From 4 to 10 September the Pope will travel to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius

From 4 to 10 September the Pope will travel to Mozambique, Madagascar and Mauritius

Madagascar Mauritius

After 4 years, the Holy Father will return to Africa as “Pilgrim of Peace, Hope and Reconciliation”, as the respective countries say

In Madagascar after John Paul II

Friday 6 September, the arrival in Antananarivo with the welcome ceremony is scheduled for 4.30pm. On Saturday 7 September the day will open with a courtesy visit to the President at the Presidential Palace “Iavoloha”, then the speech to the Authorities, to the civic society and to the diplomatic corps and, before lunch in “Nunziatura”, Francis will stop at the Monastery of the Carmelites barefooted. The afternoon and the whole of Sunday 8 September will be dedicated to the Catholic community which in Madagascar represents about a third of the population (around 8 million out of 25), most of them Christian (58%), accompanied by the strong presence of traditional cults.

On 9 September, a visit to Mauritius

The last day of the Pope’s journey, 9 September, will be dedicated to Mauritius Island where the origins of the Church go back to the 17th century and the first Mass was celebrated by the Jesuits in 1616.

“It will be a joy for me to announce the Gospel in the midst of your people, which stands out for having been formed by the meeting of different ethnic groups, and therefore enjoying the richness of various cultural and religious traditions”. The Pope says this in a video message of greeting and thanks sent to the people of Mauritius in the imminence of his apostolic journey.

If one of the peculiarities of Mauritius is represented by the emblematic slogan: “The island of a thousand smiles”, today the Pope’s visit validates this characteristic once more.

Certainly, the Republic of Mauritius, the group of islands off the coast of Madagascar that the Pope is about to visit, is an example of a peaceful and democratic society that has made coexistence between ethnic, religious and cultural groups its strength. Who considers it a part of the West in Africa, who is the place closest to the concept of earthly paradise in the world.

If Francesco, on his long journey to southern Africa has chosen to stop in this country and its 1.3 million inhabitants, it is probably also for this important reason.

MAURITIUS, a busy schedule of events to experience the Mauritian summer immersed in folklore and traditions of the island

MAURITIUS, a busy schedule of events to experience the Mauritian summer immersed in folklore and traditions of the island

Festival & Eventi Mauritius

Back from 17 to 26 November the inevitable appointment with the International Festival Kreol now in its 13th edition, the most important celebration of the Creole Mauritian culture to know the most authentic soul of the island. The festival includes tastings of local specialties, overwhelming Sega music, dance shows, poetry readings and other initiatives in different locations on the island such as beaches and parks. The true essence of the Creole tradition is manifested in the Sèga, the typical Mauritian dance, whose origins are to be found in Madagascar, so dancers with traditional costumes, engaging music and contagious joy will entertain the spectators by giving a unique show. The Kreol Festival thus becomes an opportunity to get closer to the Creole culture and immerse yourself in the traditions of the island and its inhabitants.

Mauritius lights up with colors also during the celebrations for Diwali, an ancient Hindu festival that takes place from 7 November for a week, also known as the “festival of lights” and symbolizes the triumph of good over evil, the overwhelming of darkness. Oil lamps are in fact exposed in every home and give life to a light show, while candles and electric lights illuminate the gardens, streets and buildings of the whole island in a veritable luminous blaze. The nights of the island light up every day, in what is a real triumph of lights and shades. Tradition has it that families prepare for the party by cleaning their homes from top to bottom, dressing them with as many candles and oil lamps as possible, and then meeting in prayer with their family members.

The 11th edition of the International Short Film Festival promoted by the Porteurs d’Images association, which every year commits itself to promoting the production of films by local directors, will be on the island from October 9th to 13th. The unpublished short films are projected outdoors in different areas of the island to win the eye of the greatest number of people. At the end of each film comes the discussion at the Film Bazar forum, where viewers can exchange ideas and comment on the show just seen. Workshops, cultural activities and conferences will frame this real open-air cinema.

