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#BNxMauritius: Paradise on Earth! Mauritius Should Be Your Next Luxury Event Destination – Read all about Rose Umane’s Exciting Trip

Rose Umane

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Hey guys,

A few days ago, I brought you the gist about exploring the beautiful island of Mauritius. I have had an amazing time and I am back to share my experience with you.

First, I would like to thank Mauritius Tourism Promotions Authority and Once Upon a Destination for making this trip possible.

Mauritius is a beautiful island with a population of 1.3million people – probably the population of Lekki alone in Lagos?. It is a plural society where all the ethnic groups present; Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese and Europeans – live in peace and where all the ancestral cultures have been preserved making it a unique place to be.

An average Mauritian speaks 3 languages i.e. English, French and Creole. One thing that stands out about Mauritians is the peace, contentment and happiness surrounding them.

On Tuesday, May 30th, I arrived Mauritius via South African Airways  and I was driven to the Lux* Belle Mare Hotel.

The Awesomeness that is LUX* Belle Mare Hotel.

Stepping into the LUX* Belle Mare Hotel reception, I was struck by its luxury and opulence and I immediately understood why the hotel motto is ” Go Lux“.

The Reception

LUX* Belle Mare Hotel is known for celebrating life by delivering consistently on the promise of a different kind of Luxury with hospitality at its best.

On exploring the hotel, I couldn’t help thinking that I would like to have a destination wedding here as it is the perfect location for creating memorable experiences.

Class, sophistication and a relaxed atmosphere best describe the style of this hotel and why it is ranked the no 1 on the island. It is ideal for weddings, honeymoons and family vacations.

Day 1

On arrival, I immediately explored the hotel to see what it had to offer.

While exploring the hotel, this spot stood out as the perfect place to pop the ‘Will You Marry Me‘ question to your partner while having dinner close to the beach and watch as the sun sets.

The Beach Rouge Restaurant is another beautiful place to have a romantic dinner. The ambience is magical and sultry at night and warm and colourful during the day.

The Beach Rouge at Night

The Beach Rouge during the Day

For someone like me who loves food, the LUX* Belle Mare Hotel had various restaurants dedicated to different types of meals i.e. Chinese, Indian, English and more.

The Duck Laundry for the Chinese Food Lovers

Amari for Indian food lovers

The Bar

Mari Kontan – If you would like to explore the Island drinks

Ice cream stand for those with a sweet tooth

Tea House for Tea lovers

Close to the beach is a romantic wedding marquee surrounded by clear water and colorful fish where vows can be exchanged and beautiful experiences created. This is perfect for a beach wedding or if you desire an intimate and private event. The marquee is a 400 seater capacity i.e. it can conveniently host 400 of your guests. And ofcourse, there is the exotic food Mauritius is known for. So, your guests get to enjoy something different from the norm, however, if you are particular about having your Nigerian party jollof rice, that can also be arranged ?.

The LUX* Belle Mare Hotel has various packages for weddings which covers legal fees, food menu, cake, wedding ceremony with the state officer, wedding set up, bridal bouquet, live musicians, hair & make-up, spa session, photography, floral decoration and many more. All you have to do is just get to LUX* Belle Mare hotel and they will take care of your wedding ceremony from start to finish.

This particular spot at the hotel can be used for other types of event e.g birthday parties, bridal showers or as a photo-shoot location.

The Wedding Marquee

The fish surrounding the wedding marquee – Give it bread and they will surround you

Beach chairs for the wedding guests (400 seater capacity)

As a bride, imagine stepping out and taking a photo of you in your wedding dress in this vintage Rolls Royce

For a honeymoon, the LUX* Belle Mare Hotel has got you covered with its various facilities such as the honeymoon suites, spa, swimming pool and a wonderful ambience.

Honeymoon suite

The Spa meant to pamper your skin on your honeymoon

Or simply have a relaxing moment by the pool

After having a wonderful time exploring the beauty of the hotel, I had an amazing dinner at the restaurant.

Chicken briyani, octopus vindaye (My first time of eating octopus?) and creole sauce

Day 2

The next day, the team and I had a light breakfast at the LUX* Belle Mare Hotel Main restaurant and then visited Domaine de L’etoile.

