My first stop is Seven Colours Spa, the spa village of Heritage Awali. Its landscape and architecture replicate an African village with its small ochre huts and pathways. It has basins and vitality pools everywhere and these make a very peaceful sound and send tempting invitations to relax.
My walk through Heritage Le Telfair, under the shades of gigantic Banyan trees, now leads me to an Oriental-style black pavilion looking on both the ocean and a river. A waiter sets a table for two on the beach. It’s heavenly.
Beside, a beautiful white bridge allows me to cross the river and brings me to what feels like, again, a complete change of scenery: after the African safari at Awali, the jump into the colonial era of Mauritius at Le Telfair, I am now at the C Beach Club, a trendy beach spot which looks fit for the rich and famous. The décor is crisp white with hints of Cyan and the magnificent pools bring different shades of blue to life. Further, I discover with glee street art by the celebrated artist ‘Mode 2’ adorning the walls of a sheltered alley.
I exit the C Beach Club by taking the golf cart route, which is almost on the main public road. Back to the ‘real’ Mauritius. After a 10-mins walk, I discover the Crown Jewel of the estate: the Heritage Golf Club. It’s green, it’s big, it’s majestic. I am not a golfer myself but I am so taken aback by the beauty of the site that I promise myself to come back the next day for a morning jog.
The last stop of my walk/photo safari is not what you would expect to find on a beach resort in Mauritius: a 19th century mansion named ‘Le Chateau de Bel Ombre’, stands grandly amidst perfectly manicured gardens, an antique fountain and recalls grand European estates.
It’s now time to go back to the hotel: it’s almost apéro time and there’s nowhere else I’d rather enjoy the sunset than at the Cocktail Bar of Infinity Blue.