Mauritius luxury holidays
Made up of several islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a rich melting pot of influences and cultures. African and Indian elements mingle with Chinese, French and British elements to create a unique combination.
Far from being just another idyllic island, Mauritius has much more to offer than some Indian Ocean luxury getaways. Carpeted in sugar cane, with dramatic mountains erupting from the green fields, the countryside is spectacular.
Port Louis is the main port and capital. A bustling commercial centre, it showcases the country's diverse cultural influences, with street names in French and English and a mass of architectural styles on display. Visit the Natural History Museum to learn the fate of the hapless dodo, Mauritius' most famous bird, and trawl the main market for bargains.
Grand Baie in the north is a lively spot with some great shopping and nightlife opportunities. Nearby Triolet Shivala is home to the island's largest Hindu temple, Maheswarnath, dating from 1819.
Visit the old Balaclava estate and take time to explore the world-renowned Pamplemousses Gardens, which house an impressive collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the talipot palm that flowers once every sixty years, and a group of tortoises, some over 100-years old. Set out on foot in the Black Gorges National Park to explore virgin forest and see wild monkeys.
On the west coast, surf the big waves created by giant ocean swells that break around Tamarin. In the shadow of the Riviere Noire Mountains, the beaches here are good and the swimming in a protected lagoon is excellent. The village of Chamarel in the south west is home to the island's highest waterfall and some spectacularly coloured dunes, made up of seven different shades of volcanic rock.
Away from the main island, visit Ile aux Cerfs, off the east coast, to relax on Mauritius' best beach and enjoy some world-class watersports.
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Luxurious accommodation, a near-endless spread of fine-ding options and two kilometres of powdery white sands – for many, this is the finest resort in Mauritius.
Situated amid the white-sands beauty of the Le Morne Peninsula, this chic Beachcomber resort is set against a backdrop of forested mountains and one of Mauritius' best golf courses. There's also a Clarins spa, a kids' club and dining venues showcase flavours both Continental and Creole.
Dinarobin’s trump card is its dramatic location on Le Morne Pensinsula between the sea and a volcanic hulk of a mountain. It is smaller and more personal than other 5-star resorts, yet the suites are still far enough apart along the white coral beach to offer total privacy.
Double Michelin star London chef, Tom Aikens, will be cooking up a storm at the prestigious Royal Palm in Mauritius from 25 to 27 March 2013.
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Holidaymakers hoping to sample different cultures have been advised to pay a visit to Mauritius.The Indian Ocean destination "redefines the term melting pot", according to Suite 101 writer Grant Osborn, who highlighted the various experiences on offer.While the majority of the population is Indian,…
People looking for a bit of pampering while on holiday should take a trip to Mauritius, according to Bear Grylls. Writing for the Daily Mail, the British adventurer claimed the island is perfect for those hoping to enjoy some luxury while away from home. Commenting on a visit he and his family took…
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