Mauritius: Sun, Sand… Shopping

With Husband being as overworked and highly stressed as he was earlier this year (and all the time – oh the joys of self-employment), a nice relaxing island holiday started to look more and more appealing to me. We never do more than a long weekend away during the year, and December is the only time we have a proper holiday.

Hardly a day passes that I don’t worry about him burning out, and this year I knew a mid-year break was in order! So, I used the usual gentle persuasion one would when trying to hint at something – I fowarded quotes I’d received from the travel agent to his email , loud sighs when nothing was mentioned about said emails, took screenshots of awesome watersports and activities I happened to be googling on his ipad. .. you know, the usual.

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Eventually he went for it, and ended up enjoying the holiday the most, even telling me on our third day in Mauritius to ask the travel agent if she could extend our stay! Unfortunately it wasn’t possible, but it was great to see him having such a blast (he was even taking selfies with Zee and I!), and not wanting it to end.

This holiday was all about relaxing at the beach, soaking up the sun, a little touring, and lots of cocktails. 😛 And as much as he’d like to deny it, husband is as much of a shopaholic as I am, so you know we had to take a little time out for some retail therapy.

The one day we hired a taxi to take the three of us into the nearby town of Flacq. The market in Flacq was closed that day (we didn’t even think to ask before leaving), so we went to Super U, which is basically a supermarket with a few other shops also in the building. One of the shops is Island Haze, which is kind of a mix between Factorie and Quiksilver – there’s also a Quiksilver right next door, where I got the cutest bikini. The branch had an opening special of 20% off everything, and Husband and I both bought some really cool clothes, including the polka dot shorts and smiley tee in my pic at the bottom.

The next day we hired a car, and drove to Flacq again for a quick walk through the market. From Flacq we drove to Grand Baie. We didn’t do any shopping there, but we did stop at the beach to look around and take some photos. The water there is beautiful.

From Grand Baie we headed to the capital Port Louis, and Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius. Bagatelle is very pretty, with great shops where we shopped for all three of us, and a wide variety of restaurants to choose from. Zee spotted the fro-yo place and toy store as soon as we entered, so she was very impressed with the mall too. 🙂

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Solana Beach Mauritius

Two weeks ago Shawn, Zee, and I spent nine amazing days at Solana Beach Mauritius. And we’d gladly return as soon as possible. Service was excellent right from arrival – we received a warm welcome, and cool facecloths.

We had a lovely ground floor room, which was always clean and neat. The room is practically ON the beach – so awesome! 😀

There’s loads to do at the beach. Free activities like snorkeling, pedal boats, paddle surfing, glass bottom boat were all fun.

There’s also parasailing, under sea walks, and other activities available as soon as you step out the door.

Mini Club at Solana is fun, and safe. You know your little human is in great hands when you hit the spa (which by the way is wonderful!), or relax by the pool with a cocktail. Zee was only there a few times, but she loved it. The ladies – Beatrice, Gaeline, and the third lady whose name I sadly cannot remember are fantastic with kids. Zee was so happy when the two ladies came to say goodbye and give her a little gift on our last day there. 🙂

There was a different theme every night at Cinnamone restaurant, and the food was always yum. We also opted for the lobster evening at Pomelo restaurant twice, and it was incredible – so much deliciousness! Drinks and service at the Indigo bar were excellent (I wouldn’t mind a Solana Colada right now).

Some names I remember are Kiran, Seema, Elodie, Soomeer, Emmanuel, and Suzie, but everyone who helped us with food and drinks was lovely. The managers like Sunny, Bobby, and Eric were always friendly and helpful, and were awesome with our little girl.

We really enjoyed the different entertainment each night – traditional Sega dancers, a cultural show, singers and musicians. The Sega dancers were there the same evening we bought Zee’s cute little Sega outfit, and she had a blast dancing with them in it! 🙂

Solana is beautiful. I really like that it isn’t huge, and that everyone is so friendly AND efficient. It definitely played a huge part in how immensely we enjoyed this holiday.

Unlike Paris or New York, Mauritius hadn’t originally been on my longtime list of places I absolutely had to visit, and it was the same with Shawn. Now that we’ve been though, there’s no way we won’t be back! 🙂

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Travel [Throwback] Thursday | Disneyland Paris

Age really is nothing but a number. This is especially true with regards to all things Disney. Child or adult, there’s no resisting the magic that is Disney –
• the movies
• the accompanying soundtracks (even the ones you may not love at first, end up being the ones we can’t stop singing loudly in the shower)

• live shows, like Disney On Ice
• and of course, the ultimate: Disneyland!

I haven’t yet been to the massive Disney World in America, but my little family and I have been incredibly blessed to visit Disneyland Paris twice. Those who’ve read some of my previous travel posts would know I have a bit of a thing for Paris… And that Disneyland Paris may be my fave place in the world ever! Zee is just as crazy about it as I am, and has requested that we either “buy a house IN Disneyland”, or go every year! 😀

My best friend and her husband also caught the bug, when they spent a few days there during their Paris holiday last year. Best says she now understands why we were so enamored with the place, as it’s simply magical. She too, like Zee, wouldn’t mind moving there forever!

Last year I did a post about our holiday, but I never got to one solely dedicated to our week at the happiest place on earth. Seeing as I’m feeling very nostalgic at the moment (probably due to Zee’s incessant “when can we go to Disneyland” routine the last few weeks), I thought I’d share some special pics today.

Just checked in at Disney’s Sequoia Lodge.

A huge thank you kiss for daddy, for bringing us back!

After the first time on this ride – Buzz Lightyear Laser Blast – which quickly became her favourite. I think we did this one six times!

Waiting isn’t something 4 year olds do well. However, when its for a Disney parade, there are no complaints. 😉

Hi Elsa, Anna, and Olaf! 🙂

Now you know I just had to go for a ride in this totally cute car! So cool! 🙂

Zee (the supermodel) with some Cars friends 🙂

Yep, it’s another parade! Cars & Stars this time.

Trying on Sully slippers, and making her best monster face! 🙂

Cinderella’s carriage, and a little princess.

Cafe Mickey was Zee’s favourite restaurant. We got to meet and take photos with six characters at dinner. 🙂

I just love this place so much, and I really hope the three of us are able to go back again one day soon!