Mauritius is a people-centric island, located in the southern Indian Ocean, approximately 1,240 miles from the coast of Africa. Located in the tropics in the Southern Hemisphere, its seasons are opposite to ours in the UK – so it’s the perfect destination for a winter getaway. Mauritius is a kaleidoscope of cultures where everybody is made to feel welcome.
Here at Destinology, we have many breath-taking hotels and resorts available for you to pick from whilst planning your holiday in Mauritius. The LUX* Grand Baie Hotel is brand new for the 2022 holiday season and combines tropical island living with a state-of-the-art spa, which includes 7 high-tech treatment rooms. Constance Prince Maurice resort is situated in the North-East Coast of Mauritius; and offers guests a range of free water sports including windsurfing, water-skiing, and kayaking. Cannonier Beachcomber Resort & Spa is set on a beachfront location and situated on a peninsula which overlooks the Northern Islands; with a treehouse like spa and a 9-hole mini-golf course. If you’re looking for a holiday that’s more serious about golf, then Shangri-La Le Touessrok gives guests access to 2 18-hole, par-72 golf courses.
Mauritians are known for being a very welcoming and friendly group of people, who typically have a relaxed attitude towards life and value people more than keeping time and schedules. English is the official language of the island, however many people are also fluent in French and Creole. Music also plays a huge part in Mauritian culture, with the most popular style being Séga, a musical expression of the way of life in the country – giving off bright and happy vibes. Mauritius has been described as a mine of inspiration, with many great writers going there to be influenced by the beauty of the country – with the most famous novel set on the island dating back to the 18th century.
Food & Drink
When it comes to food and drink on the island of Mauritius, you’re certainly not going to be left on an empty stomach. Mauritius is best known for producing their own cane rum, which goes down a treat when mixed in a cocktail with coconut water and lime. A favourite soft drink amongst the locals of Mauritius is Alouda, which is a milk drink prepared with basil seeds. A staple Mauritian light bite that tourists should get their hands on whilst on holiday is Gateau Piment, which are chilli cakes made with split peas, chillies, coriander, onions and cumin. If you’re up for something more substantial, then a traditional Mauritian dish is Dholl Purri which are wheat pancakes stuffed with split peas, and served with curry and tomato sauce.
Mauritius is home to several beautiful circuits for hiking and nature lovers. There are volcanic peaks bordering the centre of the island, which are accessible by foot and provide spectacular panoramic views. Tourists can also walk along the “Tea Route” for a discovery of aromas and to find out everything about the manufacturing secrets of tea. If you love spectacular scenery, then be sure to visit the Tamarin Falls; which are difficult to reach but definitely worth it when you get there and can admire the 7 waterfalls nestled along the steep cliff. If a beach is more your thing, then do make sure to check out Grand Baie on the North Coast, Île aux Cerfs on the East Coast, and Flic En Flac on the West Coast.