Welcome to THE ISLAND OF MAURITIUS
“The world is a book
and those who do not travel,
read only one page.”
Mauritians are friendly, hospitable people. Mauritius believes that the magical ingredient that makes the island’s nation stand out from all of the rest is the refinement and courtesy of its people which many foreign visitors will recall with great fondness.
The most beautiful beaches in the world set against a breathtaking landscape, which is why these glorious beaches have been attracting travellers since the sixteenth century. Mauritius is embraced by a spectacular coral reef which transforms the mighty Indian Ocean into coastal lagoons as calm as a baby’s bath, laced with golden, powder-soft coral beaches, fringed with exotic coconut palms and casuarinas.
Fascinating cultural diversity where you can see faces from all over the world. Indeed, the rich cultural diversity of the people has become the island’s pride: its Indian, Chinese, Creole, African, European and Malagasy populations live together in perfect harmony, respecting one another’s traditions and remaining true to their own.
You’ll find the highest concentration of glamorous hotels on earth in Mauritius and miles of glorious white sand beaches. Exclusivity and style are what this tropical pear-shaped island is about, but its appeal is greater: British holiday makers return raving about the hospitality received here. Mauritius’s multicultural mix – mainly Indian, Creoles, Chinese and French – are an easy-going, friendly and healthy lot, and nothing is too much trouble.
Luxury here is surprisingly affordable – Mauritius has some of the best value deals in the region. Reassuring remnants of the British colonial era remain in the Gymkhana Club, tea plantations and driving on the left, but gateaux piments and dhal puri stalls at markets, hip-wiggling sega performances and the ubiquitous dodo icon, add a touch of the exotic.
Plentiful water sports, world class spas, top-flight golf courses and gourmet cuisine make it hard to leave the hotel, but Mauritius has plenty to see and do – from French colonial houses and imaginative animal parks to nature walks, quad biking, zip lining and horse riding.
The tourism hub is in the north around Grand Baie, which has the greatest concentration of both hotels, and beaches and entertainment. The east coast is most famous, with the most celebrated hotels and stretches of arguably the most beautiful white sand beaches, while the flat, calm beaches of the west coast are favoured by families. The ‘green’ south is the islands wilder, but perhaps more interesting side. There are clutches of hotels in the southeast and more to be found squeezed onto calm stretches near pounding surf and cliff top walks in the southwest.
It was writer Mark Twain who said: You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven was copied after Mauritius. With that recommendation, it’s no wonder 100,000 British visitors go each year.
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