This 3-week wellness retreat starts in bustling Cape Town where you'll enjoy several spa treatments at a posh accommodation while adventuring out of the city for scenic drives and wine tasting. Foodies will be pleased with exquisite meals made from traditional methods and served with seafront views, plus tours of colonial tea farms. Where pampering meets adventure, this trip also includes safaris, submarine rides, whale watching, sightseeing flights, and catamaran cruises.

Highlights

  • Tour a historical tea farm from the colonial times
  • Discover wildlife on safari and under the sea in a submarine
  • Cruise a catamaran to islands off the coast of Mauritius
  • Swim in a scenic waterfall
  • Meditate on a mountainside

Brief Itinerary

Day Highlights Overnight
Day 1 Arrive in Cape Town - Dine With a Chef Cape Town
Day 2 Get Pampered at SALT Boutique Spa Cape Town
Day 3 Morning Yoga - Cape Town Tour Cape Town
Day 4 Cape Peninsula Drive With a Seasonal, Pop-up Lunch Cape Town
Day 5 Wellness Workshop - African Dinner Theater Cape Town
Day 6 Whale Watching in Cape Town Cape Town
Day 7 Organic Spa Treatment - A Visit to Wine Country Cape Town
Day 8 West Coast Cultural Experience - Cederberg Wellness Retreat Cederberg
Day 9 Safari Drive - Traditional Riverside Massage Cederberg
Day 10 Bushman Rock Paintings - Moroccan Mud Mask Treatment Cederberg
Day 11 Mountain Meditation - Beachfront Seafood Feast Cape Town
Day 12 Morning Pilates - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens Cape Town
Day 13 Garden Yoga and Vegan Cooking Class with SALT Boutique Cape Town
Day 14 Arrive in the Tropical Island of Mauritius  
Day 15 Sightseeing Flight over Mauritius - Holistic Massage  
Day 16 Hike Ile D'ambre - Sunset Cruise in a Catamaran  
Day 17 Explore and Snorkel White-sand Islands on a Private Catamaran  
Day 18 Underwater Adventure - Holistic Island Beauty Treatment  
Day 19 Sip Infusions Along the Mauritius Tea Route  
Day 20 Port Louis and The Chamarel Waterfall  
Day 21 Scenic Drive Before Departure  

Detailed Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive in Cape Town - Dine With a Chef

Posh accommodation at SALT Boutique Guesthouse

Welcome to bustling Cape Town! Upon arrival, make your way to the 5-star, green-graded SALT Boutique Guesthouse, conveniently located a stone's throw from the beautiful Blouberg Beach. The guesthouse prides itself on its unique décor, which is themed with elegance and sustainability by reusing various materials. The property's maritime heritage blends well with its beachfront surroundings. 

Spend the rest of the day unwinding at the property while sipping wine in the lounge, taking a dip in the pool, or capturing stunning views on Blouberg Beach. You'll snag classic vistas of Table Mountain across the bay as you watch kitesurfers try their luck with the winds.

In the evening, enjoy an intimate, multi-course dinner prepared by a selected chef who will personalize your meal to your dietary needs/preferences. Dine next to the kitchen and chat with the chef while s/he prepares your meal. Learn more about the chef's vision and techniques while polishing off your experience with a creative dessert. Retire to your luxury accommodation for the night.

Day 2: Get Pampered at SALT Boutique Spa

Numerous massages throughout the three weeks

Rise with the sun and enjoy breakfast's abundant spread of delectable treats. Ready yourself for a day of tranquility with spa treatments at the SALT Boutique Guesthouse. 

Choose three spa treatments to enjoy:

  • 30 minute back & neck massage
  • express facial
  • mini manicure
  • mini pedicure
  • relaxing coconut scalp massage

After your pampering, delight in a seaside lunch at Eden on the Bay's shopping center for stunning views of the ocean and Table Mountain, as well as a little retail therapy.

Spend the afternoon walking on Blouberg Beach or visit the Rietvlei Wetlands Reserve, a nature reserve situated in Milnerton. The Rietvlei Wetland Reserve forms part of the greater Table Bay Nature Reserve and is home to over 150 different species, including birds, small mammals, and amphibians.

