The Ultimate Guide to Mauritius

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Arlette Diederiks

  • Mauritius

  • Beaches

  • Honeymoons

  • International Travel

  • Luxury Travel

  • Nature Escapes

  • Wellness Travel

  • Island-Life

  • Bucket-List

  • Diving

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Curator’s statement

Mauritius is mostly known as a honeymoon destination. But this island in the Indian Ocean has so much more to offer. From exotic waterfalls to first-class diving, you can easily get your adventure going. Not much of an active person? No worries. There are plenty of luxury resorts where you can enjoy the beach and relax at the spa.

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Where to stay in Mauritius

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Things to do in Mauritius

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  • Hike Le Morne Brabant for amazing views. The views from the top of the mountain are breathtaking. Caution: this hike is not easy and should not be done without a guide.

  • Visit Ganga Talao and the Hanuman Temple.

  • Enjoy the most pristine beaches in the north. White sandy beaches and for those who are into diving, this area has some amazing spots.

  • Ile aux Cerfs. If you are staying at the FS you have access to the golf course and the private beach which is just like a dream.

  • Visit Black River Gorges National Park. Beautiful nature with waterfalls, rivers and panoramic views.

  • Seven colored Earth of Chamarel and falls. Amazing and unique geological formation of soil created by basaltic lava.

  • Port Louis and the Botanical Garden. Check out the historic buildings and the island’s oldest market. Just outside of the town, you will find the botanical garden (Pamplemousses Gardens) with a wide variety of tropical plants - many of which are indigenous.

Places to eat & drink in Mauritius

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  • Le Capitaine, Grand Baie: Delicious seafood and stunning views.

  • Hasu, Belle Mare: Authentic Japanese cuisine served in an adults-only restaurant.

  • Le Pescatore, Trou aux Biches: Fine Mauritian dining with views over the Indian Ocean. Also known for its exclusive wine collection.

  • Le Barachois, Pointe de Flacq: Unique floating seafood restaurant overlooking the lagoon.

  • Safran, Trou d´eau Douce: Overlooking Hibiscus Bay, Safran serves refined Indian cuisine.

  • Bodrum Blue, Grand Gaube: Situated in the LUX* Grand Daube resort, this Turkish restaurant serves delicious mezze and kebabs and has beautiful sea views.

  • Le Château de Bel Ombre, Bel Ombre: Go on a journey back in time at this 19th-century mansion. If you come for lunch, you can choose to have a picnic in its wonderful gardens.

  • Escale Creole, Moka: Nested in a beautiful tropical garden under a large Creole veranda, Escale Creole offers the best Mauritian cuisine.

  • Citronella´s Beach Lounge Restaurant, Flic an Flac: Beach restaurant with a bar, pizza station, comfortable lounges and a fire pit. Citronella serves a wide variety of food, such as Spanish tapas, antipasti, pizzas and fresh pastas.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out my surfing and diving guides: Luxury Surfing Destinations Around the World and Best Diving Destinations Around the World by Month.

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