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In the tracks of the humpback whales

Each year during winter (from June to October), the humpback whale migration in our waters is a spectacular experience for us. A breathtaking show you are most welcome to witness while staying at Marguery Villas.  The long migrationThe humpback is a species of baleen whale (or mysticete) whose adults usually reach 13 to 14 metres in length and weigh an average of 25 tonnes. They can be found in the world’s oceans and seas, and every winter they perform an amazing show during their migration to the Indian Ocean.From Antarctica during the Austral summer (December to May) to the Tropic of Capricorn during the Austral winter (June to November), humpback whales travel thousands of kilometres each year to the warmer southern waters to breed. Some mothers even stay until early December, waiting for their only calf to be strong enough to resume their migration. Mauritian winters are therefore an ideal opportunity to meet these impressive creatures.About whale watchingOperators who organise dolphin spotting trips also offer humpback whale watching. It is difficult to know in advance if the whales will be seen, so the skippers communicate with one another so that information can be passed on as soon as a herd or individual is spotted, notably thanks to the sprays of water that reveal their movement.Although it is sometimes necessary to sail a few nautical miles away from the coast, the observation can be made within fifteen minutes of the beaches by boat.As with any whale watching trip, a briefing is held by the crew to inform you of the approach, the rules and the potential dangers of being near the whales. Within the 300-metre zone, boats should reduce speed to make a slow approach, avoiding large speed changes and always keep a distance of about 50 metres parallel to the animal without coming from behind or ever crossing its path.A magical experienceMost humpback whales arriving in Mauritian waters settle in an area of several square kilometres in the south, near the Coin de Mire and the Round and Flat Islands in the north, as well as in the west, between Albion and Le Morne. As they choose shallow continental waters (between 25 and 60 metres) to give birth, they can sometimes be observed very close to the Mauritian coast.Also, during the breeding season, the males compete with each other in vocalizations to seduce the females. The songs can be heard by the human ear several kilometres away. But the most spectacular part is the love parade in which the males engage.Jumping out of the water in impressive choreographies given their size and weight, the humpback whales execute rare beauty leaps, with great splashes of foam. You have to carefully watch the surface to guess where the whale will emerge. But it is worth the wait!How to organise your humpback whale watching tripTell your Marguery Villas concierge about your plans, so that he can check with the operators for information on the whales’ whereabouts. Be flexible on the day, as humpback whales have their own agenda. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to see both dolphins and whales.As with any winter outing, remember to bring warm clothing. Unlike the dolphins, you won’t be able to get into the water, but you won’t regret it, as the show is mostly on the surface. Listen carefully, open your eyes and capture this wonderful memory of your holiday in Mauritius!On a family holiday in Mauritius this winter? Delight the children with this moving and majestic show and educate them on the absolute necessity to preserve the last giants of the sea.


