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What should a luxury villa have?

Renowned for its beautiful beaches and sparkling crystal waters, Mauritius has become one of the best holiday destinations. When coming on vacation to Mauritius, one of the first thing to look for is accommodation. To enjoy unparalleled luxury and utmost comfort , holidaymakers often look for beach villas with luxury standard. There you shall enjoy a refreshing time during all your stay. Why choose a luxury villa ? Is it worth spending so much money on it ? A lot of questions might come to mind when facing various accommodations options. Money is worth spending on a luxury villa only...






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Six month in Mauritius – my final report

My name is Madeline and I have worked in Mauritius for 6 months. I have laughed, loved, lived and enjoyed myself during that time; sometimes I had to deal with a very conservative culture but in short: I fell head over heels in love with this island. I arrived in August 2012. When it got too warm wearing leggings I had to switch to shorts. But sandals and flip flops were standard from the first moment. Sometimes, it rained but I soon learnt that that is a good thing in Mauritius. From October, it slowly but surely got hotter. Sunshine...






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Mauritius villa holiday

If you think about where to stay on your holiday, the first thought that probably comes to mind is a hotel. But there are also holiday homes or ‘a holiday on a farm’. But people seldom think of a villa. However, this type of accommodation is always in demand. The annoying thing about hotels is that you pay per person. If you have a family of 4 – 5 people then this can be very expensive. In villas you pay per villa instead of per person. If you divide the cost of the villa among the number of people, if...






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Mauritius as an experiential learning destination

Communication and cooperation skills need to be strengthened and initiative and responsibility are key; this is what experiential learning is all about. This different way to acquire knowledge is evidenced by many theories from famous educators such as John Dewey and Jean-Jacques Rousseau. Scouts actually practice experiential learning. They are surrounded by nature and learn to find their way without resorting to the use of large aids. Experiential learning largely rejects academic knowledge such as classroom teaching and lectures in school. Humans are not taught but they learn through their own individual experiences. Experiential learning is an alternative to existing educational...






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Independence day of Mauritius: time to celebrate!

On Saturday night, March 16, I went to the concert with a few friends. It was to celebrate the 45th anniversary of independence and the 21st anniversary of the Republic of Mauritius. The celebration was held in the Anjalay Coopen Stadium in Mapou from 18.00-06.00 in the morning and was hosted by by Ministry of Art and Culture of Mauritius with top international artists from South Africa, Madagascar, Dubai, India, La Réunion, U.K., Zimbabwe and many famous local artists. As the Mauritian society consist of many different cultures and religious ethnic groups, the program and the music was very diver....






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Where will you go for your next summer holiday?

Where will you go for your next summer holiday? Where do you want to go on your next holiday? Are you looking for some tips or inspiration? Then you’ve come to the right place. For holidays in Europe you’ll encounter similar conditions wherever you go. Typical holiday destinations like Spain, Italy, Austria, Turkey and Greece are well-known to many and most people have an idea of what these countries are like. People usually look for somewhere warm for their holiday…they want beaches, sunshine and shopping centres. Most cities have famous shopping streets full of shops where products are offered at...






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Restaurants and Snacks in Mauritius

After 3 months on Mauritius I can already explain a little about the country and the people and share a few tips. Whether they are useful or not will become clear later, but they certainly give a good insight into island life. The food: For me, Mauritian food is always a taste sensation and sometimes even a little adventure. I’ll start small: with the snacks. Roti and Dholl Puri are very traditional snacks and almost everyone eats them. They consist of dough, and are similar to pancakes but they are savoury and have fewer calories. You’ll find few nutrients in...






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Mauritius Island Tourism

Holidays in Mauritius must be dreamy? But the island is more than just a dream; and this dream can become a reality. Thanks to the emerging tourism sector, many apartments, studios and other accommodation have begun to offer lower prices. Therefore, people earning an average wage can now afford a holiday on the unique island of Mauritius. If you’re already travelling to sea, why not go to an island? In Mauritius you’ll be surrounded by sea. And Mauritius doesn’t just offer water…it boasts turquoise lagoons which glisten in the sun, inviting you to dive in for a swim. Mauritius has...