Spend the evening dining at one of Blouberg's most prestigious restaurants, Homespun by Matt. Homespun is the result of Matt Schreuder's culinary journey across the globe. Whether it's Frankfurt, Zurich, or South East Asia, he draws foodie inspiration from all of his travel experiences.

Day 3: Morning Yoga - Cape Town Tour

Beautiful Cape Town, South Africa

After a light and healthy breakfast, your yoga instructor will guide you through an inspiring and light-flowing 1-hour Yin Yoga class.  Experience an innovative synthesis of traditional yoga, meditation, and eastern approaches to healing.

The class is slow and steady with a sense of core softness and surrender. The focus of length, depth, and direction of breathing activates the flow of prana (the body’s life force) throughout the body and will help you to understand the physical, energetic, emotional, and mental benefits on your organs.

Once the body and mind is suitably relaxed, it's time to explore the city of Cape Town. Your local guide will collect you from the guesthouse and take you to the city center for a historic walking tour. The tour showcases the heroes and villains of colonialism, the drama and harmony of the city, and highlights the personal insight of living and being a real Capetonian. Learn about the different eras of Cape Town and South Africa’s history along with the people who shaped it.

Highlights include:

  • Company’s Garden
  • Parliament
  • Greenmarket Square
  • The Castle of Good Hope
  • The Slave Lodge

After strolling the streets of Cape Town, explore the city from a different perspective and make your way to Table Mountain. Take the cable car up and explore the top of this glorious natural wonder. Descend back down over magnificent views of Cape Town and the ocean.

Head back to the city and enjoy a leisurely dinner. Some great restaurant options include:

  • The Bombay Bicycle Club. This wonderfully wacky bohemian cafe sits at the top of a hill. Try the famous chocolate chili steak from the Theatre of Dreams. The menu includes vegetarian meals, pastas, risotto, steaks, and more.

  • The Test Kitchen. The Test Kitchen has its finger on the pulse when it comes to what foodies want. The food is exceptional, the serving is flawless, and the setting is elegance-meets-speakeasy; all perfectly combine to conjure an à-la-mode culinary experience not often found at this level of fine dining.

  • The Pot Luck Club. It has been dubbed the coolest place to be in Cape Town and its success is based on innovative cuisine served in a relaxed-yet-edgy environment. The menu includes a collection of tapas-sized plates with an emphasis on sharing. The “sharing plates” are divided into the five basic tastes, allowing you to try each sensation on its own or together.

Day 4: Cape Peninsula Drive With a Seasonal, Pop-up Lunch

Amazing pop-up lunch on the Cape Peninsula

Recently voted as one of the best drives in the city, the Cape Peninsula is a must while visiting Cape Town. Start your drive by passing through the Cape Town University and Constantia before heading to Ou Kaapse weg and Noordhoek. Stop for coffee and photos in one of the quaint seaside towns along the way. Head to the Cape Point Nature Reserve where you will visit the Cape of Good Hope and the lighthouse.

Lunch is an amazing pop-up experience of sustainable cuisine where the season determines the menu. This interactive 5-course meal is expertly curated using fresh, seasonal ingredients and locally-produced products. Vegetables, herbs, and wild foods are selected and prepared on-site from the Good Hope Gardens vegetable farm. Wild herbs are collected from the mountainside and seaweeds are hand picked from the nearby beaches. Dishes often include edible flowers and local artisan products as well.

After lunch, head to Simon's Town and have fun with the penguin colony at Boulders Beach. Drive over Chapman’s Peak, a scenic road off the Atlantic seaboard and stop at blue-flag beaches such as Llandudno and Camps Bay. Watch the sunset from the the terrace at Paranga, a popular dinner restaurant on the Camps Bay strip. Paranga’s unparalleled view will satisfy even the most discerning eye.

Other dinner restaurant options include:

  • The Hussar Grill Camps Bay. Enjoy your dinner in one of Cape Town’s most beautiful and glamorous locations, with outstanding views that only Camps Bay can offer. From carefully-aged steaks, grilled to perfection, to spare ribs that literally fall off the bone, the Hussar Grill has gained the respect of meat lovers all over the country.
  • Dizzy's Camps Bay. This buzzy restaurant is set in the heart of the beautiful Camps Bay village, making it the perfect place to eat, drink, and play. The pizzas are arguably the best in Cape Town, made in the oldest wood-fired pizza oven in Camps Bay and prepared with fresh ingredients.

