The north west coast of Mauritius offers lots of tourist attractions by bike, hire car, taxi, or even by local bus.
Walking enthusiasts will enjoy exploring the area on both sides of the hotel, not to mention the beach. The coast is dotted with ‘campements’ - the local name for weekend seaside homes - as well as with public beaches shaded by filao trees. Just a few minutes away by car, you can see the local fishermen going about their daily life in Pointe-aux-Piments of Trou-aux-Biches. The fishermen lay out their catch of the day in the mornings for the locals to buy. You will see all types of fish found in the tropical seas around Mauritius.
The village of Triolet is always bustling with vendors selling local snacks called gajacks, sari shops, and colourful stalls of fruit and vegetables. The visit to the Hindu temple is not to be missed. Over a hundred years old, its architecture and carvings are as stunning as they are authentic.
For plant lovers and history enthusiasts, the village of Pamplemousses and its surroundings make for a fascinating visit. The famous botanical garden is a must, with its beautiful endemic plants, giant water lilies, and Château of Mon Plaisir, a colonial mansion built in the eighteenth century. The children will love the enclosure which houses giant tortoises and stag. A few miles from Pamplemousses, L’Aventure de Sucre welcomes history enthusiasts to an old sugar factory transformed into a museum. It traces the history of Mauritian sugar in a lively and interesting way.
The charm of the North West coast
Situated between two fishing villages, Veranda Pointe aux Biches Hotel is in an ideal location for you to take advantage of the pleasures of the sea.
Triolet is a quintessential Mauritian village, located just a bike-ride or walk away from the hotel. If you’re feeling adventurous, tour the island’s longest village (one of the hotel’s staff will accompany you) and delve into the local folklore, the slow-paced village life, the colourful crowds, and the divinely fresh, simmering hot street food.
Pointe aux Piments Aquarium
A trip to the Aquarium in Pointe aux Piments is the perfect family outing. The aquarium is a shelter for many exotic, colourful species including eels, sharks and sea turtles. The aquarium is a favorite among the kids and a chance to get up close to the wild animals.
Trou aux Biches Beach
The hotel offers a complimentary shuttle service to the stunning Trou aux Biches beach, a local favorite. Slip on fins, a mask and tuba to discover the local marine life just a few feet from the shore. The unspoilt beach is rather peaceful -even during peak season- and ranks among the island’s breathtaking beaches.
Aventure du Sucre/ Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Once a sugar factory, the historic building today houses a museum noted for its great storytelling of how sugar is made, the sugar and slave trade and the manufacturing of rum. Nearby are the Pamplemousses botanical gardens, where French botanist Pierre Poivre ventured to acclimatize spices destined for trade to the humid, subtropical weather. Though the spices never did acclimate, the gardens nonetheless contain hundreds of species of flora -Look for the pond with the giant, floating water lilies.