For sportsmen, on November 17th  Indian Ocean Triathlon returns, the most exciting and evocative triathlon race in the world in the fascinating landscape of the island between sea and mountains. This is the right occasion to challenge yourself immersed in the panorama of Mauritius: swim in crystal clear waters, ride along the jagged coastline and run on the fine white sand. After the competition the festivities begin, involving all the participants with dances, shows and a rich buffet of traditional multi-ethnic

The Island of Mauritius welcomes Alitalia with a direct flight next October…

The Island of Mauritius welcomes Alitalia with a direct flight next October…

Mauritius

A contrast of a multitude of colors and flavors, the island of Mauritius is an oasis of peace and tranquility. A melting pot of cultures and cuisines, a place where past and present blend harmoniously, the island hosts a number of different unique landscapes, including tea plantations and sugar cane fields.

With 35 thousand Italian arrivals in 2017, up 5.2% on the previous year, Mauritius has returned to establish itself among the most popular long-haul destinations among those purchased in travel agencies, data confirmed by the tourism island in Italy. Among the main novelties is the direct flight from Rome Fiumicino, which returns after many years of absence with the Alitalia livery, promising new goals in terms of visitors from Italy. The connection will be operated by a three-class Airbus A330 starting from October 28 three times a week (Wednesday, Friday and Sunday), starting at 22.15 and arriving at 10.35 the following day; the return is scheduled every Monday, Thursday and Saturday at 12.25 with arrival in Rome at 20.20.

Also for the historic Air Mauritiusflag carrier 2018 marks the beginning of a new chapter for travel to the destination that on the occasion of its 50th anniversary, strengthens its positioning in the Indian Ocean, with the acquisition of the new Airbus A350-900, a new generation aircraft with Full Flat seats in Business Class, a more spacious and comfortable Economy Class cabin, a new in-flight entertainment system with Full HD screens and Wifi in all flight classes.

The aircraft is equipped with a series of special features including a quieter cabin, innovative LED lighting options and a sophisticated ventilation system that contribute to improving the flight experience. The introduction of the A350-900 “Le Morne Brabant” represents a significant step for Air Mauritius and the start of a new chapter for travel to the destination.

Since last 30 October 2017, flights announced in partnership with KLM are also operating, offering travelers new connections via Amsterdam, expanding their connections to the island.

The island of smiles is even closer … On the hotel front, our partner The Residence Mauritius offers an exciting journey to “the essence and the senses”, a 3-day package called “Essence & Senses”. To celebrate the great treasures of the country, The Residence Mauritius has created a travel experience that combines the essence of the Spa and the exploratory senses to honor both tea and sugar. The first day begins with a visit to the famous Bois Cheri tea factory and museum, followed by a tasting and lunch at the restaurant inside the reserve. As a tradition, the day ends with an invigorating green tea couple massage, a wonderful relaxing and detoxifying experience wrapped in the scent of homemade green tea. The second day explores the riches of L’Aventure du Sucre, which allows guests to deepen the culture of sugar in the local museum before a tasting of sugar and rum followed by lunch at Le Fangourin. And to end the sweet beauty, the second day ends with a body scrub made from sugar, honey, almonds and Ylang-Ylang essential oil. The grand final transports guests on a journey to discover the Indian Ocean on a glass bottom boat, including snorkeling, restoring baths in crystal clear waters and sunbathing. After the morning spent outdoors, the afternoon ends with one of The Residence’s ritual treatments; a 120-minute extravaganza that begins with a coconut milk scrub followed by a relaxing massage to end with a sauna and a hammam scrub.

The Residence Mauritius also offers guests oriented to psycho-physical wellbeing, the opportunity to participate every Thursday at the ‘Healthy Program’, which begins with a workout that involves the whole body followed by meditation, a detox day that includes a substantial lunch and healthy, as well as a 75-minute relaxing massage with Ayurvedic oils. The day ends with an evening stroll on the beach followed by sunset yoga.

Once the sun has set, the day of indulgence at The Plantation continues, with the night of the lobsters every Monday on the beach where everything is made memorable with a lobster dinner on the beach. Dining under the stars, with the sound of the waves in the background, the divine feeling of the sand between the feet – can only seal a magical night and finish the day in a perfect way.

The Residence Mauritius offers all the uniqueness of an extraordinary dinner in a  local family’s home.

The Residence Mauritius offers all the uniqueness of an extraordinary dinner in a local family’s home.

Mauritius

Discover the authenticity of the Mauritian culture through the variety of flavors, aromas and spices on the occasion of a special dinner at local family’s home. The Residence Mauritius collaborates with Charlène, a local chef who spent her childhood in the coastal village of Trou D’Eau Douce, to give guests a unique gastronomic experience!

