Mauritius is a Sea of New Colors

Boats in Mauritius

Our visit to Mauritius and Constance Hotels & Resorts was filled with a multitude of color. It’s diversity, uniqueness, pristine beaches, rich culture, and varied activities left Athena and I both wanting more. But the true draw to Mauritius for me was its new shades of color that I didn’t know existed. The ocean’s blues called my name and wrapped me like a blanket. I’ve included a few of my favorites so you could experience the beauty of the ocean in Mauritius. Which one calls your name?  Continue reading

Life is a Celebration at Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Five star luxury resorts don’t have to be for adults only. At almost three years old, Athena is a girly, girl. She loves to dress up and get her hair done. Regardless if we’re hiking a mountain or attending a luxury event, she wants to wear a tutu or a princess dress and have her hair braided or in a ballerina bun. She loves having her nails painted and she is obsessed with shoes. She’s always up for an adventure but she likes to do it in style. Visiting a place like Constance Le Prince Maurice in Mauritius can be as much a treat for her as it is for any adult. While we were at the resort, we feasted on exceptional cuisine, slept in a dreamlike suite, played at the Constance Kids’ Club, splashed in the infinity pool, and pampered ourselves at the spa. Le Prince Maurice made us feel like we were at a celebration of life and wellness every day of the week.  Continue reading

Our Curious Day in Mauritius

Seven Coloured Earth

Yesterday was one of the most bizarre days of all my travels. Athena and I hung from a ceiling, she became a giant, we walked on multi-colored earth, we rode giant tortoises, and Athena held a crocodile. And the funny part of it all is I’m not making this stuff up or exaggerating. Mauritius is a curious place.    Continue reading

A Photo Tour of Constance Belle Mare Plage in Mauritius

Constnace Belle Mare Outdoor Beds

Our two week tour of Mauritius includes two Constance Hotels. Our first stay is at Constance Belle Mare Plage, Mauritius. I selected it because of it’s combination of luxury and family-friendly amenities. Even though my month in Antarctica was the best travel experience of my life, I needed some relaxing fun in the sun and a refresher at the spa. Here’s a look at our digs at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Continue reading

One of the Pride at Casela, Mauritius

Casela Safari

Casela Nature and Leisure Park in Mauritius is a 14 hectares park offering animal interactions and adventures for the entire family. For bold adventure lovers, there are quad, buggy and segway tours, the longest zip line circuit in the Indian Ocean including hanging bridges, hidden waterfalls of up to 20m in height, and Canyoning. For a tamer adventure, there is a safari, a playground, a petting farm, fishing, and an aviary. We were able to get up close and personal with several animals including zebras, ostrich, birds, deer, rabbits, giant tortoises, a lion and a bear. Yep, you read correctly – a lion and a bear. With tons of animal interaction, a timely transportation system, delicious dining with a view, and loads of trees for shade and natural beauty, Casela is an awesome place to spend the day with the whole family. Continue reading

Arrived in Mauritius – Discovering a Tropical Paradise

Belle Mare Plage Restaurant

After two 12 hour flights, Athena and I have arrived in Mauritius for a family vacation. We were exhausted yesterday but managed to take a few photos and have a nice dinner before heading to bed. Our schedule is packed full of family fun adventures and unique experiences so stay tuned for 9 days in a tropical Paradise.  Continue reading

Is a Namibian Safari an Adrenaline Rush?

Elephants around Doro Nawas Camp, Namibia

I’m an adrenaline junkie. My idea of the perfect day would be skydiving before breakfast, rappelling down a waterfall to get to whitewater rafting, lunch on the river, flyboarding and scuba diving, dinner at the beach, and a sunset, aerobatics biplane flight over the ocean. I don’t know if all of that is possible during one day, but now that I’m thinking about it, maybe I’ll add it to next year’s list. So why was southern Africa so high on this year’s list? Do you see it as an adrenaline rush? While jumping out of a plane or rafting down a river is extreme and it gets my blood pumping during the adventure, it would take all of those activities combined in one day to equate to the adrenaline felt during a Namibian safari. If you want a real adrenaline rush, watch Africa animal attacks on tv or YouTube before going to Namibia. Your hair will be standing up the entire trip. It’s the wild, after all, and anything can happen.  I went on a self-driven safari in Etosha National Park, Namibia. From the time I entered the park until the time I was well into deep sleep that night, my adrenaline was pumping. It’s the ultimate, adrenaline adventure. Continue reading