Escaping to Mauritius is the perfect ?time-out? experience to relax and nurse the frayed edges of a city lifestyle. A luxurious getaway frequented by celebrities and honeymooners the island serves up a rich offering for travellers seeking an unforgettable experience.
Whilst the postcard-perfect blend of sun, sand and sea, sets the tone of this remarkable island paradise, the essence of Mauritius is found in the warmth and richness of the people and the diversity of their culture.
Whilst English is the islands official language a cocktail of African, Indian, Chinese, English and French has shaped the Mauritian identity and there is a strong movement by locals and the government to ensure that nothing of their colourful and sometimes tragic past is lost. Warm and friendly faces greet you everywhere. Over half the population is Hindu, with a small percentage of Muslims, Buddhists and Christians. In a world where religious differences are causing increased friction, this island displays only harmony.
The list of experiences and sites within Mauritius is staggering. One attraction you don’t want to miss is the Pamplemousses Botanical Garden. This is the oldest garden of its kind in the world, and with interesting attractions like chewing gum trees, a fish poison tree and a 200-year-old Buddha tree.
Next stop Curepipe. Strolling through narrow streets you’ll be reminded of an English market town. There?s some outstanding colonial architecture to view but the town is best known for the islands handmade model-ship industry and for shoppers there?s a great selection of Indian silks and Chinese embroideries.
Driving north of the town is Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano now a densely carpeted crater about 100 metres deep. From the top of the rim amazing views capture the surrounding countryside and western coast.
The resorts on Mauritius are a luxurious affair. Many frame the island, but none are as dramatic as Paradis. Situated on a private peninsular, only one road leads to Paradis and the hotel is nestled between the striking Le Morne Mountain and the Indian Ocean. Relaxation at ‘Paradis’ is instant. An elegant waterfront suite, a view of the lagoon, tropical gardens, swimming pools and a cool breeze infused with a taste of the exotic.
After only a few days of soaking up the beauty, enjoying the amazing cuisine and meeting the locals, your senses will be regenerated!
The Paradis Hotel is a part of Beachcomber. For more information or reservations, please visit www.beachcomber.com.au or call 1800 624 268.