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Mauritius 'an exotic location'

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5 February 2010

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, he explained that Mauritius has been influenced by past periods of Dutch and French rule, while the descendents of African slaves represent a large proportion of residents.

And Mr Osborn described sega - the national music and dance of the island - as a snapshot of the "mishmash of cultures", combining styles from around the world.

"Originating in the slave fields of the nearby island of Reunion, sega is a partly improvised and intensely emotional form of music," he said.

Last month, adventurer Bear Grylls wrote for the Daily Mail that Mauritius can be the ideal destination for any tourists planning a luxury holiday.

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