Mauritius: Much More than a Postcard

Almost everything has already been said about Mauritius, but what has been said is both enticing and true: endless beaches, a lagoon with an ideal temperature, lush vegetation clinging to the shores of the Indian Ocean, sublime golf courses, hotels that are more glamorous the one than the other, and the smiles of the Mauritians, a beautiful and friendly people.

Before understanding Mauritius, we have to delve a little into the outline of its history. This small English- and French-speaking island in the Indian Ocean, which has been independent since 1968, has a diverse cultural background, which includes Portuguese, Dutch, French, and English influences. This historical mix has shaped its identity and unique cultural richness.

Discover the enchanted wilderness and tranquillity of the south of the island, its coves, deserted beaches, and marine cemeteries, while skilled fingers strike the ravane, a large flat drum and the main instrument of Sega, the traditional music of African slaves. A little further west, the majestic Morne Mountain watches over chic hotels that nestle along the peninsula. The decor seems straight out of a painting with a deep blue sea, dazzling white beaches, and dark-green coconuts.

Taking the road north, we suggest a colourful and lively stopover in Mahébourg, where street vendors set up their wares on Mondays. Sugarcane fields and tea plantations stretch in all directions, and the sublime scents of frangipani, hibiscus, and anthuriums are all around the many Indian temples. With barely time to recover from these heady adventures, the Grand Bay and its harbour appear. From there it is on to Port Louis, the capital, with its waterfront shops and animated market, which offers myriad exotic fragrances, enlivening all the senses.

There is no need for equivocation: Mauritius will conquer you.

Insight video - Discover Mauritius and surroundings
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Discover Mauritius and surroundings

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Ti Pima Limon, a dish that sings

Diaporama

Our Mauritius photo album

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Cocotiers Hotel, pretty as a postcard, and reasonably priced

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boutique-hotel

Your compass indicates 20° South

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sport exploration

Visiting the Domain de l'Étoile, on horseback or quad

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gastronomy

VIP Lunch at the Royal Palm Beach Bar

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sport & wellness

Three short rounds of kite surfing in One Eye Lagoon

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hotel palace

The Timeless Royal Palm

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essential

The Pescatore: a mandatory stopover

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art & culture

The joyful church of Cap Malheureux

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for food lovers

The Governor invites you to his table on Ile Plate

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