Mauritius is located 1600km east of Madagascar. It has endless sugarcane plantations, dramatic mountains, some of the finest beaches and lagoons and a cultural mix of people. Over the years, Mauritius has been ruled by many: the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the British. Mauritius gained independence in 1968. Mauritius would be best known for the Dodo bird, a flightless dove which became extinct in the late 17th century.
The capital of Mauritius is Port Louis. Mauritius has plenty of activities to keep the holidaymaker busy. Surfing (the best waves are situated at Le Morne), windsurfing, deep-sea fishing, yacht cruises, hiking in the mountains and horseback riding, to name a few.
We stayed in Mauritius for two weeks. We stayed at La Croix Du Sud Pointe Jerome for two days on our way to Kenya, only 15 minutes from the airport, it is very convenient; and we stayed a further 12 days at a privately owned townhouse we booked through www.wardhouses.com. We found this company extremely good. They can organise your airport transfers and they have a wide range of accommodation to choose from. Rather than stay in one of the big hotels where usually breakfast and dinner are part of your deal, we wanted to be able to choose to eat out for breakfast, lunch or dinner, which we did on many occasions. We were located between Grand Baie and Pereybere at Les Cygnes. Each day a lady would come in to clean and if need be she will also do your washing as well for a fee.
Grand Baie is the main holiday centre for tourists. Everything in the town caters to tourists. The main street is lined with trendy boutiques. Pereybere is a couple of kilometers north of Grand Baie. It has a good beach and reef. Pereybere is a good alternative to Grand Baie. It is worth hiring a car, which www.wardhouses.com can also organise for you, and exploring Mauritius in full. You can drive right around the island within a few hours. You can explore the Botanical Gardens, Tamarind Falls, Black River Gorges National Park, and also the coastal towns. The beaches along the coast are spectacular and it is worth taking a picnic lunch with you if you can and stop at one of these places.
We found the shopping on Mauritius to be cheap for some items. Cashmere was a good buy, along with Ralph Lauren, though I have since found out all the Ralph Lauren outlets should be closed down by the end of the year per a court order, as these garments are being made illegally. Other bargains were Prada handbags, Calvin Klein jeans, Hugo Boss shirts. We also found grocery shopping reasonable with products from France, Australia and New Zealand in the supermarket. There are plenty of good restaurants at reasonable prices.