TOP 4 brunch spot in Tamarin, Mauritius

Nothing like waking late in the morning and having brunch on a Sunday, that tasty compromise between a late breakfast and a lunch before going to the beach or the pool? Or why not have a brunch followed by a river trip in a kayak or a paddle boat? With your family, as a couple or solo, check out our suggestions for a brunch just five minutes from your resort, Marguery Villas.  Brunch adventure by the water at HakaOur favourite nature and wellness experience with family or friends, the ideal activity to enjoy with kids or teenagers! Running right by the beautiful Tamarin River, the Haka is located in the heart of the Riverland sports centre, at the entrance to the village and five minutes from Marguery Villas. It proposes several brunch formulas, either a la carte or buffet, with an hour’s kayaking or paddle boarding.Enjoy a traditional English or French brunch (eggs, pastries, bread, drink) under beautiful trees along the banks of the river, or opt for the all-you-can-eat buffet (if you are a group of at least eight people). After brunch, explore the river in a kayak or paddle. The water is shallow and the natural surroundings are beautiful, with seabirds, ducks, schools of fish, bats and sometimes monkeys. A real moment of peace and relaxation to enjoy with your family or friends, at your own pace.A family experience at the NomadAdjacent to old black stone buildings on the outskirts of Black River and shaded by Malagasy umbrellas, Nomad is not only a pleasantly exotic address but also a very friendly one. The restaurant is a relaxed and culinary destination, in the image of its three owners. The place is very child-friendly, with a large coral garden and a dedicated playground for kids. The friendly staff, the original and tasty menu and a live band on some Sundays: Nomad has everything you need for a relaxed brunch. Among the brunch specialities, you”ll find a good choice: Eggs Benedict, the huevos rancheros (a variety of Mexican tortilla) or the Florentine Nomad (slices of grilled sourdough with hummus), to go with fresh fruit juice and home-made coffee.A stopover to discover Vanilla VillageThis craft and cultural “village” five minutes from Marguery Villas is an interesting and eco-friendly place, inspired by the South African bohemian style, featuring a restaurant, shops, a small library and a children’s playground in a huge garden with century-old acacias. When leaving Black River, you can’t miss the beautiful garden with its many trees.As the birds sing, guests can taste the Vanilla Breakfast, a full British breakfast (eggs, sausages or bacon, beans), a Caesar omelette or a Breakfast Roll (eggs, bacon, caramelised onions), served with a selection of pastries. Special mention should be made of the refreshing homemade tamarind or mint iced tea. A vegan? Vanilla Cafe offers an English Breakfast (scrambled tofu eggs, vegan sausages) or the more exotic Breakfast Burrito (avocado, tomato, mozzarella). Then check out the various stalls at Vanilla Concept. There are excellent English pastries (carrot cake, cupcakes, cheese cake…), local and South African food products, local handicrafts (textiles, decoration, jewellery, souvenirs…) as well as, at some periods, a Pop-Up Store (temporary shop) which promotes local creations.Frenchie Café for couples!On the road to the Gorges and the Black River National Park and five minutes from your residence in the tiny Fairview shopping centre, the Frenchie welcomes its brunchers in a relaxed atmosphere thanks to its French owners. This address, known to night owls, attracts a family clientele on Sundays who love the peaceful and green surroundings. You can enjoy a quiet brunch with an English or French formula, in the shade of the coconut trees or, more recently, in the garden below the centre, at the foot of the Tourelle. Brunch is perfectly suited to the Mauritian lifestyle, where guests take the time to seize the moment. To start your Sunday with a gourmet meal before an active or lazy day, choose the formula that suits you best and let our concierges take care of your reservation.


