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. Your holiday has begun! Enjoy the short drive to Andrea Lodge in Souillac in the far south of the island. Settle in and relax after your journey. You have your own wooden cabin, a cosy space with either air conditioning or a fan to keep it cool. Sit on your veranda and take in the views of the gardens and ocean beyond. Heaven! You can take it easy for the rest of the day, and dinner is at the lodge's charming restaurant.
At Andrea Lodge
Your first full day on Mauritius! Andrea Lodge is well placed for exploring inland Mauritius and with a car at your disposal you can make the most of your time. Within half an hour you can reach the mountain village of Chamarel, known for its dunes that are composed of seven colours of earth: red, brown, violet, blue, green, purple and yellow, and can be seen from a walkway with several viewing galleries. Nearby the Chamarel Falls are the highest on the island and definitely worth a visit. Another highlights is Le Morne mountain on the southwest coast. It has a fascinating history and in previous times has provided shelter for runaway slaves who established small settlements in the caves. Today its attracts hiking enthusiasts and the summit can be reached in around four hours. The views of Le Morne Peninsula from the top are well worth the effort.
At Andrea Lodge
If you had a busy day out yesterday you may prefer to spend this day nearer to home. There are several walks and hikes you can take in the vicinity of the lodge. The walk through the protected deer park is an easy one along the black cliffs by the coast. If you feel more energetic you can go hiking in the Combo Forest and cool off with a swim beneath a waterfall. You can drive to the neighbouring village of Souillac where you can spend time at Telfair Garden and stop off to view Rochester Falls. If you're planning to be out for lunch the lodge can prepare a picnic for you to take with you, best requested the evening before. You're welcome to spend time at the lodge, relaxing by and in the swimming pool and strolling round the grounds.
To Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Today you drive to Point aux Canonnier the north of the island. Your destination is Seapoint Boutique Hotel, an attractive low-rise, beach-side property. With just 23 rooms and suites this is a small hotel with the focus on friendly service. Enjoy a refreshing drink at the beach bar, go for a walk along the beach and cool off in the clear waters of the infinity pool. With two restaurants on site you won't need to travel far for dinner.
At Seapoint Boutique Hotel
With its beach location there are many water-based activities here. You can go swimming with dolphins, take a ride in the Blue Safari Submarine watching colourful fish and corals, or take a cruise in a catamaran, If you're after greater thrills kite surfing and parasailing are available. Land adventures include mountain biking, horse riding, zip-lining and even sky diving! After a all that excitement you'll be ready for some quiet rest and relaxation at the hotel, maybe treating yourself to a massage at the spa.
At Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Two more days to enjoy life at Seapoint Boutique Hotel. Take advantage of your hire car and do some independent exploring. The shops and restaurants of Grand Baie are not far away, or you could head for Cap Malheureux, a fishing village and site of the British victory over the French in 1810. Its a good place for a stroll and the red-roofed church is much photographed. Heading south you can visit the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam (SSR for short) Botanical Garden, where there's a large collection of indigenous and exotic plants including the huge Victoria Amazonica waterlilies that grow up to two metres across. When you've had your fill of exploring head back to the hotel to unwind.
To Rodrigues And Tekoma
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 Tekoma on the east coast about 30 minutes from the airport. Rodrigues has a pleasantly unhurried pace of life and as you have several days here you can let yourself slow down too. Tekoma is a beautifully designed hotel with large rooms with indoor and outdoor space that provide a home-from-home feeling. Enjoy typical Rodriguan food at the restaurant and take in the sea views, or laze on a lounger and top up your tan. Settle in: your are spending the next 5 nights here.
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.
If you want a day off from driving, staff are able to advise on favourite walking routes in the vicinity of the hotel including to the lovely cove at Trou d'Argent, and if you'd like a change of transport you can use one of the hotel's bikes to do some exploring. On the other hand you could opt for a lazy day on the beach. There is a dive centre on site with activities for novices and experienced scuba divers, and water sports are available nearby. It's completely up to you what you do with no pressure to do anything other than enjoy your stay.
Enjoy two more days on your island getaway. Get out and about with your car, visit the Francois Leguat Reserve where you can see tortoises in the wild and explore caves, spend some time walking round the botanical gardens at Jardin des 5 Sens. If you want a longer walk you can follow forest trails in the Grande Montagne Nature Reserve, great for bird watching. Port Mathurin, the capital, is just a 15 minute drive from the hotel for some gift and souvenir shopping. Try to leave some time to enjoy a soothing spa treatment, a lovely way to round off your holiday.
It's time to leave. Having had breakfast and taken in the beach view for a final time you drive to the airport in Rodrigues, where you leave your hire car.
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