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Safe and easy to explore, Mauritius is compact enough for you to swim with dolphins in the morning and go ziplining at an eco-park in the afternoon


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n just 50 years of independence, this Indian Ocean outpost has become a world-leading tourism hotspot, earning it a place in Lonely Planetʼs top ten destinations to visit in 2018. It was the Mauritian painter and visionary poet Malcolm de Chazal who said: ‘Mauritius seems to have been sculpted and painted by a tasteful giant’. Born from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption around eight million years ago, the world’s most famous extinct bird – the dodo – put this pocket-sized tropical island on the map, but its tourism has kept it there. And in 2018, Hollywood added an element of glamour with the release of ‘sexy noir’ Serenity, starring A-listers, Matthew McConaughey and Anne Hathaway, a mysterious tale of a fishing boat captain whose past crashes up against his life on a small tropical island, filmed on Mauritius. Mauritius is gifted with a beautiful natural landscape of miniature wind-sculpted mountains, shielding pockets of native forest with ebony trees and rare birds, surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Its miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, almost entirely encircled by coral reefs, are now home to luxury hotels and resorts, with top-notch service. Safe and easy to explore, with an endless supply of inspirational travel experiences, Mauritius is compact enough for you to swim with dolphins in the morning and go ziplining at an eco-park in the afternoon.


The islands’ Dutch, French and British legacy is reflected in colonial mansions and botanical gardens, while hospitable locals of African, Indian and Chinese heritage give the island an authentic feel, with colourful markets and temples, fusion cuisine, and the sashaying séga. Mauritius is great value when compared to other Indian Ocean destinations and celebrations for the recent golden anniversary has helped put the island in the global spotlight. The MTPA predicts six percent year-on-year growth by the end of 2018, following four years of doubledigit growth from the UK since 2012.

THE VIBRANT NORTH Grand Baie is the epicentre of the north, situated on a wine-glass shaped sheltered bay around an emerald lagoon in the northwest, with more sandy coves and sunshine than anywhere else on the island. Nicknamed the Creole Cote D’Azur or ‘Le Trop’, it stretches three kilometres along the coastal road to Pereybère, and has shopping, restaurants and the island’s best nightlife. Activities range from swimming with dolphins or an undersea walk, a tandem sky dive, and championship golf. Excursions include a submarine trip past ancient shipwrecks to a catamaran or speedboat cruise to the pristine northern islands. In the sleepier northeast, lies the fishing village of Grande Gaube.


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Sip refreshing freshly-cut coconut juice or try a carved pineapple spiced with tamarind and chilli from a beachside stall or colourful market.



The northern plains are covered in sugar plantations which, once as expensive as gold, shaped this tropical island’s history. The story can even be heard on a new electro-bike ride which includes a stop at L’Aventure du Sucre interactive museum. Stroll through shady palmlined avenues to a giant Amazon lily pond at 18th century Pamplemousses botanical gardens, which houses over 500 plant species. This region has the island’s finest colonial heritage, from plantation houses including the striking Eureka, a feat of engineering with 109 doors and turreted rooftop windows in the Moka Mountains, to Château Labourdonnais, modelled on Versailles, with an artisanal rum bar and open-sided gourmet restaurant. For a bird’s eye view of the bustling port capital, Port Louis, take an easy hike up Le Pouce (‘the thumb’) or explore authentic Mauritius on a Port Louis street food or cultural tour, with shopping at Le Caudan Waterfront.


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Plan your Mauritius holiday with the free MyMauritius App, with top things to see and do, along with an interactive map and travel checklist.

The most celebrated powder white beaches such as the 10km-long Belle Mare Plage, stretch along the breezy east coast. The fishing village of Trou d’Eau Douce, home to the only resort, is the jumping off point to popular island playground Ile aux Cerfs, with translucent turquoise waters, watersports and golf. Eco-adventures in the southeast range from a powerboat trip to the islands to whizzing around by quad-bike or segway or riding the longest zipline in the Indian Ocean at Domaine L’Etoile eco-park. A ranger-led tour at tiny Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve includes sightings of rare pink pigeons, Aldabra tortoises and the Telfair skink or there’s a nature walk through ancient ebony trees at La Vallée de Ferney, with Mauritian bat-watching at sundown. A new electro-bike tour of Grand Port offers a slice of island history, from the first Dutch landing

in the mangrove overlooking Lion Mountain to Mahébourg, the original port capital.

THE SUNSET COAST An 8km-long swathe of golden sand with calm, shallow water stretches from lively Flic en Flac, the main resort on the ‘sunset’ coast, to tranquil Wolmar, overlooking Tamarin Mountain. Black River (Rivière Noire) famed for its world-class big game fishing, including marlin, is the jumping off point for dolphinswimming in Tamarin Bay, where the surf’s up from July to September. Casela World of Adventures offers encounters with African animals and activities aplenty, from camel-riding to a hair-raising canyon swing. The lush Black River Gorges National Park offers sightings of waterfalls and rare birds, and sacred crater lake Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao to locals). The Chamarel highlands are home to geological marvel, the Seven Coloured Earths, picturesque Chamarel Falls and the Ebony Forest Reserve.

THE BEAUTIFUL SOUTH The island’s most beautiful coastal drive winds past the surf-sculpted basalt cliffs at Gris Gris to monolith Le Morne Brabant, taking in rustic fishing villages, such as Baie du Cap, roadside fruit stalls and deserted beaches. Take a spectacular hike up UNESCO-listed Le Morne Brabant, with a poignant slave history. From here you can also see the exclusive Le Morne Peninsula, a world-class kitesurfing spot. In the green foothills of Black River Gorges National Park in the southwest lies Bel Ombre, the region’s only resort, with sandy beaches and a Heritage Nature Reserve, offering new trips into the Jurassic-like UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Glass-bottom boat trips head out from Blue Bay Marine Park in the southeast and encounters with crocodiles, giant tortoises and the Mauritius fruit bat await at La Vanille Nature Park.

