Mauritius is rightly famed because of its sapphire-blue waters, powder-white beaches and, yes, luxury resorts which provide a front-row seat onto the most beautiful views inside Indian Ocean. These are places with the utmost refinement, of impeccable service, of facilities that vary from pampering spas, designer
rooms and extensive watersports, expansive palm-strewn grounds and world-class restaurants. Your stay will live long inside memory and may have you dreaming about a return. Partly that’s because with the supreme quantities of comfort and luxury. But it’s also due to the resorts’ discretion and warmth, plus the unmistakable feeling of being treated like royalty.
What to complete, what to complete? Lie on the beach for hours on end? Or experience the wonderful array of activities to be had? Either way, you simply can't really lose as there are not much you simply can't do here about the water - highlights include kitesurfing, boat excursions towards the beautiful islands on the lagoon, plus the full suite of paddling activities provided by hotels and beach operators. But the diving and snorkelling the following is terrific, encircled as Mauritius is actually shallow waters, a coral reef, sublime underwater topography along with a dramatic ocean drop-off. On land, you’ll have to decide between fabulous hiking, horseback riding and even championship-standard golf courses. Decisions, decisions…
Once considered the preserve of nearby Madagascar, wildlife tourism in Mauritius is rapidly gaining popularity. And why wouldn’t it? Mauritius has saved more bird species from extinction than some other country that is known, with the result that it's easy to see two from the loveliest birds in the Indian Ocean - the pink pigeon as well as the Mauritian kestrel - at various places across the island. Giant tortoises - in captivity inside their hundreds, or roaming free on Île aux Aigrettes - are another drawcard, while dolphins, whales and sharks are simply three highlights on the island’s richly biodiverse marine environment.
The Mauritian Table
Foodies in the world, rejoice! Mauritius is winning plaudits for your excellence of their food, understanding that goes for fine-dining restaurants at five-star resorts and also beachside shacks serving fish just from the boat. Curries, seafood and staples such as thankfully ubiquitous salade d’ourite (octopus salad) owe their presence to influences from Mauritius’ Indian, Chinese, French and Creole communities - less a melting pot over a wonderfully aromatic cooking pot. The charming tradition with the table d’hôte, your family table opened to any or all and covered with the signature dishes of Mauritian home cooking, captures the essence on the warm local welcome.