Day 5: Wellness Workshop - African Dinner Theater

Wellness Workshop in Cape Town

Today you'll join a fun and interactive wellness workshop in Cape Town. The aim of the workshop is to help gain greater understanding on various topics. You'll learn how to apply different strategies to make positive changes and improve your life. All workshops are created and conducted in a safe space for people to learn, grow, and express themselves as an individual. 

Enjoy your afternoon at your own leisurely pace. Suggested activities include:

  • Relaxing on the iconic Camps bay or Clifton Beach
  • An afternoon hike up Lions Head 
  • Shopping at the V & A Waterfront 
  • Relax in the luxury of your accommodation and swim in the outdoor pool

Save your energy for an evening experience of African storytelling through music, singing, and dancing. The performance includes praise singing to welcome you, Mali puppetry, and dancing to marimba percussion and djembe drums. Feast on African food traditionally shared and enjoyed with family and friends. A 14-dish tasting menu is served in generous portions and honors African culinary traditions, combining modern flavors and techniques.

Day 6: Whale Watching in Cape Town

SUPing off the coast of Cape Town

After Breakfast at your lodge you can spend the day at your leisure with any of the numerous activities Cape Town has on offer.  Suggested adventures include:

  • SUPing on Big Bay
  • Surfing lessons on the coast
  • Lions Head hike 
  • Snorkeling with seals
  • Whale watching
  • Shark diving

After a day of some exploration, grab dinner in the city. Some restaurant suggestions include:

  • Grand Africa Café & Beach Bar. Cape Town’s favorite destination restaurant embraces a free-spirited beach café vibe. It's nestled on the shoreline with majestic views of the Atlantic and Robben Island. A fresh blend of casual-contemporary cuisine is balanced with all the delights of local seasonal fair.

  • Firefish Restaurant. Experience sensational seafood fresh from the ocean and hot off the grill at this sophisticated eatery in the bustling V&A Waterfront neighborhood. The contemporary seafood menu has something for everyone.

  • Mitchells Scottish Ale House. This is where the party never stops and the beer always flows! It has a great location with a fun atmosphere, friendly staff, and a fully-loaded menu ready to satisfy even the biggest appetite. Relax and enjoy the upbeat vibes of the V&A Waterfront combined with amazing views of the Cape Town harbor and Table Mountain.

Day 7: Organic Spa Treatment - A Visit to Wine Country

Spa and Wine Day

It's time to transition from posh city life to the acclaimed wine farms in the Cape Winelands. Start the day with a signature organic spa treatment consisting of an organic back and neck exfoliation, a signature garden organics back wrap, a pressure point scalp massage, an essential oil foot-to-leg treatment, and a back, neck, and shoulder massage.

After your relaxing treatment, your local wine guide will show you some of the most popular farms in the Stellenbosch wine region. Enjoy the rest of the day trying different foods and treats, plus drinking some of the best bubbles and wines in South Africa. The wine farms offer a variety of white and red cultivars, as well as their own blends and styles. The Cape Winelands is a haven of gracious, white-gabled farmsteads evoking a rich, elegant heritage. 

Enjoy a leisurely dinner at one of these suggested restaurants:

  • Tokara Restaurant. Tokara is focused on contemporary cuisine, award-winning wines, and dramatic views over Stellenbosch and False Bay. The menu offers meals with unique flavor combinations like roasted hake with cauliflower purée and chardonnay mussel sauce; umami mushroom ravioli with soft goat's cheese; and braised lamb complemented wonderfully by heerenbone purée. 

  • Chefs Warehouse at Maison. By pairing flavors in unexpected and exciting ways, the restaurant creates an infinite number of intriguing tastes. By using fresh ingredients based on seasonal availability, chefs create a globally-inspired menu that incorporates a world of different flavors in one, multi-course meal.

  • Jordan Restaurant. The focus on the flavors of locally sourced, seasonal ingredients is evident from the kitchen's private vegetable and herb garden, a wine barrel fish smoker, and a wood-fired oven. Expect smoky, smoldering flavors in simple combinations. The main ingredients are enhanced by smoked garlic, aubergine, fennel, prune, and potato puree. A trip to the walk-in cheese room to select your own board of artisanal Cape farm cheeses with preserves and breads rounds off a spectacular meal.