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Do you wish to sail or drive around, dive and swim, have fun, meet people, enjoy the local food or just relax and spend time together? You are looking for a romantic getaway or an inspiring family holiday in Mauritius? Attitude welcomes you in one of its cosy, adult-only or leisure hotels of contemporary Mauritian charm! 2008


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Take a guided hike to the top of this UNESCO-listed rocky monolith, which was once a hideout for ‘maroons’ or runaway slaves. An unbeatable view of the islands and the surrounding coral awaits while popular helicopter tours reveal an illusory ‘underwater waterfall’ offshore.



An eastern island playground, Île aux Cerfs is named after the stags which once roamed its forests, featuring a treetop adventure circuit. New is a BBQ Sunday brunch and Bubble Lodges.

Take a walk under the forest canopy which shelters rare endemic birds and plants

and offers sweeping coastal views from Black River Peak Viewpoint. Nearby crater lake, Grand Bassin (Ganga Talao) with candy-coloured Hindu temples is the island’s sacred heart.

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Step back in time on a ranger-led tour to this pretty wildlife sanctuary in the southeast, thought to be the final resting place of the dodo. Stroll past tortoises lumbering under ebony trees, glimpse the rare Telfair skink and get a guaranteed sighting of the pink pigeon, immortalised by Gerald Durrell.

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The shimmering emerald Grand Baie in the north is the island’s largest resort. Nicknamed ‘Le Trop’, it has white sand coves, hot shopping and nightlife and excursions aplenty. Take a day trip by catamaran or speedboat to the pristine Northern Islands.



Try Indian gato pima (chilli cakes), Chinese boulette (dumplings) and alooda (a milkshake using coconut milk, rose syrup and basil seeds), on a walking tour through the old quarters of the island’s bustling northern capital, Port Louis.



Hop aboard an early morning catamaran cruise or speed boat from Black River to spy bottlenose dolphin pods playing in Tamarin Bay. As the dolphins glide by, put on snorkelling equipment to slide in and ‘swim’ with them. Alternatively mingle among them on a stand-up paddleboard or challenge them to a race if you think you’re fast enough.



The highlands offer a sunset over geological marvel, the Seven Coloured Earths

and pretty Chamarel Falls. Take guided trails through restored endemic forest with rare birds at Ebony Forest Reserve, lunch at authentic table d’hotes and be guided through agricultural rum making, with a tasting at Rhumerie du Chamarel.



Visit the elegant plantation homes of former sugar barons for past times glamour, Table d’Hote lunches on the terrace and artisanal rum tasting. With 109 doors and turreted rooftop windows, Eureka House is the most striking, while set in ancient orchards, Chateau Labourdonnais, was modelled on Versailles.



Steel your nerves for an adrenalinpumping tandem skydive from 10,000ft above Cap Malheureux on the island’s north coast (minimum age 15 years). The fiveminute descent includes 40 thrilling seconds of free-fall travelling at 200km/hour. The views from this angle are worth it but just be sure to keep your mouth closed for the video! Available to book at


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Voted Indian Ocean’s Leading Airline - Economy Class in the World Travel Awards in 2017, Air Mauritius ( has revamped its seats, inflight entertainment and onboard WiFi on its A340s. British Airways’ ( Gatwick to Mauritius service increased again in October 2018 from three to five times weekly for the winter season. In June 2018, Emirates (emirates. com) launched a daily route from Stansted via Dubai to Mauritius and Kenya Airways’ ( created a four-times-weekly Nairobi to Mauritius flight, with connections from Heathrow. Alitalia ( resumed its Rome to Mauritius service, three times weekly on October 28, 2018. A new cruise terminal at Les Salines in Port Louis will be operational by the end of 2019, accommodating up to 5000 passengers.

Mahebourg, re-emerged as a four-starplus on December 1, 2018, with authentic boho-chic style, two bedroom family units and bespoke guest experiences. East coast hotels with a young vibe include five-star adults-only Seasense Boutique Hotel & Spa and Constance’s new four-star boutique boho-chic all-inclusive, while the C Mauritius hotel opened at the end of 2018, the very first hotel to be opened by C Resorts. For something a bit different, Sun Resorts now offer an exclusive island stay in three new luxurious Bubble Lodges on Ile aux Cerfs. On the west coast, three-star-plus Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa replaces Tamarin Hotel following a six-month renovation. Four-star Les Salines Beachcomber Resort & Spa, with 338 rooms and 56 family suites, is due to open at Black River in 2020, while five-star all-suite and villa Sheraton Mauritius St. Felix Mauritius at Pomponette Beach is under development. In the north, Thomas Cook’s first longhaul Casa Cook opens in Turtle Bay in winter 2019, while romantic favourite, Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel closes for refurbishment from May to September 2019.

Get a bird’s eye view of the island on a recently introduced modern Corail helicopter


game changer Mauritius hosts the 10th edition of the prestigious Indian Ocean Games at Cote d’Or on the central plateau 19th-28th July, 2019.

HOT NEW HOTELS The much-anticipated rebirth of the iconic One&Only Le Saint Géran opened in 2018, with secluded pool ‘residences’ in the pipeline. Hot on its heels was the re-imagination of the north’s LUX* Grand Gaube designed by Kelly Hoppen. Family favourite, Preskil Island Resort (previously Preskil Beach Resort) near historic

ATTRACTIONS The revamped Le Waterpark & Leisure Village at Belle Mare reopened in 2018 with new 7D cinema and virtual reality game, a boomerang, and a raft river.



