The vanilla tea sent a long, warm shot through my body, as my skin felt cool from the air. In the higher up fertile plateau of the island, low hanging clouds danced over tea fields as the odd speck of rain threatened to make a full-blown appearance.
Bois Cheri, the oldest tea producer on the island and still the most popular brand, now opens its doors to visitors year round.
Tea Plantations in Mauritius
After touring the factory, where much of the work and boxing is still done with pride by hand, a cup of signature vanilla tea amongst the plantation was the perfect mid-morning refreshment. Deer playfully jumped amongst the grass, kayakers sailed gracefully across the lake and barely visible amongst the forestry, an eco-bubble lodge welcomed its guests ready to check into pollution-free skies and all-encompassing nature.
A close call with a cyclone a few days earlier had brought heavy rains to the island, and as the green landscape looked revitalised, waterfalls became restocked.
There is a multitude of hikes on the island, some with monkeys casually strolling past, others with not a soul in sight, primarily concentrated in the rugged landscape of Black River Gorges national park. The towering, pounding 100-metre high Chamarel waterfall is the crowd pleaser, but my favourite was down a dirt track surrounded by sugar-cane.
A peaceful morning at Rochester Falls