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A relaxing and idle holiday in Mauritius

The true essence of a holiday is allowing yourself time for your well-being, enjoy yourself, and recharge your batteries. Our Marguery Villas resort is an ideal setting for an exclusive and relaxing holiday. We make a point of ensuring your stay is a truly peaceful and serene one.     Peace of mind in a relaxing environment Your spacious and bright Villa serves as your stay’s highlight. Designed to be as comfortable as possible and to make you feel at home, your villa is a haven of tranquillity devoted to your well-being and relaxation. Its private garden offers all the privacy you could wish for in a swirl of exotic fragrances perfect for moments of total wellness. We therefore suggest a selection of exclusive experiences to make your stay unforgettable and treat yourself to the very best.   – The asana facing the sun Yoga is a Sanskrit word that stands for relaxation. Set up as a lifestyle practice, it helps to de-stress the body while bringing peace of mind. Never tried it before? Go ahead and introduce yourself to it! Yoga sessions are available in the Villa or on the beach. Along with birdsong or the gentle sea murmur, get back in touch with your inner self and energize your body.   – Meditation for complete serenity We also run meditation sessions in villas or on the beach. Feel yourself inspired by Mauritius’ natural energy. Close your eyes, let your body and soul drift in peace, feel the warmth of the sun on your skin: you soon reach a state of complete serenity.   – Personal or couple massage and wellness care Relaxation and well-being are the key words to describe body therapy. Treat yourself to the skillful hands of our expert and savour the moment from the comfort of your terrace or kiosk. Icing on the cake, a holistic and healing formula is also proposed inVillas.   – Indulge yourself with a healthy diet Holidays in Mauritius are the ideal time to pay due attention to your eating habits. Discover local, healthy and tasty Mauritian cuisine, ready to be delivered in your Villa. Check out our best addresses in Black River with our concierge desk if you wish to eat organic.   Soak up the Mauritian spirit of relaxed tropical living, taking the time to live at your own pace, to suit your moods and needs. At Marguery Villa, we pride ourselves on making well-being and serenity an integral part of your holiday. Let’s pause and savour the pleasure of slowing down the pace between two exciting excursions on the island, keeping in mind the famous quote by Baudelaire who once lived here: ” Everything here is luxury, calm and harmony “.

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Ganesh Chaturthi: religious festival of Mauritius

Ganesh Chaturthi is the most famous national religious festival for both locals and visitors to the West Coast of Mauritius. Celebrated by the Marathi community on September 1 this year, this festival honours Ganesh, one of the most important gods of the Hindu pantheon. A unique opportunity to share fervour in a dazzling display of colour. Do not miss it! It’ s also a great time to capture some wonderful shots and bring back amazing memories!Ganesh Chaturthi: A ten-day celebration in MauritiusThe Marathi community of Tamarin celebrates this important festival of their calendar with great devotion. The festivities begin with every household placing a clay statue of Ganesh in their home ten days before the final ritual, which consists of immersing it in the rivers or the sea. This period is devoted to fasting, prayers and the observation of rituals such as Vedic incantations in groups and the practice of the “jhakri“, a traditional dance native to the Indian region of Konkan accompanied by the “dholak“, an Indian drum.A visit to the pink temple on the main road to Tamarin village is a good opportunity to learn about the symbolic importance of the sacred site.Ganesh Chaturthi procession in MauritiusThis procession signals the beginning of the festivities before its climax, the immersion. The Marathis depart from the temple in a joyful din of cymbals, music, prayers and the scent of incense and head towards Tamarin Bay. Beautifully dressed in saris or shimmering traditional outfits, women sing fervently, accompanied by young girls who dance with sticks that they clash in a twirling choreography. Men carry the statues of Ganesh that are to be immersed. The whole village gathers on the beach, near the boat landing, to join in the ceremonies.The immersion ritualAfter the traditional prayers, the men carrying the statues step into the water. Sometimes struggling against a rough sea, they hold the statues firmly and proceed into the water almost to the point of losing contact with the bottom. On the beach, songs and prayers intensify, everybody’s eyes glow. The statues are delicately placed on the bottom and some men do not hesitate to dive to make sure that they stand perfectly straight. Made of clay, they will gradually dissolve in the ocean. If you explore the bay with a snorkel, you may find traces of them.CoconutsPart of the final ritual is to throw the traditional coconuts used for prayers towards the statues. Some are plain, others are beautifully painted in bright colours representing female or male figures. After the festival in Tamarin, for four or five days, they may be found along the shore of the bay. As the sun sets, families gather to enjoy a traditional meal.  Our tip:Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated late afternoon. Park at the bay and head to the temple if you wish to watch the whole procession. Otherwise, join the spectators near the boat landing and feel free to chat with members of the Marathi community to learn more about their religious practices.

