Beach on Mauritius
Miles upon miles of immaculate white sandy beaches spread across beautiful resorts, sparkling, lagoon-like waters, and a cultural fusion to tantalise any taste, Mauritius is anything but your average holiday resort.
Out to sea, the warm Indian Ocean plays host to playful pods of dolphins, swimming off the borders of Mauritius' coral reefs. All this makes Mauritius a dream spot for beach lovers and watersports enthusiasts. You can spend your days scuba diving along the unbroken barrier reef, checking out the curious sea creatures, surfing, or sailing lazily across azure waters. Or head to beaches like those in Le Morne, the East Coast or the idyllic Trou aux Biches to soak up a bit of sun on soft, white sand.
Inland, you’ll have the option to venture into the rainforests - home to the famous Mauritius white-tailed tropic bird and Mauritian flying fox - or play a spot of golf amid spectacular backdrops. There are also several nature parks and reserves to visit, like the Black River Gorges National Park, or meander around the Pamplemousse botanical gardens. Rhumerie de Chamarel Rum Distillery is one of the island's most popular attractions where you can learn how rum is made and, of course, sample some of the goods!
When it comes to finding a comfortable place to lay your head at night, you won’t be disappointed either. Accommodation ranges from spa resorts, family hotels and honeymoon escapes, to the new and exciting experiential bubble lodge.
Mauritius' capital, Port Louis, is a mix of towering skyscrapers and historic sights and churches and cathedrals. Founded in the 18th century, you can flit between hotspots like the Champ de Mars, one of the oldest racecourses in the world, to gleaming new eateries. Over in the town of Grand Baie, take time to sample a fusion of culinary delights. Known as the foodie hub of the island, it’s home to every type of eatery, from fine dining restaurants to homely little stalls. Although Mauritius is close to the southeast coast of Africa, this is the place where you can see the island’s melting pot of cultural influences at its best. And to round off the evening, there are plenty of bars where you can party the night away.
Capital City: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian rupee
Time difference: GMT + 4 hours