If you happen to find yourself in the paradise island of Mauritius with nothing to do, look no further than our guide to making the most out of this idyllic island!
We suggest getting up early and exploring the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens (open daily 8.30am-5.30pm). This top attraction boasts amazing scenery, a lovely place for an early morning stroll or a tour provided by one of the guides for a small fee. Palm trees line the pathways and look out for top features such as the giant amazon water lilies.
Next up, and lets face it any longer and we would just be stalling, you’ve got to hit the beach. There are so many beach options and frankly we could fill a guide book full of them. The beach you choose will largely depend on the location of your hotel and your appetite for adventure but Grand Baie is a good all-rounder. Located in the north it is a very popular tourist destination due to the premier resorts and array of shops and restaurants surrounding the area. Although clearly built up to cater to tourists tastes and needs it is impossible to deny the beauty of the beaches, each view is as breath-taking as the next and you can understand why it is called paradise. Take advantage of the water sports available or just sit back, read a book and sip a mojito – we know which one we’d prefer!
After you are well and truly bronzed to the max make sure to take a trip to the capital Port Louis and indulge in some retail therapy. Wind through the colourful Central market of Port Louis and experience the local delicacies, make sure to pick up some flavoured Mauritian tea and famous cane sugar whilst you’re there. If you fancy a bit more of a modern vibe take a short walk to the Caudan Waterfront which includes two hotels, a 24-hour casino, designer boutiques and restaurants. Make sure you check out the pharmacy inside the shopping centre if you love French products such as Bioderma, Avene and Vichy, it is a beauty lovers dream!
The hotel we stayed in was one of the hotels located in the Caudan Waterfront, Le Suffren is a modern and convenient business hotel. On Friday nights they are famous for their happy hour where young locals gather to drink, chat and dance the night away. Take a seat outside with a cold beverage and appreciate the beautiful mountain views on one side and the river in front of you, we couldn’t think of a better way to spend a warm evening.
Mauritius is a very popular honeymoon spot, and we can see why. It contains all the essentials for a romantic and relaxing trip. If you are single however, don’t despair, grab a few of your best mates and some factor 50 lotion and hit the beach for a fun and flirty week away!
We were very impressed with the island as a whole, the people were always incredibly friendly and helpful and their English is great so no awkward conversations, unless you wish to try out your GCSE French on some unknowing locals!
If you’re lucky enough to take a trip there let us know how you get on @tweetjanes