First discovered by Arab sailors and ruled successively by the Dutch, the French and the British, Mauritius is a true cultural crossroads. The island’s charm arises in no small part from its harmonious mixture of Hindu, Christian, Muslim and Buddhist populations. In Port Louis, the trade winds cool the Caudan Waterfront, where Mauritians and visitors alike gather in the outdoor restaurants for a glass of alouda, an Indian beverage based on flavored milk, followed by a mouthwatering dish of curry or rougail, mainstays of the local fusion cuisine.
Inland, the roads wind through the rises and valleys of this volcanic island, formed by ancient violent eruptions and yet now so peaceful, its rollingfields planted with sugar cane. On the coast, time passes languidly to the faint pulse of the murmuring surf and the rustling of the palm trees around the vast lagoon, protected by a barrier reef against the might and fury of the ocean. Celebrations always feature the séga, a dance accompanied by drums, its sensuous rhythms evoking the chants of the cane workers.
The combination of a few days on the beach and a few on a photographic safari in South Africa is a holiday that's hard to beat. Alternatively, follow a path less travelled from Victoria Falls to the open plains of the Masai Mara in Kenya and the island paradise of Mauritius.
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Hotel and restaurant on the seafront. A delightful colonial mansion, nestling in a coconut grove right at the water’s edge, is home to a tastefully appointed, charmingly refined little hotel. The soft, neutral shades of Flamant Home Interiors furniture in its individually designed guest rooms stand in brilliant contrast to the blue of the sea and green of the coconut palms, instilling deep feelings of peace and seclusion. The restaurant, also at the water’s edge, serves delicious creole and international dishes. However 20° Sud has two more treasures in store: the M/S Lady Lisbeth, the oldest motorboat on the island which, when evening falls, takes a party of guests to dine under the stars on the calm waters of the bay, and the untamed wilderness of the Governor’s House, a tiny restaurant created in a ruin on Île Plate, a catamaran ride away. ... Learn moreless