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his remote tropical outpost was one of the last places in the world to be colonised. With no native population, Mauritians are all descendants of immigrants, which may explain the racial and religious harmony which is a cornerstone of Mauritian society.

Attitude’s Otentik Discovery selfguided app has ten Mauritius itineraries designed by locals, from secret coves to street food stalls.


vandalism’ of contemporary artist, Gael Froget, found in high end galleries. In the Indian tradition, Mahindranath’s artwork is on the buses that ply the island, often emblazoned with amusing slogans such as ‘King of Love’ or ‘Noisy Travel’, while a free street art app from My Moris, uncovers contemporary works in Port Louis.



Mauritius is sometimes referred to as a ‘world in one island’, and you don’t need to go far to get a sense of multicultural Mauritius. Painted Hindu temples, mosques and churches jostle with Chinese boutiques and colonial houses and colourful markets are piled high with everything from cassava to curry. People mix and match traditions here, so don’t be surprised to see Mauritians French cheek-kissing, eating baguettes or waving bonjour. Indo-Mauritian women are as comfortable in Levis as in saris and as happy eating crepes and croissants as curries and chapatis. Although most Mauritians speak some English, and all parle Francais, what unites communities is the Kreol language, and the national dance, the hip-wiggling, African-inspired séga. Traditional life is still visible around the island. Creole fishermen still set sail in wooden pirogues on the south coast, and in the backstreets séga blares from Creole-style wooden houses decorated with lambrequins. The Mauritian art scene is equally eclectic. Paintings by Malcolm de Chazal – often found adorning hotel walls – contrast with the ‘art

The best way to get under the island’s skin is with a cultural tour. Culture specialists, My Moris ( tours explore the local scene by bike or on foot. They range from ‘A Divine Morning’ – spiritual exploration at a Hindu temple, with a cooking class in its restaurant – to a musical initiation in the ravanne using a goat-skin drum central to traditional Mauritian séga inspired by the island’s African heritage, with master player, Daniella Bastien. The ‘Origins of Port Louis’ looks at the prison where ‘maroons’ or slaves were detained and the UNESCO World Heritage-listed Aapravasi Ghat, where the ‘coolies’ once disembarked, offers an exclusive harbour boat tour. A scenic bike adventure through a sugar plantation reveals what 19th century life was like here. Most hotels and resorts feature séga performances, traditionally around a bonfire on the beach. One&Only Le Saint Géran’s exclusive experiences range from ‘Port Louis Unwrapped’ where guests discover the hidden corners and celebrated city icons on a private walking tour, to an audience and walking tour of the city’s street art with artist and collector Salim Currimjee.

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making music Mauritius’ first annual contemporary music festival, Festival La Isla 2068 (the year which will mark 100 years of independence), was held in April 2018.


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family meal equals happiness for Mauritians, and the islandʼs cuisine – a fascinating mash up of food from four continents – makes it a favourite with foodies too. Food is everywhere in Mauritius, colourful markets pile high with local produce from lychees to vanilla – used to flavour homegrown tea and gajacks (snacks) sizzling at beachside street food stalls and trucks. Traditional local restaurants offer a dizzying variety of tasty, typical Mauritian dishes, reflecting the island’s French, Indian, African and Chinese heritage. Alongside the curries, biriani and vindaye (fish or meat coated in turmeric, ginger, chilli and mustard seeds), look out for Creolestyle rougaille (fish or meat in a spicy tomato sauce with thyme and chilli), Chinese-inspired bol renverse (or upside-down dish) and French-style meat stew or daube. Accompany it with a local Phoenix beer – or healthy citronelle – water spiced with lemon grass and ginger - and a homemade rhum arrangé digestive, flavoured with coconut to chilli, lined up on the bar.

( Newcomer, Taste Buddies (, introduced a once weekly Chinatown food tour in spring 2018 and a Mahebourg Village Food Tour, which explores authentic flavours in the oldest ‘village’ on the island.

AUTHENTIC MAURITIAN FLAVOUR Most visitors will eat out at lunchtime, and food venues are as eclectic as the Mauritius cuisine. Kooky choices range from traditional food served in Red Bus Snack in Bel Ombre to freshly-farmed seafood at La Case du Pecheur in Bambous Virieux, with kayaks for after dinner, and at Tante L’Atalie in Pamplemousses, a prix fixe lunch overlooking vintage cars in the orchard is a must. Visitors rave about the chicken cooked in island vanilla at the terracotta-roofed Bois Cheri Restaurant with its wrap around balcony in the middle of a southern tea estate, and Chef Badoun’s traditional Mauritian lunches include the likes of dry beef curry and fish vindaye at Andrea Lodges near Souillac. The veranda of a colonial plantation house is the place to enjoy gourmet specialties such as smoked marlin (delicious paired with palm heart salad), dry beef, or chicken and prawn, curries and seasonal fresh game, venison and wild boar. Mauritius’ rich culinary heritage is reflected at resorts island wide. La Pirogue’s recentlyrenovated Coconut Café serves Mauritian street food at lunchtime and new beach braai, Tribe, inspired by the islands’ African heritage, is accompanied by fire and drums.

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For a healthy vegetarian lunch, try dholl puri, a dhal-stuffed griddled flatbread wrapped around curry, rougaille, pickled vegetables, coriander chutney and chilli for around 30p a pair.

