Suzi Loxton Explores Mauritian Barefoot Bliss Lifestyle’s Appeal

By Reina Ilagan

Dec 08, 2016 05:17 AM EST

Travelers cannot help but be attracted with the Mauritian lifestyle. And Suzi Loxton experienced the wonders of the isolated island which she labeled as "Instagram heaven."

Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean and is a famous travel destination because of its lagoons, reefs, beaches, lush botanical gardens, rainforests, and other natural wonders.

She stayed at Veranda Pointe Aux Biches hotel known for its "barefoot bliss" concept. This involves discarding the shoes and just enjoy the Mauritian way of life. The hotel also offers catamaran day trips.

Being an island, the country takes pride in the surrounding ocean. Suzi Loxton began her explorations with a cruise through the "picture-perfect turquoise seas."

"Snorkelling by a reef just offshore was first on my agenda, and spotting a group of dolphins somersaulting and playing in the boat's waves as we headed out was a welcome bonus and something to tick off the bucket list," she narrated in her travel account that appeared in Mirror.

Her catamaran trip started at Grand-Gaube, and on her way to Bernache Island had several stops.

"With a stunning beach on the south coast and as little as four other people on the island at a time, I was ­overwhelmed by the space, fresh air and beauty of nature surrounding me. Consequently the theme tune for Desert Island Discs did pop into my head, too."

Sega dance, one of the popular music in the country, is also one of the attractions for travelers as music and dance are deeply engraved in the Mauritian culture. The dance is said to symbolize the liveliness of the Mauritian way of life.

There are Sega dance lessons on the beach offered for free by the hotel. Other activities on the beach that tourists can enjoy are cocktail making and cookery lessons, with the cuisine based on fresh local catch.

During her stay in the island, she also visited a restored grand colonial house that takes tourists back to the lifestyle of families in the 19th century.

The surrounding verandas give a view of the garden and orchard with several varieties of hundred-year old mango trees, spice trees and exotic fruit trees.

Her Mauritian experience also included trips to botanic gardens and museums.

"I would fully recommend using the guides, not only to avoid testing your map skills, but because they are full of interesting facts and amusing anecdotes, even for the less green-fingered among us," she said.

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