Breakfast… Yum

Me… Looking all shades of happy after having a good sleep in one of the honeymoon suites at the LUX Belle Mare Hotels and Resorts.

At the Domaine de L’etoile, we went quad biking which means driving the quad bike up the beautiful mountain which was such a fun activity after I conquered my fear of driving a bike.

Ile des Deux Cocos was my next stop after quad biking. Ile des Deux Cocos is a lone island built by Governor Hesket Bell as he wanted a place he could host private parties. So, this place gives the privacy and exclusivity you desire for your event.

We got to the island by boat and I couldn’t help noticing how clean, blue and clear the water is. I could see the plants at the bottom of the water.

Stepping on the island, I was welcomed with refreshing towels and a welcome drink.

Nestled amongst the trees on Ile des Deux Cocos, lies the magical “Follies” Villa. This is a place of true magic and beauty, which has been used for glamorous and luxurious events. The villa’s architectural style is a unique mixture of various influences and styles; a clever mix of British and Moorish architecture with a Mauritian-style interior.

Dreaming of having a destination weddings on an exotic island with friends and family? Ile des Deux Cocos is the place to be as it guarantees that your dream comes true with its Moroccan tents, the beach chairs (capacity of 400 for your guests), the white sands, the water, the honeymoon villa, the exotic meals, music and more.

Beach chairs for your event guests ( Capacity of 400)

Moroccan tent – Beautiful during the day

The Moroccan tent – Magical at night

Watch the video below to see how this island was transformed for a night party. Simply amazing!

And of course, I visited the Moroccan styled villa perfect for a honeymoon. It is a 2 bedroom villa with a swimming pool, a relaxing rooftop and a sitting room all for one person (with his family) to access. It is like having the whole island to yourself. The intimacy and exclusivity are top notch.

One thing I love about Mauritius is the food, they are very particular about their food and a rich buffet was laid out for us for lunch.

Day 3

On the third day, we visited the Casela Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve where we had an amazing time enjoying nature and seeing animals like Birds, Llamas, Tortoises, Monkeys and Lions.

The Casela Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve is a fun activity to include in your itinerary when in Mauritius. You could take your kids there or you could treat your bridesmaids to a visit at the Casela Wildlife Park and Nature Reserve.

Afterwards, we had a nice lunch at the Château de Labourdonnais. In it is a grand mansion surrounded by a beautiful orchard and beside it a restaurant that served the most delicious meals. This is another wonderful proposal/engagement location.

Watch out for the concluding part of my exciting trip to Mauritius.

See more about my trip on social media using this hashtag #BNxMauritius

To know more about these beautiful places, check them out on social media.

LUX* Belle Mare Hotel
Instagram: luxbellemare
Twitter: LUXbellemare
Facebook: LUXBelleMare

Ile des Deux Cocos
Instagram: iledesdeuxcocos
Twitter: IleDesDeuxCocos
Facebook: Iledesdeuxcocos

Looking for someone to plan your destination event/trip or you would like to book any of this exciting venue? Contact Once Upon A Destination.

Email: [email protected]
Instagram: onceuponadestinationhq

19 Comments

  1. meah

    June 9, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    I am currently planning a girl’s trip and i suggested Mauritius which my pals rejected for being to ‘honeymoon-ey’. This article has just reinforced their sentiments. hehehee.

    Lovely write up Rose. Well done.

    • Maame

      June 9, 2017 at 1:51 pm

      As in… I was just thinking what of those of us not planning a wedding?
      Please what location have you picked, planning an all girls trip too.

    • Rose Umane

      Rose Umane

      June 9, 2017 at 2:07 pm

      Hello Meah, Mauritius is a very beautiful island and it is not meant for wedding & honeymoon alone. There are a lot of places you and your pals can visit in Mauritius e.g Casela Wildlife Park and Nature reserve, La Valee des cooleurs (you should try zip lining here), Blue Safari for underwater adventure, Seakart and more. Look out for the second part of my travel trip article where I get to talk about these places. Cheers

    • oo

      June 9, 2017 at 3:37 pm

      how much did you spend in total?

