MAURITIUS

OVERVIEW

Mauritius was once home to many a pirate, playing host to Dutch sailors and Arab spice traders, creating a fascinating cultural melting pot. Now you can expect to hear French and Dutch alongside a French and Arabic taste fusion. Yet the national dish is one of an Indian-inspired lentil-filled dholl puri showing the truly rich history of this tiny country.

But its the island’s sandy beaches and volcanic backdrops that it’s now best known. Spend your days hobie-cat sailing, exploring the abundant coral reefs just off the shoreline and deciding between which of the many swimming pools take your fancy. Mauritius seemingly does laid-back luxury extremely well. Service is understated and yet faultless here. The locals are friendly and polite to a fault. There’s really very little one could complain when spending your days on the white-sand Mauritian beaches.

You gather idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius

Mark Twain

CURRENT FAVES

CONSTANCE LE PRINCE MAURICE

Lapped by the Indian Ocean’s waters, luxury hotel Le Prince Maurice has beachfront and lake-edge luxurious suites. Set in sprawling grounds with a free-form pool, gorgeous spa and private beach, this hotel doesn’t scrimp on facilities. They also have four restaurants to choose from including a spectacular floating one on water. So you can put the kids in the kids club and lie by the main pool enjoying some peace and quiet.

SHANGRI-LA LE TOUESSROK

Situated on the white sands of Trou d’Eau Douce bay, Shangri-La Le Touessrok is set on the beautiful east coast of Mauritius. In fact, it offers luxurious seclusion with direct access to the beach and endless activities if you’re so inclined. With Japanese and Asian restaurants (including one on a nearby beach accessed by private boat), you won’t go hungry. Additionally, an 18-hole championship golf course and huge selection of water sports will keep the whole family entertained. From kayaking to water-skiing, a trendy beach club and sumptuous treatments at CHI spa, this is one of the best hotels on the island.