Day 8: West Coast Cultural Experience - Cederberg Wellness Retreat

Cederberg Wellness Retreat

Depart Cape Town and head to the !Khwa ttu Culture and Education Centre. Upon arrival, enjoy a traditional tea made from fresh herbs from the garden, followed by lunch from the restaurant. You'll dine in a beautifully-restored farmhouse while enjoying slow food with a selection of dishes using locally-sourced produce and meat.

After lunch you can join a San Guided Experience to see fresh animal tracks and a replica of a San village, plus learn about the uses of the herbaceous fynbos of the area. Your visit also includes the Traces and Tracks exhibition and the Dream Museum. We'll conclude the afternoon with a “Drinks with a View” experience at !Khwa ttu.

Your accommodation for the night will be a secluded lodge nestled in the foothills of the Cederberg Mountains, this ecological oasis is a magical wilderness experience among open plains, sandstone formations, and ancient bush art dating back 10,000 years. The lodge itself is situated amidst botanical gardens and pristine wilderness, complete with exciting daily outdoor activities, sublime cuisine, and warm hospitality.

Day 9: Safari Drive - Traditional Riverside Massage

Picnic Safari, South Africa

Wake up in the bush and enjoy breakfast before your morning safari in one of the most spectacular nature reserves. Explore the diversity amongst ever-changing landscapes, finding some of the Cape’s most rare species. Sundowners and picnics are  served at scenic spots throughout the drive.

In the afternoon, get close to nature in the secluded Riverside Gazebo and indulge in a unique combination of soothing therapeutic treatments based on ancient African traditions. These include the aromatic power of South African blends of indigenous rooibos and fynbos vegetation, combined with healing plant oils. This signature experience includes a relaxing massage utilizing hot stones to prepare the muscles, a rooibos milk bath foot treatment, and a face and scalp massage.

Continue the relaxation vibe of the day with a sunset view, a leisurely dinner, and a night drive under a canopy of stars. Enjoy unparalleled stargazing and spot elusive, nocturnal wildlife such as the aardwolf, African wildcat, bat eared fox, Cape fox, and porcupine.

Day 10: Bushman Rock Paintings - Moroccan Mud Mask Treatment

Bushman Rock Paintings

After breakfast, depart for a cultural journey with the Bushman tribes. These tribes have lived in the regional mountains for 120,000 years. They are mankind’s oldest nation. Here, in their ancestral home, the Bushman stained the rocks with oxide pigments, depicting a cultural and spiritual legacy.

Bushmans Kloof is the official custodian of over 130 unique rock art sites, some as old as 10,000 years. The sites on the reserve may be viewed by guests, archaeologists, and researchers. Since its founding, Bushmans Kloof has been dedicated to protecting this extraordinary treasure. Accordingly, they have been awarded the status of a South African Natural Heritage Site.

Enjoy a relaxing experience with an ancient Moroccan healing ritual that incorporates natural mud masks, which are self-applied to all parts of the body and face. Aromatic steam is released, allowing the skin to be moisturized. As the mud softens, its beneficial ingredients and natural minerals are absorbed by the body.

Day 11: Mountain Meditation - Beachfront Seafood Feast

Meditation in Nature

After breakfast, head out to the healing waters of 500-million-year-old mountains. The opportunity for meditation and tranquility is yours for the taking. In this exquisite and remote landscape, you’ll find space to be still and to reconnect with the timeless natural world. Walk the ley lines, or simply meditate to birdsong and the gentle rustling of fynbos grass.

A luxurious African foot ritual awaits you upon your return using an energy-balancing copper bath to soak and exfoliate the feet. Hot stones are used to massage the soles of the feet and calf muscles, which reduces water retention and improves circulation. All of this is followed by a foot mask to soften rough areas and lock the moisture into the skin. This treatment is ideal for weary travelers suffering from the strains of a long journey or jet lag.

