Mauritius: Treasure of the Indian Sea

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Often, searching for a destination to satisfy that wandering urge is a laborious process. Do you find that the novel nature of an unusual destination suits your tastes? Or is life abroad all about the allure of the warm tropics and the exquisite pampering that only an upmarket resort town can provide? The ideal answer is never being forced to choose between the two. Of course, finding such a gem is hardly a simple task. However, there is one location that is has a booming tropical travel industry and a quirky history that give it a bit of cultural flair to speak of.

The Republic of Mauritius is an island nation located off the coast of Madagascar. Despite a sterling reputation for warm blue seas, pristine sandy beaches and a friendly multi-cultural population, Mauritius is perhaps best known as having been the sole habitat of the extinct Dodo Bird.  Mauritius is known as one of the top travel locations in the world, having won the World Travel Awards for World Leading Island Destination three times and World’s Best Beach award in 2012.

Begin your day with French champagne on the white sandy beach and gaze across the shimmering teals and greens of the warm ocean waters. Once you’ve had a bit of relaxation, take advantage of the natural parks with a bit of motor biking or mountain climbing. Reinvigorate your body with delightful French cuisine, or if you feel a bit more daring, the authentic seafood and Indian curries will put a bit of spice in your life. Afterward, searching for hidden scenery on a snorkeling expedition around a secret island is a guaranteed hit. Of course, the alternative is just as nice: wander back down to the local beach for a seaside martini. Start a conversation with any of the friendly natives; most are happy to tell stories of the hundreds of surrounding islands dotting the sea, all while you watch the most dazzling sunset ever draped across the horizon.

As the nation is located in the southern hemisphere, the balmy weather is reserved for January and February, so plan on a holiday excursion around that time. Holiday villa rentals are available for reservations. If possible, I recommend you take advantage of this quirky paradise as soon as possible.

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