STREET FOOD CAPITAL A street food tour of the capital, Port Louis – listed among the top ten cities in the world for street food by The Telegraph – is a must for foodies. Sample Indian gato pima (chilli bites), Chinese boulettes (dumplings) and poutou (steamed rice flour and coconut cakes) on a history and street food tour with My Moris

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auritius has something for everyone, from canoodling couples and frolicking families to empty nesters, millennials and multigenerational groups, with special interests catered for too.

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FAMILIES Easy accessible, with sunny, safe beaches, great value luxury hotels and plenty to explore, Mauritius is ideal for family holidays and its family-centric culture means kids get spoilt rotten. Direct overnight flights mean jet lag is minimal and large hotels and resorts cater for all ages, with babysitters to hand, free kids clubs and increasingly, teens clubs. Unlike some tropical islands, once the kids have had enough of the beach, there’s plenty for families to see and do on the island. At Casela kids can be a ‘zoo-keeper for the day’ or ride the new Tulawaka Gold Coaster down the mountain, while new kids activities at La Vanille Nature Park include feeding baby crocodiles and Madagascan lemurs. Eco family fun ranges from rides on electric bikes, or pony treks in Chamarel, to quad-biking, ziplining or hiking in Domaine L’Etoile and a Treetop Adventure Park on Ile aux Cerfs. DIY adventures include hiking up Le Pouce, or along nature trails to spot monkeys and rare birds in the Black River Gorges National Park or the Ebony Forest Reserve in Chamarel. Teen thrills

include canyoning at Tamarin Falls, a tandem sky-dive from 10,000 feet near Grand Baie and climbing Le Morne Brabant mountain. Youngsters can see clownfish, turtles and sharks at the Mauritius Aquarium, take a glass bottom boat trip in Blue Bay or La Nessee, or a semi-submersible trip to see underwater scenery in Grand Baie. There’s an under-sea walk in the north and east, dolphin watching in Tamarin Bay and sea-karting at Black River. Mini culture vultures can learn how sugar shaped the island’s history at interactive L’Aventure du Sucre, or see giant Amazon water lilies at Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. For rainy days, the Curious Corner of Chamarel house of illusion has stairs made of piano keys, an upside down kitchen and a mirror maze. New Reasons to go LUX* for teens include a DJ Academy and photo fanatics studio, with drone flying lessons.

Le Morne’s ‘One Eye’ is among the top five spots on the planet for kitesurfing, with a protected bay for beginners to learn

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On trend are family ‘moments’ or experiences, such as Heritage Resorts’ family picnics in Heritage Nature Reserve

SILVER TRAVELLERS The island’s luxury and service levels, combined with its rich experiences from culinary to cultural, make it appealing to an older audience. Cultural tours from My Moris in the island’s north range from a stroll through Port Louis’ street food offerings, to attending a rehearsal of Geet Gawai women-only singers, dancers and musicians who play at Hindu weddings. A My Moris cycle tour of historic coastal village Poudre d’Or reveals the site of the shipwreck that inspired romantic legend, Paul & Virginie,


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to fishermen braiding bamboo traps, painted Hindu temples and a basalt Catholic church. Mauritian gourmet rums – some with island flavours such as coffee or vanilla – have won international awards, and Mauritius’ rum trail includes a fascinating museum telling the history of sugar to elegant lunches at colonial plantation houses. Rum Connoisseurs can visit Rhumerie of Chamarel to see the sugar cane crushed, fermented and distilled to produce high-altitude Chamarel XO rum, aged in French oak barrels. Exclusive barrel tastings of New Grove rum, made from molasses, are offered to guests of Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok.

From high spirited adventures, vibrant civilizations, artistic heritage and unfolding luxury….

MILLENNIALS The island has an adventurous side, which is particularly appealing to millenials. Watery island adventures include laser sailing at Mont Choisy, sea-karting at Black River, parasailing in Grand Baie and kitesurfing. Le Morne’s ‘One Eye’ is among the top five spots on the planet for kitesurfing, with a protected bay for beginners to learn. Lessons are available year-round with premium kitesurfing schools at nearby The St. Regis Mauritius Resort and LUX* Le Morne. As an English-speaking destination with friendly hospitable locals, Mauritius is safe and easy to explore. By road, Mini-Mokes and Harley Davidsons are now for hire in the north but the island is equally accessible on foot, bike or by boat. Electrobike rides with Nou Zil (‘Our Island’) – now offered in the north and south – can include hanging out with a rasta in Chamarel while street food walking tours with Taste Buddies are the best way to experience the bustling capital, ‘Por-Louee’. Why not follow in the steps of posh millennials, the Made in

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Chelsea cast, who took a catamaran cruise along the coast? For sporty types, the Mauritian calendar is packed with international events, from competitive trail running and cycling through spectacular mountain scenery to worldclass kitesurfing and even a triathlon. The island’s hotels and resorts are on trend for 21st century travellers,with One&Only Le Saint Geran’s new casual barefoot dining at La Pointe and immersive island experiences, to LUX*Resort’s modern approach to luxury with expert-led workshops such as mastering free-diving with record-holding Beth Neale. Sunday brunches with international DJs including the likes of Alexa Chung hosting New Years Eve gigs, and gourmet pop-ups has made Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok the place to party. Wellness weeks and a wellness festival with international experts makes Heritage Le Telfair the place for healthy holidays. BEACHCOMBER

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he Global Wellness Summitʼs 2018 trends report heralds a “new era of transformative travel”. As 21st century travellers shift from experiential to transformative travel, Mauritiusʼ spas are ready.

A free Wellness Mauritius app gives the lowdown on local events, from forest-breath meditation, sound healing and full moon ceremonies to wellness gatherings and retreats.

