After returning home from Barbados, I literally had 2 days to do my laundry, restock kit and squeeze in a shoot and off I was again to gorgeous Mauritius! To many, it sounds really glamorous but what many forget is that I was usually awake at 5am and finishing shoots at 6pm throughout the trip so I was, shall I say a little bit tired by the time Mauritius came along!
Upon arrival I was instantly refreshed and energised! The air, humidity, sun and greeness of Mauritius was sizzling and invigorating! Mauritius was trully a paradise, filled with amazingly beautiful people, an incredible mix of ethniticities of African, Indian, Chinese and French! This resulting in a wonderul fusion of colours, flavours and tastes in Mauritian food. Smiles and manners were a norm but yet you could feel the pride and dignity of the islanders and you knew that they knew what a paradise they lived in and wanted to protect it and show it off to the rest of the world! This trully has been one of my favourite trips of all time!
We did all our shoots in the LUX Belle Mare resort except one day when we descended upon Ile des Deux Cocos, literally meaning Island of Two Coconuts, a small private island off the main island of Mauritius. On it we made base in the most incredible Moroccan villa built more than 100 years ago by one of the first governors of Mauritius, Sir Hesketh Bell. Apparently he was a bit of a party boy and had incredible parties in this wonderful villa and loved Morocco. Well it was trully magnificent, having an island to yourself.
Anyway this is meant to be a visual diary so please have a look. I hope I have done justice to this little jewel in the Indian Ocean!Tweet