The second stop on the Mauritius Tea Route
Bois Cheri is a little village just east of Black River Gorges National Park. It’s a small community with a handful of restaurants and hotels – but it’s also home to the oldest and biggest tea plantation in Mauritius.
The Bois Cheri Company first took root here in the 19th century, back when steam strain engines were used to dry the leaves for production (you can still see the original locomotive). Spend a couple of hours here and you can tour the factory, taste-test fresh brews in the plantation-view chalet, and pick up souvenirs in the tea boutique. The Bois Cheri Company doesn’t just grow Ceylon these days, either – you can also pick up green tea and herbals.
Bois Cheri also hosts one of the most innovative hotels in Mauritius – the eco-friendly Bubble Lodge. It makes the most of its spot on the edge of Black River Gorges National Park, offering transparent rooms that give up 360-degree views of the Mauritian forest and star-spangled night sky.
Flight time from the UK to Mauritius is 11 hours 50 minutes.
Bois Cheri is approximately 25 minutes' drive from Mauritius airport.
Mauritius is a year-round destination, with summer and winter months offering something different. The summer months, from October through to April, are perfect for beach lovers - days are long and temperatures are in the high 20s. There is the odd chance of a cyclone in the south of the island, though. The winter months (during the UK summer) are a little cooler, in the early 20s, so are ideal for hiking and exploring. If you’re planning on diving, the summer months are your best bet – the waters are warmer and (usually) calmer, and there’s more sea life around.
Visas are not required for Mauritius. You will receive a stamp in your passport valid for 60 days.
Tipping in Mauritius is appreciated, but not expected. In restaurants you can leave the small change or round the bill up if you received excellent service. Ensure you give your tip directly to the person whom you wish to receive it.
The official language of Mauritius is English.