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Mauritius

Trek up extinct volcanos, seek out hidden beaches and marvel at dramatic vistas of mountain peaks in this honeymoon hotspot.

Mauritius, an island nation off the coast of southeast Africa, was created by ancient volcanic activity. Explore busy markets and partake in cultural activities in its central towns or head for the coast to relax on sandy beaches and discover abundant coral reefs.

Due to its prime location in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has a long history of trade and colonialism, having been ruled by the Dutch, French and British. This history explains the diverse ethnic and religious makeup of the island. About 80 percent of the population speak Creole, but listen carefully and you may hear other languages such as Bhojpuri and French being spoken too.

Head to the central plateau to explore towns including Rose Hill and Curepipe. Visit Grand Bassin, also known as Ganga Talao, a sparkling natural lake formed from an extinct volcano. Smell the flowers at the Curepipe Botanical Garden, home to indigenous island plants. For an adventure, consider climbing Le Pouce, a 2,660-foot (810-meter) tall mountain in the Moka Mountain Range. The views from the top extend across much of the island.

In the north of Mauritius, Grand Bay is a premier tourist destination with two beautiful beaches. Explore La Cuvette, a white-sand hideaway where you can find “tec-tec,” small white shells often used in local cooking.

Scuba divers and snorkelers will enjoy the marine habitats at the Blue Bay Marine Park in the southeast. If you would rather not get wet, hop aboard a glass-bottom boat to view barracudas, trumpet fish and parrotfish.

Most visitors arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport and either take a taxi or rent a car from there. The roads around Mauritius can be narrow, but are generally in good condition. Consider helicopter transportation for a unique way to see the island or rent a bike for shorter journeys through the towns. No vaccinations are required to travel to Mauritius, but check with your doctor before traveling to make sure your basic ones are up-to-date. 

Before leaving, stop by Central Market in Port Louis to purchase souvenirs to take home with you.


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LUX* Belle Mare ¥33,729
Reviewed on Dec 25, 2019
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LUX* Belle Mare

LUX* Belle Mare

Coastal Road, 742CU001, Belle Mare
     
    4.8 of 5
    5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    It is a very well laid out and wonderful property. Rooms are spacious, modern and charming. People are very friendly and lots of restaurants to choose from. Overall had a great time and will return again if there is an opportunity.

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    LUX* Grand Gaube

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      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      We loved our experience at Lux Grand Gaube. Everything was great and our staff made our honeymoon even more soeckal.

      Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa ¥49,765
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        4.7 of 5
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        The hotel was amazing. We enjoyed our stay there. We particularly enjoyed îlot mangenie which was really relaxing and had a really nice beach

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          4.5 of 5
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          Perfect location great service very friendly staff

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            4.7 of 5
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            Constance Belle Mare has always been renowned on the island for excellent. Property and views are great. On the negative side, most of the reception staff are not warm and not welcoming. I had a number of issues (a) they were unable to locate the second room i booked and kept asking me to double ...

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            LUX* Le Morne

            LUX* Le Morne

            Coastal Road, Le Morne
               
              4.7 of 5
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              Picturesque rural location. Good food. Excellent staff

              Sands Suites Resort & Spa ¥38,592
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                4.6 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Perfect hotel to celebrate honeymoon. Service staff is very accommodating. The resort is very nice and extremly clean with three times roomservice a day. The every day changing buffet in the evening is excellent. I would highly recommend this hotel for a relaxing vacation.

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                  4.4 of 5
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                  Very nice beach. Clean and spacious room. Good pool facilities for kids.

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