Mauritius is a delicious 'melanje' (creole for blend) of different cultures - Indian, Chinese, Malagasy, West African, French and British - making this a wonderfully diverse destination with an exceptionally eclectic cuisine to match. Exploring the lyrical landscapes here - sweeping white sands, turquoise seas, swaying palm trees and rose-tinted sunsets - makes it feel like you have fallen head-first into a postcard (and head-over-heels in love).
From hiking through forests and boating around offshore islands to mooching around botanical gardens and treating your taste buds to a fiery dish of camerons (freshwater prawns in a hot sauce) we guarantee that, no matter the length of your getaway, when your Mauritius holidays come to an end you won't be ready to leave.
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What can you find in Mauritius that you won’t find elsewhere ?
Imagine Mauritius and we guarantee that the landscape conjured up in your mind's eye looks something like this: swaying coconut palms, calm lagoons teeming with colourful fish and dreamy stilted villas laced with every imaginable luxury. Happily, the reality here is every bit as perfect as the fantasy. And even beyond the beach, Mauritius is overflowing with treasures from its mountainous interior, perfect for hiking, to its sensationally diverse cultural offerings. Head to Port Louis, the country's capital and wander the streets where mosques, churches and temples sit side by side and the food on offer ranges from fiery Indian curries to delicate French pastries - a world of captivating contrasts with a little bit of something for everyone.
Who are Mauritius holidays best for ?
Honeymooners seeking a slice of romance will fall head over heels for Mauritius. The island's luxury hotels entice with dazzling scenery, sweet privacy, and impeccable service. Without a doubt; those looking for pampering aplenty won’t be disappointed. That said, not every hotel is geared up for loved-up couples; many are ideal for families, and the weather is great during school Easter holidays and October half term. Nature lovers too, will be enchanted by the green heart of Mauritius - especially while delving deep into Chamarel and the Black River Gorges National Park or admiring the giant water lilies that bloom in the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden (although we almost prefer the official name - Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens).
What are the best ways to discover Mauritius ?
The ideal way to discover Mauritius is to hunker down in your very own patch of paradise. Pick a luxury beachside resort and spend your days in barefoot bliss enjoying the simple pleasures that come with being surrounded by sand and sea. Feast on ruby-red lobster fresh off the barbeque by day and sip sundowner cocktails by night and we guarantee that you'll never want to return home. Incidentally, you could delay the inevitable return home because Mauritius makes for an excellent 'bush and beach' combo with South Africa.
Unique experiences in Mauritius
Balance your mind, body and soul with a sensationally soothing resort spa retreat. Enveloped by gauzy fluttering veils, healing hands bring an enviable range of treatments from 24k gold facials to acupuncture, and spiritual Ayurvedic medicine to yoga and meditation.
If you can drag yourself away from the beach, be sure to visit one of the island's charming Monday markets. They are by far the biggest on the island and perfect for browsing trinkets galore.