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After visiting the remote island of Mauritius in 1896, Mark Twain wrote “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. Now, more than a century later, Mauritius continues to enchant its visitors with its incomparable natural beauty, but there’s much more to this tropical paradise than meets the eye. Let’s take a closer look!
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Luxtripper Travel Editor

Things to Do

Though famous for its pristine beaches and gorgeous lagoons, what really sets Mauritius apart from other beach and island destinations is the wealth of activities that the island has to offer.

Water lovers can choose from a variety of aquatic activities such as windsurfing, kayaking, snorkelling and diving, or even deep-sea fishing. For an especially unique aquatic adventure, guests can take a submarine “safari” through the coral reefs, up to 35 metres below the surface.

Daredevils can take a helicopter tour of the island or experience the spectacular rush of skydiving from 10,000 feet, and at the same time enjoy a rare glimpse of Mauritius from above.

Romantics can embark on a real-life fairy tale at The Centre Equestre De Riambel, which offers the unforgettable experience of horseback riding on a deserted beach, or enjoy a private candlelit dinner of traditional Mauritian cuisine at the Shanti Maurice luxury resort.

Nature enthusiasts will be delighted by the island’s untouched landscapes, but can also take a closer look by visiting Iles Aux Aigrettes, an offshore nature reserve home to a vast array of tropical flora and fauna.

Culture

Due to its complex history of settlement and trading, Mauritius has an incredibly rich and varied culture. There is no official language, so while many locals speak English, many others speak French, Mauritian Creole, or even Hindi! The island is a true cultural melting pot and with the right timing, visitors may be lucky enough to take part in one of its many cultural and religious festivals.

In March, for the Festival of Holi, the people of Mauritius celebrate the arrival of spring. In this good-natured celebration, men, women and children gather outdoors and throw brightly-coloured water and powder at each other. Visitors are welcome to participate!

In October, the island’s many villages are illuminated by twinkling strings of lights and tiny clay lanterns in celebration of Diwali or the “Festival of Lights”. The lights are believed to guide Lakshmi, the goddess of wealth and good fortune, and create an enchanting effect all across the island.

Resorts

Mauritius is home to some of the world’s most luxurious and extravagant resorts, and they offer much more than a comfortable place to sleep.

Guests at Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort can unwind while enjoying free, unlimited golf at the fabulous Heritage Golf Club. Set amongst idyllic natural topography including tidal pools and volcanic lava outcrops, the course has been recognised as one of the world’s very best.

LUX* Belle Mare resort provides five-star accommodation but guests can also blissfully indulge at the world-renowned LUX* Me spa, a tranquil sanctuary offering numerous customisable treatments such as an invigorating island massage.

Luxury Villas at The Oberoi provide the ideal backdrop for what will surely be the holiday of a lifetime. Romantic and secluded, each villa has its own private swimming pool and thatched dining pavilion where guests can sample some of the island’s finest cuisine.

With its gorgeous beaches and endless possibilities for adventure and exploration, Mauritius has something to offer every kind of traveller. You can spend your entire vacation with your feet in the sand, of course, but you can also dive from 10,000 feet, welcome spring with the locals in a multi-coloured frenzy, or luxuriate in a coconut-scented spa. The only way to find out what Mauritius has in store for you is to experience it for yourself.

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