Nothing sounds better right now than relaxing on the beach enjoying warm weather. Am I right?! And yes, the Caribbean is always a great place for a vacay, but if you’re looking for the ultimate international vacation spot… we’ve got one for you! Pack your bags because you’re about to thaw out on Mauritius, located 2,000 miles off the east coast of Africa (in the Indian Ocean). Made up of Creole, Chinese, French, Indian, African and British influences, Mauritius ticks all the boxes for the offbeat traveler. Prepare to experience this island oasis!
Mauritian cuisine is a definite highlight. It’s a blend of colonial and local influences. Spicy octopus curry is among the many authentic island dishes, but you can ‘t leave here without trying rougaille – a thick, mildly spicy tomato sauce cooked with onion, garlic, thyme and coconut chutney. We suggest trying it at the highly-recommended Maison Euréka – a colonial house converted into a museum devoted to Creole culture. And it’s also a great place to sample traditional Creole dishes. Staying at the Constance Le Prince Maurice? Try Le Barachois, where the restaurant owners describe it as the true Mauritian eating experience. You be the judge!
Beyond the Beaches
Head southwest to the natural wonders of the Seven Colored Earths at Chamarel, where you’ll also find the island’s prettiest waterfall. Don’t miss one of the world’s oldest racetracks, the Champ de Mars at Port Louis, dating back to 1812. Or wander around Pamplemousses, the oldest botanical garden in the southern hemisphere, and with its magnificent giant water lilies, it’s said to be one of the best in the world.
Our travel experts recommend a two-hour hike to the top of Le Pouce for incredible views. You can also go canyoning in the island’s waterfalls, zip-lining across forest canopies or kite-surfing on Le Morne.
After a day of adrenaline-pumping adventure, you have several resort options in which to rest and relax. Although it’s not a couples-only resort, honeymooners will love everything from the waterfall at the entrance to the villas with private pools at the Oberoi Mauritius (Turtle Bay Marine Park, Balaclava). Head to the adults-only, luxe Hotel Riu Le Morne if you’re looking for a “no-kids” zone on the island. And ShangriLa’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa’s four beaches and two private islands will clear all doubts about why a trip to this island paradise is necessary.
Vacation Expert Tip: Mauritius is home to a unique aquatic optical illusion: the underwater waterfall. Treat yourself to a helicopter ride for the best aerial views.
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