Mauritius

Must see locations, events and places to travel and enjoy in Mauritius.

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Active Interest, Mauritius

A holiday in Mauritius doesn’t have to just mean a week in the sun. With Heritage Resorts you’ll discover the country’s adventurous side, with quad biking and more …

Think Mauritius is just a place to laze on a sun-lounger, taking in a glorious white-sand beach? Think again. Of course, this is a country full of beautiful turquoise-hued coastline, but beyond that you’ll find an incredible array of activities sure to suit the demands of any restless adventurer.

Located at the foothills of the rugged mountains of south Mauritius, and flanked by a crystal-clear lagoon, the Domaine de Bel Ombre region of this spectacular country is the perfect base for your holiday. That’s where you’ll find Heritage Resorts – a collection of two five-star hotels – Heritage Le Tefair and Heritage Awali – and the luxurious Heritage The Villas. With elegant interiors and an outstanding setting in their own private nature reserve, they are the perfect base from which to explore the lush landscapes of the country’s wild south.

Here, you’ll also be spoilt for choice with activity options. Adventurous guests can try fast-paced quad biking, mountain biking, hiking the forests or a 4×4 discovery tour. For those looking for something a little less taxing, Heritage Resorts also offers photography treks (a chance to photograph wild boar, rusa deer and echo parakeets), wellness walks through the lush trees and also forest bathing. Along with that, Heritage Golf Club, an award-winning 27-hole golf course on site offers sensational lagoon and nature reserve views.

On the water, there’s a variety of watersports to keep you entertained. Try out kitesurfing, or make the most of Heritage Resort s free activities, including wind surfing, paddleboarding, kayaking and snorkelling. Need to relax? With three hotel and villa options, there’s something to suit every couple, family, beach lover and sports enthusiast at Heritage Resorts.

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Mini Guide – Budget Mauritius

The priciest spots on this dream island are by its sapphire waters and white-sand beaches, but this means the real Mauritius of hot curry, fishing villages and hiking trails is going cheap

Food

Domaine

When travellers ask where to go in Grand Baie to savour some Mauritian home cooking, locals invariably say Domaine. Prices are low and the best dishes are the local specialities, such as ourite au safran (octopus cooked in ginger, garlic and turmeric) and chilli lamb.

Palais de Barbizon

In the tiny hamlet of Chamarel, Barbizon may not look much but it’s a fabulous place. Marie-Ange helms the kitchen, whipping up traditional flavours from her family’s cookbook while Rico L’lntelligent entertains at the tables. There’s no menu; instead, Rico offers a feast of rum punch, rice, veggies, and fish or chicken for just £10. It’s the best money you’ll spend.

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Port Louis’ rightly famous Central Market is a good place to get a feel for Mauritian life. Most authentic are the fruit and vegetable sections. Grab a breakfast of French pastries or spicy dhal puri, which you can eat standing alongside locals who’ve paused for a bite on their way to work, before exploring the ornate Victorian halls.

Activities

Hiking the Black River Gorges

A wild expanse of hills, trees and waterfalls, this national park is the last stand for Mauritian forests and many native species, such as the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon -which are all endangered.

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Heaven’s Prototype

Mark Twain wrote “Heaven was copied after Mauritius.” Thanks to an enlightened policy of ecotourism and preservation, this tiny, pear-shaped speck of an island smack in the middle of the Indian Ocean remains unspoiled and intriguing.

Independent since 1968, Mauritius is a 28-mile-wide micro­cosm of European colonialism and cultural diversity, an exotic mosaic of Indian, African, British, continental, and Chinese influences. Long a favorite of European sunseekers, it boasts sugar-white beaches, dramatic moun­tains, volcanic lakes, a gracious, Creole­-speaking population, and a number of exquisite resort hotels – most of them sensitive to and respectful of the island’s natural beauty. Foremost is the secluded Oberoi, on the island’s less-developed northwest coast.

Grand without being glitzy, with 20 lush, tropical acres and a world-class spa, it exudes such an air of inti­macy and calm that it might as well have a Do Not Disturb sign at its discreet entrance.

The island’s culinary treat is Spoon des Îles, the trump card of the island’s glitterati magnet, Le Saint Géran Hotel, Spa & Golf Club, located on 60 acres at the tip of the Belle Mare Peninsula on the island’s east coast. The first of chef Alain Ducasse’s star-spangled restaurants to open outside Europe, it draws from the island’s Creole, French, and Asian elements, infallibly showcasing the area’s renowned seafood.

For all the amenities available to visitors at the luxury hotels, the best beaches are the public ones, especially on weekends when Mauritian families turn up for reunions and food fests where all are welcome.