ISLAND-STYLE EXPERIENCES Authentic treatments inspired by Mauritius cultural heritage range from the ‘Mauritian Fusion’ massage at One&Only Le Saint Géran’s ESPA spa, which uses a soothing herbal poultice of neem, tulsi, moringa and lemongrass, to Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita’s new Tropical Senses massage. And at LUX* Resorts, there’s Full Moon Sound Healing with island guru, Bhavnath Zenassati, where guests soak in the mystical frequencies of sacred ancient instruments to rejuvenate the body and calm the mind. Recently-reopened Canonnier Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa offers treatments in a ‘treehouse’-style spa in the branches of a 100-year-old banyan tree.


treatments to mindfulness meditation. One&Only Le Saint Geran’s revamped ESPA offerings range from a Pedi:Mani:Cure from Bastien Gonzales to new healing Harmonia Journeys, designed by Chinese medicine expert, Francesc Miralles. Wellness Bliss packages at Heritage Le Telfair, re-branded as a wellness resort in 2017, features wellbeing classes and healthy menus, and expert-led wellness weeks. Its Wellness Festival from February 22 to March 9, 2019, delivers workshops from leading practitioners. LUX* Grand Gaube launched its first wellness retreat in August 2018 with Kamran Bedi, the creator of the ‘Mind Body Method’, who worked with Lady Gaga and Cheryl Cole, while Long Beach Mauritius has hosted celebrity fitness instructor, Olivia Cooney, who mixes fitness activities with healthy food. Constance’s five-star hotels have ‘Wellness Wednesdays’, with spa specials and group yoga, jogging and meditation, and yoga immersion retreats. ‘De-stress’, ‘Wellness’ or a healing ‘Ayurveda Rejuvenation Package’ are new at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa. The island’s first salt room using salt vapor, chromo therapy, salt crystals and music to boost the immune system and relax the mind opened at Salt Equilibrium at LUX* La Palmerie, on November 1, along with à la carte ‘interactive’ treatments, mindfulness and raw (un)cooking. New wellness and nature experiences based on eco-therapy principles range from Heritage Resorts’ ‘Forest Bathing’, with a Reiki Master, to a refreshing and invigorating Active Sea Walk designed to detoxify the body.

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Rebalance your chakras at The Vortex in Riambel, a tranquil clearing in a coastal forest said to be one of 14 energy vortices in the world, with intense vibratory levels for healing.

A WORLD OF WELLNESS With wellness concierges, wellness menus, and increasingly, expert-led wellness retreats in inspiring natural surrounds, Mauritius’ spas deliver lasting benefits. Eat, sleep, move, feel, work and play well is the mantra at the wellness-focused Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa with paddle board yoga and a run concierge to help. Wellbeing offerings range from Carita


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Feel the wind in your hair exploring the island by Mini Moke, for hire at boutique hotel 20 Degres Sud, with a gourmet picnic on request.



ith beautiful hotels, excellent service and stunning settings, Mauritius is a world-leader for romantic holidays. Among the top five spots to tie the knot abroad, Mauritius was voted the ʻIndian Oceanʼs Leading Honeymoon Destinationʼ at the World Travel Awards 2017. Couples can now marry anywhere on the island so the adventurous can say ‘I do’ on a surf-pounded clifftop at Gris Gris, with Chamarel Falls as a beautiful backdrop, or boho-style on a pristine islet. Tailormade receptions can be held at colonial plantation houses, botanical gardens or by torchlight at Casela. LUX* Grande Gaube now features a cool bridal suite at the spa, a Creole Smokehouse and Rum Treehouse in the adult-only area and romantic ArgentinianPeruvian style dining, while lovebirds at One&Only Le Saint Géran can enjoy the signature poolside cabana experience at La Pointe, with a complimentary bottle of rosé, ice-cream and snacks.

the tip of the peninsula and the exclusive Villa One. Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort offers free Mauritian-style vow renewal ceremonies on Fridays with henna designs for the bride, coconut water, crystals and the hum of singing bowls. Recently renovated wedding favourite 19th century Heritage Le Château (previously Château de Bel Ombre), now has a signature menu from Michelin-starred Chef David Toutain and an exclusive Presidential Suite. Robinson Crusoe-style island weddings range from Zilwa Attitude’s rustic weddings on Grand Zil island, to a five-star wedding at LUX* Resorts’ Île des Deux Cocos private island in Blue Bay Marine Park, spending the night in its Moroccan villa. Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok can organise bespoke bohemianstyle weddings on deserted islets while a magical night at Sun Resorts’ new luxurious Bubble Lodge on Ile aux Cerfs, is perfect for romantic occasions.

Villas are popular with honeymooners and wedding parties


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Bespoke marriage proposals are a specialty in Mauritius. Giraffe feeding, with the ring box hidden in the food, was a recent request.

THE PERSONAL TOUCH With one ceremony a day at island hotels, many couples choose to get wed within the hotel grounds at a wedding gazebo in tropical gardens, on the beach or on the jetty, but imaginative options are available. A traditional Indian ceremony, tying the knot aboard a luxury catamaran or a wedding in a beachfront villa are new ways to say ‘I do’ at Angsana Balaclava Mauritius. New wedding venues at the One&Only Le Saint Géran are La Pointe, at

HONEYMOON HEAVEN Honeymoon surprises at The St. Regis Mauritius Resort include romantic daily quotes on the door and a serenade, while romance at ShangriLa’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa is a truffle pizza lunch with a bottle of rosé at private cabanas under thatch on Ile aux Mangenie, and Champagne sabrage with sea urchin tasting on the beach at sunset is new at LUX* Le Morne. New romantic experiences include One&Only Le Saint Géran’s Feel Like Royalty, an exclusive cruise on a vintage boat used by the Queen, with snorkelling, a tailor-made massage and a Champagne picnic on a deserted beach.


