Lets go for a drive…

In the last week, we’ve scoped out the shopping malls and checked out the best supermarkets. Today we decided to take a drive towards the south on the coastal road to see what there was to be seen. And mainly to go check out the crystal clear waters of Le Morne.

Sky was clear, sun was shining an off we went. Once we got past Tamarin, Black River’s vegetation has many similarities to South African Bos Veld. I can see why so many South Africans live in this region as it does kind of feel like home. A home comfort in a way.

We carried on south until we turned down to Le Morne. Some of the island best hotels are situated in Le Morne. A beautiful odd shaped mountain (looks like a massive rock) overlooks the turquoise bays of Le Morne.

We stopped at the public beach, so quiet and isolated, so untouched. Unreal. Never have I seen such clear water.

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We carried on around the corner to find what Le Morne is famous for. KITE SURFERS!!! So awesome, need to try it. I’m sure it’s a whole lot harder than it looks but why not give it a shot.

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From there, were headed back the way we came and took the turn to Chamarel to stop at the viewpoint on the mountain. We were so lucky, the day was just glorious and so was the view, we carried on further along the mountain, past the Rhumerie until we reached the Black River Gorge National Park. We pulled over and took a walk to the viewpoint, and what a view it is. Just stunning.

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We walked back to the car and across the road was a stand selling fresh sugar cane juice. After seeing it being made on Masterchef South Africa I was curious to try it. 50 Rupees later we had a cup of sugar cane juice and a piece of sugar cane each to chew on. Loved chewing on the sugar cane. The man who sold us the juice couldn’t speak English but was trying to tell us something. Possibly – “chewing sugar cane is like brushing your teeth”or “chewing sugar cane is good for your teeth”. I would think quite the opposite but hey who knows. The juice, hhhmmmm, not too sure about it. Was kind of brown in colour with a white froth, looked as if I was drinking an iced coffee. VERY sweet but that’s a given. I think I need to try it again to make up my mind.

From there we got a little lost in a forest, found our way out and back the way we came.  It’s truly a beautiful part of the island and something everyone should do.

The beauty on the island kind of makes up for the extremely scary drivers on the road! The locals like to take risks and one would think being South African you would be able to handle almost anything- not this.

Mike said, “People say we need to adapt, I’m cool to adapt but does this also mean I must drive like a crazy and not give a damn?”

 

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

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

The Rochester Falls

Hidden amoungst the sugar cane you’ll find the Rochester Falls. Beautiful and untouched.

One must follow the signs that lead you to the Rochester Falls- I wouldnt advise walking, much better if you have a car as the path takes you up through the sugar can and on a path that feels like a maze as you’ll be towered by sugar cane, sugar cane and some more sugar cane until the dirt road become impossible to drive on-then I advise you to walk. Reaching this point, a man offered to show us the way.Being from South Africa, I was a little skeptical about the situation but followed him anyway. We walked what seemed like forever trying not to slip on the muddy slopes whilst wearing my cream espadrilles which were now covered in red mud. You could hear the roaring sound of the falls but it was nowhere in sight. This man then takes us through the sugar cane and show us this truely hidden beauty.

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Whilst walking back to the car, our “tour guide” told us his story. He was the one who put up all the signs leading to the falls. He comes to the falls everyday to show people around. He’s been doing this for 15 years. He didn’t ask us for any money or a fee for his service, we did pay him though as we ourselves would have never found the falls. He offered us some water to clean the mud off our feet then went and sat down on his make-shift chair under the banana trees. Quite the experience!

Many sites will tell you there are “guides” up at the falls but will charge you a huge fee and that you should rather go with proper tour guide agency, but wheres the fun in that.