Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius”. These were the words that came from Mark Twain when he first set foot on Mauritius. 200 years later, anyone visiting this gorgeous nation continues to agree with Twain’s apt description.
With crystal blue lagoons, coral islets and pristine white sand beaches, the coasts of Mauritius are so romantic, they eclipse many global favourites. But that’s just one aspect of the perfect honeymoon the Paradise Island offers.
Home to a number of ethnicities and communities, the impact of both is evidently visible in this vibrant island’s atmosphere. On landing here, the first place that rightly comes on every visitor’s radar is Grand Bay. Renowned as a shopping paradise with a leisurely vibe, you shall find yourselves in the company of many locals out for a fun-filled night out.
Those looking for a getaway into nature can find their wish fulfilled in the midst of the Labourdonnais Orchards and the SSR Botanical Garden. Explore numerous tropical fruit trees of the orchards and bask in the sweet scent of exotic flowers while on a hike or indulge in the wondrous sights of flora and fauna native to this island nation in the Botanical Gardens.
If you seek the presence of divinity, head to Triolet Shivala, the longest village on the island and visit the biggest Hindu temple on the island – the Maheswarnath. Built in 1819, you shall find intricate statues and designs created to honour Hindu deities like Shiva, Krishna, Vishnu, Muruga, Brahma and Ganesha.
The list simply goes on. The further you explore the country, the more you shall feel amazed at the sheer number of beautiful locations Mauritius offers its visitors.
The country has had a long history when it comes to immigrants and with them came the amazing flavours of their culture. Over the course of many decades, the culinary traditions from Indian, Chinese, French and African immigrants were passed on and mixed well with each other to form the unique lip-smacking cuisine Mauritius has today, from farata (paratha) and curry or gateaux piments (a variant of the Indian vada) or Rougaille, the local variant of the French ragout.
The Adrenaline Kick
The geographical position of Mauritius has played a major part in shaping its tourist-friendly image. Despite being a small island near Africa, the country is brimming with activities for the adventure junkie within you. So what better way to begin your marital life than pushing the envelope of thrill and adventure together!
Dive from 10000 ft in the sky, hike through the fields, and trek on a zip line or have a one-on-one encounter with lions and cheetahs. For the water worshippers, there are underwater submarine scooters, water skis, kayaking and deep-sea fishing. In the company of crystal blue waters and abundant marine life, find yourselves smell freedom and fun in the soothing winds coming from the sea.
Sit Back and Relax
All the exploration and activities can really tire out your body and, what better way to relax than relishing a spa treatment!
The spa routine can differ from place to place and has its origins in the Indian, African, Chinese and European spa traditions. The one routine that is a hit among locals and tourists alike is the Mauritian fusion spa and massage therapy. Lie back for a few soothing hours and see masseurs fix your muscles good for many more lively days and nights on your Mauritian honeymoon!