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The six favourite waterfalls in Mauritius

Mauritius is now in the summer months, with few tourists visiting the island in October. Conditions are perfect for exploring some of the island’s most beautiful waterfalls within easy reach or a hike away. Take a refreshing swim in some of the island’s pristine natural pools surrounded by stunning scenery.    6 waterfalls to discover in Mauritius Chamarel Waterfall Located in the south-west, the island’s highest waterfall is nestled in the Black River Gorges. It can be reached easily from the reserve of the “Terres des Sept couleurs”. Within this natural setting of endemic flora and fauna, the waterfall unveils itself in its full splendour either at the top or at the foot of the chutes.   Rochester Falls Further south, near the village of Souillac, Rochester Falls is the best known and certainly the most spectacular waterfall in Mauritius. Access to it is easily reached by car prior to a short walk. Popular for its refreshing rushing water, the waterfall is very popular during school holidays. With boulders shaped by water flow, it offers a unique and spectacular experience.   The 7 Waterfalls (Tamarind Falls) Tamarind Falls is a stream of flowing water consisting of several small waterfalls, which gave it its name. Located in the Black River Gorges National Park, it can be reached through the small village of Henrietta in the centre of Mauritius. Several hiking trails lead to it and the best way to get the most out of this place is to hire a guide to spot the endemic species along the way.   Eau Bleue Clear turquoise waters, Eau Bleue is a true delight for the eyes. Close to the village of Cluny in the south, in the middle of cane fields and forests, this very accessible waterfall is perfect for a picnic and swimming during a family walk.   Alexandra Falls Although less easily accessible and reserved for experienced hikers, Alexandra Falls is a real opportunity to get deep into the heart of the local fauna and flora: the pink pigeon, the green catechist, monkeys and many endemic trees can be spotted along the way. Get a guide to escort you on this magical trip.   Grande Rivière Sud Est Waterfall On this occasion, a boat will take you to this smaller waterfall located in the south-east of Mauritius near Ile aux Cerfs. The site is very popular but the visit is worth it. Once you cross the lagoon, the boat will take you to the foot of the waterfall, a short distance away from a densely vegetated river branch. Be careful before jumping into the water, which is home to juvenile and rather shy bulldog sharks.   Our advice: ask our concierge to book you a day trip with a guide to the hard-to-reach waterfalls or go on your own with a picnic. Enjoy the coolness of the pools and don’t dive from the top without checking their depth.


Upcoming sports events in Mauritius

Sportive meetings are back again, much to athletes’ and spectators’ enjoyment, who came to admire the best performances. Mauritius is particularly well suited for international events, set between mountains and coast. Sports enthusiasts, players or supporters, check out three competitions to attend or watch while staying at one of our resorts.   Upcoming sports events in Mauritius The Moka Trail on 1 October Trails have become a popular sport over the past 15 years and more and more local enthusiasts are joining the ranks of international champions and challenging each other to their fullest potential. The Moka Trail is one of the many annual competitions offering a unique opportunity to discover central Mauritius through a number of mountain peaks and typical local villages.   Although the entire splendid journey along a rugged and unspoilt landscape is more for experienced trail runners, less experienced runners can still participate in the shorter Deux Mamelles trail. This sporting event annually brings together athletes from the Indian Ocean region as well as Mauritians and many foreigners also join in. Three different trails are organized: the Grand Pouce, a demanding race of 28km and 1350m of climbing; the Petit Both with a total of 14km and a 650m of climbing; and the Deux Mamelles, a 7km trail that can be completed in a leisurely manner. Everything is well organized and full medical support and assistance is provided. You can still register by following this link: https://trailpei.run/course/moka-trail/     The 4th BEACHCOMBER GOLF CUP from 10 to 13 November Tiger Wood fans, golf putt perfectionists or swing devotees, grab your sunglasses and head out to the course to watch the best French and local club golfers. This first amateur golf competition in match-play over 6 holes welcomes the best French National teams. The competition is held at Mont Choisy le Golf, a spectacular course in the north of Mauritius, with breathtaking views over the lagoon and the northern islands. An opportunity to enjoy a high-level competition and to discover a golf track to play in the future.   The Indian Ocean Triathlon on 12 November Set in the foothills of Le Morne mountain and the lagoon’s crystal-clear waters, the Indian Ocean Triathlon is one of the most challenging and exciting ways to compete with Mauritius’ elite athletes. The participants will experience three intense challenges within this heavenly setting: swimming in the lagoon, climbing the Chamarel hill and running on Le Morne beach, in a great and friendly atmosphere. To register: https://www.njuko.net/iot2022/select_competition     Make the most of your holiday in Mauritius by attending or participating in sports competitions. A unique opportunity to be totally immersed in exceptional landscapes and to meet new people and create more links with the Mauritians.


The most popular golf courses available in the west of Mauritius

Mauritius has some of the best golf courses in the world, many of them designed by champions with views over the ocean or the mountains, making it one of the best travel destinations in the world. As an experienced golfer or a beginner, there are three golf courses on the west coast offering exciting moments in a beautiful setting.   Tamarina Golf Club, nestled between river and savannah A 15m drive from your Marguery Villas resort, Tamarina stands as a haven of peace within this western region’s somewhat dry landscape. The 18-hole par 72 championship course was designed by architect Rodney Wright and covers 206 hectares. Similar to all golf courses in Mauritius, the 18-hole championship par 72 course combines technical challenges with superb views of Rempart Mountain and Tamarin Bay to the delight of players. Drive your golf cart around the track and enjoy the small, wild river branch and share the green with the many monkeys and ducks that populate the area. A wide range of facilities are at your disposal: a practice ground, a Pro Shop, an Academy and professional PGA instructors. After the game, take a refreshing dip in the Dix-Neuf, the clubhouse.   The Paradis Golf Club The Paradis Golf Club is located at the foot of the Morne mountain and consists of an 18-hole Par 72 course of almost 6000m, set between the lagoon and the legendary mountain shadow. A Tropical golf course, where native plants thrive along the beach lined with palm and coconut trees. A guaranteed change of scenery that will appeal to experienced golfers with the design of bunkers and fairways by Pro Tony Johnstone. The clubhouse is open to golfers after the game. A fully equipped Pro Shop with a wide range of international brands, a practice ground, and three chip & putts for short game enjoyment are also available. The Golf Academy and instructors provide customized lessons.   Heritage Golf Club – an exceptional course Further south, in Bel Ombre, the sublime and award-winning Heritage course is one of the most beautiful in Mauritius. Its 100 hectares of breathtaking scenery stretch from the mountain tops down to the rolling waves. The 18-hole championship course, designed by renowned South African golf architect Peter Matkovich, winds its way between the majestic green of the mountains and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean. Heritage promises an unforgettable experience and thrill for experienced golfers and those looking for an initiation to the game, regardless of your level. Besides the 18-hole championship course, a 9-hole (Par 3) course, a putting green and a chipping green are also to be found. Night golf is also on offer. The Country Club has a Pro Shop, changing rooms, bar and restaurant for a drink and a replay.   Forgot your putts? Nothing to worry about, every golf course rents them out. Playing golf on the west coast of Mauritius is an intense experience not to be missed!


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 “.


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.


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.  


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.