Some 500 miles east of Madagascar in the southwest Indian ocean, the Mascarene Island nation of Mauritius welcomes visitors who are seeking the ultimate in a holiday focused on pure relaxation. Its friendly people, sub-tropical climate, luxurious accommodations, bio-diversity, pristine beaches and turquoise waters ensure that it remains a top vacation destination in travel industry awards the world over, year after year, boasting one of the highest rates in return visitors in the world.
With African, European and Chinese influences and the languages of French, Mauritian Creole and English spoken widely, these diverse influences underpin a fascinating and hospitable culture of which visitors simply can't get enough. In addition to its welcoming beaches and abundance of water-based activities, there are plenty of historic and natural sights to keep the more curious of visitors occupied. In addition to luxury hotel resorts, visitors that enjoy a little more independence can also choose from an abundance of rental apartment and villa options in all the most popular locations, including Pointe D'Esny, Tamarin and Trou aux Biches.
A holiday in Pointe D'Esny, Mauritius
The coastline from Pointe d'Esny to neighboring Blue Bay is the most exclusive residential area in Mauritius. It is lined with vacation accommodations and high-end real estate, which lead onto gently sloping beaches which are popular with tourists, particularly at the weekends. The beaches in this area are particularly popular with families, since the waters are calm and protected and ideal for those with children.
Tamarin holiday rentals
Popular with surfers in the 1970s, sleepy Tamarin, now sees little other action than when surfers return from May to October each year. The surrounding landscape is more arrid than other areas, due to the salt evaporation ponds from the local salt industry, but it is still a popular destination for hikers. Visitors seeking an out of the way spot that is quieter than more popular resorts in Mauritius will enjoy Tamarin.
Choosing your accommodation in Trou aux Biches
This resort and neighboring Mont Choisy are fast developing because of the access to the area's stunning beaches. The lagoon and surrounding coral reef with its abundance of marine life are popular snorkel and dive spots. A gentle walk along the beach takes visitors to fashionable Pointe aux Canonniers with its many restaurant, pizzerias
and bar options.