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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 CA $387
Reviewed on Sep. 12, 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

    Fantastic hotel. We went here for our delayed honeymoon and absolutely loved it. The beach was clean and beautiful. There were plenty of complimentary water activities including snorkelling and water skiing that you can try. The food was better in the standalone restaurants than the buffet but the ...

    LUX* Grand Gaube CA $318
    Reviewed on Nov. 7, 2019
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    LUX* Grand Gaube

    LUX* Grand Gaube

    Pointe Rejane, Grand Gaube
       
      4.6 of 5
      5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      I loved every minute of my stay.... and the views where out of these world

      LUX* Le Morne CA $516
      Reviewed on Sep. 23, 2019
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      LUX* Le Morne

      LUX* Le Morne

      Coastal Road, Le Morne
         
        4.7 of 5
        5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

        Very quiet around swimming pools. No music which is strange. Even if quiet this would be better. Also very expensive buffet for what it is. Not worth it. And not worth the all inclusive option. Limited options for evening entertainment. Drinks extremely overpriced.

        Constance Belle Mare Plage CA $513
        Reviewed on Nov. 10, 2019
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        Constance Belle Mare Plage

        Constance Belle Mare Plage

        Poste de Flacq, Belle Mare
           
          4.7 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Excellet resort to stay in Mauritius east coast. Excellent resort facilities, pools and many water activites(you need to know swimming for all activities except glass bottom boat trip). Beautiful private beach. Welcoming friendly staff. Restaurants are expensive. No undersea walk activity inside ...

          Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa CA $672
          Reviewed on Oct. 18, 2019
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          Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

          Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

          Trou D'Eau Douce, Trou d'Eau Douce
             
            4.7 of 5
            5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            A wonderful surprise! Mauritius is already a paradise island, but Le Touessrok Resort brings Heaven on Earth. Upon arrival, we were greeted with five-star treatment, and the images belie the fact that the location is pure and serene. The dining options are numerous and cover a wide range of culinary ...

            SALT of Palmar CA $218
            Reviewed on Sep. 13, 2019
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            SALT of Palmar

            SALT of Palmar

            Coastal Road, Palmar
               
              4.9 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              I absolutely loved this hotel. It was stunning, the decor was funky and different. I liked the vibe. Right next to the beach. They offer fun activities to do for free! The staff were so helpful and friendly. The only thing that I didn’t like was the fact that the room had no fridge - I get that they ...

              Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa CA $428
              Reviewed on Oct. 20, 2019
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              Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa

              Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa

              Wolmar, Flic-en-Flac
                 
                4.2 of 5
                5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                Service was phenomenal. Beautiful facility. Room was absolutely beautiful. Food was good. Not many American Dishes available.

                Long Beach A Sun Resort CA $380
                Reviewed on Oct. 21, 2019
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                Long Beach A Sun Resort

                Long Beach A Sun Resort

                Coastal Road, Belle Mare
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Liked the spaciousness, The staff are absolutely marvellous. Disliked the shortage of electrical outlets in the room.

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