Mark Twain once wrote “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius.” And was he ever right!
Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean off the African continent. It is known for its beaches, wildlife, and world-renowned cuisine. Beyond its stunning beaches, turquoise lagoons, and abundant reefs, Mauritius is home to lush green mountains, cascading waterfalls, and the Black River Gorges Park. Aside from the enticing vistas and diverse terrain, there is truly something for everyone on this unique island!
Families and couples alike can relax on the beach alongside crystal clear blue-green water or indulge in the faster-paced activities the island has to offer. Highlights on the water include kite surfing, boat excursions to surrounding islands, scuba diving, snorkeling along the reefs, paddle boarding, waterskiing and more. By land enjoy playing golf, hiking to the mountain peak or through the gorge, and horseback riding.
Mauritius is a mecca for world-class luxury hotels with exceptional service. On the southwestern side of the island on Le Morne Beach resides the St. Regis, which exceeds every expectation. From the spa to the five star restaurants serving locally caught fresh fish cooked in front of you, this property ensures an experience you won’t soon forget!
To add spice to a tour of Italy, considering some sites off the beaten path can present some highly satisfying visual and gastronomic rewards.
Wine connoisseurs will especially enjoy the Piemonte, located just an hour south of Milan, which offers an abundant variety of Barolo and Barbaresco wines and is known as the “slow food” capital of the world. The hilltop towns remind one of Tuscany, but without the tourist crowds. A stop in Alba, the home of the white truffle (and the festivals that celebrate this delicacy), is not to be missed.
En route south towards Florence, food enthusiasts should sojourn in Emilia-Romagna, home of Parmigiano-Reggiano, balsamic vinegar, prosciutto di Parma, tortellini and much more. Bologna, a high-energy university city with Michelin-starred restaurants as well as a variety of local food markets, makes an ideal base from which to taste your way across the city sampling the local meats and cheeses. A proper balsamic vinegar tasting in Modena will forever change the way you eat ice cream or strawberries in the future.
Puglia, the region forming the heel of Italy’s boot, is the birthplace of burrata, the mozzarella and cream concoction which has become such a culinary rage. Blue seas, quaint beaches and a simple approach to life there make for a most relaxing visit amidst the architecture of the Trulli houses and rows and rows of olive groves producing Italy’s finest olive oils.
These destinations can be easily be added to any itinerary and often end up as a highlight of the vacation.
To start planning your undiscovered Italian adventure please contact Jill Taylor.
Located on a tiny coral island in the middle of the Indian Ocean you’ll find the ultimate barefoot paradise, which also happens to be the 2015 World’s Best Resort (according to TripAdvisor): Gili Lankanfushi. With just 45 villas, all of which are overwater, this Maldivian hideaway is a magical place. The island is characterized by the most beautiful shades of blue, perfect sunset skies and palm lined canopy walkways. Everywhere you look, and every corner you turn, you will find the most idyllic scenery.
From the moment you arrive to Gili Lankanfushi, you’ll be wishing you were staying longer. The attention to detail that goes into creating such an incredible resort is deliberate, but somehow feels effortless. Gili is the ultimate example of an eco-conscious property that captures the natural beauty of a destination, from bottling their own water, to banning plastic on the entire island, to growing the majority of their herbs, spices and vegetables in their own expansive organic garden.
Leave your worries at home and take a trip into the unknown to find out just how much sweeter life can be. To learn more, contact Michelle Gordon.