Destinations / Indian Ocean / Mauritius
It's no surprise that this Indian Ocean island boasts some of the most amazing beaches in the world, and due to its tropical climate, you can holiday in Mauritius all year round. From popular Grand Baie on the sheltered north coast to the secluded horse-shoe shaped La Cuvette or windswept Gris Gris in the south - there's a beach for sailing, snorkelling, swimming, dolphin spotting, deep sea fishing and many other aquatic pursuits.
There's no better way to discover Mauritius than through its rich cuisine - with Indian, African, Creole and Chinese influences, the island diet is a heady mix of exotic flavours. Try fresh seafood and spicy curried dishes, authentic street food like dholl puris (flatbread filled with bean curry and chutney), steamed dumplings (boulet), noodles fried in soy sauce, garnished with spring onions and chilli (mine frites), sweet Victoria pineapples and black vanilla tea.
A Mauritius holiday would not be the same without sampling the sweet rum punch. Visit Rhumerie de Chamarel in the south to see where the island's award winning oak-aged spirit is made. On your way, you'll discover vast expanses of sugar cane fields, tea plantations and waterfalls. The warm, welcoming people, spectacular natural beauty, delicious food and vibrant local markets make a trip to Mauritius an unforgettable experience.