Mauritian Paradise

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Date: September 4, 2019
Category Destinations


Discovering Mauritius 

There are only a few islands around the world are blessed with as many dazzling white beaches as Mauritius.
Offering crystalline warm waters of the Indian Ocean surrounded by coral and clear blue skies, this is a winning recipe for a matchless holiday.

Mauritius is a melting pot of seductive passion, vibrant colours, perfumed Creole cuisine and its mesmerizing Sega dance.
And the good news is that Mauritius is less than four hours away and affordable on most budgets.

Browse through the markets of Port Louis filled with fascinating crafts, exotic spices and quality leather goods.
Take a tour to a rum distillery or tea plantation, then marvel at one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere at Pamplemousses.
Enjoy a relaxing day cruise around the island on a catamaran with stops for snorkelling and a barbecue lunch, go kite-surfing at Le Morne or enjoy some diving amongst the colourful coral reefs. Mauritius has something for everyone to enjoy!
 
For the ultimate holiday, we suggest some hidden gems to see and explore: 

Chamarel Waterfalls 
These majestic waterfalls are beautifully located overlooking the exquisite forests of the Black River National Park and enveloped by the lush vegetation of the Black River Gorges in the south-west of the island. They boast a height of nearly 100 metres offering a truly spectacular site.


Seven Coloured Earths
Another must-see site is the Seven Coloured Earths. Here visitors can view the large grooved dunes, bursting with what appears to be a rainbow of colours – a mysterious illusion formed from the minerals found in the clay.


Grand Bassin
Also known as Ganga Talao is a central Hindu pilgrimage site, home to a holy lake formed within a crater. The area is dotted with numerous Hindu temples, shrines, and statues, which offer the most enticing adventures into the history and culture of the island.


Château de Labourdonnais
Situated in the north of the island, visitors can explore the exquisitely restored estate - Château de Labourdonnais. This estate is stunningly enclosed by sugar cane fields and lush gardens bursting with fruit trees and a vanilla plantation. Visitors can immerse themselves in the history of the location and venture into the restored mansion showcasing the historical lifestyle. Guests may also delight in the local rum at the distillery as well as sample some of the cuisine - a real feast for the taste buds.


Le Pouce – The Thumb
You are invited to ascend one of the largest peaks on the island on a half-day hike to absorb the breathtaking views of the entire island from its summit. You will discover unique flora and fauna as you climb in the crisp fresh air of this rare indigenous area. A truly spectacular experience – giving you a taste of what the island has to offer…



How to get there?
Thompsons recommends travel to the island on Air Mauritius who is voted as the best airline in the Indian Ocean.
Travel in comfort and delight in the on-board facilities, gourmet dining, movies, music, video games, duty-free sales, and personalised cabin care.