Your return to Cape Town features a scenic drive along the west coast of the Cape, which has many charming fishing villages that can be visited along the way. Stop for a seafood lunch on the beach and dine with the sound of the waves and seagulls.  Enjoy a feast of seafood dishes, prepared in true regional style by local chefs. Order from a menu filled with treats such as mussels pots, grilled harders, fish curry, freshly baked breads, delicious jams, and roosterkoek.

After your beachfront seafood feast, you'll head back to Cape Town and check into your accommodation for the evening.

Day 12: Morning Pilates - Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens

Stretch your jet lagged muscles with a session of pilates, a mind-body exercise using a floor mat and a variety of equipment. Pilates evolved from the principles of Joseph Pilates and can dramatically transform the way your body looks, feels, and performs. It's a great exercise for the weary traveler!

After Pilates, your driver will take you to the stunning Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens. Few can match the sheer grandeur of this garden, with its lush vegetation set against the slopes of Table Mountain. The Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway (informally known as the 'Boomslang', meaning tree snake) is a curved steel and timber bridge over the trees in the Arboretum. The main entrance at the Newlands end of the gardens is where you’ll find the information center, an excellent souvenir shop, and the conservatory.

After your stroll though the gardens, head to La Colombe, one of South Africa’s most iconic and internationally-acclaimed fine dining establishments. The freshest seasonal produce, uncomplicated clean flavors, and classic elegance are the essence of this establishment. With impeccable service and an award-winning wine list, La Colombe is a truly unforgettable experience.

Spend the rest of your day and evening at your own pace, either back at your accommodation or through the streets of Cape Town.

Day 13: Garden Yoga and Vegan Cooking Class with SALT Boutique

Morning Yoga at SALT Boutique

Spend the morning focusing on your mind-body awareness and enjoy the many healing properties of a morning yoga class. You can enjoy the abundance of delicacies that await you in the dining room for breakfast before or after class. Freshen up in your last moments of luxury at the beautiful SALT Boutique in Cape Town.

Spend the afternoon around the pool reflecting on your week of mind and body experiences, go for a stroll along the beach, or test your surfing skills out in the waves.

In the afternoon, you'll enjoy an interactive cooking class with the Playful Vegan. Using only plant-based cooking recipes, the courses are interactive, informative, and full of fun. The classes are aimed to empower and inspire others to cook their own delicious and nutritious meals, and to bring consciousness and creativity back into the kitchen. 

Enjoy the rest of your day at your accommodation for your final night at SALT Boutique.

Day 14: Arrive in the Tropical Island of Mauritius

Exotic Mauritius

After breakfast, head to Cape Town Airport and catch your flight to the beautiful tropical island of Mauritius where an all-inclusive resort awaits you on the island's sunniest coast.

Mauritius is surrounded by the Indian Ocean, giving this sophisticated island all the elements for the ultimate escape. Quality and high standards apply to every aspect of infrastructure and service, including accommodation, food, sightseeing, transportation, and attractions. The island's greatest asset as a holiday destination is its natural beauty, lush tropical vegetation, and sun-soaked beaches, protected by a coral reef that encircles most of the island. The clear, calm waters off the coast present ideal conditions for all kinds of water sports, including snorkeling, windsurfing, waterskiing, and sailing. 

Your resort is located in the lively village of Grand Bay, set on the sunniest coast of Mauritius. Sport and entertainment are the focus of this resort, which is also within walking distance of Grand Bay's many restaurants, clothing shops, markets, and nightclubs.

After settling into your room, enjoy the resort's facilities, which include two swimming pools , a boutique, and a spa/sauna. Thanks to the proximity of the beach, you can also take advantage of complimentary water sports activities. Try waterskiing , windsurfing, pedaloboats, stand-up paddling, sailing, kayaking, and wakeboarding. You can also cruise in a glass-bottomboat, go snorkeling, or play a game of tennis or volleyball. Yoga classes and a gym are also available.

Day 15: Sightseeing Flight over Mauritius - Holistic Massage

Holistic Massage Treatments

Enjoy an amazing breakfast at the hotel, as well as views of the waves crashing on the beach. Your driver will then collect you from the hotel and head north past one of the most renowned churches in Mauritius, the Notre Dame Auxiliatrice Chapel. The Roman Catholic Church is famous for its vivid red roof that contrasts against the bright turquoise sea and azure sky.

