Check-In: Four Seasons Resort in Anahita, Mauritius

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Mark Twain once wrote: “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven.” And he was right, the island is a piece of paradise. Every corner is picturesque and every beach is heavenly. However, the place that really garnered these feelings in us was the Four Seasons Resort in Anahita – the perfect escape from it all on this unforgettable island in the tropics.

Situated around a beautiful lagoon in carefully preened Anahita, the resort is nothing less than mesmerising. On the East of Mauritius sits the resort, with 136 pools for each villa, tucked in front of Bambou mountain. The resort takes up 64 acres of lush land spotted with mangroves, little beaches and beautiful landscaping. Apart from the fact that each villa has its own view and garden area, the resort boasts not one but three beaches. Moreover, everything is accessible by bicycle, which are free to use at the fitness center.

If that was not enough for you, the resort also has four restaurants, all catering different cuisines and nightly entertainment, from dance groups to bands to night outdoor movie screenings. In-villa dining is available 24 hours a day with prompt delivery and exquisite service. With all the food options, you will not have to leave the resort even once to satisfy your tastebuds.

On the other side of the resort is the most beautiful golf course on the island. Designed by Ernie Els, the course is complimentary for guests including the buggies and the balls. Inside the resort is a cultural center, which doubles as a quiet and very well-stocked library – a great place to read up on the island’s rich history. If you don’t feel like reading, you can grab a DVD from there and watch a movie in your room.

 

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Everything aside, the accommodation is to die for. All villas are secluded and come with an amazing view and a quaint pool. The contemporary Mauritian design of the rooms mixes the natural feel of the island with modern amenities. There are a range of living arrangements from one bedroom for honeymooners to six-bedroom for families – which are very welcome in this resort as it is very well-equipped to cater to children of all ages, from excursions to play areas to food.

The spa is indescribably cute. Little chalets sitting atop the water of the serene lagoon where treatments take place and schools fish pass right under the balconies. The service is impeccable, the client is duly taken care of in every detail – including an array of massage oils and a selection of playlist to cater to all.

Not many resorts can say this, but the concierge is probably one of the best we had ever encountered. Once you arrive at the desk you are handed an iPad with a plethora of excursions and services that are tailored for every kind of traveller. The personnel there are extremely helpful, doing everything from providing you with an icebox for long trips to ensuring you have wifi on your rides within the island. Make sure to stop by right after check-in to book all these exciting adventures, we went to the Seven Colored Earths, the Rhumerie de Chamarel and more.

All-in-all, if you are visiting Mauritius, there is only one choice to make. The Four Seasons family have done it again. They have interweaved the perfect island experience all in one. Although this is a place pf relaxation, it is not short of activities. This place is truly the idyllic setting for a trip to Mauritius. The service is unsurpassed, the location is magical, the food is top-notch and the overall experience is exemplary. If you plan a trip to Mauritius, this is the way to do it!

Special thanks to Debbie Williams for taking care of us like we were family and making sure our stay was pleasant and smooth. You’re amazing! 

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Check-In: Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

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The Indian Ocean is home to some of the best beaches on Earth, however, most of the unspoilt beaches are very hard to get to and even harder to stay at. So, it is only natural that islands like the Seychelles serve some of the best accommodation options on this Ocean. In fact, we managed to visit one of the best resorts there – Four Seasons Resort Seychelles.

Situated in the southwestern part of Mahé Island, the resort occupies a very unique corner of the biggest island in the country. The resort sits atop sprawling hills facing pristine waters in the middle of the tropical jungle. The nature is so lush that you can barely spot the villas which sporadically dot the area facing the beach. Sinking into the greenery, the resort seems much smaller, but its area is 170 acres facing one of the cutest beaches in the world – Petite Anse Beach. Petite Anse is a white powder sand beach surrounded by the trademark Seychelles granite rocks that every brochure about the country will showcase. With clear waters, sun rays,  full menu and amazing flora and fauna, what else do you need?

Just 18 kilometers away from the international airport, the location is perfect for those who want a secluded break with many cultural options. The resort takes relaxation and simplicity to a whole new level. The Spa reigns supreme with a monumental views and a variety of services that will leave you wanting more. The treatments all come with natural products. The staff are very attentive and will take the time out to talk to you about your needs and your emotional wellbeing. Most visitors sign up for a relaxing message upon arrival that will give the gues a better understanding of how to plan the rest of their trip to paradise.

The dining options vary and the concierge is more than helpful should you need to go out and explore. The restaurants include the ZEZ (A Middle Eastern fiesta of flavors) and Kannel (Probably the best Creole-influenced culinary offering on the island). Because the resort caters to honeymooners (or generally lovers), the In-Villa Dining is impeccable. To put it simply, the food is so good, you don’t need to leave the villa during your entire stay.

 

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Another reason why you wouldn’t leave the villa is the fact that everything you need is there, including your own private swimming pool, a jacuzzi and a scene that many people wish for. The mini-bar is fully equipped to handle snacks and the entertainment options are all there. Waking up in the morning on the outdoors bed and bird watching is a must for every guest!

To put it simple terms, Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is the best accommodation option in the entire country. You know we don’t usually go that far as it bars us from visiting other places, but we are confident enough to say that. It was a truly impeccable experience.

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Unusual Travel: Eye of the Sahara in Mauritania

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From space this mysterious depression in the Sahara Desert of Mauritania really does look like a human eye. The image to the left is the “pupil” but a visit to Google Earth zoomed out a little will reveal the cliffs that make up the rest of the eye. This natural phenomenon is actually a richat structure caused by the dome shaped symmetrical uplifting of underlying geology now made visible by millennia of erosion. Please note that this explanation is not wholly accepted by the scientific community. There still remain academics that believe it is the sight of a meteor impact and yet others still that believe it resembles the formations caused by underground nuclear blasts. By the way, we estimate that the detonation would have had to be in the gigaton range. Currently no country in the world has a weapon even close to this destructive yield.

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Kenya wants Kuwaiti tourists!

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Officials of the Kenya Tourism Board (KTB) are visiting Kuwait City, Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Doha in a bid to woo tourists. The campaign will take a week, according to a statement from KTB. KTB says these cities and especially Kuwait City have shown all the indications of contributing to the Kenya’s tourism growth as the country turns to emerging markets and the Africa region for more tourists.

“Kuwait is potential to us and this is the beginning of our efforts to tapping into the market that is interested in luxury travel’ says KTB acting Regional Marketing Manager in charge of the Africa Market Fatma Bashir. KTB is meeting about 200 travel agents in the cities to interest them to sell Kenya.

After the initial awareness of what Kenya has to offer, the tour operators invited for the forums will then get an opportunity to meet the accompanying travel trade companies for one-to-one business discussions.

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