by - August 14, 2018

At the end of October we went to Mauritius for our honeymoon, and it is hands down the most beautiful place I have travelled to. It's one of those places that just looks like a picture. Everywhere is turquoise, and the beaches are gorgeous.
We spent ten nights in Mauritius and opted to stay in a resort, however, the one we chose, Zilwa Attitude, was one that reflected more of a "true" Mauritian feel - which we loved. After reading about the resort (I'm a big tripadvisor researcher, got to read all those reviews) I came across the meaning behind the hotels name. In the Creaole langauge, Zilwa means "islander", and that just made me love the place even more.

"Zilwa Attitude is different and unique with its Mauritian concept and invites all guests to discover the legendary genuineness of this little paradise."

During the "additional notes' section when booking, the travel agent asked if there was anything we specifically wanted to add. We asked for a high room as we wanted to make the most of the gorgeous view (we have the worst luck when it comes to balconies) but they took note and gave us an amazing sea view room. 

Our resort had many water activities, the majority were free with all inclusive, and just a couple required a supplement. The free ones included kayaking, pedal boats, laser boats, stand up paddle, water polo, aqua gym, a glass bottom boat and wind surfing. 

During one of the days, we took a trip on their Catamaran. There was about 8 of us in the group, and we spent the morning sunbathing on the deck drinking fruit juice whilst sailing to a reef. Once we arrived we had a good hour of snorkelling (all equipment provided - including flippers), before heading back to the boat for a BBQ on board. They did fish, chicken, steak, salads, potatoes, rice dishes.. it was amazing, and all cooked on the boat. As we sailed back, we had rum and mango juice, read a little, sunbathed a little, and then finished the trip off by standing on deck and learning a Mauritian dance. (This was very amusing, especially when no one knows what they're doing whilst all trying to keep balance on a moving boat.. a lot of fun!)

I would hugely recommend doing something like that whilst you're there! The kayaking is a must too, it was so much fun just lazing around the sea and seeing the island from a different perspective.

"Come and share our treasures, our smiles, our music, our art de vivre by the sea. Share our experiences, become an islander, a “zilwa”.

Zilwa had one main buffet restaurant, three other restaurants and one outdoor bbq experience. The three others were all themed; Indian, Chinese Mauritian, & Traditional Mauritian. These required reservations but were still FREE with all inclusive. This is one of my favourite things about the resort. It felt like you were going out for a meal, yet it cost you absolutely no more. The starter, main, desert and drinks (both alcoholic and non-alcoholic) were all part of your all inclusive board. We made reservations at all of them and each one was amazing in their own way. Mauritians are great cooks I will tell you that.

We also did the outdoor bbq, in which you hop on a small boat and are taken to Zilwa's own private island. You spend the afternoon there followed by a BBQ lunch. Again, you get to see the island from a different perspective and it's incredible. Definitely recommend.

There were four pools (one was an adults only infinity pool!) and plenty of loungers to go about, we never struggled to find one. Another favourite thing was when you're on the beach, the staff would come round and take your drink order if you wanted one.. and then bring it to you!

Finally, I want to talk about the honeymoon meal we had. We were given a voucher for a free candlelit meal on the beach. You're free to redeem this as and when you would like to have it, so we saved it for one of our lasts nights. We had a 3 course meal, by the sea lit by candlelight.. followed by a walk down the jetty (if you can't be romantic on your honeymoon then when can you, right?). It was a perfect evening. 

Mauritius is gorgeous and I can't wait to go back one day. If you've stayed there before, where did you stay? What would you recommend?

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