Every Wednesday, Charlène takes guests to the local Central Flacq market to buy fresh, typical ingredients for a one-hour guided tour. During the lesson, guests learn to cook typical Mauritian cuisine such as chicken or curry fish, as well as local vegetables and pickles. In the evening, guests will be welcomed into the house of Charlène in his village for a “homemade” dinner.

Mauritius, among the top 10 countries of 2018 for Lonely Planet, celebrating 50 years of independence with a party all winter long…

Mauritius, among the top 10 countries of 2018 for Lonely Planet, celebrating 50 years of independence with a party all winter long…

Lonely Planet Mauritius

All  festivals of the world live in  Mauritius, the earthly paradise in the Indian Ocean.
Discovered by the Arabs, it was in the modern era a Dutch, French and then British colony, winning independence in March 1968. This anniversary is celebrated in 2018, focusing the spotlight on the glories of the past through a dense calendar of celebrations, given that the Republic of Mauritius, founded in 1992, has also proudly been declared the most democratic of the African continent.

Consulting the calendar of all  festivals you will realize that in this paradise,  recurrences and celebrations abound, also in virtue of the multiculturalism that characterizes it. Here take place  Indian, Chinese, and all the most important folk festivals of the world.

The tropical island, once a pirate shelter, is nowadays known as a safe haven with luxury hotels on white sandy beaches with volcanic bottoms. It is an island to explore, with Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens and opportunities to spot rare birds among tall ebony trees, or swim with dolphins. The Mauritians, a fusion of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese peoples, are renowned for their hospitality and for visitors to the island who are generally enthusiastic about the service.

The luxury here is surprisingly affordable – Mauritius has some of the best merit offers in the region. Remains of the British colonial era , between the tea plantations and the left hand drive, but the stalls of spices and fruit and vegetables in the markets, the performances of Segà and the ubiquitous icon of the dodo, add an exotic  touch.

An important spot not to be missed is a stay at The Residence Mauritius. “The scent of ylang ylang fluctuates in this refined colonial-style hotel, inspired by the island’s sugar plantations: on a kilometer-long glorious beach of the east coast, it was the first hotel on the island to introduce butler service for every suite and heated pool, and its refined service makes it a reference point. Don’t miss the extraordinary holiday program of this glorious hotel, to start a new year in total beauty !!!

http://www.lonelyplanetitalia.it/best-in-travel/top-10-paesi

The Residence Mauritius First in Market Launches Free Mobile Travel Solution ‘Handy’

The Residence Mauritius First in Market Launches Free Mobile Travel Solution ‘Handy’

Mauritius Partner

The Residence Mauritius First in Market Launches Free Mobile Travel Solution ‘Handy’ to Enable Visitors to Travel Like a Local

Innovative Service Enriches Visitor Experience with Free Connectivity Features and Curated Guides

Belle Mare, Mauritius — The Residence Mauritius today announces that it will be the first hotel in Mauritius to launch mobile travel solution ‘handy’ to travelers for exceptional and hassle-free travel experience. With traveler demand for Internet connection services soaring, the innovative smartphone ‘handy’ is a complimentary amenity in hotel rooms, offering travelers unlimited connectivity on the go, while providing tailored travel guide and integrates with hotel services.

Handy will be available for The Residence Mauritius guests as from 10th October 2017

 The complimentary service enables visitors to travel like a local finding connectivity and information they need at no cost. Travelers can explore customized city guides on handy, curated by experienced content provider LUXOS to discover new Mauritius experiences anytime, anywhere. Visitors can also stay connected with free unlimited local and international calls, free internet access, speed dial to hotel services, and local emergency and essential travel information

We know that connectivity is more important than ever for an enriched travel experience in today’s digital age.

Handy will connect The Residence Mauritius travelers so they can enjoy Mauritius as a premier travel destination, revealing local gems on the go and sharing their experiences, while freeing their minds from the hassle of finding connectivity and information they need.

About Handy

Handy, the flagship product from Tink Labs Limited, is an innovative mobile travel solution that combines the functionality of a personal smartphone and hotel services into one fully integrated device. Each Handy smartphone is customized for the hotel and provides travelers with free unlimited internet, local and international calls, as well as an interactive city guide and one-click access to the hotel’s concierge and amenities. Handy is already available in 70 cities, covering 300,000 rooms and helped 18 million global travelers stay connected.