Floating in the Indian Ocean off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius is a luxury vacation destination with outstanding natural attractions. As one of the most culturally diverse island nations in the world, numerous languages are spoken, countless festivals are observed each year, and the cuisine is a delight for epicurious explorers. These are the most unique experiences waiting for you in Mauritius across nature, food, and culture.
Perhaps the greatest optical illusion on earth, the Underwater Waterfall of Mauritius is the quintessential icon of the country. Situated off the Le Morne Peninsula, this natural phenomenon is caused by underwater currents and the movement of sand and silt sediments. Despite its appearance, it’s perfectly safe to swim, sail, and surf over the surface of the waterfall. However, the best way to experience it is from the sky. Shared and private helicopter tours depart from Mauritius Airport as well as the various helipads and offer one of the most unforgettable activities in Mauritius.
Gastronomy in Mauritius will awaken your senses with traditional recipes celebrating the produce and seafood of the island nation. Street food tours in Port Louis acquaint travelers with the diversity of Mauritian cooking and demonstrate how influences from Africa, India, China, and France have shaped food culture.
For a one-of-a-kind culinary experience not to forget, head to the southwest coast. Le Château de Bel Ombre is a 19th-century manor set in landscaped French gardens overlooking the Heritage Golf Club. The venue hosts gourmet lunches and sophisticated suppers with a degustation menu with wine pairings that pluck out the flavors of Mauritius. Dinner guests are welcome to stay after dessert while the pianist plays in the salon and accommodation is available.
Île aux Cerfs is a privately owned island off the east coast of Mauritius. Lined by powdery white beaches, the Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club dominates the interiors while the coastline is studded with oceanfront restaurants. One of the most luxurious things to do in Mauritius is to charter a catamaran and spend a day exploring the island’s attractions. Itineraries may include golfing, snorkeling, and kayaking in addition to a barbecue meal overlooking the Indian Ocean.
A short drive from the Chamarel Seven Colored Earth Geopark, the Rhumerie de Chamarel produces rums made from pure sugarcane juice harvested and distilled on the premises. Distillery tours take guests behind the scenes and include a tasting of eight varieties across white, spiced, aged, and extra old rums. Rums and liqueurs are available for purchase, with patrons encouraged to try their hand at the signature Chamarel cocktails once they’re back home. The property restaurant serves lunch and afternoon tea while exclusive dinner experiences are available upon request.
Hidden away on a private peninsula, the One & Only Le Saint Géran offers privacy and 5-star hospitality. A selection of rooms, suites, and villas overlook the lagoon and grant heart-stopping sunset views while ocean-facing units deliver front-row seats at sunrise.
The best hotels in Mauritius host performances of Mauritian Sega, a traditional music and dance art recognized by UNESCO on their Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity list. Not something to miss while vacationing in Mauritius; this luxury resort schedules sega shows on Sunday evenings.
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