    • Rose Umane

      Rose Umane

      June 9, 2017 at 5:08 pm

      Hello OO, Mauritius is quite affordable compared to other tourist destinations. For cost estimate, please send a mail to [email protected]. They can also come up with a plan for you within your budget range.

    • meah

      June 9, 2017 at 5:45 pm

      @maame; dunno why i am unable to reply your comment directly. *side eye, BN*. Anyhoo, we initially planned Morocco (Marrakech) but the visa process is looking like long thing, plus their embassy has no official website, so the vote has swung to SA (Cape Town).

    • meah

      June 9, 2017 at 5:53 pm

      @Rose, I know there are other things to do but they are either water related ala swimming with dolphins and stuff (i cant swim) or visiting the zoo to see 100 year old turtles (their official website states that they have 1000 tortise, 2000 crocs and 23,000 insects) but lets be honest, who wants to spend all that money to go see ijapa and insects…
      I’ve penciled it down for my honeymoon. I think that will be a better use of the country.

    • californiabawlar

      June 10, 2017 at 12:38 am

      @meah lmfaooo at ijapa and insects! I grew up right beside a government forest reserve o, so my entire childhood was one huge tortoise, insects, and worms parry… no need to pay for that one again.
      Anyways I checked out things to do Mauritius links and it wasn’t popping enough for me. My peeps and I are looking for a more safari type experience. I’m looking at mainland Tanzania and then Zanzibar for the beach experience. Whatcha think?

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      June 10, 2017 at 12:57 am

      ??? I died @ “who want a to spend all that money seeing ijalapa and insects”. ??

      Feel you on that, though. Vacationing in Mauritius just isn’t cheap, regardless of what direction you’re heading out to it from.

  2. Mama

    June 9, 2017 at 2:25 pm

    Lovely. scenery! Meanwhile, you and your boo, Maramba should have had some privacy…don’t you think so? lol.

  3. Bemused

    June 9, 2017 at 3:50 pm

    Vacay goals!! I shall go.

  4. Makinde

    June 9, 2017 at 4:49 pm

    Hi,please does going to Mauritius from Nigeria warrant getting a visa before traveling or it stamped visa on arrival?whats the hours for traveling and the average flight cost biko

    • Rose Umane

      Rose Umane

      June 9, 2017 at 5:14 pm

      Hello Makinde, Visa is on arrival. It is at least 9 hours from Nigeria. For the cost, please send a mail to [email protected].

    • californiabawlar

      June 9, 2017 at 6:30 pm

      Haba! Rosy baby, why do we have to be sending special email for cost again? Give a ball-park figure na… lol. I’ve been looking at Mauritius for a girls trip I’m organizing this December, but some tripadvisor reviews were complaining about the beaches being dirty and touts crowing the beaches. But I think your post sealed the deal!!

  5. Ajala & Foodie

    June 9, 2017 at 11:45 pm

    To those asking about cost, I may be wrong, but this sure appears to me has a sponsored trip. I.e for the ad and if that’s the case I am not certain why BN and its rep (Ms. Umane) would not just say so and then refer people to the once upon a destination. That will not only get people to back off but I believe is the whole point of a sponsorship i.e the ad. Nevertheless, I could be mistaken.

    • californiabawlar

      June 10, 2017 at 12:22 am

      As the Ajala that you is na! lol! I also figured it’s a sponsored post. I sha already finished my inquiry on Expedia sharp sharp… no time. I’m too cheap to use a travel coy, plus these guys don’t even have a website, their instagram na just photo.

  6. Fabulous

    June 10, 2017 at 5:23 am

    Mauritius is a beautiful country. #honeymoongoals

  7. DeeN

    June 11, 2017 at 2:26 pm

    Just in time! ? Hubby and I are planning our vacation to be in Mauritius this August. This was really helpful.
    I’m now even more excited and counting down ☺️☺️

  8. Experienced traveller

    June 12, 2017 at 4:01 pm

    I have travelled all over the world. I am sure going to do a trip out to Mauritius pretty soon. Hopefully, onceuponadestination can sort this out. Surprise for the wifey!!!

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