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BAREFOOT PARADISE ON AN INDIAN OCEAN ISLAND


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Mauritius is just around the corner…well, almost.  A comfortable 4-hour flight makes it a popular island holiday destination for South Africans.   Because of its proximity and exotic attraction, I had taken a number of groups to the island but had never been there on a personal holiday.  So, to me, it was little more than a working destination…and then, in 2013, things changed when my wife and I joined 6 friends on holiday there.
 
THE PERFECT BAREFOOT HOTEL
We didn’t want to get caught up in the glitz and razzmatazz of the resorts normally frequented by South African holiday makers, so we settled on the Veranda Pointe aux Biches.  Fifteen minutes from Grand Baie by public bus and in walking distance along the shoreline to the long, white sand beach of Trou aux Biches, I knew we had hit the jackpot the moment I walked into the hotel lobby.  Relaxed, cheerful and welcoming, it held the promise of a tropical idyll…and I wasn’t disappointed.
Our rooms overlooked a sparkling swimming pool.  Beyond that, an inviting, sandy beach (as exclusive to the resort as any beach in Mauritius can get) led to a tidal rock pool and then clear sea out to the reef.  Sunset that evening – and for the 6 subsequent evenings – was a gigantic painting in magnificent oranges, yellows and golds as the sun threw out a shimmering path across the sea to the island.
 
From that very first evening, I was in my element.  The floor of the bar was beach sand and, not only did the staff raise no objection when I kicked off my Havaianas, they actually encouraged me to go into dinner barefoot.  I didn’t need much encouragement and shoes became a superfluous item while I was on the resort – although I must confess to slipping on my Havaianas when I caught the bus into Grand Baie and when we went on an excursion to the South of the Island.
After dinner, the evening cocktails (which were part of the All-inclusive package) and the live entertainment drew guests to the poolside lounge bar and the sandy dance floor.  While some folk didn’t like the feel of sand between their toes and stopped dancing for long enough to put their shoes on, I was in my element and had a barefoot ball.
 
The hotel doesn’t have the glitz and glamour of a 5-Star resort, it has something that none of the other hotels on the island have.  It has class, comfort and the relaxed informality of a genuine Indian Ocean Island Barefoot Resort.

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