Embrace Mauritian Tradition With Veranda Resorts’ New Cultural Programme
Veranda Resorts in Mauritius is introducing a brand new cultural programme with the aim of introducing guests to Mauritian heritage and creating a unique travel experience, beyond just sea and sand that Mauritius is normally synonymous with.
Hotel guests staying at one of the four Veranda properties – Veranda Grand Baie, Veranda Pointe aux Biches, Veranda Paul &Virginie and Veranda Palmar Beach– will get the opportunityto immerse themselves in the history and culture of this fascinating island. Activities include:
- Guided bike tour/walking tour around local villages in the north
- Market tour
- Creole cooking class
- Artisanal fishing
- Rum making and tasting experience
- Sega dance lesson
- Mauritian instrument initiation
Guests will have the option of taking either a walking tour or bike tour of villages in the north, allowing them to discover the vivid local life of this part of Mauritius.One route includes a visit to the small Indian-influencedvillage of Goodlands, where a colourful Tamil temple impressively stands and shops are scattered along the roadsides, where guests can purchase authentic handmade gifts. Another route takes inTriolet, the island’s longest village near the north-western coast, set amidst green sugarcane fields. Guests will have an experienced local guide who will offer a wealth of historical knowledge and insight into village life.
Culinary aspects of the programme include an escorted visit to a food and spice market, where the island’s diverse cultures converge. Once produce has been purchased, guests will then get the opportunity to join a Mauritian chef in the kitchen, whowill offer insight into typical ingredients and home-grown recipes, and guests will learn how to create traditional Creole cuisine. Additionally, guests can take a fishing trip with a local fisherman and learn local fishing techniques, catching typical coral fish such as ‘capitaine’ or ‘vieille’, and bring back their catch for a lively beach BBQ every week.
With its abundance of sugar cane fields, the island is renowned for its rum and so rum enthusiasts can try their hand at making the spirit, as well as tasting the different flavours on offer such as tamarin, litchis and ‘bilimbi’.
Another highlight of the programme is the Sega dance lesson. Steeped in history, this traditional Mauritian dance expresses freedom with its rhythmic beats and colourful creole lyrics.An initiation to Mauritian instruments such as the ravanne, djembé and maravannewill also be available.
Veranda Resorts’ CEO, Francois Eynaud says: ‘Our new cultural programme will provide our guests with a deeper connection to our land through a schedule of hands-on activities and tours. I believe that once people have had the opportunity to learn more about the history, people and landscape of this special island, they will return home with a better understanding and complete appreciation of Mauritius.’
Veranda Resorts comprises of four charming hotels– Veranda Grand Baie, Veranda Pointe aux Biches, Veranda Paul &Virginie and Veranda Palmar Beach – spread across the north of the island, ideal for families, groups and couples who want to experience authentic Mauritius.
Seven nights’ B&B starts from £279 pp (two sharing) including some cultural programme events. For more information on Veranda Resorts visit www.veranda-resorts.com/en/or call +230 266 97 62
NB: Some activities incur a charge payable locally. Activities may differ across the four hotels.
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Veranda Paul &Virginieis located in the fisherman village of Grand Gaube, and offers direct access to the beach. This intimate hotel has a breathtaking view of the northern islands, and is ideal for a romantic getaway, wedding or honeymoon.
Veranda Grand Baieis situated in the town of Grand Bay. The hotel’s 94 rooms are decorated in a Creole style to create a typically Mauritian environment. The location of the hotel offers commanding views over the harbour Grand Bay. Nearby shopping centres, local arts and craft shops and lively marketarejust five minutes’ walk away, and the hotel is surrounded by restaurants and bars.
Veranda Palmar Beach has recently been renovated and is bordered by a pristine beach that stretches along the coastline. The hotel offers excellent scuba diving, snorkelling, sailing and waterskiing.
Veranda Pointe aux Bichesoffers a ‘shipwrecked’ experience with open-air living areas in luxurious tropical surroundings. Ideal for families and those looking for the perfect beach getaway, the hotel features natural and rustic architecture, two onsite restaurants, two bars and a kids club.
Laura Bardell, P1 Communications
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