Places to find local artists and craftsmen

Tamarin and Black River are great talent hubs: the west coast of Mauritius, with its distinctive background, is a favourite spot for artists. Somewhere between sea and mountains, savannah landscapes and rolling waves, the place where inspiration, sharing and talent flourish. Discover the local artists and craftsmen and learn about the cultural events and venues in the region.Focus on two talented photographers– Keïvan Cadinouche, the intemporality in black and whiteThe Tamarind photographer, fond of his country and Indian Ocean islands, portrays people and landscapes in a deep and delicate way. He is one of the very few photographers to use only argentic photography in Mauritius and uses a unique printing process: his prints are developed in argentic, scanned and then printed in digital to give a slightly grainy texture to the photo. Deeply influenced by the depth of a human gaze, the intensity of a particular minute, he shows the identity, the culture and the soul of the people of the islands, with a touch of poetry and nostalgia. Several times exhibited and awarded internationally, he proudly follows in the footsteps of Bresson and Salgado.  His poster format photographs are printed in Mauritius and available in bookshops (Presse Book in Ruisseau Creole, opposite Marguery Villas) as well as in some other stores. He also ships abroad.– Gada SchaubGada Schaub is a Swiss native who has been living in Tamarin for many years. She graduated from Sciences Po Paris and started her career as a journalist and columnist in Mauritius and on the web. As a committed citizen, with a passion for other cultures and civilisation, and with a deep interest in human diversity, her view of her host country is rich in both colour and charm.She has recently published “Mauritius Street Art”, a great take home souvenir, a collection of photographs of Mauritian street art artists. She regularly participates in group exhibitions and has published another successful album.Discover Gada’s colourful world.Swinging with local musiciansTamarin is home to one of the best local jazzmen, Philippe Thomas, a Mauritian jazz trumpeter who graduated from the Berklee School of Music, Boston. He performs every Thursday night over beer and tapas at Crazy Jazzy Time at Crazy Fish, a bar facing Tamarin Bay. Other local musicians and singers are also on show on Fridays.Some bars and restaurants also provide entertainment, such as Big Willy’s at the entrance of the village, La Bonne Chute, Vanilla Café and Nomad. (Ask your concierge for the programme)One of the most famous Mauritian musicians, Eric Triton, a bluesman who plays internationally, used to hang out in Tamarin and the bay, where he could be heard doing an impromptu singing tour on the beach at sunset. His Creole blues, his poetry and his commitment to brotherhood and peace can all be discovered in his albums and make excellent cultural gifts to bring back in your luggage. Our favourite: “Blues dan mwa»Galleries and artistic projects: – Tamaris GalleryThis beautiful gallery located in front of your Marguery Villas residence, displays a wide range of design and contemporary paintings. It hosts both Mauritian and international artists. The gallery also offers Art Therapy sessions, art and recycling tutorials, painting workshops for children.– The Art School of Tamarin PointFor more than 15 years, the Tamarin painter Jean-Yves l’Onflé has been giving free painting lessons to children and teenagers. These young artists are on display in the village of Tamarin.– The Tamarin Arts CentreThe Tamarin Arts Centre is a hub of artistic expression and meeting places located within the Nomad compound (link Brunch). It acts as a creative space for local artists, art groups and members of the local community. It also hosts art events, art classes and lectures.– HandicraftsLocal designers are talented and there are many stalls where they can display their products.The regular locations:– Ruisseau-CréoleJust cross the alleyway leading to your residence to discover the shops offering a variety of handicrafts: jewellery, clothes, decorations…– Vanilla ConnectJust outside Black River, the craft village welcomes several stalls selling various handicrafts (LINK brunch).Temporary exhibitions :– La Place Cap Tamarin and Tamarin Cœur de VilleAt the entrance to the village, the Place and the shopping centre regularly organise exhibitions and sales of local crafts: clothing, jewellery, food, decoration, lamps, mosaics, paintings, etc. The Super U shopping centre also hosts temporary exhibitors.A great initiative to highlight is the Pop-Up shop, a temporary shop that regularly gives local craftsmen the opportunity to display their know-how. Fnd out about the artisans’ catalogue and when they come to Tamarin.Other cultural products from local artists are available in the local bookstores of Tamarin’s two supermarkets: books, comics, CDs and DVDs…. The bookshop Presse Book in Ruisseau-Créole offers a wide range of literary works and has a good selection of publications. Tamarin offers a wide range of artists and craftsmen from the west coast of Mauritius to make you discover and enjoy their art.


Horse-riding in Mauritius: our favourite rides in the west

Whether on holiday or on a long stay in our hotel residence Marguery Villas, the stunning surroundings give you the opportunity to experience Mauritius differently. Our horseback riding trips in Mauritius are an ideal way to discover the island’s beautiful landscapes and to enjoy a unique activity with your family or with your loved ones.Horse riding, a national heritageDid you know that Mauritius has the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean? Mauritians are fond of horse racing and the island boasts of some fine equine specimens. Most of the horses in the riding schools are former racehorses, large and impressive, alongside peaceful poneys and Percherons for children to ride. Both beginners and experienced riders can enjoy some unforgettable rides at a slow pace or at full gallop.Riding along the lagoons’ shores.Located between mountain and lagoon, the stables of the Haras du Morne are surrounded by the mountainous and grey cliffs of the Morne, the sandy beach and lush green nature. Visitors are welcomed by a large sand arena following a forest path. The stud team is very welcoming, well trained and quickly puts you at ease. Once your level is determined, the grooms harness your horse. These former racehorses are impressive in size but very malleable and obedient.After riding along the property, you reach Le Morne beach. The lagoon’s turquoise colour contrasts with the white sandy beach nestled in the shadow of the mountain. Depending on the time of the walk (early morning or for an exceptional sunset), you may want to gallop hair blown in the wind. Or, if you’re feeling more romantic, stroll or trot along the beach. The guide might even suggest a dip in the water, as horses love to cool off. Pat your horse’s neck as it snorts, a Hollywood dream come true!Mountain and forest as playgroundsMore physical, reserved for more experienced riders, the mountain ride of Le Morne is an exotic immersion in the natural ecosystem of Mauritius. The forest trail is made for nature lovers. It is also an opportunity to discover this part of Mauritius’ history, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The view over the lagoon and the Ile aux Bénitiers is breath-takingElsewhere in Mauritius– Domaine de l’Étoile is one of the most beautiful eco-tourism estates in Mauritius and is located on the wild east coast.  It offers 1.5-hour horse rides on South African “Boerperd” horses.– You can also ride a horse on the deserted beach of Riambel, in the very south of the island.– With incredible views and a spectacular circuit of fine sand, Belle Mare beach offers a unique experience for those looking for an unforgettable ride.– How about a horse-drawn carriage? Discover gentle rides with these Percherons and Irish cobsFeel like riding on the beach or in the mountains? Our concierges are at your disposal to organise this unforgettable activity of your equestrian holidays in Mauritius.