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ith perfect golfing weather year-round, and some of the best modern golf courses on earth, the demand for golf in Mauritius is growing along with its reputation. Mauritius was the third country in the world to play golf (after the UK and India), and has the best golf experience of any long-haul island destination. In 2015, Heritage Golf Club made international golfing history by playing host to the first ever tri-sanctioned golf tournament in the world and put the island firmly on the global golf map. The AfrAsia Mauritius Open is held on the Ernie Els-designed course at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort in (November/December) and the MCB Tour Championship European Golf Senior Tour is held in December.

Golf Club, in the green southwest, voted the ‘Indian Ocean’s Best Golf Course’ at the World Golf Awards for the last four years. A second golf course – the islands’ 11th – co-designed by Peter Matkovich and Louis Oosthuizen opens here in 2019.

BEST IN THE BUSINESS Voted ‘Best International Golf Course’ by Golf Journal in June 2017, the ‘island’ golfing experience on the Bernhard Langer signature course at the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club in the east, is a must. For a game to remember, stay and play in a luxurious Bubble Lodge with butler service, clubhouse dinner and complimentary golf. Independent 18hole championship courses include the island’s highest, Avalon Golf Estate, on a forested plateau at 500m at Bois Cheri tea plantation, and the latest to open, Mont Choisy Golf Course, designed by Peter Matkovich, on a nature reserve near Grand Baie, near northern hotels. Nine-hole courses include a pitch and putt at Shandrani Beachcomber Resort, an urban golf course at the Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius, and a foot golf course at the Heritage Golf Club. Keen golfers can sign up for a seven-night ultimate golfing holiday with pro-golf legend, Jeremy Dale, with six tutorials, a golfing clinic and friendly competitions at Paradis Golf Club at Le Morne Peninsula, in December 2018 and March 2019, from £2,600 per person.

Mingle with Mauritians at the Mauritius Gymkhana Club, the oldest golf club in the Southern Hemisphere


hole in one The Golfing Mauritius Pass (mauritiusgolftourism. com) offers discounts of up to 60% at eight championship courses during low season.

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Mauritius has ten top-notch 18 hole championship courses, designed by the game’s greats. Most courses are stay-and-play – and increasingly stay-and-play around, on nearby courses – with complimentary green fees and uplifting views of mountains and sea. Golf here is for everyone, with academies equipped with the latest swing analysis software. A temperate climate means golf is year-round and good value, with perfect conditions coinciding with off-peak special offers. A night golf experience is offered at Heritage

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Relax and enjoy unrestricted sunset views at Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, renowned for its Mauritian hospitality, and enjoy a picturesque oceanfront location. Take advantage of our complimentary dolphin trip as well as other water activities and its perfect location to explore this beautiful island and create memories that will last a lifetime. A kid’s pool, sandy lagoon, infinity heated pool and variety of recreational activities – our resort has all kinds of family-friendly fun.

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auritius is small, safe and easy to explore with a wealth of experiences, cultural attractions and natural wonders.

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This island is one of the most biodiverse places on the planet. Visitors can climb minimountains and explore indigenous forests, used as a refuge for rare birds. Keen twitchers can book a bespoke bird-watching tours from specialist Yanature ( Visitors can hike in the Black River Gorges National Park or venture on a DIY familyfriendly forest walk to Black River Peak. A new boat tour goes upriver for a guided walk at nature sanctuary La Vallée de Ferney in the Bambous Mountains, with sightings of Mauritius Kestrels at feeding time, and Mauritian bat watching at sunset. Casela World of Adventures on the west coast features wildlife safaris and interactions with African animals, including a new lion cub interaction, while Domaine de L’Etoile in the southeast offers ‘the longest zipline in the Indian Ocean’. Take a microlight, seaplane or helicopter ride for a bird’s eye view of the island, or an adrenalin-pumping tandem skydive free-falling at 200km/hour with Skydive Mauritius ( Nature-based adventures include canyoning at Tamarin Falls with Vertical World (, which, with seven cascades,

is one of the island’s most impressive. Go horse-riding at La Vieille Cheminée (, a farm in the Chamarel Highlands or at upmarket stables, Haras du Morne (, with rides on Le Morne Brabant and ‘swimming with horses’ available for experienced riders. A mountain bike ride on the cliffs with Yemaya Adventures ( takes in Albion’s atmospheric lighthouse and new at 20 Degres Sud are mini mokes and a private trekking guide for hire. The island’s colonial legacy can be felt at plantation houses, offering table d’hote lunches and artisanal rum tasting and the ancient port capital Mahebourg has a Monday market, naval museum and a waterfront promenade.

Pink pigeons and giant tortoises are guaranteed sightings at Ile aux Aigrettes

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A walking tour through the capital, Port Louis, with street food stalls, colonial architecture, museums, duty free shopping and the island’s largest market, is a must!

WATERY ADVENTURES The best snorkelling spots are in Blue Bay Marine Park and the pristine waters around Coin de Mire. Underwater sightseeing around Grand Baie include a semi-submersible, an aqua scooter ride and an undersea walk. Mauritius’ dive sites are the best in the Indian Ocean, and dive centres cater for all levels and often offer PADI courses. Favourite nautical adventures include an early morning boat trip to swim with and watch wild dolphins play in Tamarin Bay or a catamaran cruise to Ile aux Cerfs. Or for something a bit more fast-paced, One Love’s hot pink powerboat can whisk you to remote southeast islands or take a sea kayaking expedition to northern Ile d’Ambre with Yemaya Adventures.