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Mauritius luxury hotels – my dream of paradise

Mauritius luxury hotels – My dream of paradise Mauritius is an island nation in the south-west Indian Ocean which lies approximately 870 km east of Madagascar. The African coast is about 1,700 km west of Mauritius. Mauritius is made up of two large islands and several smaller islands. The capital, Port Louis, is located on Mauritius, the largest of the islands. The second largest island is called Rodrigues. The climate in Mauritius is tropical; the average temperature on the coast is 23.3 degrees Celsius. Winter lasts from June till September. But even in winter, Mauritius experiences pleasant temperatures of 25...






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Caution: Mauritius is addictive

Caution: Mauritius is addictive – by Tamara What’s so special about Mauritius that makes me want to come back? Why will I recommend this island to my friends? Why do I want to spend a unique holiday here with my family? But first I ask myself: What will I do when I can no longer live without Mauritius? Those of you who, like me, have worked and lived here for a long time, can’t imagine life without Mauritius. Mauritius is an island that welcomes every visitor into its arms. Those who have visited Mauritius always want to come back again....






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My dream wellness holiday in Mauritius

More and more people reach their limits in their personal and professional lives. The number of physical diseases is increasing. Many people long for a break from everyday life and its responsibilities, especially during difficult times. According to the ADAC Travel Monitor 2012, Germans want to invest even more in a wonderful holiday. This trend, according to ADAC, shows that spa trips have increased significantly in the last eight years. Relaxing massages, landscaped pools, saunas and solariums are of particular interest to younger target groups. Some of the most popular wellness activities include physiotherapy, healthy eating, underwater aerobics, medical advice,...






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DREAM HOLIDAY Mauritius

DREAM HOLIDAY Mauritius – by Tamara Dream accommodation My dream holiday to Mauritius would be staying in a villa near the beach with my family and friends. The villa would be in the North of Mauritius because it’s lively there. The accommodation would be a place of harmony and peace. But why is Mauritius my number one holiday destination? That’s simple: For me, Mauritius provides the perfect harmony of sparkling lagoons, beaches lined with palm trees, colourful coral reefs and lush valleys. The villa would also have a large, open kitchen and a large lounge with a flatscreen TV and...






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Eating and drinking as a vegetarian in Mauritius

First I’d like to address the question: What is Mauritian food? Anyone travelling to Mauritius will quickly realise that there is a huge variety of food here. This small island in the Indian Ocean is home to many different cultures and their delicacies; these eating habits are all mixed together. Mauritian cuisine is a blend of Creole, Chinese, European, African and Indian influences. These mixes are a real adventure for European connoisseurs. Meat, fish, poultry and vegetables are fried, boiled, steamed, grilled and pickled. However, many meals are fried and are often not well tolerated. For example, I get strong...






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Spa treatment at LE MERIDIEN hotel, Grand Baie, Mauritius

As part of my journalism tasks I had to write a press release on exceptional spa locations in Mauritius and, by chance, I’d heard about LE MERIDIEN hotel. LE MERIDIEN hotel now offer a new wellness concept, which opened in August 2012. The new brand is called “Explore Spa by LE MERIDIEN”. There is a new health retreat program behind the concept, which I’d like to focus on. The new integrated program in LE MERIDIEN hotel aims to achieve astounding results with various yoga and ayurvedic treatments, modern fitness and a specialist diet. We’ve all experienced various lifestyle problems such...






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Restoration of order at Île aux Cerfs Mauritius

Île aux Cerfs is a small island just off the east coast of Mauritius which has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It receives, on average, about one thousand visitors per day who travel in small boats from the mainland to experience the myriad pleasures of the islet. In particular, Île aux Cerfs is famous for its soft, white sand beaches, clear turquoise lagoon and a wide range of activities and facilities. These include several types of water sports, numerous restaurants and a five-star hotel with a world famous eighteen-hole golf course which boasts a breathtaking sea...






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Charles Darwin and the elephant in Mauritius

Charles Darwin, the father of evolution, spent about ten days in Mauritius at the tender age of twenty-two during his travels around the world. His ship, The Beagle, left Great Britain in December 1831 and, nearly four years later, made a stop over on the small, tropical island in the Indian Ocean before returning to Britain on the second of October 1836. Entries from his diary indicate Darwin’s overwhelmingly positive response to the island. From the ship, he appears to have been in raptures over the Mauritian vista, saying that brightly coloured island more than equalled the his expectations which...