Get a unique bird's eye view of Mauritius' northern mountain range, coastal area, beaches, lagoons, and countryside with a sightseeing flight. The fascinating flight let's you to discover the beauty and charm of Mauritius and enjoy many breathtaking panoramic views. Your pilot will ensure that you see famous landmarks and points of interest. Don’t forget to bring a camera!

After your flight, head back to the hotel for lunch and a relaxing steam bath. The pre-treatment steam bath is followed by a soothing massage which includes a combination of energy techniques, pressure, stretching, and oils. The resort has an on-site restaurant available for dinner and entertainment. Meals and complimentary activities are interchangeable with some neighboring resorts, so enjoy walking down the beach and exploring other resorts in the area.

Day 16: Hike Ile D'ambre - Sunset Cruise in a Catamaran

Tropical Flowers Found on the Islands off Mauritius

Today you'll drive to toIle D'ambre, one of the last wild sanctuaries in Mauritius. With its dense mangroves and inner forests, it's an ideal hiking destination. You can enjoy a beautiful 4-hour walk on the island and discover its marine ecosystem, fauna, and flora.

A friendly and professional guide will meet you in the morning and provide you with a short briefing on today's memorable hike. After your walk, a short ride in a traditional Mauritian pirogue boat takes you to Ile D'Ambre Island, situated just inside the lagoon in the northeast of Mauritius. You'll pass through exotic endemic trees before reaching a network of trails. Be ready to discover some of the historic ruins found on the island—some dating back to 1750—andexplore its conservation areas. You'll also see a volcanic crater and fresh water cave.

After a full day of outdoor adventure, capture an unforgettable sunset while cruising on a catamaran along the north coast of Mauritius. Whether you want an evening with the family, a leisurely cruise with friends, or a romantic outing with your soul mate, this cruise is definitely a perfect ending to a delightful day in paradise.

With a beautiful sunset, great music in the background, and tasty snacks and drinks, this will be an experience you'll never forget.

Day 17: Explore and Snorkel White-sand Islands on a Private Catamaran

Boating in Mauritius

Today your driver will take you to the Island to Trou D’Eau Douce on the central east coast of Mauritius, where you'll enjoy a private catamaran cruise full of sun, drinks, delicious food, and a lot of fun and relaxation. This trip also takes you to the island of Ile aux Cerfs, where crew members tell you about local tales, jokes, and play traditional Mauritian music.

The catamaran will cruise along the coast before turning towards the Grand River Waterfalls. To get a closer look at the falls, you'll transition to a small speed boat. Once back on the catamaran, you'll eventually stop again for a snorkeling and swimming break before lunch.

After the visit to Ile aux Cerfs, you will enjoy the beautiful sail back to Trou D’Eau Douce.

Day 18: Underwater Adventure - Holistic Island Beauty Treatment

Coconut Spa Treatments

Today you'll ride in a submarine, discovering beautiful marine life and the underwater world of Mauritius!

As part of the submarine trip, you will get to visit a shipwreck, explore the rich coral reefs of Mauritius, and observe various species of fish. The submarine activity begins with a pre departure briefing on land, followed by a speedboat transfer to the main platform where you will board the submarine. With a fully glassed cabin, you'll enjoy exceptionally clear panoramic views of the underwater world.

At over 100 feet under the sea, you'll explore the underwater world of Mauritius like on safari trip and see a selection of rare species. Apart from the marine life, the sprawling exotic corals make this trip a memorable experience. Snacks and beverages will be provided.

After exploring on the submarine, pilot your own underwater scooter by yourself! With comfortable seats, you can breathe normally inside a transparent and panoramic glass dome, enjoying panoramic views. Get a full view of the reef, of Mauritius’ marine life, and discover its marine flora and fauna.

The underwater scooter is very easy to pilot, with a steering wheel, two accelerator pedals and a single button to control the depth level. You only need to press the button to dive or to go up to the surface. The air inside the cabin (head cupola) is permanently regenerated, and there is also a backup air system to guarantee your maximum safety.

After a fun-filled day, treat yourself to a Holistic Island Treatment. Ointments are used to nourish the skin, providing amazing sensations and multiple benefits. Each ritual is an ode to tradition, nature, and comfort, providing undivided attention to your precious skin. Through a series of precise strokes, your skin is nurtured and pampered to further purify, nourish, refine, and protect.