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Aerial view of Le Morne Peninsula The St Regis Mauritius Resort

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New experiences await in Mauritius. Walkway to Seasonal Tastes The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius

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On the south-western side of the island, the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach and its warm turquoise lagoon create a magical setting where lavishly appointed accommodation and pampering converge amid the many charms of Mauritius. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a five-star luxury resort with 172 guest suites boasting endless views over the Indian Ocean waters and hotel service excellence. Explore Epicurean Invitations at one of our many gastronomic destinations offering French-inspired influences, Southeast Asian exotic dishes, fine Japanese selections as well as Traditional Mauritian Cuisine. Discover our world-class water sports facilities including Kitesurfing, Surfing and Premier Diving.

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Step into The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius, and you’ll notice right away how great it feels to be here. Rest assured, throughout your stay we do everything we can to make sure you say goodbye satisfied, energised and revitalised. The resort is nestled in a tranquil spot in the historic Balaclava area, facing the idyllic Turtle Bay, a protected marine park on the north-west coast of Mauritius. Natural tropical elements like local teak and lava rocks combined with contemporary design create a serene and elegant atmosphere. Lounge at our stunning natural beach and two outdoor pools or recharge and take advantage of boat trips, water activities, tennis, fascinating local tours and day trips. A place where together, we can rise. Embraced by the gently swaying sugar cane fields and the warm turquoise water of the Indian Ocean, The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius invites you to experience the magic of Mauritian hospitality in a truly luxurious setting.

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Le MĂŠridien Ile Maurice stands at the edge of 1,000 meters of sparkling ivory sands on the North-West coast of Mauritius in the bay of Pointe Aux Piments. Verdant gardens create the perfect atmosphere for a romantic idyll or a serene getaway. Discover a wide selection of restaurants and bars and, beyond the simple relaxation afforded by the sand and sea, an infinite choice of activities and sports such as spa or diving. For more information, kindly visit our website on or contact us on +230 204 3333.

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live like a local The local butcher, cheese atelier and fisherman are being invited into hotels to give guests an insight into island food






Mauritian hotel groups are practicing recycling and reef conservation in an attempt to up sustainability efforts on the island.

hereʼs a place to stay in Mauritius for every style and budget – from private pool villas to a range of boutique and self-catering beauties – and even a Bubble Lodge. Beachcomber Hotels & Resorts aims to reflect ‘The Art of Beautiful’ in its eight prime beachfront properties. Nicknamed ‘The Royal Calm’, its cosy yet refined thatched flagship Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury has a new walk-in wine cave and dive school. A nature-inspired transformation of Canonnier Beachcomber in October 2017 added luxurious rooms and expanded its treehouse-style spa. The fourstar-plus all-inclusive Victoria Beachcomber at Pointe aux Piments launched its new adultsonly wing, Victoria for 2, in January 2018, with 40 swim-up and ocean view rooms. Five-star hotels in the south include recentlyrenovated spacious and sporty Paradis Beachcomber on exclusive Le Morne peninsula, with a championship golf course and newlyspruced-up beachfront villas with nature-inspired interiors from November 2018. Next door is romantic suite and villa-only Dinarobin Beachcomber with a heavenly holistic spa and new adults-only crescent, Zen Suites.

TIMELESS MEMORIES Sun Resorts aims to create ‘Timeless Memories’ at its four properties on premium east and west coast beaches. Recently-revamped boho-chic four-star La Pirogue, with thatch-roof bungalows in a spacious coconut grove on the west coast, has added a Cinq Mondes Spa, wine cave, and a world-class recording studio, ‘Sounds’. A lifestyle makeover of five-star Long Beach Mauritius added the world’s first Cinq Mondes Spa & Wellness Retreat and new Asian-fusion restaurant, Tamarind Soul, in 2018. For special occasions and celebrations, Sun Resorts introduced a night under the stars in one of three

exclusive Bubble Lodges on Ile aux Cerfs in 2018, with complimentary golf and butler service. Wine Caves are currently on trend in hotels and resorts. Constance Belle Mare Plage’s Blue Penny Cellar is the largest in the region, and there’s an ultra-modern walk-in wave cave at Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury.

TRUE BY NATURE Constance Hotels, Resorts & Golf aims to be ‘True by Nature’ in its two exceptional fivestar properties on the exclusive east coast. Leading Hotel of the World, Constance Prince Maurice, with its overwater bungalows, was voted ‘Indian Ocean’s Leading Culinary Hotel’ at the World Travel Awards 2017. Contemporary family-friendly all-inclusive Constance Belle Mare Plage has two-storey villas and Blue Penny, the region’s largest wine cellar. Its new C brand is reflected in the fun and cool four-star deluxe all-inclusive C Mauritius at Palmar which opened in December 2018. Veranda Resorts has five hotels which combine great value with individual charm and a focus on exploring the island. In the north, spruced-up, romantic four-star Veranda Paul & Virginie, has zen-like rooms, a new beachfront infinity pool and a sunken pool deck. On the west coast, three-star plus Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa (Previously Tamarin Hotel) opened in November 2018, with 50 new rooms, a Seven Colours Spa and a rooftop bar and pool overlooking Tamarin Bay.

