Dare to Go Bare Winter 2011 – Mauritius, Indian Ocean
Mauritius is one of the most exotic locations you might ever visit. This small island, entirely ringed by coral reefs, has a lot to offer, including nightlife, beaches, and an abundance of outdoor activities. There are many spots on the island to choose from, but the Jetset crowd heads straight to Grand Baie for its’ wide variety of activities, dining and nightlife. Spend your days lounging on the beach or at your resort pool and bar. And yes, those people lounging next to you really are the celebrities you think they are.
Although the law requires modesty at the public beaches, topless sunbathing reigns at the resorts. Take a champagne helicopter tour of the island and have lunch in the mountains on the southwest coast at Chamarel or Le Morne. For great views, visit 20 Degrees South located in La Pointe aux Canonniers at the end of the bay, where you can dine on Lady Lisbeth, a restored yacht from the 1920s.
The Banana Café is located under trees in Grand Baie and is a favorite of expatriates; Le Gout du Large is located on the beach in La Pointe aux Canonniers; Cocoloco has a restaurant and lounge with a relaxed atmosphere; Grand Baie Lounge offers French cuisine overlooking the Bay; and Le Connoisseur with a wine-shop downstairs and tapas bar upstairs with a selection of snacks and wine by the glass. Nightlife: Cocoloco has a relaxed vibe and cool music in a lounge environment, while upstairs is Le Sushi Bar; Club Climax is one of the newer clubs; Zanzibar is popular for dancing and drinks; and Buddha Club is a favorite local haunt for dancing. The best shopping is found at Bazar de Grand Baie for local handicrafts, and at the Grand Baie Mall and Sunset Boulevard for jewelry, clothing, and duty-free shops.
You will be enveloped in luxury at the Royal Palm They have 84 sea-facing suites located on a sheltered coast with a white sandy beach. Whether you are seeking tranquility, pampering or adventure, you can find it here. The resort is beautifully designed to blend into the surroundings and features ocean views. Enjoy treatments at the spa or relax at the pool or beach-side where attentive staff is available to refresh your drink or make you more comfortable. Don’t miss the haute cuisine of the Royal Palm Restaurant, where your taste buds will be indulged.