I’m behind. As usual. I’ve already been on another trip since Mauritius and the Seychelles, and I’m ready to stay put for a while. Next on the docket is a quick beach trip for the dog–obviously, the infamous, excessive Toasty beach vacation! (See here and here). That should actually be relaxing.
It was a whirlwind trip, and one well worth all of the points/miles that we spent getting there and staying there. I’m not sure it was quite as relaxing as either one of us would have liked, but we did enjoy a few days of down time doing nothing but lazing by the beach/pool, enjoying a beer, and reading. Ok, so there was probably a morning run thrown in there. And some snorkeling. But you get the idea.
I wish it wasn’t so far to the Indian Ocean. It’s so beautiful. Yes, a beach is a beach is a beach. But without a doubt, the beaches in Mauritius were some of the best I’ve ever seen. The food in Mauritius was crazy expensive but delicious, and we also went to a rhumerie (a rum distillery), which is something I never would have done without some nudging from the concierge, but it was so much fun! I’m so glad we went to the Seychelles, too. We enjoyed the giant tortoises on Ile Moyenne, as well as the famous La Digue beaches particularly.
This was a dream trip for us, one that has been on our bucket list for at least five years. I wish we had a few more days, particularly after our flight from the states to Dubai was delayed, resulting in one less night in Mauritius. There is so much to see in both places, and we barely nicked the surface.
We stayed on points the entire trip (thanks Starwood Preferred Guest!) and each hotel was very different but met our needs and more. In Mauritius, we stayed at the St. Regis on the southwest side of the island before moving to the Westin at the northwest side, in the Seychelles we stayed the entire time at the Le Meridien on Mahe, and used it as a jumping off point for a few quick day trips which worked well for the time we were there. There are so many choices of where to stay–and honestly, where you stay is largely dependent on your budget. Things are not cheap in either Mauritius or the Seychelles. When we arrived at the airport in the Seychelles, our driver laughed and said he was flying to Mauritius for medical care because it was cheaper. Mauritius was expensive, but the Seychelles were definitely even more so!
I can’t wait to share more about the places we visited, the hotels, etc. In the meantime, have a Happy President’s Day in the United States–I for one am off from work, and still am sick, so trying to weigh sleeping in bed and trying to get some of those chores done. Oh yea, and the dog is terrorizing me since DH is out of the country. So mainly I’m trying to keep tabs on that wild animal. #bigproblemshere