Rent a luxury holiday villa in Mauritius

The real luxury on holiday in Mauritius is to enjoy both space and privacy. The privilege of being far from the crowds and the one of feeling at home in a luxurious villa in the heart of a lush garden.So why not choose an outstanding experience at Marguery Villas, our top of the range West Coast resort?The Mauritian way of life as a signatureYour holiday at Marguery Villas is carefully thought out to ensure your well-being and peaceful break from the hustle and bustle. Live at the Mauritian pace and enjoy your day in your private villa, five minutes from the beaches.Spacious and island-like, our villas are made to feel like at home, with beautiful indoor and outdoor spaces to live the Mauritian way. Relax and unwind in your pool, tropical garden and kiosk.Fully equipped, with linen and beach towels and all the necessary comforts, elegantly decorated, our villas are serviced daily. Enjoy a perfect holiday with all our hotel services: concierge, room service, fitness room, club house, “Le 64” food court, reading corner, library, Kids Corner, bicycles available…Three types of villas to suit everyone’s holiday needs With family or friends? With a capacity of up to 10 people, our villas are the ideal choice for a memorable and relaxing holiday.– The Superior VillaWith its master suite opening onto the swimming pool, its beautiful interior and exterior living areas, the Superior Villa is definitely Mauritian style, with its large veranda ideal for family or friends. This beautiful villa is adjustable to suit your needs: book one, two or three bedrooms.– The Villa DeluxeIts main features? Elegant and summer-like moods. In this privileged and spacious setting, you will feel well and relaxed. The swimming pool shines beneath the Mauritian sun, the garden and the veranda invite you to relax and feel good… A great way to spend an exceptional stay with a great freedom feeling!– The Villa Prestige A unique experience in the elegant and modern setting of this exceptional villa, filled with light. Set amidst a lush tropical garden, the Villa Prestige is a charming and exclusive getaway. With its four large bedrooms, its spaciousness, its swimming pool and its refined decoration, you should feel agreeably privileged. The long stay in Mauritius To experience your Mauritian adventure to the fullHow about enjoying life, appreciating, dreaming and getting away from it all? The long stay gives you the opportunity to experience a truly unforgettable and memorable holiday. When booking one of our long stay villas, you benefit from discounts and advantages thanks to our special packages.Experience a different, more intense and personal holiday in the beautiful surroundings of our individual villas and feel at home with the comfort of excellent hotel services.


