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I’m Married! + Honeymoon in Mauritius (With Pictures)

I’m back, and I’m married! I have done a couple of wedding related posts (here, here and here) but didn’t have the time to do as many as I would’ve liked, so some of you may not be aware that¬†the reason I have been a little absent from this blog is because I was getting hitched!

Ben and I got married on 23rd August and then spent 7 nights honeymooning in Mauritius. I’ve done a whole video talking about the wedding, so if you want to hear how that went and see a few pictures you can watch that, but I wanted to tell you about the honeymoon in this post.

It was a 12 hour direct flight and I’m not the best flier, but despite a few bumpy patches I actually managed to get some sleep and handled the mild turbulence without having a panic attack. We stayed at the Ravenala Attitude hotel on the North East side of the island, which in hindsight perhaps wasn’t the best location in terms of things to do around the area. Apparently the East side has the best beaches (although we didn’t managed to venture over to that side to explore), and the South is where most of the points of interest are. The hotel itself wasn’t the best to be honest. There was nothing terribly awful about it, more just a few little things that let it down and didn’t make it feel as special as we were hoping our honeymoon would be. Things like being kept awake by the loud music, not being able to get hold of an adaptor despite asking several times and being told each time that one would be sent to our room, the food not being piping hot and birds flying into the buffet restaurant and pecking at the food that was uncovered…

The hotel pool didn’t seem all that appealing but the beach was just 10 steps away so that’s where we spent most of our time – reading, relaxing and snoozing. We had hired a car so took a couple of trips out in that. On the Monday we drove to Casela, which is a safari park, and did a walk with lions as well as a segway safari. That was the best day by far and we both had so much fun. I absolutely loved the segway and can’t wait to go on one again! We spent the whole day at Casela, enjoying ourselves and looking at all the animals. That night we had a candlelit dinner by the beach as part of our “honeymoon” package, which was really lovely. The staff really catered to my lactose intolerant, vegetarian and not-too-spicy food requests (not that I’m fussy!), and everything they came out with was packed with flavour and presented beautifully.

A couple of days before we flew home we took the car out for drive to Grand Baie, just North of where we were staying. The sea looked a lot prettier there but the beaches weren’t quite as nice. From there we drove South to the Black River Gorges to look at the waterfalls. That was a little disappointing as you were viewing them from afar and they didn’t seem as impressive as I was hoping but it was a nice change of scenery from the beach.

Weather-wise, it was winter in Mauritius, which was still a pleasant 23-24 degrees C whilst we were there, but the sunshine was interspersed with short bursts of drizzle. All in all, I wouldn’t recommend the hotel and I’m not sure we would go back to Mauritius, but it was a very welcome break from work and was lovely to relax¬†after the craziness of planning a wedding in 6 months. Now it’s back to work, playing catch up and trying to make my way through my monstrous to do list, so posts might still be a little sporadic for the next few weeks. Apologies for that, but I promise I’m trying to get back on track ASAP, and in the meantime here’s some honeymoon pictures…

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