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Mauritius and Rodrigues

13 days from £1760pp plus international flights.

This is a holiday for those wanting to escape the crowds and experience true local hospitality in some stunning locations on both Mauritius and the smaller island of Rodrigues.

We have selected the accommodations carefully and staying here, chatting with the owners and staff will greatly enhance your holiday.

First stop is Andrea Lodge in the south of the island, between a river gorge and cliffs overlooking the ocean. You can go on guided walks through the forest and by the river, learning about the fauna and flora of the area. Your next stay, La Maison d'Ete, is a wonderfully relaxing hotel owned by a Swiss and Mauritian couple. Here the emphasis is on beach life and your room has a terrace or balcony overlooking the sea.

On to the tiny island of Rodrigues and Cases a Gardenias, with just 3 guest rooms and welcoming hosts, happy to share their local knowledge with their guests. The guest house has a wonderful setting in the mountains in the middle of the island and is an excellent base from which to explore. The food at Cases a Gardenias is particularly good and the owners produce and sell many products including honey, jam, fruit liqueurs and gingerbread. One thing is clear - you will won't want to leave!

Itinerary
Andrea Lodge

DAY 1: ARRIVE, TRANSFER TO ANDREA LODGE

On arrival at Mauritius airport you will be met and escorted to the hire car desk to collect your car. Enjoy the drive to Andrea Lodge in the unspoilt south of the island. Settle in and relax after your journey.  Dinner.
L'Exil Lodge, waterfall

DAY 2: AT ANDREA LODGE

Your first full day on Mauritius! With just 10 rooms, Andrea Lodge has an intimate, friendly atmosphere. You will find a host of activities such as hiking, swimming beneath waterfalls, discovery tours of the rare endemic fauna and flora and guided nature walks in the forest and by the river. This is a lovely opportunity to explore the rural interior of this exotic island. 
Breakfast & dinner.
Andrea Lodge, exploring

DAY 3: AT ANDREA LODGE

Another day to explore the beautiful surroundings. With a car at your disposal, you might like to visit the historic port of Mahebourg with its Naval Museum or Souillac with its old port and picturesque church. Other attractions nearby include Gris Gris beach and Rochester Waterfalls, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim. 
Breakfast & dinner.
La Maison d'Ete

DAY 4: TO MAISON D'ETE

Today you drive to the north east coast of the island and your next hotel, La Maison d'Ete. This is a family run establishment with 10 rooms with the charm and intimacy of a guest house. It is set in a tropical garden alongside the sea and is a perfect getaway for those who wanting a peaceful location away from the crowds. You can take a refreshing swim in the sea or in one of the hotel's two pools, or simply relax on your own private terrace enjoying views of the Indian Ocean. 
Breakfast & dinner
La Maison d'Ete

DAY 5: AT MAISON D'ETE

The atmosphere is relaxed at this family-owned hotel and you can easily spend the day on one of the two beaches, enjoying the sun. If you want to head out and explore, you are just 25 minutes from Ile aux Cerfs and the botanical garden of Pamplemousses, while Belle-mare and its golf courses and spa resorts is just a 15-minute drive away. Back at La Maison d'Ete, enjoy dinner and drinks in the cosy restaurant/bar, 'Auberg'Inn'. It offers à la carte meals of both local and international cuisine prepared with fresh products. 
Breakfast & dinner.
La Maison d'Ete

DAYS 6-7: AT MAISON D'ETE

Two more days to enjoy La Maison d'Ete. After breakfast, served either in the restaurant or on the seaview terrace, it's time to decide the agenda for the day. The hotel offers many activities free of charge, including mountain biking, kayaking, scuba diving, table tennis and volley-ball. There is also a library and a range of indoor games. Of course, you have access to your hire car so can always opt to explore other parts of the island. 
Breakfast & dinner. 
Cases a Gardenias

DAY 8: TO RODRIGUES AND CASES A GARDENIAS

This morning you drive to the airport, where you leave your hire car and board the flight to Rodrigues. On arrival you will be met and assisted with the collection of your next hire car. Drive to Cases a Gardenias, a lovely colonial-style house in a peaceful setting. This small guest house has just 3 rooms and is owned and run by a Belgian couple who have been on the island for some years. Guests have commented that staying here is like staying with family friends. Settle in. You will spend the next 5 nights here. 
Breakfast & dinner.
Cases a Gardenias

DAY 9: AT CASES A GARDENIAS

Relax and adjust to the slow pace of life in Rodrigues. You will feel a world away from the nightlife and noise of the larger resorts of Mauritius. The island's atmosphere is completely relaxed and the local people are welcoming. With your car you are free to visit beaches (no crowds!) and explore the island with miles of hiking trails waiting to be explored. 
Breakfast & dinner.
Cases a Gardenias

DAY 10: AT CASES A GARDENIAS

If you want a day off from driving, the guest house can arrange excursions for you or you could take a local bus to see more island life. Closer to home, take a stroll in the lovely gardens, complete with tropical flowers and fruit trees. There are also some brightly painted bee hives - the owners produce and sell honey. They also make jelly, jam, fruit wines and liqueurs, ginger bread and a local speciality, dried sausages. It's no surprise that the food served at Cases a Gardenias is delicious! 
Breakfast & dinner     
Cases a Gardenias

DAYS 11-12: AT CASES A GARDENIAS

Enjoy two more days on your island getaway. Your hosts, Mari-Line and Fernand will be happy to make suggestions for excursions. From your location in the centre of the island, you are well placed for exploring all parts of Rodrigues and, as the roads are good, it does not take long to get around. Of course, you may not want to stray far from Cases a Gardenias and its lovely gardens and mouth-watering food... 
Breakfast & dinner.  
Sunset

DAY 13: DEPART

It's time to leave. Drive to the airport in Rodrigues, where you leave your hire car. Breakfast.
Price & Dates

Guide price from (pp sharing): £1760 (ex. international flights)

Includes: 

Accommodation on a twin share basis; meet and greet in Mauritius and Rodrigues; car hire in Mauritus and on Rodrigues; meals as specified; complimentary activities; half litre bottle of mineral water on arrival.

Excludes: 

International flights; return flights from Mauritius to Rodrigues; departure taxes; visas; travel insurance; meals not specified; items of a personal nature; drinks; tips. 

Getting there: International flights from the UK to Mauritius start from around £700, depending on season and availability. You will also need return flights from Mauritius to Rodrigues. 

Departure dates: This is a tailor made trip which we can plan for you at any time you like. You can tweak any element of the trip if you like.  Just call us to help you plan this trip.

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Time: GMT +4 hours

Flight time: Direct flights from London are operated by British Airways, Air Mauritius and Virgin (seasonally). Flying time just under 12 hours. Links with Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways or South African Airways to the mainland African continent are possible.

Language: Official language is English. Most widely spoken is Mauritian Creole which has close ties to French. French is also widely spoken.

Visas: Not required by UK passport holders.

Health: Malaria free zone and no compulsary vaccinations (except Yellow Fever if arriving from an infected country).

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