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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. 

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8 picturesque village names in Mauritius

During your stay in Mauritius, discover the island and let yourself be charmed by the mysterious names of some villages. History, anecdotes and other cultural heritages have contributed to the naming of the villages of Quatre Cocos, Curepipe and Pointe du Diable.– Poudre d’OrAccording to Bernardin de Saint-Pierre, author of the novel “Paul et Virginie”, it is the particularly golden sand that gives its name to the coastal village about fifteen minutes from Mythic Suites & Villas on the east coast. It is also opposite this village that the author sets the shipwreck of the Saint-Géran, which is honoured by a monument on the waterfront.– Trou d’Eau DouceThe name of the village comes from the confluence of a drinking water source and the sea. Trou d’Eau Douce was one of the Dutch anchorage and supply points on their way to their colonies to the East Indies.Quatre CocosThe name of the small coastal village of Quatre Cocos pays tribute to four historical figures from the beginning of the 20th century, four “Cocos” who worked for the region as well as for the country.– La Pointe du DiableBetween Anse du Petit-Sable and Anse-Bambous, Pointe-du-Diable was an important military base for the French. There is a fort and a battery of anti-vessel cannons to help protect against English invasions from the sea. Its strategic proximity to Grand-Port is a reminder of Napoleon’s sole naval victory in 1810.– Quatre-Soeurs and Deux-FrèresThe neighbouring villages of Quatre-Soeurs and Deux-Frères owe their names to the six heirs of the Chéron family. It is one of the most peaceful coasts in Mauritius. Bordered by beautiful green mountains, life flows quietly between the sea and the peaks.– MahébourgThe southern village is a tribute to the French governor Mahé de Labourdonnais, who erected the original walls in the early 1800s. The charming village is certainly one of the most strongly impacted by the island’s colonial history, featuring a unique naval museum.– Gris-GrisOn the south-east coast, this rugged landscape reminds us of Brittany and its cliffs overlooking the deep blue waters. With constant waves, sea spray and wind, the atmosphere is beautifully nostalgic, hence the name.– Le MorneTwenty minutes from Marguery Villas, this mountain, after which this coastal village is named, was the site of a tragedy. In 1835, following the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, a detachment of English policemen was sent to inform the maroon slaves of Le Morne of their free status. But they misunderstood their intention and, in panic, jumped off the cliff.– CurepipeCurepipe, an important stop along the stagecoach, was a place where travellers could smoke and clean their pipes, as the Napoleonic soldiers used to do in the garrison in the town.  Don’t hesitate to set off along this route of poetic names of villages from the east to the west coast of Mauritius to enjoy the multicultural heritage of the island.

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Excursion: A day in Chamarel, Mauritius

Fancy a refreshing walk in the mountains? Head for Chamarel, a charming village overlooking the magnificent Morne lagoon. Mauritius mountain ranges hold many unexpected and authentic encounters with the locals in these quiet little villages. Join us for a fun-filled day, with walking shoes or sports shoes.Winding road and breath-taking viewsWhen leaving Marguery Villas, head for Le Morne. Once you have passed through the village of Petite Rivière-Noire, take the road that runs alongside the church and climbs steeply towards the summits of the Gorges National Park. It is already getting colder, even though the difference in altitude is not very significant. The winding road opens up into dense, bright green forests. Keep an eye out for the many monkeys that live in this unspoilt environment.After ten minutes or so, you will reach the viewpoint for your first stop: a breath-taking panorama where the emerald of the forests gives way to the turquoise of the lagoon. The island unfolds in splendid natural beauty, revealing its unique beauty from on high.Picking Chinese guavas!The good treat of this April outing is the Chinese guava season, a tradition that is an integral part of local folklore. From April to June in Plaine Champagne (about ten kilometres away), Mauritians, equipped with a bag, set off in search of these bushes bearing the precious red fruits. There are two kinds of guavas in Mauritius: the red, slightly acidic “China” guavas and the larger, yellow, slightly more acidic “China de France” guavas (don’t try to explain it). Guava trees grow on both sides of the road, so you just have to park and walk into the thick vegetation, often growing tall. The task is not always easy, everyone calls out to each other to avoid getting lost, but the result is worth it: guavas can be eaten plain, with a touch of salt and chilli or in jelly and jam. You can eat them generously during the harvest, but be careful not to let yourself get carried away.A good Mauritian mealAfter this epic harvest, you are in the mood for a good meal. You can choose between a typical lunch in one of the village’s “tables d’hôtes” or a more gastronomic break at the restaurant Le Chamarel. In both cases, you will enjoy Mauritian cuisine, but the table d’hôtes provides a more intimate and interesting experience of sharing with the villagers.Visit to the Chamarel RhumeryFeaturing a stunning stone chimney, a distillery and acres of fruit plantations, the Rhumerie de Chamarel is an interesting place to learn all about the making of quality agricultural rhum. Watch the production process with the copper stills and the cellars with their oak barrels where the rhum is aged. Parents will enjoy tasting the different kinds of rhums and bring back a 100% local gift in their luggage.Excited about this excursion? Ask your concierge to book a lunch spot and let yourself be charmed by the experience!