ISLAND HERITAGE Three five-star Heritage Resorts are nestled on Domaine de Bel Ombre, in the foothills of the Black River Gorges National Park. These include the African-style family-friendly allinclusive Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort and recently-renovated Small Luxury Hotel of the World Heritage, Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort, an all-suite hotel, with new wellness


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Celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2018, Attitude’s hotels now feature Taba-J street food trucks, their Creole-style signature restaurant Kot Nou, and Otentik programmes. Mediterranean style adults-only three-star superior, Récif Attitude in Pointe aux Piments, has a tranquil but convivial vibe. Re-merging after a revamp in autumn 2018 is Creole-style three-star superior Tropical Attitude in Trou d’Eau Douce. It is now a ‘trendy’ adults-only resort with white decor and a new bar lounge. Family-friendly threestar superior, Coin de Mire Attitude, has also added nine new family apartments. The three Southern Cross Hotels range from active family favourite Preskil Island Resort to newly adults-only Solana Beach. The four-star plus Preskil Island Resort (previously Preskil Beach Resort) near historic Mahebourg, reemerged with boho-chic style, two bedroom family units and bespoke guest experiences on 1st December 2018, and newly adults-only Solana Beach with new Lakaz Rhum Bar.

Mauritius at Anahita can now whisk couples to an exclusive beach on Ile aux Cerfs. Romantic retreats in Turtle Bay include the Oberoi Mauritius with secluded wellness and romantic hideaway Angsana Balaclava Mauritius with a renowned spa. Marriott’s three Mauritius properties include Le Méridien Ile Maurice in Pointe aux Piments, the spacious, wellness-oriented Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa Mauritius, and five-star colonial ‘residence’ St Regis Mauritius Resort on Le Morne Peninsula, with newly-refurbed contemporary villa (bookable by unit). Maritim’s two island hotels include sporty five-star all-inclusive Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius in Turtle Bay and the contemporary east coast familyfriendly four-star Maritim Crystals Beach Mauritius. Independent Shanti Maurice – A Nira Resort, in the south, boasts one of the largest spas in the Indian Ocean. Affordable family options include the value three-star superior Creole-style Villas Caroline on the best beach in Flic en Flac.

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The LUX Collective’s new Salt of Palmar Mauritius is its first property worldwide under the new Salt brand and opened in November 2018. One&Only Le Saint Géran now offers suites with butler service, pool bar and restaurant. The Four Seasons Resort

BOUTIQUE BEAUTIES Revamped Relais and Chateaux member, 20 Degrés Sud, in Grand Baie, added a Secret Spa, wine cave and beach bar and is often combined with award-winning inland retreat Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge. Affordable boutique hotels range from adults-only Mediterranean-style Seapoint Boutique Hotel, to Sakoa, a 16-room Creole-style hotel under thatch in Trou aux Biches, with a seven colours spa.


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In a lush 27-acre setting with the turquoise waters of Tamarin Bay overlapping the white sandy beach of Flic en Flac, the 65 pool villas at Maradiva are at the heart of a vibrant paradise, ideally situated for coral diving, world-class golf and national parks. With a large infinity swimming pool, an award winning holistic spa, three a la carte restaurants and several dining options, bars, kids club, sports and fitness centre and boat house, Maradiva offers world-class facilities and the personalised service of a Mauritian family owned and managed resort.

Situated at Flic en Flac, on the west coast of Mauritius, overlooking the Tamarin Bay and the legendary Le Morne Mountain, this all suites boutique hotel, reveals the natural lush and magical allure of Mauritius through its stunning architecture and elegant decor. With a delightful beach and dreamy lagoon, Sands Suites Resort & Spa is beautified by a shimmering infinity pool while its peaceful and serene setting, is a real gem that will amaze its guests.

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auritiusʼ mild and tropical climate makes it the perfect destination at any time of year. Try to time a visit with a local colourful festival or event, a rum, food or music festival or a sporting challenge. The Mauritian summer (October to May) is hot, humid and rainy – although rain falls in short bursts and mostly on the central plateau. The Mauritian winter (June to September) is cooler and dry, which may best suit young families. Average temperatures range from 20°C to 26°C. The UK summer school holidays and wedding season coincide with winter and the best holiday bargains.

SPORTS AND NATURE The breezier east coast is favoured for watersports between November and April, while the generally clear, calm and warm waters on the sheltered west coast are ideal for diving and deep-sea fishing. The Mauritius Billfish Release International Tournament is at Black River in late January – peak marlin season. Seasoned kiters come from May to October when winds are strongest, with Kiteival (kitesurfing festival) in July/August. Surfs up at Tamarin June to August, with free coaching from pros in surf-ski week in Bel Ombre June/July. Annual events on the Mauritian sports calendar include the ‘five-star’ Mauritius Tour Beachcomber (MTB) mountain bike

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The new Star Chefs at Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita 6-9 March 2019 will host cooking classes and dinners from international Michelinstarred chefs.

race (16-18 May 2019) and scenic trail runs the Royal Raid (11 May 2019).

FESTIVE COLOUR The religious calendar kicks off with spectacular Thaipoosam Cavadee in January, where Tamil devotees parade the streets with pierced bodies. With its poignant slave past, Le Morne is the centre of Abolition of Slavery day on1st February, and colourful Maha Shivaratree in February/March, where pilgrims gather at the crater lake Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin), is the largest Hindu festival outside of India. Chinese dragon and lion dancers at Chinese Spring Festival (New Year) parade through Port Louis’ Chinatown and on 12th March Mauritius National Day sees festivities celebrating independence from Britain in1968. Visitors can sign up for The Dodo Trail, an all-level trail run in July which crosses mountains and private estates in the ‘green’ southwest. On 2nd September 2019, Ganga Talao (Grand Bassin) crater lake is the place to be for Ganesh Chaturthi Ganesha, the Hindu god of wisdom’s birthday, where Mauritian Hindus cleanse their statues in the lake. Sample the locals’ tipple of choice at the Indian Ocean Rum Fest at Le Suffren Hotel in Port Louis in September while in November Divali, the Hindu festival of lights and the International Kreol Festival feature séga concerts, traditional food and celebrate Creole culture.

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