Feeling Paradise

Delicious Mauritius


Along with the Seychelles, Comoros and Reunion, Mauritius is one of those tropical getaways that sit just beyond the beach dreams of our imagination. Located in the Indian Ocean off the East Coast of Madagascar, the French/Creole speaking island-nation has over 100 resorts, white sand beaches, impossibly turquoise water, and a range of unusual activities on offer. Segway with zebras, visit the seven-coloured soils of Chamarel, stand beneath the 108ft-high statue of Shiva in Grand Bassin, or eat fresh-caught urchin on a boat cruise.

Length of Trip : At least a week to explore the island

Cost :
Resorts, restaurants and accommodation range from budget to luxury high-end.

Best time to go : With its exceptional climate, there’s never a bad time to visit Mauritius, although the winter months can be more pleasant.

Wheelchair friendly : Yes

Family friendly : Yes

Where to eat :
The local cuisine is a combination of Indian, Arabian and Chinese cooking. Most resorts will have on-site restaurants.

Official Site :
Visit Mauritius
Explore the island natural wonders on a multi-activity adventure with World Expeditions

Where to Stay :
The Heritage Le Telfair Resort oozes class and old world service. Every night, I dug my toes in the sand watching a picture perfect sunset, as one is prone to do on island escapes.   A short golf cart ride away is the Villas Valriche, which offers vacation rentals overlooking a stunning 27-hole golf course.

Getting There :
Air Mauritius has direct flights from London's Heathrow, while British Airways offers a direct flight from Gatwick Airport.  There are also direct flights available from South Africa, Zimbabwe and Kenya.

Note from Robin :
My Top 10 Experiences to Try in Mauritius:
Explore and shop for curios on the waterfront of Port Louis
Photograph the waterfall and seven-coloured soils of Chamarel
Segway with zebras and play with baby lions at Casela Nature and Leisure Park
Visit the lotus pond in the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
Play a round of golf at the gorgeous Hotel Le Telfair
Stand beneath the 108ft-high statue of Shiva in Grand Bassin
Feed a giant, ancient tortoise at the La Vanille Crocodile Park
Go for a hike in the Black River Gorges National Park
Learn about the dodo, the now-extinct bird that was native to Mauritius
Taste the local cuisine, a combination of Indian, Arabian and Chinese cooking