Set in the heart of Tamarin Bay, the Veranda Tamarin hotel has recently undergone a rustic-chic renovation – a tribute to its original incarnation as a bohemian surfing and music venue that first opened in 1970. Here’s how best to spend a memorable day on the premises.
After enjoying a refreshing tamarind juice – from the fruit of the tree that the local village is named after – you make your way to your room along bamboo, fir, palm tree and flamboyant-lined paths. You take in the contemporary Mauritian architecture and interior décor: thatched and corrugated iron roofing, raw concrete floors, natural materials (rattan, vacoas, ravenala, wood from guava trees). Murals created by local artists adorn the rooms and common areas.
It is almost noon, and choosing what to eat is a real dilemma. The Crazy Fish Bar offers a yummy menu on which poke bowls and ceviches compete for your attention. But perhaps you’d prefer to picnic in the shade of the casuarinas by the bay, the better to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere on the beach? Arm yourself with the beach kit available in your room (a cooler, basket, mat and beach towels) and head to Kas Dal deli, which offers a range of delicious street food, to order a Mauritian hot dog.
Feeling restless? Head to the boathouse for an adventure aboard a kayak, paddle-boat or stand-up paddle; book a boat trip to see the local dolphins; try your hand at surfing on the bay’s legendary spots; or go for your first dive. You can also explore the area by bike, join the hospitality team for an aqua-zumba class or a game of beach volleyball, or make the most of the gym. For a bit of pampering, head to the Seven Colours Spa. In addition to holistic treatments targeting the body’s different chakras, this relaxing space boasts a sauna and hosts regular meditation and yoga sessions.
The day is already drawing to a close. After a trip to the Wash Baz – a communal space offering table games, a small library and a launderette – relax by the main pool with a glass of fruit-infused water. If you’re staying in a Privilege room, don’t miss The View: this rooftop bar and its infinity pool are the perfect place to admire the pastel colours of the lagoon and surrounding mountains at sunset. After nightfall, take part in the “tire tracas” (banish your worries) ceremony, which is held at regular intervals for newcomers. You gather around a boma and burn all your anxieties away!
At dinner time, the Yé! Man buffet offers a blend of local and international flavours. Take a seat at one of the big tables, set amid surfboards and photos of Tamarin, and watch the chefs at work in the open kitchen. The warm and welcoming atmosphere is perfect for meeting new people. You can also opt for dinner at Tribu, a cosy restaurant offering island gastronomy à la carte. Poached shellfish with lemongrass, skewers of roasted deer… the hardest part is choosing what to eat!
Finish off your evening at the bar. Seated in a swinging chair with your toes in the sand, you listen to local artists play while sipping a glass of homemade rum. As the evening comes to an end, all you’ll want to do is start again the next day!
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