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Royal Palm Mauritius
Grand Baie – B13, Mauritius | www.beachcomber-hotels.com/

Gawping is encouraged in Mauritius, and best done airborne in the final quarter of hour of the eleven something from London Gatwick. The first quarter is uneventful, as usual. Like clockwork, I nod off to gentle groans of the aircraft as it laboriously tears through soggy rainclouds, the occasional turbulence is but a nudging into a more permanent sleeping position. Throw in a few grainy movies in between and it’s the typical long-haul – I’ve never found it difficult to idle time away in planes anyway. Then it happens, local time 6AM, the sun splits between the blinds as the captain announces our descent into Mauritian domain, circling the South-Eastern coast, and gone are the blanket-sheathed human-cocoons (aka Londoners). Every passenger cranes their necks towards the nearest window, gawping. A breath-taking view of an infinite blue pans out across the cabin, and for some lucky few behind the left wing, a dazzling view of the milky atoll, swirling with under-water dunes, that give way to a rippling green island mottled with sugar cane farms and fishing villages.

Royal Palm Mauritius, a Beachcomber that boasts six stars, both on paper and from the moment of arrival – is a 40 minute air-conditioned, cold-towelled, ABBA (from the Creole-speaking radio)-infused ride from the airport. We weave North, through hills and crossroads, skimming the feet of some great mountains (more craning and gawping) with tropical vegetation sprawling at the hem, and wonder if a visit to Jurassic World is in the itinerary. At just a stone throw from the coastal village of Grand Baie, the hotel comes into view – heavily veiled by coconut palms and guarded by uniformed staff. Phew, no velociraptors are going to find us here.

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Hat – Melissa Odabash. Dress – Topshop Unique (similar).

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Check-in is breezy, just long enough to notice that the lobby smells of sun-warmed nutmeg and coconut lotion. We decide to do breakfast first, showers can wait. Overlooking the glassy cerulean water with hazy eyes, I order eggs at La Brezza: ‘Over easy, with a sprinkle of garlic pepper – with a serving of some smoked salmon. And a glass of apple, carrot and ginger smoothie, please, EXTRA fiery’ . A smiley waiter named Ritesh takes down my order and in the following five days, remembers my preference. The same way the housekeeping staff turn down my sheets during the day as my tendency to napping indoors become apparent, and a random-yet-justified appearance of a serrated knife in the room one afternoon after having bludgeoned the five yellow passion fruits with the sharper end of my eyelash curler on the first day. So this is what six-star service means (!)

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Lingerie – Gooseberry Intimates

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The hotel isn’t much to figure out, a haven for those who like it simple: all 69 (newly renovated) suites are treated to a sea view, one central corridor, and sports & spa facilities in the back where it’s cooler, water sports at the beach front where it’s wetter…  Rather, it’s one’s job to be creative (or incredibly lazy) with the same 24 hours that is usually dissected with zeal back at home. Is it an early morning yoga session at the spa, followed by a flop down on the powder-soft beach and lull into a delicious, woozy half-sleep until the smell of pasta reaches your nose? Or giving water-ski a go? You’re on Mauritian hours, nothing but your own whim can command.

Park & Cube was a guest of Royal Palm Mauritius, all views and opinions are my own.

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Skincare – Dolce & Gabbana. Cleanser – Creme de la Mer. Sun screen – Clinique.

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Top & Bottom – Next.

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PJ’s – Gooseberry Intimates

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  1. Beautiful hotel & island. Looks like you had a great time!

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  3. Mauritius looks gorgeous! The beach is definitely the best vacation escape!

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  5. i’ve been waiting for a maldives post from you, but hey, mauritius will do perfectly fine. errthang so pretty as always.

    brb while i cry at the grey views from my window.

  6. I’ve never seen yellow passionfruit before. I would try & cut them down with my eyelash curler too if I had nothing else to use. Your photos are beautiful & really show how beautiful the place must be.

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  7. Take me to that Blue Paradise s’il vous plait~! Despite the fact that i’m already in a tropical haven (Malaysia)…nothing says winter adventure in another country’s beach~! Brilliant post as always~

  8. Another incredible post – you always capture things so beautifully! I have been really looking forward to your post from this holiday, I loved following what you got up to on Snapchat!

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  10. Mauritius is an amazing place… you chose the best

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  11. fantastic pics <3

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  12. I want to go so badly! Also, I’m surprised that you didn’t post a billion and a half photos, I don’t know how you edit down to very few, incredible photos! And as always, so lovely to hear your experience… extra fiery smoothie? Atta girl! x

  13. Looks like you had a great time at this beautiful hotel and Island. :)

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  14. You and I need to switch places. I want to go on a trip like this asap! <3
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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I am always amazed by how perfectly your photos are arranged and color-matched.

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  16. Isus Iso

    To read this while I’m still in Germany and enjoying the rain (although it’s dry right now!) seems like a big lapse in the universe.
    Absolutely great pictures and writing and I fell for the white lingerie. Beaauutiful!

  17. This looks like paradise and if it’s possible your pictures make it look even better!

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  18. SO into the last two pictures of you! And the hotel looks like a delight to stay at, ahh.

  19. Travel goals! The pictures are ideal. *dreamy state*

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  20. The photos are stunning!

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  21. At first I thought it was Maldives and I expect to see the pics after see your snapchat. Have to say looking at these pictures makes me feel so miserable because it’s been raining non stop for more than a week here in Vancouver. Sigh. Mauritius is such a gem hey, def on my wish list. Yay.

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  22. wow ! this place is amazing ! love all the details !

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  23. Looks like paradise!

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  24. mauritius one of most beauty place with small island, looking beauty of nature.

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  27. Major photography goals! Really enjoyed the post x

  28. So so stunning! Wish I was there!

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  29. This looks just fabulous, a welcomed break from winter no doubt. Your photos always impress, the crispness you get out of every single one of them is refreshing and clean. The whites pop and the colors stay vivid. <3

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  30. This so reminds me of our trip to French Polynesia earlier this year. Only less luxurious and with a helluva lot more flight time ;-)
    Sumptuously inviting photos as usual, Shini!
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    Beautiful! I am drooling over the bracelet on the skincare picture. Would you mind sharing more about it?! Thank you! :)

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  39. Ah I really need a dose of this right now

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