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Accommodation in Mauritius
The grandeur and rich heritage of the island nation Mauritius, is reflected in its town and hotel architecture. From Grand Baie in the north to Bel Ombre in the south, you can find all sorts of accommodation in Mauritius. The capital city Port Louis, located almost in the centre, offers hotels and apartments in Mauritius on the beach as well as in the city centre. Grand Baie on the north has endless all-inclusive hotels of all budgets, ideal for families and group of friends while the Coastal Road on the eastern part of the island will stun you with its magnificent setting, excellent hospitality in the luxury of nature.
The island nation of Mauritius is located off the east coast of Madagascar, surrounded by Indian Ocean on all sides. Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate with warm sea waters. Beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a cosmopolitan and cultural population, is what Mauritius is all about. The vast stretches of endless white sand beaches offer an ideal setting for relaxation and as well as water sports. The island is also home to third largest coral reefs in the world that protect the Blue lagoons that surround the beaches. Nature lovers are going to love the island’s biodiversity will enchant you with its idyllic beauty and one of the oldest biodiversity hotspots of the world.
Where to Stay on your Mauritius Holiday
You can find that most of the 4 and 5 star international hotels in Mauritius are located on the beaches, whether east coast or west coast. The best of them include Four Seasons, Shangri La, Radisson Blu, Constance Belle Mare, St. Regis, Le Meridian, Hilton hotels, etc. If you are looking for cheap hotels in Mauritius then Mahebourg, Poste La Fayette, Grand Baie, Moka, Black River area and Souillac have endless apartments and hotels in Mauritius. The apartments here are contemporary and light filled and come with fully equipped kitchen and a pool, and ideal for those who don’t wish to eat outside. The accommodations in Mauritius is thus varied and suitable whether you are visiting with your partner or on a solo trip.
Things to See and Do in Mauritius
Mauritius holidays are full of fun and activities. The best way to explore most of the places here is to take a day-tour of the island. In the north and north west part of the island you can start your Mauritius holiday at Grand Baie, which is the most popular and bustling resort of the island. There are a lot in terms of historical places that include museums, restored Victorian mansion Château de Labourdonnais, etc. Diverse rainforests, nature parks like Black River Gorges National Park, La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, Rochester Falls, Heritage Nature Reserve, the Curious Corner of Chamarel gallery, the mind blowing geological formation of Seven Coloured Earths, Blue Bay Marine park, etc. submarine safari, thrilling water sports like diving, surfing, fly boarding, etc. are awaiting you on your Mauritius holiday. Those with families can also spend a day at the Casela World of Adventures theme park.
Nightlife in Mauritius
The nightlife in Mauritius is centred around Grand Baie and Port Louis. Grand Baie has many cosmopolitan nightclubs that are famous for the most happening and late night parties. Banana Beach club, Buddah Club, OMG club, Secrets Nightclub, Le Bambou, Bowling lounge and club, etc. Some of these clubs are open till 5 am on weekends. Port Louis’ Keg and Marlin, the Mauritius Turf club and Apache Spur are also quiet popular among party patrons. Quatre Bornes also has many more options like Lords Disco Club, Queen’s club, Palladium, Shotz, Xindix nightclub and Blue Velvet Club. In Tamarin, the Roots Spirit Restaurant Bar and Big Wily’s is the place to be. Some luxurious hotels in Mauritius like the Grand Oberoi in Pointe aux Biches also has nightclubs open till late.
Food options in Mauritius
Mauritian cuisine is a marriage of multiple cuisines like Creole, French, Chinese and Indian, although it maintains the individuality of some dishes. Some traditional must try dishes on your Mauritius holiday are Roti, Samosa, Gateau Piment, Bulette, Mine Frite, Bringele Frire. Those with a sweet tooth can also try island deserts like Massepain, T arta Banane, Ladou, Undé, Gateau Patates, etc. Grand Baie has many family friendly beach restaurants like La Rougaille, Gourmet grills, Happy Rajah, Grill and Chill, Kiosque Magique, etc. On the east coast there are delectable dining options in Coastal road, Trou d’Eau Douce and Poste Lafayette. Some top among them are Chez Tino Restaurant, Seabell restaurant, Gree Island Beach restaurant, La Chaumière Masala Restaurant, Blue Bamboo restaurant. Local rum is a must try on your Mauritius holiday as the island has been producing its varieties since 19th century.
Shopping in Mauritius
Mauritius is a mecca for shopping. If you are looking for designer and branded stores for clothing, leather, accessories, bags, Craft and art items, books, souvenirs, etc. on your Mauritius holiday then you may visit any of the malls get everything you want. The biggest mall Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius is located in Moka, which as many more shopping havens. Grand Baie, Port Louis and Vacoas-Phoenix, has most of the shopping hubs of Mauritius. Grand Baie is thriving with many world class malls like Grand Baie La Croisette Shopping Mall, Sunset Boulevard, while Port Louis on the eastern shore has Caudan Waterfront with shops casinos, cinemas, restaurants and Riche Terre Mall. If you want to do cheap shopping on your Mauritius holiday, then open air markets Grand Baie Bazar and Port Louis Central Market are best choices. Cascavelle Shopping Mall in Flic en Flac and Village Walk Shopping Centre in Black River are also packed with all kinds of stores.
Trivia facts about Mauritius
The Dodo bird which was once found in abundance here and was primary source of meat for sailors is now an extinct species. Le Morne Cultural Landscape and Aapravasi Ghat are the two World heritage sites of Mauritius. It is also home to the 3rd largest coral reef in the world and a terrifying underwater waterfall. Only here you can find the well-known tourist attraction at Chamarel with seven colour earths. This island nation with picturesque unspoiled natural heaven has tropical maritime climate so you don’t have to look at the weather before booking your Mauritius holiday.
Fast Facts about Mauritius
Capital: Port Louis
Currency: Mauritian Ruppee
Language: English and French
Nearest Airport: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport and Sir Gaëtan Duval Airport
Flight time from Dublin to Mauritius: 14 hours approx.
Transfer time from airport to Mauritius: 20 minutes
Time difference between Dublin and Mauritius: Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of Dublin.
Destinations in Mauritius
13 September 2013
Beautiful island at a couple of places
At some places this island is a beauty, at others rather crowded and not so nice.
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