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Chamarel, Mauritius
Nowhere in the world can one find sand of the sort that appears as if by magic, seeping out of the earth and turning the topography into rainbow waves, like at Chamarel in Mauritius. It's reported to be truly one-of-a-kind in the most explicit...
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Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Walking in feels like, pardon the obvious cliché, walking back in time. Elegant women in colorful saris stroll arm in arm down long, shaded boulevards. Men in linen suits actually relax by leaning against ancient palm trees. Benches are claimed by...
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Chamarel, Mauritius
A waterfall, the seven colored earth, a fantastic viewpoint of valleys, peaks and islets, a restored Ebony Forest Nature Park, miles of pine-apples, sugar, banana trees, tea and hardly mentioned - coffee. The funny thing is that no-one in...
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Coastal Road, Quatre Cocos 742CU001, Mauritius
We don't write hotel reviews very often, but every once in a while we stumble upon an exceptional gem and feel compelled to share it. Lux* Belle Mare is one of those hotels. This five star resort is located on a gorgeous beach on the eastern coast...
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Avenue Dolphins 6, Pointe aux Sables 11102, Mauritius
There's something different about Mauritian rum. It's not made from molasses, like so many of the Caribbean varieties. Instead, it's distilled from pure sugarcane juice. It has a singular taste, specific to the island. And it's a taste you don't...
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Chamarel, Mauritius
Many will tell you not to bother going to Chamarel's "seven-colored earth"—that it's not worth the hype. But they probably haven't bothered to check out this geological anomaly when day breaks. Prepare to be astounded when first light hits the...
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Cap Malheureux, Mauritius
Notre Dama Aurilliatrice Chapel marks a historic spot: This most northerly point of Mauritius is where the British first landed before laying claim to the island in 1810. Many come to the affectionately nicknamed "Red Roof Chapel" to check out the...
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Pamplemousses, Mauritius
They say Victoria amazonica, or giant water lilies, are robust enough to hold up a small child without sinking into the water. But while the specimens at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanical Park are more than large enough to tempt you to test that...
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The 10-minute climb up to Fort Adelaide, a former British stronghold topping the crown of Port Louis, can get a bit steep and will raise your heart rate. Once you get there, catch your breath while appreciating the history of this military...
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Gunner's Quoin, Mauritius
Mauritius is surrounded by dozens of tiny islets—and there's no better way to explore them than by sailboat. Experienced sailors can rent their own boat near Trou-aux-Biches (and novices can jump on the nearest catamaran booze cruise) and...
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Rue du Bazaar, Mahebourg, Mauritius
You wandered the stalls at Port Louis Grand Bazaar and found yourself a little disappointed by the touristy vibe. For a more traditional Mauritian marketing experience, head to the weekly Mahebourg Market on Mondays. Spices, textiles, crafts and...
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B18 Pamplemousses MU 21001, B18, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
Some might say that rum is Mauritius' lifeblood. But where does rum come from? Sugar. And sugar manufacturing is a huge part of Mauritian history and culture. Despite the somewhat cheesy name, L'Aventure du Sucre offers a lot more than just a...
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Tamarind Falls Reservoir, Mauritius
Tamarind Falls are a breathtaking series of waterfalls set among pristine, lush rain forest. It's quite a hike up the gorge to get there, but you're rewarded by sparkling cascades of water, clear pools, and a wealth of bird life. Named for the...
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Angle Route Royale & Rue Corderie Corderie St, Port Louis, Mauritius
There's something in a name. Here the "first" is fairly literal—it denotes the fact that this particular restaurant was one of the first opened by Chinese immigrants in Port Louis. With some of the flashier restaurants in Chinatown, it might be...
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Moka, Mauritius
After seeing the Mauritian women glide through the streets of Port Louis in their bright, dancing saris, you've decided it's high time you had your own. Jetha Tulsidas, with shops both in Port Louis and the high-end Bagatelle Shopping Center, has...
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Walk into Le Chateau de Bel Ombre and you know the use of the word "chateau" isn't just for kicks. The restaurant is housed in a historic mansion, the heart of which was once a thriving sugar plantation. But while you might find yourself charmed...
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Bourbon St, Port Louis, Mauritius
Your kids have already gone out of their comfort zone a little with Mauritian cuisine. They've tried new curries, dim sum, and other items from street vendors. But when you tell them it's time to try a true Mauritian delicacy, caca pigeon—or...
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Route Royale, Le Maha, Trou Deau Douc, Mahebourg, Grand Port e, B59, Trou d'Eau Douce, Mauritius
I must confess: I'm a little afraid of langouste. They remind me of alien spiders—and though I know the meat is tender and delicious, it takes a lot of work to remove it from the shell. But Chez Tino offers langouste—and, in fact, all local...
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This small beachside hut may not seem like a dining destination, but don’t be fooled by its humble appearance. Located just off the water, Cabane du Filao serves the freshest seafood caught the same day right in the Indian Ocean. Run by a couple...
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Riche Terre Road, Port Louis, Mauritius
The oasis-themed Riche Terre Mall just off the M2 highway features 50 stores and 25 dining spots. Shops range from factory outlets to designer brands. You’ll find such local outposts as Oneye—named for a popular surf destination in Mauritius—which...
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Mon Repos, A2, Pamplemousses, Mauritius
A quick drive from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, Chez Tante Athalie prepares memorable Creole cuisine in an idyllic setting. The restaurant only offers lunch, served Monday through Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. Whether you order...
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On Port Louis’s waterfront, Beer & Spice beckons with local brews and an idyllic outdoor terrace. Stop by for a pint of Phoenix—produced at the largest brewery in Mauritius—and a seafood snack like fish fritters or crispy calamari. The drinks list...
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When you’re ready to “treat yo’ self,” make a reservation at Le Courtyard Restaurant in Port Louis. This fine-dining spot serves French fare with a Mauritian twist. On the menu you’ll find fish grilled with tandoori spices, salmon and scallop...
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Mammamia Che Gelato serves the coolest treats in Mauritius. The shop offers a number of traditional gelato flavors that you can get in a cup or a waffle cone. There’s also a selection of ice cream bars and superb sundaes. If you’re not feeling...