Mauritius offers a wide variety of gems and good times, from the relaxing luxurious spas to the exciting child-friendly activities, there is fun to be had by the whole family. The eclectic food pairs wonderfully with cocktails inspired by the local tropical birds. Experience the calming effects of the award-winning beach: Trou-aux-Biches, or, if you are looking for a more active pastime, go for some golf at the award-winning Heritage Golf Club course. And, finally, don’t miss out on the local rum, which has delicious notes of coconut or pineapple. Mauritius has plenty of gems to experience, why not make it your next holiday destination?
Mauritian food is one of the prime examples of Creole cuisine blending three great world cuisines namely Chinese, French and Indian in one beautiful marriage of dishes filled to the brim with intense flavours and fragrant aromas! Think Chinese Chow mein with Mauritian style seafood and fresh fish full of taste and texture or a crisp snack of Samosa with split peas and spices. And what is more decadent than a French beef bourguignon for a celebratory dinner? Often you will find all three fares presented not just under one roof but at one table.
It’s important to note that some of the local specialties that amazingly blend these cuisines in only locally available dishes with fresh island ingredients are the true heroes you should discover on your trip through the bustling markets of Port Louis or the little eateries found in the villages.
If you want to treat yourself to something truly special, pay a visit to the Amari by Vineet –the resort’s new Indian restaurant where Michelin Star Chef Vineet Bhatia cooks up a storm of subtly Asian spiced dishes with the boldness of Indian favourites presented and plated with a wow factor that will leave a smile on your face and a taste explosion in your mouth.
Trou-aux-Biches beach is located in the Northern Coast of the island Mauritius in the district of Pamplemousses and is undoubtedly one of the most heavenly spots on the island. Discover a magical world of coral reefs in perfect water conditions and admire nature’s perfection.
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Walk off the delicious food indulgence that perfects any holiday with beach walks followed by a well-deserved sleep under the trees while the breeze sings a sweet song to you.
Trou-aux-Biches is undeniably the perfect beach for any type of traveller and has won a very well-deserved prize as one of the World’s Leading Beach Destination at the 2011 World Travel Awards.
Mauritius is well known for being the mother of all things pampering, with some of the world’s most exclusive spas being located on the island. The hotel spas offer the most advanced treatments, products and offerings that not even the rich and famous can resist!
The mother pearl is easily the award-winning Nira Spa at Shanti Maurice. It comprises of 24 cabins set amidst lush green tropical gardens and white sandy beaches, finished off by the sound of water fountains that immediately soothe your soul and set the mood for a truly rejuvenating spa stay.
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The Holistic Bio Experience, The Indian Experience, The Oriental Experience and The Fitness & Wellness Experience are the four represented deluxe spa stations which are like the pillars of relaxation, serenity and wellness.
Let us give you an amuse bouche by explaining their Indian Signature Experience. It all starts with a warming soothing massage followed by a stream of lukewarm herbal oil poured onto you in accordance to the chakras of your body. This cleansing ritual will let your body’s energy start flowing and make you feel strong, vital and completely stress-free.
Now did this not leave your body and mind craving for more?
Golf is a popular attraction in Mauritius and the island is the host to many amazing golf courses. One that stands out in particular is the award-winning Heritage Golf Club course. This championship golf course is embedded within majestic mountains on the one hand and the blue shimmering waters of the lagoon on the other and has earned itself the reputation of being one of the most scenic golf courses not just in Mauritius, but in the world.
It was designed by Peter Matkovich, award winning South African architect, famed for designing courses such as Pinnacle Point and Simbithi. The course comprises a par 72 championship course, a 9 hole par 3, as well as training and practice facilities.
It also boasts all the state of the art facilities you would expect from a top-class golf course, including a restaurant and bar popular amongst golfers and outside guests alike, an academy for adults and children, a pro shop, mobile catering on the course and luxury accommodation to perfect your stay.
Mauritius isn’t just for the hopeless romantics; it’s a great destination for families too! The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita sets the stage for that special time with your family. For the very petite ones, they offer qualified babysitting services so mommy and daddy can have a well-deserved break.
And for children ages 4 to 12, the Hobbit Village offers a fun filled, colourful adventure land ready to be explored. It comes with authentic furniture designed for the height of your own little hobbit as well as swimming and paddling pool, amphitheatre, plenty of toys and games and even a bakery. There is also a quiet as well as a play room depending on your little one’s mood and of course a sandpit in case the beach is not big enough!
On top of all of that, they have made sure that teenagers are also entertained and spoiled with choice – Karokan offers anything from table tennis to a home cinema complete with DJ booth and computer games that will make them never want to leave again.
What better way to end the day than to watch the sunset sipping on a delicious cocktail! At Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa, the cocktails are as colourful as the local tropical birds. They serve drinks like the Angel Kiss, inspired by the bird of paradise: peach and orange juice to represent the warm hues of the sunset, blue Curacao honouring the turquoise crystal clear waters finished off by grenadine – a pinkish red as fiery as the Mauritian spirit. A dash of local rum makes any Mauritian cocktail complete! It gives is a heady aroma perfectly balanced by the tropical flavours and velvety smoothness of the juice. Cheers to that!
In the South Western part of Mauritius, in the heart of a fertile valley, lies a pirate’s dream come true -the Rhumerie de Chamarel.
Submerge in the fascinating world of rum distilling and find out what makes the precious liquid so popular! An educational tour through the beautifully laid out distillery will be finished off by a tasting of the precious rum made out of the highest quality sugar cane growing nearby. Purchase a bottle of their delicious rum varieties (think delicious notes of coconut or pineapple) in the local boutique or stop for a bite to eat in the tastefully decorated L’Alchimiste Restaurant.
Nightlife in Mauritius
If you are looking to escape your resort for a bit and want to mix with the locals, head over to the Banana Beach Club which has been a Mauritian institution for 21 years. The bar surrounds a towering flamboyant tree that sure could tell some stories if it could speak.
There is certainly no better place to try a freshly prepared fruit cocktail or a local Phoenix or Blue Marlin beer while enjoying their live music! It offers something for everyone – and it certainly offers the perfect venue for a great night out.