Mealtime at Kaz’alala Hosted B&B is an experience in itself. Breakfast is served to the sound of sega music on the veranda of the main restaurant, Lakaz Mama. Morning delights include a hot cup of Café de Chamarel and home-made pineapple jam.

Guests and non-residents alike are welcome at the restaurant and its “Gadjak Bar” for lunch and dinner. The menu features typical dishes such as the seven curries served on a banana leaf, fresh fish and Mauritian snacks like “gato arouille” (taro fritters) and samossas. In the kitchen, Aarthee the cook and her star Vedasha, prepare the region’s finest chicken curry. “The cooking has a home-made feel,” says Véronique, “because we want to offer an authentic experience to visitors.”

At 7 pm, we are still sitting by the pool in our swimsuits and talking over a bottle of rosé. There’s no rush for anybody. We don’t have time to cook tonight (we’ll get down to it tomorrow, for sure!) so we browse through the gourmet in-villa menu with hearty dishes to be shared without fuss. They are served family style in beautiful copper pots by the evening personnel, who set the table on arrival.

We are spoilt for choice and finally opt for venison stew in Mauritian style, with rice and lentils as well as deep-fried fish with hash browns. Nothing beats eating barefoot on a terrace when it’s nice outside. Except may be taking your golf cart and choosing from the Domaine’s 12 restaurants!

Nothing beats eating barefoot on a terrace when it’s nice outside.

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