highlights and main attractions of mauritius

Mark Twain once said of this astoundingly idyllic volcanic island in the Indian Ocean “you gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven – and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. Combine this beauty with unbeatable hospitality for what is the epitome of an exquisite beach destination, but there is much more to Mauritius than meets the eye, and those who visit enjoy a unique multi-cultural experience combined with refined luxury and some of the world’s most sophisticated service.

The capital, Port-Louis, is home to the Champ de Mars, the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean. Nowadays Mauritius is famous for its exotic charm, spectacular beaches and distinctive cuisine.

where is mauritius?

setting and activities

Situated off the coast of Africa approximately 900 kilometres east of Madagascar, Mauritius first achieved worldwide recognition following the extinction of its indigenous and unusual Dodo bird. The largest and most developed island of the Mascarene archipelago, the island is home to over 160 kilometres of beautiful white-sand coastline surrounded by coral reefs.

For those who like to venture away from the addictive beaches, Mauritius has its fair share of parks and attractions, many of which are located in the luscious and well preserved inland areas, which include sugar cane fields, historic volcanic boulders, waterfalls and tea plantations. Mountainous Black River Gorges National Park is definitely worth a visit. Located in the southwest, it occupies around 3.5% of the island’s landmass, and has some exceptional hiking trails that include coastal viewpoints and which take you through dwarf forests and woodland areas with rare tambalacoque and dodo trees. Valley of Colours National Park is another area of natural beauty with lush vegetation, streams and waterfalls. The Botanical Gardens in Pamplemousse were originally opened as a private garden by the French Governor of Mauritius over 200 years ago and are home to a vast variety of approximately 800 plants including 80 palms, many of which are indigenous to Mauritius.

Finally, Domaine du Chasseur reserve has over 1,000 hectares of landscape and trails where it is possible to see Javan deer, wild boar and monkeys as well as a variety of birdlife.

Mauritian service is truly exemplary and their hospitality and attention to detail is amongst the best in the world, which makes it a popular destination for couples, honeymooners and families alike. Accommodation ranges from smaller boutique hotels to larger hotels with excellent recreational facilities. Easily accessible from many global locations, it works as refreshing end to an African safari, and combines excellently with the Seychelles. Flights from the UK are direct, and there are regular flights from Johannesburg and Nairobi making it an easy combination with continental Africa.

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