looking down into the water, it is so clear that you can see everything as you pass by. We also passed many fisherman along the way.

After an early wake up, traumatic taxi ride, and a thankfully calming boat trip we reached Ile aux Cerfs.

Ile aux Cerfs is so beautiful, definitely worth the trip. We walked around to explore our beautiful surrounding before we hopped on speed boat that would take us to lunch.

We hopped onto a boat to take us to our lunch. We arrived at a little remote  beach, with an odd little doc and what looked like a make-shift marquee made out of french racing green tarpaulin. This was our little restaurant we would be eating at. We were greeted by our “waiter” who had a fabulous mustache and were shown to our (outdoor plastic) seats.

The quiet lady from the mini-bus joined us for lunch. We started off with drinks, most popular was the jungle juice which consists of pretty much everything: Rum, wine, beer, vodka, juice and who knows what else. Along with the drinks arrived garlic bread for the table in a white bucket-didnt look very appealing but my goodness was it delicious! The kitchen was separated just by a simple “screen” type structure. Whilst we enjoyed our garlic bread and drinks, we were given a show, with drums and singing and dancing- was a really cool atmosphere. Waiting for the main, we were rather intrigued by the number of crabs that were on this tiny beach, what looked like rocky sand was in fact millions of crabs, all shapes, sizes and colours. Was fanscinating to watch how still there were until something or someone moved.

Main course was outstanding. It consisted of a piece of fish, a piece of chicken and a simple coleslaw! Really loved it- so simple looking yet so full of flavour! And our hosts were not shy either, if you wanted more you could have more-no problem. Our plates were taken away and as we were getting comfortable, waiting for our food to settle, a fork and a serviette were placed in front of us. Then out came a flame grilled rum banana. My cousin was horrified with the fact the banana had been placed on this serviette and not on a plate. Yet once again, simple but delicious! Really was once of the best meals I have had.

From our lunch we took a speed boat to go see some waterfalls-we went past a part of the island where there were massive houses, really pretty. The tour guys told us that celebrities like David Beckham owned those houses. We arrived at the waterfalls, felt as if we were in a jungle. Once we had spent some time there we went back to Ile aux Cerfs. Got back, ate some ice cream and then the rain came! It was time to go back anyway. The rain fall was heavy, so heavy that it took us 3 times longer to get back. We all had our towels covering us, trying to break the wind and stop the rain wetting our cameras. We were soaked by the time we got off the boat, even worse there was our Formula 1 taxi driver waiting for us. We tried to chat to him again and explain. To his understanding, the route he took was too windey and that was why we were complaining , so he would now take us on a different route. Bless him!

http://mauritiusattractions.com/ile-aux-cerfs-tours-i-36.html

http://www.threebestbeaches.com/mauritius/2006/06/ile-aux-cerfs-beach-mauritius.html/comment-page-1/

http://www.letouessrokresort.com/

Banana Bar

I dont know much about the nightlife in Mauritius but I do know that this place is AWESOME! The vibes, the setting, the music, the live performances, the cocktails and the giant fairy light covered tree put this bar on the map. Its so lovely-if I could own it I would! The service is super friendly. It’ll make you never want to leave. The live music they have is out of this world- truly talented! Didn’t want them to stop! EVER!

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http://www.bananabeachclub.com/the-bands.html

Vanilla Bean

This cafe/restaurant caught our eye driving one day- so lovely and quaint.

I think its owned by South Africans. Its been decorated beautifully and is so warm and welcoming.

We made a quick stop there just for something to drink-also had a look around the shop, where they sell jam, relishes, cookies, rusks and more… you can also place an order for cakes and cupcakes. Delish. And it is the only place I have found so far that makes a freezochino. Served a little different to the way we served it in SA-but delicious none the less!

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http://theindependent.mu/2011/09/16/for-a-long-drive-stop-over/