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The Black River Gorges: An adventure in the heart of nature

In the mood for a full breath of fresh air? Do not miss the opportunity to discover the last endemic primary forest of Mauritius. The Black River Gorges National Park offers a multitude of possible activities accessible to all, with its forests, trails, waterfalls, rivers and mountains, just ten minutes from your resort, Marguery Villas.Getting to know the Gorges?It all depends on what you want to do. The park opens at 7am, a favourite with the early morning walkers and joggers who enjoy the coolness of the morning and the peacefulness of the site. On weekdays, the park is not very crowded, and at weekends it is more popular with families.Some people choose to park at the entrance and then walk the 2.5km of quiet, shaded road to the grounds, following the children on their bikes or rollerblades. Want to save energy to explore the trails? Go directly to the car park.Immersion in a preserved and endemic natureManaged by the National Parks Conservation Service, the national park – with free access – covers an area of 67.54 km², a dry and damp forest and 60 kilometres of paths. Its forest covers 2.5% of the island’s surface and it is home to more than 300 endemic plant species and 9 species of birds unique to Mauritius, including the famous pink pigeon, the kestrel and the large green cape. The Piton de la Petite Rivière-Noire, the highest peak of the island, reaches 800m.On arrival, don’t hesitate to visit the visitors’ centre, which lists the animal and plant life of the area, to help you spot the species you are bound to come across in the park.Shaded walk and river branchThe first part of the walk is suitable for everyone. The tree-lined trail is rocky at times (watch out for ankles) and in the rainy season you are likely to cross a few water fords on the way. Around you, the tall trees rustle softly in the wind, a green swallow shrieks and you will probably see large bats flying over the trees in the late afternoon. Here and there, marked paths climb to the top. The kiosk is a popular picnic spot, but for more privacy, take one of the first paths past the car park and you’ll come across the cool white water. A dip in the water is a must in the summer, but during heavy rains, the water flow is rapid, so keep an eye on the children.The Gorges trekking version for experienced sports loversIf you’re a climber who isn’t afraid of the difference in altitude, then the trails are for you. Between Difil, Pétrin, Macchabées, Piton, the experience is great and the pleasures are equal to the difficulties. The important thing is to have the right shoes, water and if possible, to go in a group. There is no network in the park, so if you are solo, let the concierge know your expected return time: sometimes walkers get lost. The view from the top over the west coast and inland is absolutely fabulous and well worth the effort!A refreshing and invigorating outing to do with family or sports friends. Let our concierges organise a picnic in the Gorges for you! Read all about it here

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The advantages of having a concierge service at the heart of the Resort

