A Retrospective: Live On Location – Mauritius Day 7

On yer bike!
Having braved the high seas (well, calm turquoise waters) the day before on a catamaran excursion, I had got the day-tripping bug. This time I decided to trade in sails for saddles as I signed up for a bike tour of Belle Mare and Trou-D’eau-Douce. Highlights included an old Dutch fort and a proud church with resplendent stained glass windows.

Bike Tour, Mauritius

Bike Tour, Mauritius

Bike Tour, Mauritius

Bike Tour, Mauritius

Bike Tour, Mauritius

Bike Tour, Mauritius

For the full lowdown on my cycling tour, click here.

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A Retrospective: Live On Location – Mauritius Day 6

All At Sea
Last year, travel titan Thomson asked me to write a series of live blog posts about my trip to Mauritius under the umbrella title ‘Live On Location’. Here’s an excerpt from my sixth diary entry…

It’s fair to say that I’ve spent a fair bit of my time in Mauritius gazing out to sea – from the comfort of a sun bed/beach beanbag/hammock. Today, I got to drink in more of the deep blue but this time I was on deck. Reason being, I went on Thomson’s ‘Sailing At Its Best’ excursion.

Here’s a sneak peek at what I got up to during my daytrip…

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Catamaran Trip, Mauritius

Read my full report about my day out at sea here.

A Retrospective: Live On Location – Mauritius Day 5

Fiery Fruit
Having star-fished on the beach and lounged by the pool, I decided it was time to get off my backside and start to experience life like a local. And for me, that meant one thing – food. But rather than launching straight in with a fiery curry, I went off piste and got my chops around something not many people know about – the Mauritian delicacy that is chilli-infused mango and pineapple.

Chilli Mango

Chilli Mango

You can read the full lowdown about my Mauritian taste sensation here.

A Retrospective: Live On Location – Mauritius Day 4

A Room With A View
My bedroom at the Ambre Resort & Spa in Mauritius boasted a view and a half – every morning I got to draw back my curtains and take in this breath-taking scene…

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

But that wasn’t the only view my balcony served up. There was another feast for the eyes on offer – albeit a bit strange…

Find out what my weird view was via my ‘Live On Location’ Post on the Thomson blog.

A Retrospective: Live On Location – Mauritius Day 3

Mother Nature’s Handiwork
As well as a stunning oceanfront setting and an impressive pool scene, the Ambre Resort & Spa has another card up its sleeve – namely its grounds. From glossy, supermodel-esque palms through to dazzling hibiscus blooms exploding in crimson petals, the hotel’s tropical gardens are like something from a wildlife documentary.

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Flower Power
The floral hits aren’t just limited to the hotel’s grounds. The staff make good use of the blooms to brighten up the rooms. Here are just a couple of the floral tributes I found in my bathroom…

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Ambre Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Take a look at my flora photo diary which I took while on location in Mauritius.