6 Reasons to Visit Mauritius
Whatever you want from a holiday, Mauritius has it all. And more. This tropical island in the southern Indian Ocean has made a reputation for itself as being a prime luxury holiday destination and it isn’t hard to see why. First impressions count and Mauritius doesn’t disappoint. Why should you visit Mauritius? Lets find out:
Mauritian beaches are often referred to as the ‘world’s best’ and we think that’s a pretty good description. From the crystal clear blue turquoise waters, to the endless pristine white sandy beaches, they represent the pure essence of an ideal tropical dream beach holiday destination. The coastline is approximately 330 km long and nearly everywhere you can find lush sandy beaches. In fact, we’d go as far as saying there isn’t a bad beach on the island. What’s even better is that each of its coasts has its own personality. Head south for hidden, rocky coves or east for wilder and less developed beaches offering a spectacular views of wild nature.
The unique blend of cultures found its way into the island’s cuisine and has resulted in an intriguing blend of specialities. For a tiny island, Mauritius has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture. You’ll find Indian curries, breads and pickles cooked alongside slow-braised European daubes and stir-fried noodles from China. Not only that, there’s a multitude of restaurants at the hotels and resorts – many which feature Michelin stars.
The history of Mauritius is a fascinating one and there are lots of chapters to explore. The sugar cane production on Mauritius spans more than 400 years, and is still the island’s major export. Eureka House is a Creole mansion turned museum, giving a glimpse into the daily life of a sugar plantation in the 1800s and let’s not forget the rum. A widely appreciated by-product of the island’s sugar production is rum, and you can try locally produced varieties at bars and restaurants across the island.
There’s an array of nature reserves and botanical gardens to explore- not forgetting numerous waterfalls, mountain ranges and tropical forests. Visit the Ser Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousses, which has 500 species of plants, including giant water lilies and more than 80 varieties of palms or iLe aux Aigrettes, and search for endemic species like Mauritius kestrels and pink pigeons, as well as the Aldabra giant tortoise.
Mauritius is home to some of the most indulgent spas in the world. With so many luxury hotels around the island, what more do you expect? Not only will you get to try out some of the most amazing spa treatments you will ever come across, you’ll also get to relax and enjoy it in the stunning settings Mauritius has to offer.
Perhaps Mauritius’ single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people, which is evident as soon as you step foot on the island. Mauritius has a spectacular blend of cultures, with a vibrant mix of Indian, African, Asian and European influences and it’s their infectious smiles and sense of warmth which will stay with you long after you’ve left.