Follow us to the African tropics with our Faithfull Muses for the launch of our latest collection, Acapulco Holiday
Finding the perfect holiday destination in October is always a little tricky, especially when desiring that postcard perfect sapphire water, white-sand and balmy nights backdrop.
Fortunately, our Creative Director had been reminiscing on a holiday from her childhood where she was whisked away to the east coast of Africa, for a beachside getaway bursting with happy memories and a deep brown tan.
Forward a decade or two, and back to Mauritius we went. This time, with an 8 girl posse of international muses whose style and essence inspired Acapulco Holiday and renowned film photographer, Brydie Mack to capture our travels and experiences for the week ahead.
Mauritius is one of those places you think only exist on photoshopped post cards, but we can confirm – this dreamy destination is a reality. The sand is as soft and white as you can imagine, the sea so vibrant and clean, and the people as warm as they are welcoming – making you never want to leave such a special, seemingly raw destination.
The best time to visit Mauritius is between May – December, with October generally being the month with least rain, ensuring long sundrenched days for your winter break.
We were lucky enough to spend our time at the beautiful Salt of Palmar
during our stay in Mauritius. Located approximately 1 hours drive from the airport on the east coast of the Island, Salt’s position is located directly on the shoreside, with each room complete with uninterrupted ocean views and accentuated with pops of colour.
Waking up to the calming sound of the waves and a glistening sunrise each morning by far made Salt one of the most relaxing hotels we have had the pleasure of staying. The rooms have it all – from a private balcony to sip on your morning coffee, calming peach and turquoise décor details, and the comfiest pillows we have ever laid our heads – the only way we could describe this was like sleeping on a cloud, literally.
A major reason we chose Salt of Palmer was it’s core focus on sustainability and zero-waste policy. Salt of Palmer has set itself apart in the Hotel game, being the first in Mauritius to ban single-use plastics and incorporating a zero-waste policy in the kitchens, to building and growing their own farm to harvest food for their guests.
Every little detail that has gone into the creation of Salt of Palmer has meaning, and is namely to bring people together and celebrate “community.” From the communal bakery, where you can choose slices of freshly baked sourdough, coconut or cacao bread (first time for everything) and mouth watering French pastries, to Mauritius’ first rooftop bar where guests are encouraged to gather and share stories. We had the pleasure of launching our Event with “Welcome Drinks on the Rooftop” where we were shown how to make our Faithfull Cocktail. Every item used within the concoction was either farmed from the Salt Farm or from local surrounding areas.
An alternative to lying on a beach all day, although absolutely blissful – is to partake in Salt’s Skill Swap Program. Boasting an array of activities, such as a cooking class, weaving class and pottery class, these activities that Salt offers allow you to walk away from Mauritius feeling like you have really had the chance to experience and share their culture.
Last, but certainly not least was the hotel’s world class Spa Room. Upon arrival you are greeted with a hot hotel towel and relaxing tea of choice, as you wait for your Masseuse without much knowledge as to how different your experience will be. We won’t spoil the surprise, but Salt puts a huge emphasis on catering the massage to you. They involve you in the process of hand selecting and hand mixing the essential oils and salt combinations which are recommended based on their professional experience and on your needs. At the end of your treatment, you are invited into their very own Salt Room for 15 minutes which aims to resets your energy levels and has a vast range of health benefits. If you have the pleasure of staying with Salt of Palmer, this experience is not to be missed and we recommend choosing the 1hr treatment (1.5 hour total).
Eat and Drink
- One of our favourite dining experiences was at the beautiful Tapasake ‘One and Only’. Tapasake sets the bar high for Japanese/Peruvian fusion. Dining over the Indian ocean in timber cabanas, enjoy just-caught fish for your sushi and sashimi feast.
- If you are looking for a location for that special someone, we highly recommend dining at Shangri-La under stars with your toes in the sand. Shangri-La caters to groups and couples who desire a private oceanside Mauritian BBQ experience with a romantic and intimate undertone. Enjoy freshly caught lobster, fish and local Mauritian Cuisine bbq’d on the beach as you sip on a delicious cocktail and enjoy the sun go down, welcoming the balmy night stars.
Sail the Sea on your own Luxury Catamaran
We jumped on board our Private Catamaran via Paradise Cove Hotel
to experience a day with the gentle feel of the sun setting on our skin, as we sailed the sea to “Turtle Beach” (we are still unsure if this was the actual name, but locals recognize this location due to it being one of the most famous for snorkeling with wild turtles in their natural habitat).
The views from the Cataraman were utterly breathtaking, and there really is no better feeling than being in the middle of the ocean breathing in fresh air and feeling the brisk salty water hit your skin. Our Captains for the day began firing up the bbq, and next thing we knew – we were in seafood heaven with plates of lobster, freshly grilled fish, king prawns and an array of mouth watering canapes and salads.
We wanted to explore Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel on our boat day however due to a strong change in wind, our route was altered. Be prepared for this, but rest assured that any area you visit will still be magical and worth every penny. Our day at sea was a true highlight of the trip, snorkeling with the beautiful turtles and watching wild dolphins swim along the boat with us as the sun went down.
Zilwa Attitude/Gran Zil
We highly recommend allocating 1 day of your itinerary to visiting Zilwa Attitude Hotel
and taking a step back in time on their private island, Gran Zil
. As soon as we arrived, the island felt like going back to a Robinson Crusoe era. With a rustic undertone, the beach shack is designed as a communal space to eat their Mauritian inspired BBQ with a plethora of seafood (ofcoarse), hearty meat off cuts, and a colourful spread of local salads and freshly cooked hot pot currys baking in the ground. Spend your hours here relaxing by the sea, reading a book or swimming in the sapphire shores that Gran Zil has to offer.
We asked our Faithfull Muses what their highlight was from our trip, and many came back and said the simple interaction with the women from our Basket Weaving and we couldn’t agree more. MyMoris
opens a window in on the traditions of Mauritius villages and their traditional artisan skills. A womens cooperative directed by Fabiola and her friends, gives you the chance to see and partake in the artisanal method of Vacoas: leaf weaving, which transpires from Madagascar and other African countries.
The lovely women explain through translation the process of leaf picking, drying and their preparation. They talk about their grandmothers, their ancestors and what life in Mauritius is like for them today – with gleaming smiles on their faces the entire time.
We recommend to leave some space in your suitcase so you can purchase some of their beautiful woven bags, ensuring you remember Fabiola and the women of the cooperative for years to come.
What to Pack
There’s no denying that Mauritius is hot, hot, hot – so sweet summer dresses, bikini’s and pareo’s are a must for this vacation. Here are some of our favourite looks from Mauritius to pair back effortlessly with your Ancient Greek Slides by day and By Far strappy heels by night.
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We hope this guide has given you a little taste and insight into what Mauritius is truly like. Whether you are a group of friends, a couple or a solo sun-seeker, this African island really has something for everyone. Be prepared to leave with a happy heart, full stomach and deep bikini tan lines. Until next time..