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This is #MyMauritius – a video journey

It’s one of the most beautiful islands I’ve had the privilege of visiting (twice)! There’s just something absolutely magical about this island with its the crystal-clear lagoons and lofty peaks, fabulous food, lovely people and stunning resorts. This island is Mauritius! I’ve created a video of my journey around the island and all the wondrous […]

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My week in Mauritius – Part 2

This is the second of the two-part ‘My Week in Mauritius’ series. If you missed the first part, head on to My Week in Mauritius – Part 1. The sun was shining bright as I opened my eyes. For a second, I wondered where I was. I pulled the soft duvet over my shoulders and […]

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My week in Mauritius – Part 1

“Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius” – Mark Twain It’s a quote I’ve seen often and anyone visiting Mauritius will come across that line at some point or other. Except, it’s not exactly what Mark Twain said 200-odd years ago when he first visited the island. The […]

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Experiencing the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita

The first time I saw the Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita was from a helicopter tour during my first trip to Mauritius. Widely recognised as one of the most luxurious resorts in Mauritius, the Four Seasons Mauritius comprises 136 villas spread out across extensive grounds on the mainland as well as an island in the […]

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Back to paradise!

I’m super excited about my next trip! It would be my second trip to this amazing destination in the Indian Ocean. I vividly remember my first trip there, back in 2013. On my return home, I wrote a post about my trip and called it ‘What paradise is like‘, because that’s what it was to […]

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The wonders of Majeka House

“Good afternoon! Welcome to Majeka House! My name is Wonder. Can I help you with your bags?” I stopped in my tracks. “Sorry, did you say your name is Wonder?”, I asked. “Yes, it is”, Wonder replied with a big smile. I didn’t know it then but this would be the first of several wonders […]

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A weekend in Rotterdam

It all started with a conversation I overheard between two ladies as I walked down a street in Amsterdam. One of them had just spent a weekend in Rotterdam and she remarked how “gezellig” (a typical Dutch word basically meaning cosy) the city had become and what a lovely time she had. I almost stopped […]

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Cool glitz and a phenomenal view

The doormen opened the doors with a smile and a “Good Afternoon” as I entered the Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel in Vancouver. As the doors opened, I found myself in a cavernous lobby with a shining marble floor and an impressive marble wall which ran the length of the lobby. I made my way to […]

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A Shangri-La in downtown Vancouver

The Shangri-La Hotel Vancouver is something of an anomaly in this vibrant Canadian city, at least, that’s what I soon discovered. Located in an impressive 62-storey tower of glass and steel, British Columbia’s tallest building, the Shangri-La Hotel may look daunting from afar but once you step through its doors, a completely different experience awaits. […]

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Close-up of grains of sand from St. Gilles in La Réunion.

The diversity of the Indian Ocean islands

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most spectacular islands in the world. From the Maldives archipelago just off the Indian sub-continent to the large island of Madagascar off the coast of Eastern Africa and the islands of Mauritius, Seychelles and La Réunion in between, these islands are beautiful gems in a vast […]

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