A holiday or a long stay in Mauritius, a dream come true, and now you have settled in your superb individual Villa at Marguery, all ready to explore our beautiful island and its treasures. Where to start, what to see, where to dine, find a babysitter or order a massage in the Villa? At your service, our concierges are the best planners and organizers to satisfy all your needs!The concierge, a dedicated service for your happinessOur three Marguery Villas concierges, Jonathan, Olivier and Vinesh, under the leadership of Alexandre, are at your disposal 24/7 from 8am to 8pm at the reception. Their sound advice and knowledge of their island contribute greatly to an unforgettable experience. Their role? To assist you in the planning of your stay. Their services range from personalised and tailor-made activities to providing accurate answers to all your questions about Mauritius.From your arrival to your departure, one contact person, the conciergeOur absolute priority is to ensure you are happy, relaxed and carefree. The concierge service uses all its know-how, availability and kindness to make your stay a success from the first to the last day. As your first contact with the staff of our hotel residence, our privileged concierges will do their utmost to meet your expectations.Do you need to rent a car on arrival in Mauritius, hire a taxi or benefit from a private transfer? We take care of all the formalities to make your life easier. In case of early arrival at Marguery Villas or late departure, our concierges are there to assist you.Helping you organise your stayOur concierges use their years of experience and their excellent knowledge of Mauritius to advise you, suggest and book activities or recommend reliable service providers we work with. Excursions, cultural outings, shopping, delivery of groceries, restaurants, local life …: tell us your needs, your desires.From daily management to special events: a dedicated teamWhen you stay at Marguery Villas, you benefit from a whole range of top-of-the-range hotel services in a villa. To order a fresh breakfast, book a wellness treatment, have a chef come to your home or be catered for at lunch or dinner, all you need to do is make a quick phone call.On honeymoon or in Mauritius to celebrate your wedding anniversary? Share your ideas and we will help you with our enthusiasm and tailor-made solutions to make it a magical and unique moment!With our concierge service, experience not only memorable discoveries, but also the satisfaction of a chic and refined stay. Guided and accompanied by your private concierge, Jonathan, Olivier or Vinesh, live each day at Marguery Villas to the full.Book your trip directly on our website.

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4 ideas where to picnic in West Mauritius

Mauritius summer is just wonderful. Midday is around the corner and you don’t feel like having lunch indoors. Why not treat yourself to a meal in the middle of nature?A lunch break surrounded by trees: our 4 green west coast suggestionsHere are three addresses combining the greenery and the gustatory pleasure as well as a magnificent place to picnic, close to our hotel residence Marguery Villas.– Vanilla VillageThe most bohemian and pleasant place to combine a healthy/savoury lunch and enjoy local crafts. In the shade of its large, century-old trees, taste delicious fresh salads or excellent burgers, accompanied by homemade iced tea, before discovering the region’s local talent in the charming little shops.– OusapornThe best Thai restaurant in the west welcomes guests in a beautiful and lush tropical garden. Shaded by large Malagasy umbrellas, surrounded by the fragrant flowers, the cuisine is rich in flavours and surprising culinary discoveries. Generous portions (as is the chili pepper, not for those with sensitive stomachs!), welcoming patrons, an assortment of delicious dishes, Ousaporn is a great place to treat yourself to a bucolic lunch, both for the palate and for the eyes.  – Le ChamarelTake in the spectacular panorama of Black River from Chamarel. A narrow and picturesque road climbs to the top of the highest mountain in Mauritius, about 15 minutes’ drive from Marguery Villas. Before having lunch at Le Chamarel restaurant, enjoy the breath-taking view over the lagoons of Le Morne and Black River.Le Chamarel is set in a rustic, tree-shaded setting with its wooden terrace with a stunning view over the surroundings. It serves refined Creole cuisine with many local products on the menu: it is an opportunity to discover some Mauritian specialities in a lush setting, either on tasting menus or à la carte.– A picnic in the GorgesDuring the month of February, it’s in the Black River Gorges that one goes in search of freshness and open space. The National Park is only five minutes away from Marguery Villas and the change of scenery is immediate.Ask our concierges to organise a take-away picnic (but pack light, as you’ ll have to walk a little): fresh salad or sandwiches and drinks. Park at the Gorges car park and follow the main path. In the shade of indigenous trees, you may come across the famous kestrel or pond pigeon, both protected species, and certainly the green chough.Several paths lead to river beds with clear, invigorating water for a swim in its lively waters. After the pleasures of water, sit down on the huge rocks and enjoy your picnic. A nap with the soft flow of the river sounds like a great time. Remember to take your rubbish to the bins situated on the car park, which are more frequently emptied than those in the park.To fully enjoy the charms of Mauritius, take your time to discover different activities. The west coast has some nice culinary surprises in store that do not require long drives.