If you’re pining for a piece of paradise to get your married life off to a flying start, then head for Mauritius. A multitude of Mauritius holidays are readily available online and with flights direct from the UK and a mere four hour time difference, it’s one of the most accessible honeymoon destinations.
Nestling in the Indian Ocean, 1243 miles off the coast of southern Africa, this little jewel of an island basks in a warm, tropical climate and is famed for its palm-fringed, white beaches and sand-rimmed lagoons. It is surrounded by the world’s longest unbroken coral reef, which makes the calm turquoise waters perfect for a restorative dip.
Mauritius is synonymous with glamour and luxury, both of which can be surprisingly affordable here, with accommodation ranging from small to medium sized hotels and stunning villas to luxury resorts. The charm of the Mauritians is legendary and you are sure to be welcomed like old friends.
If you’re keen for more than just baking on the beach, it’s easy to venture from the confines of your resort to discover an island that is rich in culture, religion and history, with dramatic scenery and a host of exhilarating activities on offer.
Perhaps head to the Central Market at Port Louis or to the central plateau town of Curepipe for a taste of local life and a chance to watch the hawkers at work and snap up some souvenirs. Alternatively, pay homage to the Dodo at the Natural History Museum or discover traditional Mauritius by following the Tea Route and the chance to commandeer a quad bike around a former sugar estate. Intrepid honeymooners can explore the island’s luscious mountainous interior with a hiking, trekking or climbing trip and venture to Tamarin Falls for a deep, cool dip at the bottom of seven spectacular waterfalls.
Nature lovers should make a beeline for The Black River Gorges National Park, which covers over 16,680 acres and is a haven for endangered native plants and animals. Gape at giant Victoria Amazonica water lilies at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens and lie back in the Labourdonnais Orchards with their wealth of tropical fruit trees and exotic scented flowers.
Gastronomes will delight in delicious local dishes, a blend of Indian, Creole, Chinese, African and European influences. Make sure you sample the local catch, Dorado, and treat yourself to a Franco-Mauritian dinner at La Langouste Grisée, one of the best restaurants on the island.
Sink into the swathes of white sand at Belle Mare beach, or make for Grand Bay, Blue Bay or Le Morne for a spot of snorkeling, kite surfing or sailing. Set forth on a glass-bottomed boat and dive into crystal clear waters with wild dolphins near Flic-en-Flac. Most hotels run deep sea fishing cruises, allowing you to fish for marlin, shark, tuna and bonito, or you can submerge yourself in a submarine and explore the magnificent coral beds, marine life and wrecks.
Mauritius is not just another beach destination…it’s a melting pot of colours, cultures and tastes, making it the perfect honeymoon destination…paradise on earth.
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