If you dream of white beaches, palm trees, emerald waters, there’s one place where all these dreams can come true – Mauritius, a small island to the East of Madagascar.
If you are celebrating a 10 years anniversary with your boyfriend and searching for a romantic destination, a special place, something different from the regular travels that you can afford with a normal 9 to 5 job and 5 weeks of holidays per year, this small island in the Indian Ocean is the perfect solution.
So, we headed to Mauritius in November for 2 weeks. We flew from Amsterdam via Paris to the airport with the unpronounceable name of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. For our stay I chose a resort on the North-West coast. Some people would book an all-inclusive stay and would stay the whole 2 weeks in the resort making use of all the saunas, fitness centres, sport facilities, but we are not this type of travellers. I chose for the resort because it had this beautiful park and wonderful beach and was just outside a small town, where we could dine in local restaurants. We also used the resort as a base to explore the island.
Mauritius has a name of a honeymoon luxury destination with a huge price tag. It can be very expensive if you book a 5-star all-inclusive resort. If you are on a budget, there are still affordable accommodations in small hotels, private rooms or apartments.
No matter how small the island is (only 1864 sq. km), 2 weeks won’t be enough to see all of it. It offers beautiful nature reserves with breathtaking views, one of a kind natural sights, towns thriving with life and vivid colours.
The first Europeans that set foot on the island were the Portuguese. Then Dutch established themselves there, then it was a French colony, afterwards a British one until the country’s independence in 1968. The Dutch were those that contributed to the extinction of the dodo and the giant domed tortoise, by just simply eating all of them. Although the meat of the dodo was horrible, cured in the giant tortoise’s fat, it tasted well. What the humans could not eat, was eaten by the rats and the pigs they brought with them on the ships. And voilà, no more dodos, no more tortoises.
Nowadays Mauritius is a vibrant place, a melting pot of cultures and religions. The last decennia the government has invested in huge IT parks – the Cyber City. The island is also popular for the call centres, as the Mauritians are mostly bi- or trilingual – speaking French, English and Creole.
As you can’t visit Mauritius in 2 weeks, you can’t write about it in only one blog post. Keep an eye on my blog to further read about:
- Port Louis
- Black River Gorges National Park
- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden
- Ile Aux Cerfs
- Grand Bassin
- Tamarind Waterfalls
- Food on Mauritius