Rhythm of mau­Ri­tius

Re­lax and re­ju­ve­nate in mau­ri­tius, the in­dian ocean isle where cen­turies of col­lid­ing cul­tures have pro­duced a vi­brant land­scape that’s made for trop­i­cal beach es­capes.

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it doesn’t take long to re­alise there’s much more to mau­ri­tius than trop­i­cal clichés, although a beach, a palm tree and a rum cock­tail are never far off in this in­dian ocean gem. the Cre­ole rhythm of its french-, african- and in­dian-in­fused cul­ture un­der­scores all as­pects of life, from the vi­brant cui­sine, heady with spices, to the buzzing mar­kets laden with ex­otic tex­tiles, jewellery and trin­kets and, of course, its en­er­getic sega dance.

Euro­peans and south africans have long counted mau­ri­tius among their most pop­u­lar beach des­ti­na­tions, with aus­tralians now re­al­is­ing how close it is – just an eight-hour flight from Perth.

Bare­foot gourmet Lux­ury re­sorts are spread across mau­ri­tius, from the quiet south to the sun-drenched north­east. Con­stance Belle mare Plage first opened in 1975 with just 10 self-cater­ing bun­ga­lows; now it is one of the is­land’s most pres­ti­gious re­sorts, of­fer­ing bare­foot re­lax­ation along two kilo­me­tres of pri­vate palm-fringed beach. thatched-roof rooms and suites, 278 in to­tal, bring a breezy feel to the ac­com­mo­da­tion, re­cently up­dated for a new wave of mod­ern trav­ellers. With seven restau­rants and bars, in­clud­ing a show­case of lo­cal cui­sine in Deer hunter, Con­stance Belle mare Plage prides it­self on its gourmet of­fer­ings, and each year plays host to the fes­ti­val Culi­naire Bernard Loiseau, with the 12th edi­tion of the gas­tro­nomic cel­e­bra­tion set to take place be­tween 23 march and 2 april 2017. Golfers will be at­tracted by the two 18-hold cham­pi­onship cour­ses, the Links and the Leg­end, which first put mau­ri­tius on the map as a golf­ing des­ti­na­tion when it opened in 1994.

is­land high so­ci­ety although lo­cated less than 10 kilo­me­tres away in the same re­gion of Poste de flacq, Con­stance Le Prince mau­rice could hardly be fur­ther in its phi­los­o­phy. Where the for­mer ex­udes rus­tic charm, her sis­ter re­sort, a mem­ber of the Lead­ing ho­tels of the World, is the epit­ome of re­fined is­land style, with 89 suites and vil­las spread across a 60-hectare en­clave. a shel­tered bay sets the tone for a calm­ing stay dis­tin­guished by re­ju­ve­na­tion at u spa by Con­stance – the only one of the seven-strong port­fo­lio to of­fer the sis­ley treat­ment col­lec­tion and sump­tu­ous din­ing over the wa­ter at Le Bara­chois or over­look­ing the pool at archipel, home to a 15,000-bot­tle wine cel­lar. of all the re­sort’s spa­cious ac­com­mo­da­tions, dec­o­rated with silks and pol­ished wood ac­cents, the Princely Villa is the height of mau­ri­tian lux­ury, with two pri­vate pools and three ocean-fac­ing ter­races spread over 350 square me­tres.

for the ul­ti­mate is­land jour­ney, com­bine stays at both re­sorts to truly dis­cover all the mau­ri­tius has to of­fer.

travel file In­for­ma­tion www.tourism-mau­ri­tius.mu Ac­com­mo­da­tion www.con­stance­ho­tels.com Get­ting there

air mau­ri­tius flies be­tween Perth and mau­ri­tius’ in­ter­na­tional air­port, with on­ward con­nec­tions to Lon­don heathrow, south africa and Kenya for Europe- or sa­fari-bound trav­ellers look­ing for a trop­i­cal stopover des­ti­na­tion. www.air­mau­ri­tius.com

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