Day 19: Sip Infusions Along the Mauritius Tea Route

Spa Day Along the  Mauritius Tea Route

Discover traditional Mauritius by following the Mauritius Tea Route. Awaken your senses as you discover the making of teas, rum, vanilla, and essential oils, all while strolling down the exotic gardens of the Bois Cheri tea plantation.

A guide will share the area's unique history and stories, taking you back in time to the first days of Mauritius with its rich colonial history. You'll visit the Domaine des Aubineaux—a colonial house built in 1872, which has been converted into a museum dedicated to the history of Mauritian Tea—and its gardens. Discover furniture dating back to the 17th century and great collections of photos of historic colonial houses. 

After the visit to the house, continue the tour at Camphor tree garden. While strolling the garden, observe the diversity of exotic plants and trees and enjoy the beautiful views of the plantation itself. Continue to Bois Chéri, the second stop in the Mauritian Tea Route tour. It's the first and biggest tea producer in Mauritius, operating since 1892.

After a guided tour of the factory, discover the history of tea while visiting the tea production museum.
Nowadays Bois Chéri produces a new range of flavored teas, green teas, and herbal teas. Sip different varieties while enjoying views of the island.

The third stop of the Tea Route is the Saint Aubin house. Built in 1819, It has been home to several managers of the sugar estate. It was renovated in the 90's to preserve a part of the Mauritian heritage and still uses the original beams and ship poles. Here you'll discover the interesting transformation process of the vanilla orchid: from the flower to the aromatic pod.

Return to your hotel in the afternoon for a highly soothing and comforting almond milk and coconut cream treatment that provides deep skin moisturizing. The treatment is followed by a face massage meant to ease all your tensions.

Day 20: Port Louis and The Chamarel Waterfall

Relaxing Spa Treatments After Hiking Chamarel Waterfall

Get ready to experience Port Louis, the cultural hub of Mauritius. Bustling with activities during the day, Port Louis was chosen as the ideal location in the colonial period due to the fact that it was well-protected from strong winds by the Moka Mountains. Today the city is made up of historical and modern buildings, shops, restaurants, shopping malls, and iconic places such as China Town, Champ de Mars, Caudan Waterfront, and the central market.

Enjoy lunch in the city and head to the Chamarel Waterfall, one of the highest waterfalls in Mauritius. It's situated in the southwest of the island, near the village of Chamarel. Chamarel is a unique village with a number of different tourist attractions, such as the Seven Colored Earth and the Black River Gorges National Park. This place will definitely take your breath away, with the waterfall surrounded by lush green forests and mountains. In addition to being a wonderful sight, the area also offers a number of activities, such as hiking and swimming.

Back at the resort, enjoy a series of spa treatments. Therapists maximize the multiple benefits of the world’s most effective ancient therapies.

Choose one of the following spa treatments:

  • Well-Being Shiatsu, Shanti, Hot Stone, Abhyanga, Foot Reflexology, Shirotchampi, and Kobido - for peace of mind and balance
  • Sen Thai Oil Massage, Balinese, Back Massage - for soothing your sore body, relaxing your muscles and providing you with renewed vitality
  • Lymphatic Drainage, Slimming Tuina Therapy - Balinese treatment for in-depth drainage that relaxes and balances your body

Day 21: Scenic Drive Before Departure

Final Scenery of Mauritius Before Departure

After breakfast, make your way south to the wildest and most beautiful landscape of the island. Sandy beaches bordered by cliffs, rocky shores, vast sugar cane fields, and mountainous terrain offer magnificent views. Enjoy the integrated tourist area of Bel Ombre along the way.

At Gris-Gris, you can find the profile of the poet Robert Edward Hart carved by waves and wind on the side of a promontory called La Roche qui pleure (The Crying Rock). Stand at the cliffs' edge and enjoy the breeze coming straight from Antarctica. Below you'll find the Bain des négresses (the Negresses Bath). Stop for lunch at the restaurants at Gris-Gris cliffs, which serve a range of fresh seafood cooked the traditional Mauritian way.

Head to Mauritius Airport in the late afternoon for your flight home or to your next destination.