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Mauritius

Mauritius is a small, volcanic island in the Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar.  Surrounded by dazzling white sand beaches, a spectacular coral reef and sparkling turquoise water, the 2040 km2 island is a miniature paradise in Africa. Named originally after Prince Maurice of Nassau, the Stadtholder of the Netherlands, under the French the island became known as L’ile de France, later to be L’île Maurice or, in English, Mauritius. Most potential visitors to the island know it only by the glossy photographs of the dazzling white beaches, turquoise lagoon, palm trees and five star hotels in the...






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Andrea Lodges & L’Exil Lodges, in the south of Mauritius

I’ve recently spent a beautiful and relaxing time at the Andrea & Exile lodges with a couple of friends. There are two different locations on offer here. The Andrea lodges are in the South of the island, near the Anguilles Riviera and close to a cliff, from which you have a beautiful view of the ocean. You cannot swim in the sea there, as the currents are too strong and the waves are too big. It really is something, to be able to relax in peace and enjoy the view, as well as the sounds, of the ocean. In addition,...






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Booking agents in Mauritius

For every planned holiday destination there are a host of questions which inevitably rise up and threaten to swamp the hapless traveller in a tidal wave of uncertainty. What kind of accommodation should I book? In what region should I stay? How do I know that I’m getting a good deal? What will the weather be like? Are there mosquitoes? What kind of clothes do I need? What kind of power sockets will there be? An easy way to cope with such planning stresses is to book everything through a tour agency company, like Isla-Mauricia, rather than directly with the...






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Mauritius Properties

Buying property in Mauritius is, for non-residents, not the simplest of tasks. A couple of government schemes have been put into place, however, to allow non-residents to buy property in specific areas and under certain laws and regulations. These two types of purchase options are the Real Estate Scheme (RES) and the Integrated Resort Scheme (IRS), both of which have had a huge impact on the property market in Mauritius in the past few years. It is only recently that changes in government legislation allowed for the purchase of property on the island by non-residents and, in 2002, the first...






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Domaine de Bel Ombre

Situated on the south coast of Mauritius, Le Domaine de Bel Ombre lies nestled between a breathtaking lagoon and the striking, volcanic mountains of the island. With several deluxe resorts, two outstanding hotels – the Heritage Awali and Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa – a championship eighteen-hole golf course with a par three nine-hole course, a rambling 3500 acre nature reserve and a nineteenth century château, Le Domaine leaves little to be desired. The Heritage Awali hotel is a tribute to the multiculturalism of Mauritius, drawing strongly on the African heritage of the island. There are three main room...






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Sunny Mauritius

Customs favoured by our ancient ancestors,like sun worship, may not make much sense to those of us lucky enough to live in hot climates, but to those who barely see the sun for bleak, wintry months on end, it can appear in an entirely different light. During the long, dark winter nights, people in Europe may well find their thoughts turning to holidays in the sunny tropics and, of course, Mauritius is an ever popular destination as it offers world-class beaches, outstanding hospitality and, of course, the sun. The health benefits of the sun are undeniable, when exposure to the...






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Weddings in Mauritius

An anonymous person once commented that marriages are made in heaven and consummated on earth, while the famous writer, Mark Twain, is frequently quoted out of context as having said that ‘you get the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius’. Obviously, these two statements reflect personal preferences for the island, but what better place is there to celebrate a wedding than on the small, tropical paradise in the Indian Ocean? Although the weather on the island is generally good all year round, the ideal time to hold a wedding would...






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Marketing Mauritius

On a decent sized map of the world, Mauritius can look suspiciously like a printer’s errant drop of ink, or a blot left behind by an itinerant fly, yet it remains one of the most popular holiday destinations in the world. Perhaps the most obvious attraction, and certainly the image that first springs to mind about the country, is the coastline. Long, white stretches of beach, bordered on the one side by the calm waters of a clear lagoon and, on the other, either by palm or fir trees, fix Mauritius firmly in the mind as a stereotyped island paradise....






