The island of Mauritius is renowned as the only known home of the dodo which of course has been extinct since the mid to late 17th Century. Related to pigeons and doves, it was surprisingly tall, nearly 1m, flightless and lived on fruit.
Mauritius has a rich culture based around Creole, Chinese, European and Indian influences. Cuisine is usually a mixture of dishes from these cultures although the music is usually based around slavery and freedom for blacks with its roots in African rythms.
Rum is one of the products of the islands sugar cane plantations and other local produce includes spices namely vanilla, nutmeg and saffron (which are much more economical to buy on the island than in the western world)!
A little known fact is that Mauritius was only the 5th country in the world to issue postage stamps in 1847. The post office issued a "Red Penny" and a "Blue Two Pence" probably the two most valuable stamps in the world.
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Cape Malheureux, Mauritius - 7, 9 or 14 nights
An 'a la carte' solution to planning your beach holiday.
Our concierge service offers the ideal flexible and fabulous Mauritius beach vacation to suit family, friends or couples. Unique, serviced luxury villas with 5 star hotel accommodation, security and comfort at 3 star hotel prices all year round. No pre-paid half board allowing you to explore the different cuisines available on the island. All extras are at local market prices - food, drink,spa, chef. Prestigious passport gourmet card gives 15% off the total bill at 69 affiliated restaurants/wine/cigar stores.
Price is per person on 7 night package excluding international airfares.
Summer Offer - Long stay 09 - 14 nights/15 days
Long stay offer pay for 7 nights = receive 7 additional nights free with compulsory half board on free nights. Further special discount for bookings made 45 days before travel within the period of 1 May to 20 October.
Situated on one of the most beautiful beaches in Mauritius, there is an extensive array of activites and amenities available. This is an ideal location for golfers with two 18 hole championship courses. The beach itself is 2km long white sandy beach with almost 15 hectares of tropical gardens alongside. The beach is protected by a coral reef making it ideal for swimming, watersports and snorkelling.
Mauritius and Rodriguez Islands, Indian Ocean - 12 nights/13 days
This 12 night tailor-made trip includes 3 nights on Mauritius, 3 nights on little known Rodrigues Island and a further 4 nights back on Mauritius. And with holiday highlights including swimming with dolphins and walking with lions, this is no run of the mill fly-and-flop winter sun break.
Included in the costs are swimming with dolphins, walking with lions, full day catamaran cruise and a day exploring deserted islands.
Mauritius and Seychelles, Indian Ocean, 14 nights for the price of 12
Families will love this itinerary, plenty of time for relaxing at two luxurious, five-star properties, combining the highlights of Mauritius and the Seychelles. What’s more, this special price includes two free nights and a ‘child stays free’ bonus when sharing with two adults.