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Top 5 for an aperitif in Tamarin, Mauritius

The weekend is just around the corner and you feel like relaxing after a day exploring the island or working from home? Check out our five recommended cosmopolitan, local, Spanish or French places for a laid-back aperitif within a ten-minute drive or walk from Marguery Villas, Mauritius.The best places for an aperitif near Marguery Villas, Mauritius.Take advantage of the best places for an aperitif with friends or family just a few minutes walk from your resort.The KioskLocated in front of Marguery Villas, it is the perfect place to sip your favorite drink while your children play around in the small shopping center. The place is always friendly and never crowded. Watch a rooster climb one of the big trees while sitting comfortably in the lounge area or at one of the tables. The ideal side dish for your beer or wine: chicken pops, French fries or a choice of samosas and spring rolls.Bodega La PlanchaThe excellent bodega La Plancha, also located in Ruisseau-Créole, serves authentic Basque cuisine and tapas. Perched on a stool around its high tables, customers may order several types of delicious imported products based on Mediterranean and Basque cuisine: squid, shrimp, shells, snails, clams, marinades… Gourmet pleasures are always on the menu along with good wines.The best addresses for an aperitif in Tamarin, MauritiusDirection Tamarin, a few minutes drive from your resort, Marguery Villas, to discover places with a good atmosphere for a successful aperitif.Chez Lulu at Cap Tamarin, Mauritius, for an aperitif in a bistroA friendly bistro atmosphere and conviviality are guaranteed on Thursdays from 5:30 pm at Cap Tamarin Square, at the entrance to the village. This authentic and trendy bistro attracts regulars of afterworks. On the menu: a game of pétanque, tapas and cocktails as well as the famous wine cellar. Moreover, live music is available for dancing and enjoying a great relaxing moment in a laid-back atmosphere. A new festive theme is selected every week and has become a favourite event on the West Coast.Big Willy’sA few steps away from Cap Tamarin Square, the Big (for the regulars) welcomes cosmopolitan customers in a spacious garden with two outdoor bars. Lots of space, a great screen for sports events, a Beer Garden to taste the best local and international beers and a wide choice of cocktails, a karaoke for music lovers… Big Willy’s is the ideal place to enjoy tapas or dinner before a night out. For a late-night drink, the club will play live music from 9pm on some Fridays.Le FrenchieLocated at the entrance of the Gorges route in a tiny shopping center, the Frenchie is a meeting place for both regulars and late-nighters. Sit under the coral garden patio or at the bar and enjoy a beer or a cocktail listening to our local DJ from 7pm onwards. A warm and relaxed atmosphere, perfect to start the weekend.To make the most of your stay and nightlife in Tamarin and Black River, nothing compares to an aperitif. All these places are open without reservation, except for Chez Lulu where it is recommended to book a table, given the affluence.  

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Discover Le Morne with an anthropologist

The most famous mountain of Mauritius profoundly influences the history of the country. With its rugged landscape and long history of misery, Le Morne Brabant has become the symbol of resistance to slavery. A cultural outing on this mountain rich in history and oral traditions, led by a passionate anthropologist.Maya de Salle, your guide in MauritiusMy Moris agency has been organising cultural discovery tours of Mauritius for several years and has much more to offer than its magnificent beaches. A pioneer in cultural tourism, My Moris offers a unique insight into Mauritian culture.Maya de Salle is an anthropologist who has studied the oral history of the descendants of slaves, the indentured labourers, the rituals of traditional medicine and even the Mauritian Tipik Sega. She also participated in the recognition of the Morne as a “Cultural Landscape” by UNESCO in 2008, which makes her the best guide to discover the history of the Morne.Le Morne Brabant, Mauritius , the refuge and grave of maroon slavesThe mountain, with its steep, forested slopes, was used as a refuge by escaped slaves, the maroons, during the 18th century and the first years of the 19th. Almost impossible to reach, the fugitive slaves – the maroon slaves – gathered and settled in caves and on top of the Morne.When the abolition of slavery was decreed in 1835, military officers climbed the mountain to inform the slaves. The latter, misunderstanding the intentions of these men, took fright and many of them threw themselves into the void. This act of sheer determination shows the final escape of many of the slaves from servitude.With Maya, you will discover the unknown aspects of life on the mountain, as well as the importance of the oral tradition for these men uprooted from their native land in Africa or Madagascar.After the history, the landscapeA visit to Le Morne Brabant also offers the advantage of a splendid panorama over the Black River Gorges and the lagoon of Mauritius. Even if the visit is not to the top, it is more than enough to discover a breathtakingly beautiful landscape from the viewpoint. This provides a taste for any of you who would like to climb the Morne in the company of our recommended sports providers.This exciting cultural outing, just twenty minutes from your residence, Marguery Villas, will plunge you into the troubled history of your favourite holiday destination. Our concierge service is at your disposal for any reservation.

