Mauritius may be located off the east coast of Africa, but you’d be forgiven for thinking it was a Caribbean island. With over 200 miles of white-sand beaches, this destination is also rich in natural history, boasting majestic mountains and lush forests, which are inhabited by some of the rarest fauna on Earth.
Snorkelling and scuba diving are deservedly popular activities with visitors, as Mauritius is surrounded by one of the world’s finest barrier reefs. On the north coast, the shallow bays are ideal for kite-surfing and windsurfing.
A wide range of multicultural influences have shaped the way Mauritius is today. Due to the fact that it neighbours Madagascar, and that the island spent some time under French rule, Creole meets French cuisine and the result is unique dishes that are all the island’s own.
The island consists of a range of hotels offering whatever you want from a holiday, whether it’s cheap hotels in Mauritius that have everything you need, or if you’re looking to pay more for 5-star hotels in Mauritius. The island boasts a great range of accommodation, and all-inclusive resorts remain popular as the price includes all your food and drinks as well as some activities. Some all-inclusive hotels in Mauritius even have several restaurants to choose from.
As well as mountains and forests, the interior of Mauritius is dotted with sugar cane plantations and shimmering lakes. In terms of manmade history, there is a dazzling array of different cultural relics to discover. Where else would you find colonial buildings, Buddhist and Hindu temples, French chateaus and even Michelin-starred cuisine?
The freshest fish and seafood are found on menus all over Mauritius, and the island’s cuisine reflects the fact that it is a true cultural melting pot. Creole and French influences combine with African, Chinese, European and Indian traditions to create food that is as unique as it is flavourful.
If you want a lazy beach holiday, then Mauritius can certainly tick that box. If you’d like to get out and explore, then this island has plenty to see - from shoals of colourful fish and pods of dolphins to imposing sugar plantation houses, Asian style temples, nature reserves, forests, mountains, and the Black River Gorges National Park. If nightlife’s what floats your boat, then head north to Grand Baie, where you can dance until dawn if you want to - although the reminder of the north is calm, relaxed and laid back.
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