The tiny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius has long set the
standard for tropical luxury holidays. Combining French, British
and Creole cultures, and complete with textbook swaying palms,
white sand beaches (some of the prettiest around we might add), and
unspoilt reefs, it is one of the world's top destinations for
sophisticated yet relaxing holidays. Mauritius is so well geared to
most people's R&R requirements - catering for honeymooners and
family holidays equally well.
Luxury accommodation is peppered along the coast line, each as
attractive as the next, and dangerously hospitable that you may
never want to leave the island. Away from the pampered environs of
your hotel, there's also plenty to do for the non sun-worshipper -
we can arrange diving in pristine coral gardens, snorkelling,
sailing or sea kayaking for waterbabies.
Stunning beaches and world class hotels aside land-lubbers can
play golf or visit the celebrated Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
(although we almost prefer the official name - Sir Seewoosagur
Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens) and the colourful market in the
capital Port Louis. Another tick in the Mauritius 'pro' column? It
makes for an excellent 'bush and beach' combination with South
Africa. Monday markets are by far the biggest on the island and
perfect for browsing trinkets galore.