By turns Portuguese, Dutch, French and British, Mauritius enjoys a unique melting pot that gives it a rich cultural identity. At once magical and wild, heavenly and bewitching, you will discover the island in all its splendour, exquisite variations on water, sand and light. For a total change of scenery, we suggest to try our favourite addresses.
A stroll through Port-Louis Central Market
Visit the Port-Louis covered market early in the morning to avoid rush hours. Do not hesitate and lose yourself in what locals name the bazaar to discover unique colours and atmospheres. You will find spices, vanilla, Chinese noodles, cassava, pineapple... Food symbols that demonstrate the cultural variety at work on the island.
Stop for a while, aside from all this excitement, and enjoy a delicious dholl puri, chickpea tortilla that goes well with alouda, the local refreshing drink.
Port-Louis Central Market
Deer Island, enchantment of the Indian Ocean
Discover the Deer Island, an uninhabited islet that shines brightly. The sun rays reflect on the white sandy beaches and come together as one with the subtle shades of blue of clear water. One of Mauritius' most popular destinations, it is with the utmost curiosity that you will make your way through the lagoon and the luxurious vegetation.
The island also offers two daytime restaurants: the Masala and its Indian specialities, and Paul et Virginie, serving delicious seafood. All the elements are in place for you to truly enjoy this exceptional moment in an idyllic setting.
Lakaz Chamarel, luxury eco-lodge
Nested at the heart of the Black River Gorges, Lakaz Chamarel found its spot amidst lush vegetation and unobstructed view onto the horizon. You will live a unique and exclusive experience in one of the 20 rooms and suites, offering an outdoor tropical shower to share a moment of intimacy with the stars. The hotel marries authenticity and natural touches, making a name for itself in the field of eco-tourism on the island. Everything to be in tune with Mother Nature!
Piton Canot, Chamarel
+230 483 4240
Rooms: from 5,634 MUR
Dinarobin Beachcomber Hotel Golf & Spa: zen, nothing but zen
Located on one of the most beautiful beaches of the island, at the foot of the impressive Morne Mountain, Dinarobin Beachcomber spreads over a lush 20-hectare garden, facing the Indian Ocean. Loll about at any time of day in one of the two massage rooms directly equipped on the beach. During the night, opt for the mystical atmosphere of the Spa and its ayurvedic space. You will never want to leave...
Dinarobin Beachcomber Hotel Golf & Spa
Case Noyale, Le Morne Peninsula
+230 401 4900
Rooms: from 5,249 MUR
Domaine de Labourdonnais, a must-go-to
Immerse yourself in this impressive 150-year old colonial mansion and feel its 19th century art de vivre. Built over two floors, the Domaine de Labourdonnais is an institution in Mauritius. On the chef's menu, a delicious honey-orange duck breast with fried polenta and braised red cabbage, or the catch of the day deglazed in soy sauce and maple syrup, served with a wok of udon noodles and fried vegetables grown exclusively on the domain. A culinary experience you're not going to forget any time soon!
Domaine de Labourdonnais
Beau Plateau Road
+230 266 9533
Menu: around 1,800 MUR
Pescatore, mandatory stopover
On Trou aux Biches beach in the north, Pescatore restaurant has become a milestone in the Mauritian region. From the beach, you can make out a colonial style terrace, promise of an ocean-coloured lunch. Nicely settled in your chair, you'll give in to the various pleasures offered by the menu: freshly grilled calamari with quinoa risotto and parmesan, fresh water prawns with peanuts and chilli oil, crab and tomato gazpacho, or even lobster from the reef in ginger and lemongrass sauce. For dessert, go for a roast Victoria pineapple with lassi ice cream.
Trou aux Biches
+230 265 6973
Menu: around 2,200 MUR