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Encounter with dolphins by boat in Mauritius

A great crystal-clear lagoon with lots of fish, a chance to meet the dolphins that live on the west coast of Mauritius, isolated islands where you can pretend you are Robinson: embark on an unforgettable excursion and enjoy a day of discovery of ocean wildlife, just a stone’s throw away from your hotel residence, Marguery Villas.First stage : Morning boat trip in MauritiusStart the day with an encounter with the underwater environment of Mauritius. You will have the chance to admire the diversity and the calmness of the environment.Encounter with the dolphins in MauritiusEarly in the morning, excitement abounds at the pier as we set out to discover these magnificent marine mammals of Tamarin. To be able to observe the spinner dolphins in their natural environment at Mauritius and to witness how they perform is a unique experience. On board, the skipper will brief you on the species and above all on the rules to be respected for a dolphin watching that does not disturb their routine. In Mauritius, it is possible to swim with the dolphins but it is forbidden to touch them. These animals, even if they are used to the ballet of boats, remain wild and may be hunting or accompanied by young. With a mask and flippers, enjoy their graceful, powerful and fast motion.Swimming among beautiful fishHaving just recovered from these beautiful emotions, climb back on board: the boat anchors on a fishy site in the middle of the corals. Another enchantment awaits you in these transparent waters, surrounded by swarms of multicoloured fish. Some skippers keep breadcrumbs to feed these shy guests. With your mask and snorkel, set off to meet the species that populate this great lagoon, where the water is as refreshing as can be.Second step : Afternoon relaxation in MauritiusAfter this beautiful and sportive morning, relax on an island and share a unique moment of conviviality!Ile aux BénitiersAre you hungry after all these explorations? Head to this comma-shaped island, uninhabited but home to a pretty filao (spruce) forest. In a lagoon with shallow waters, the famous and tiny Crystal Rock made of volcanic rock emerges like a mushroom.The crew is busy grilling the meat and already, the tasty aromas draw you to the hut where you will have lunch. Feet in the sand, enjoy a cold beer or a rhum arrangé while kids explore the islet and pretend to be Robinsons. The island is so small, you can quickly get around it. Go to the southern tip to admire the majestic profile of the Morne mountain from the sandy spit that juts out into the sea.A short nap at the foot of a filao tree or a digestive dip, and you are ready to return to the mainland.A smooth way backIf your crew is hosting a music lover, you may have already had a taste of the Sega sung by a skipper. The mood is always relaxed and friendly as you enjoy a cocktail while gazing towards the skyline. Filled up with sun and swimming, enjoy the gentle trade winds and the flight of the sea birds over the water. You may see the round green head of a turtle emerge from the water to gasp for air.To make the most of your day, ask your concierge to arrange your booking with one of our recommended providers.

