It was Mauritian painter and visionary poet Malcolm de Chazal who said: “Mauritius seems to have been sculpted by a tasteful giant”. Born from a cataclysmic volcanic eruption around eight million years ago, the world’s most famous extinct bird – the dodo – put his pocked-sized tropical island on the map, but its tourism has kept there.
Mauritius is gifted with a beautiful natural landscape of miniature wind-sculpted mountains, shielding pockets of native forest with ebony trees and rare birds, surrounded by the Indian Ocean. Its miles of palm-fringed sandy beaches, almost entirely encircled by coral reefs, are now home to luxury hotels and resorts, with top-notch service.
Mauritius is compact enough for you to swim with dolphins in the morning and go ziplining at eco-park in the afternoon.
The island’s Dutch, French and British legacy id reflected in colonial mansions and botanical gardens, while hospitable locals of African, Indian and Chinees heritage give the island an authentic feel, with colorful markets and temples, fusion cuisine, and the sashaying séga.