Travel Guide: Mauritius
There is a reason Mark Twain wrote, “Mauritius was made first, then heaven.” This remote island in the Indian Ocean is known for being a romantic honeymoon destination. But its so much more than that. Located between Africa and Asia, Mauritius has a Creole Caribbean vibe that’s reflected in the island’s cuisine, architecture and culture.
Where to Stay
There is a plethora of resorts on the island’s north and east coastlines, where tourists flock for vacation. The south end of Mauritius is known as the “wilder side” and is less developed, but just as beautiful. Stay at the Lux Le Morne, a five-star hotel that lies at the foot of Le Morne. The hotel is set on a lagoon facing side so that your room is only steps from the beach. Take a swim in one of the four pools, indulge at the spa or lounge in the chalets dotted throughout the tropical garden.
Where to Go
Soak up the sun and explore the beautiful turquoise waters that surround Mauritius. With an outlying coral reef, the shoreline is protected which creates calm lagoons perfect for snorkeling and diving. For a little bit of culture, head inland where you will find cuisine that simmers with Indian, French, Chinese and Creole flavors. Surrounding the capital of Port Louis is a variety of architecture and cultural centers, from Hindu temples and mosques to Chinese pagodas and Catholic churches.
What to Do
Mauritius is 20 degrees south of the equator, which means it’s a year around destination. Explore the beautiful outdoors and take a hike through Black River Gorges National Park, where you will spot rare birds and exotic animals. Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, on the north side of the island, is the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere and features a variety of palms and spectacular water lilies.