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A trip to the south-east: a day in Mahébourg

This village in the south of Mauritius, close to the airport, boasts an authentic charm and a historical background dating back to the great colonial times. Very lively, open to the sea and focused on its history, Mahébourg offers many places of interest to discover in one day.Traditional handicrafts: vacoa weaving at the Utilis workshopYou will come across them in any market or shop in Mauritius. The woven vacoa is one of the country’s handicraft specialities and is available in baskets, ornamental objects, gift sets, etc. The pandanus or vacoa is a tropical plant shaped like a sun umbrella, and its leaves are the raw material. The Utilis workshop brings together women artisans who work with the plant at each stage: planting, cutting, drying and weaving. In the workshop, one discovers the meticulous and patient work to make basketry objects, that will be authentic holiday souvenirs to bring back in your luggage.The Museum of National History: The Navy comes to life!This is a place that will delight children and fascinate adults with its wealth of historical objects. At the end of a long tree-lined driveway, a colonial mansion, a former family home, has been transformed into a museum. Its beautiful rooms contain magnificent collections of objects tracing the history of Mauritius from its discovery to the present day.The museum displays several maps and drawings dating back to the Dutch colony of the island. A collection of furniture, paintings, coins and fine porcelain dating back to the Ming Dynasty is also on display. Among the most precious pieces is the bell of the Saint-Géran, the famous ship that sank according to the novel “Paul and Virginia”. There is also a display case showing the 1810 naval battle of Grand Port between the British and the French, Napoleon’s only maritime victory.In the gardens, canons, sea anchors, a railway passenger carriage and a governor’s carriage, alas in poor condition. The museum is open to all and free of charge.After this visit, walk through the streets of Mahebourg and stop at the waterfront to admire the view and find something to eat.The cassava biscuit, proudly Mauritian!For more than 140 years, the Rault family has been making delicious cassava-based biscuits, a unique product in the world that makes Mauritius proud. A visit to the biscuit factory is to immerse yourself in the traditional and timeless production of these products whose recipe has remained a secret. These manioc biscuits have a childhood memory for many Mauritians who grew up with them at tea time and they were particularly useful during cyclones when bread was lacking.Here, everything is handmade and the visit of the workshop is completed with aromatic delights that can be discovered in the shop. The manioc biscuits are now available in several flavours (vanilla, coconut, cinnamon, aniseed …). The shop offers you the opportunity to purchase these little biscuits which will remind you of Mauritius upon the end of your holidays.This day in Mahebourg will be a particularly enriching visit in terms of culture and heritage

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Excursion: Chamarel on an electro bike

Do you feel like discovering the magnificent landscapes of Mauritius differently? Get on an electric bike with DunienZil, our provider of off the beaten track cultural excursions and discoveries. A thrilling and exciting ride from Chamarel in the highlands to Bel-Ombre on the south-west coast.Coffee and a great view to start withThe electro bike is a bicycle fitted with both pedals and an electric engine that enables you to ride effortlessly, even on hills, as is the case on this family outing. The meeting point is at Le Chamarel restaurant, an elegant establishment located on the edge of the forest and overlooking the Black River Gorges. While tasting your local coffee, this one from Chamarel precisely, enjoy the extraordinary 180° panorama, from the deep green of the forests to the intense blue of the ocean. You are ready to start your sports and culture day.Chamarel Rhum FactoryLocated a few kilometres from the starting point, the Rhum Factory may be visited with a guide who explains each stage of the production of the best local rhum. After discovering the factory’s fragrance, visitors are invited to taste their various types, particularly pineapple grown on the premises of the factory, which are available in three different recipes.The natural curiosities of ChamarelAfter this aromatic experience, back on the electric bikes and through the coffee plantations and woods for a refreshing stop at the Chamarel waterfall. At the end of an ochre-coloured path, the waterfall bubbles up to 100 metres. In summer, don’t hesitate to have a swim.A short distance away, the famous Land of 7 colours. This geological curiosity is quite impressive and takes the form of a hill with gentle slopes where the famous variations in colour are juxtaposed. The reason for these geological colourings is the soil, which is rich in volcanic ash and minerals, and the decomposition of basalt.A final point of interest that will delight children is the giant tortoises, placid and impressive in their enclosure.Downhill to Bel-Ombre and lunch at the ChâteauIt’s time to start the descent in the middle of the cane fields and woods to reach the south-west coast. The lagoon unveils its turquoise palette, the air becomes salty, the pirogues in the distance whistle in the wind. We reach Bel-Ombre and its magnificent Château, a 19th century colonial-style manor house set in a sumptuous French garden and dotted with thousand-year-old trees. An elegant table and refined cuisine will conclude this wonderful journey of discovery.The electro bike tour is safe and well supervised thanks to a guide on a bike and a vehicle controlling the tour. It is suitable for children over 7 years old. The electro bike does not require any special effort and is appropriate for anyone in normal physical condition. Our concierge service will take care of your reservation with our service provider.