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Chinese tourism in Mauritius

Mauritius is comprised of numerous different cultures and ethnic groups, all contributing to the open and friendly world-renown hospitality of the island. Amongst the many groups that make up the Mauritian people are French, Indian, Chinese and Creole. The significant portion of Sino-Mauritians, who count for roughly three percent of the population, makes this small island in the Indian Ocean an attractive holiday destination for many Chinese tourists. Gastronomically speaking, Mauritius caters to a variety of different tastes and palates with its homogeneous mix of world cuisines. Of particular interest to Chinese tourists, however, is the predominance in Chinese restaurants...






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Accommodation in Mauritius

Mauritius, the small, tropical island in the south-west Indian Ocean, is an excellent year-round haven for those desiring sunshine, outstanding beaches and overwhelming hospitality. With good reason Mauritius is ranked amongst the top world travel destinations, harmoniously blending the best of French and English colonial influences with Creole, Indian and Chinese cultures. What is there not to like about soft, white sand beaches, the warm, clear waters of the coral lagoon, breathtaking views of dramatic landscapes, riotously tropical flora and friendly, welcoming local residents? With personal safety ever a concern in this day and age, visitors to Mauritius can relax...






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Diving in Mauritius

Underwater diving as a commercial undertaking could have started as far back as in Ancient Greece since there are references, in both Plato and Homer, to the sponge which was found just off the island of Kalymnos. The divers would use weights of up to fifteen kilograms for a speedy decent and, holding their breath, they would dive to depths of thirty metres for as long as five minutes at a time to collect sponges. A lot has changed since then, but the desire to explore the ocean depths has not and diving has become an extremely popular recreational activity....






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Kite-surfing in Mauritius

Kite-surfing has its roots as far back as the early 1800s although the sport, as recognised today, was only formalised in the mid 1990s. As an adventure water sport, kite-surfing has been described as a combination of wake-boarding, windsurfing, surfing and paragliding all rolled into one extreme adrenaline rush. Obviously, in order to experience the thrill of the sport, a large expanse of water and a fair wind are necessary conditions. The sunny, tropical island of Mauritius, with its beautiful turquoise lagoon, has become one of the most popular kite-surfing destinations in the world. There are a number of locations...






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What other countries can learn from Mauritius

Suppose someone described a small country where free education, up to university level, transport for all school children and free health care – including heart operations – is guaranteed for all citizens. You might suspect this country is either exceptionally rich or headed for financial crisis. Eventually more and more of the richer countries in Europe come to the realisation that they cannot bear the costs of university education and they call on the young people and their families to pay these costs. On the other hand, other countries have never tried to provide everyone with a free university education....






Mauritius and Réunion Island – It’s a love story! 1

Mauritius and Réunion Island – It’s a love story!

Two islands, both alike in dignity, in the Indian Ocean where we lay our scene… An analogy which is more cheesy than a Swiss fondue, perhaps, but it cannot be denied that the relationship between Mauritius and Réunion Island is a special one. Fortunately, it combines the romantic aspects of the above-referenced play without the strife, bloodshed, mutiny, teenage rebellion and cases of tragically mistaken death. Lying approximately two hundred kilometres apart, these two islands lie serenely in the warm waters of the Indian Ocean. Situated east of the coast of Africa and the large island of Madagascar, Mauritius and...






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Mauritius – ideal for pensioners

Cold climates do not really suit anybody, least of all people who are in the golden autumn of their lives. After years of hard work, they deserve the warm glow of luxury and relaxation and where better to enjoy it than on the tropical island of Mauritius? A number of people from Europe make Mauritius their winter home; when the weather gets too unpalatable in their native countries, they pack themselves off to the warmer climes of the island where they are always guaranteed a friendly welcome. The retired couples who regularly make trips to Mauritius usually find that they...






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Mauritian stamps

Mauritius holds the rare distinction of issuing the first stamps in any part of the British Empire outside of Great Britain itself. It was also the fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps at all, only seven years after the first stamps were issued in Britain in 1840. Three years after this Zürich and Brazil both issued their own stamps, followed by the United States of America and Mauritius in 1847. The most famous Mauritian stamps are also the rarest in the world and are known as the ‘post office’ Penny Red and two Penny Blue, so called...