The Layover: Mauritius

2 Jun

Take that Anthony Bourdain.

 

Our trans-Atlantic flights went as expected: long and exhausting but not completely painful.

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We arrived for our 10 hour layover in at 6 am and had to hang out at the airport for a few hours before our excursion. When we booked our trip we debated booking a hotel room for a night or finding a trip somewhere and found an all-inclusive day trip to Isle de deux cocos. It was a quick drive and ferry from the airport and we had the entire island to ourselves for most of the day.

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We were welcomed on the island by our person concierge, Ravi and a cold glass of champagne. We had all of our luggage in tow for our flight to Seychelles and the Lux was kind enough to give us access to a “villa” and let us change and store our luggage. One of the first governors of Mauritius built the villa on the island and the Lux resorts took over the property a few years ago and turned it into a event location.

We started our day with a walk around the island and then we relaxed on the hammocks. When Ravi told us about the option to either snorkel or go on a glass bottom boat tour. We decided we wanted to go on the tour but Ravi told us that because we were the only ones on the island for a while we could go on both with a private tour. Sweet! Snorkeling was great – lots of coral and many different kinds of fish including the largest needle nosed fish – they were 3 feet long! I’m (kate) 95% sure I saw a barracuda and promptly took off my snorkeling gear. I know there are scary things in the ocean and I prefer to go into them blindly.

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The villa was gorgeous.  it was decorated in a Moroccan style and would be great if you were staying the night.  Lucky for us no one was so we got a room for the day just to change and shower.

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After the glass bottom boat tour and more laying on the beach we got to the good part – the food!  We had grilled shrimp skewers, grilled fish, salads, grilled beef and chicken, several different pastas, and of course a free bottle of wine.  We also sampled  some of their on-island infused rums.

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All in all it was a perfect day trip to pass the time between flights. We couldn’t have asked for a more relaxing several hours. 

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We got to the airport about an hour and half before our flight – a scary proposition for Alex but since it was Mauritius we made it to our gate with an hour to spare – hooray for small airports! A short flight later we made it to The Seychelles.

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