Experience well-being at Marguery Villas

Reconnecting with yourself, with others, with nature. For pleasure, balance, self-realisation and harmony. Discover Mauritian ” slow-lifestyle ” and take time out to relax and enjoy every moment. Let go and take it easy. Discover our best tips on how to stay healthy and enhance your mental and well-being during your holiday or long stay.Where to do yoga on holiday in Mauritius?– Yoga in your villaMarguery Villas regularly offers a yoga & stretch masterclass in villas. An opportunity to practice this age-old discipline with a teacher by the pool and enjoy the sunrise to reconnect with the essence of life.After this breathing and stretching session, enjoy a Health & Wellness breakfast to start the day.– The pleasure of walking on the beach at dawn.In Tamarin, the bay is the ideal place to walk at sunrise. During summer, the village women’s club meets joggers at 5am to go for their favourite exercise before going to work. Opposite Marguery Villas, La Preneuse beach is just a five-minute walk away. A walk on the beach is a great way to boost one’ s blood circulation.– A massage or health and healing session in your villaOur vision of Nirvana is to offer you an enchanted interlude in the serenity and privacy of your villa’s garden. To combine well-being and health, Marguery Villa proposes our professional masseuse. Choose from a selection of treatments and massages with essential oils, all of which are guaranteed to rejuvenate you. Close your eyes, let go and savour the moment.Paddle meditation on the waterAfter a morning yoga session that has opened your chakras, end the day with a relaxing meditation session on the ocean. Take one of the paddles available at the concierge desk and choose your beach: La Preneuse or Tamarin Bay. As you sit and watch the sun set, take a deep breath of fresh sea breeze. The gentle lapping of the waves, the laughter of children playing on the beach, the boat returning from a fishing trip, the call of a seabird: connect with both the energy and the natural beauty of Mauritian life.A rejuvenating walk in the Black River GorgesFive minutes from your resort, the Black River National Park welcomes walkers and joggers every day. The place is ideal for a wellness getaway in the heart of nature. With its tropical forest, river branches and endemic bird species, the connection with nature is truly invigorating.– Our selection of organic and well-being addressesTaking care of yourself also means taking care of your health and your diet. To consume organic and local food, check out our favourite addresses in Tamarin (LINK).Make your stay at Marguery Villas an exceptional moment of reconnection with your inner self. Relaxation, rejuvenation: our concierge will be delighted to advise you on our best well-being proposals. 


Our ambassadors share their experiences

Who better than our visitors to tell us about their experience at Marguery Villas? If the discovery of the place and the quality of the services are unanimously praised, it is certainly the exceptional contact with a devoted and caring team that leaves its mark.  Let’s take a look at what our travellers said during their holidays or long stays in October.How to have a successful stay?Being close to the beaches, shops and restaurants, in the heart of Black River village where everything can be done within five minutes by car or simply on foot: this is one advantage that few hotel residences in Mauritius can offer. Marguery Villas is unanimously acclaimed for its location for successful holidays or a longer stay made unique thanks to the wide range of sports and leisure activities on offer (see our Travelogues for our best addresses).  A holiday of complete peace and freedom.A true “haven of peace”: our guests particularly appreciate the peacefulness and security of our residence, far from the hustle and bustle. Our travellers love the relaxed atmosphere, without any restrictions, barefoot if they wish: they love this feeling of being free and relaxed, perfect for a successful holiday.Villas where you feel as if you were at homeOur travellers are happily surprised to experience the feeling of being “at home”, in a fully equipped, high-quality setting with excellent facilities and service. Our “fantastic” villas are unanimously appreciated for their comfort, their facilities and their privacy. With their private swimming pools, exotic gardens and kiosks, they offer an ideal setting for a holiday with family or friends.The villas’ services focus on “impeccable and trustworthy cleaning service” as well as the quick and efficient handling of any issues by a smiling and available team.The catering is also a great success, with a special mention for the “king’s breakfast” served in the villa before a busy day.Adventure, the highlight of an exceptional stayMauritius deserves its reputation of exceptional hospitality and our teams spare no effort to contribute to the success of your stay. It is with great warmth and enthusiasm that they welcomed our travellers after these months of shutdown. Our guests were particularly impressed by the “professionalism, efficiency and friendliness” of each member of our staff. Available 24 hours a day, the staff really stood out for their dedication to the satisfaction of our guests: “We felt exceptionally welcome and the team really worked hard to meet all our needs”, said Alena, who was visiting in October. Irene, one of our travellers from Switzerland praises the personalised attention, “the caring service, the help and assistance, the wine on that rainy day and the warm welcome we experienced”.Special mention to Alexandre and our Marguery Villas concierges, Nadine, Olivier and Vinesh, who through their wise advice and knowledge of their island, contributed greatly to an unforgettable experience.Marguery Villas makes a difference, thanks to its prime location, the excellence of its villas, the high quality of its services and, above all, thanks to its generous, dedicated, warm and attentive staff: the Mauritian way of life takes on its full meaning at Marguery Villas.