There is so much more to Mauritius than meets the eye – beyond its appellation as the ‘Pearl of the Indian Ocean’, discover paradisaical beaches, authentic Mauritian cuisine, some of the world’s oldest flora and laidback adventures.
There are two main types of beach lovers: The ones that love to lie on the beach and wade in and out of the water to cool off, and the others that take the opportunity to become one with the water, and test their skills through sports like scuba and surfing. Whether you’re a newbie looking to surf-train or an experienced surfer looking for epic swells, Tamarin Bay just below Flic en Flac on the western coast is a legendary surf beach. There are areas in the bay that are perfect for beginners as well. You can also engage in the many water sports that are available at the spot - choose from activities like jet-skiing, parasailing / paragliding, paddle boating, banana boating, and much more!
As the capital city and main port of Mauritius, Port Louis is peppered with many historic and colonial buildings with distinct architectural elements. Visit Fort Adelaide (also known as La Citadelle) and enjoy the panoramic views of the port and its harbour. Soak up the contrast between the old and new Mauritius with a tour of the Natural History Museum, one of the oldest museums in Mauritius, which displays a vast collection of natural science exhibits and the museum’s galleries showcase the past 500 years of natural history of the country. Make sure to check out the Blue Penny Museum to see one of the world’s rarest stamps.
Located in the proximity of Port-Louis, the magnificent botanical garden of Pamplemousses (officially Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Garden) is the third oldest in the world and one of the most popular Mauritian attractions. Created in the year 1770, the botanical garden is home to more than 650 varieties of exotic plants, with the highlight for many a visit to the giant water lilies, otherwise called the pond of giant Amazon lilies, a large spice garden, and the famous Talipot Palm that can reach heights of up to 25 meters. Did you know that these palm trees flower only once every 60 years and then perish afterwards?
Exhausted after a long day of touring the city? Make your winter holiday even more relaxing and cosier by treating yourself with a luxurious spa day at SO Spa. You can indulge in a range of blissful spa treatments to wave goodbye to all your stress and aches. Choose from a wide range of spa treatments, including Mauritian massage, traditional Chinese treatment, state-of-the-art beauty treatment or acupuncture with golden needles. Enjoy an uplifting downtime, enhance your mood, treat your skin with love, and – most important of all – spend some quality time with your loved ones within the stunning surroundings of SO Sofitel Mauritius.
Behind every memorable holiday is a memorable meal, and while Mauritian food is one of Africa’s lesser known cuisines, it is one of the hardest to leave behind at the end of a holiday. Upon sampling the fresh regional ingredients and palate-pleasing signature dishes you will certainly get a greater understanding of the country’s cuisine, which is Influenced by the French, Indian, Creole, British and Chinese heritage of the islanders. From croissants and the hearty Creole stew of rougaille, to a range of condiments and curries on the menu in most of the restaurants, a culinary journey through Mauritius reveals the country’s gastronomic wealth.