Mauritius

Mauritius is one of the most attractive holiday destination_blogs where general standards of service levels are high. Here lies paradise, with a year-round pleasantly tropical climate, clear warm waters and white beaches. It’s a very safe place to do water sports, including snorkeling, waterskiing and paragliding, because the water is calm. Many aspects of the island are British, reflecting the island’s colonial past including their electrical system. Hiring a car is very easy as they drive on the left, roads are in good condition, signs are easy to read and roundabouts are never more than two lanes wide. And you can drive from one end of the island to the other in a couple of hours.

Ideal for Families – Honeymooners – Weddings Abroad – Special Anniversaries – Spa Facilities

Mauritius caters well for a mixture of holidaymakers, including families with both children and teenagers, couples, weddings abroad and honeymooners. Family rooms, suites or guaranteed interconnecting rooms as well as babysitting are normally never a problem, which can’t always be said for other holiday destination_blogs. The hotels offer free kids’ clubs, which are split into two age groups, normally from around 4 to 11 and 12 to 17. For two and three-year-olds there is normally an extra charge for babysitters. Daily programmes include sports activities, swimming and excursions, and there are evening events for teens, such as beach barbecues and pizza nights. It’s great for families who want to see their children only some of the time.  Children and teen facilities are normally separate from other hotel facilities with special pools or special sections of pools which is good news for adults and romantic couples for obvious reasons. The climate allows the hotels to include beautiful tropical gardens for those who wish some shade or privacy; many have islands and gazebos, pavilions and other private areas for guests to escape to. Many of the properties are noted for their wonderful beauty, health and wellbeing spas – many of the experiences and treatments are unique to the island.

Many couples opt to get married on the island with hotels offering professional wedding facilities with picturesque locations for the wedding ceremony itself and those special photos. These areas include beautiful beachside locations, wedding gazebos or beautiful tropical garden settings. The paperwork is relatively simple and only one wedding is allowed to take place at the chosen property each day. Honeymoons are equally popular, with some hotels having designated quieter areas, and with such good children and teen facilities open most of the day, adults don’t always see many children! It is also an obvious place for couples to renew their vows or for the husband or man to impress his partner by choosing the island for a surprise wedding or anniversary holiday. The beaches are stunning with properties to match – selections of hotels are described on this website just follow the links.

Brief look at Culture and History of the Island

Mauritius has a fascinating mixture of cultures whose ancestral origins lie in Europe, Africa, India and China.  The French were the first to successfully colonise the island in 1715 and the main port St Louis became an important trading centre.  French planters established sugarcane estates, their wealth created at the expense of the slave labour brought from Africa.  The British captured the island in 1810 but allowed the French to remain under British rule. The British abolished slavery but then provided cheap labour for the sugar estates by bringing nearly 500,000 indentured workers in from the Indian sub-continent (workers agreeing to work free for a set period to pay their travel costs).

English is their official language whereas French is more widely spoken. Creole, the ‘mother’ tongue of the island evolving from the slaves, is more likely to be spoken at home. There is a resistance among the younger generation to speak Creole who see it as an inferior and a primitive language.  French and English are spoken at school but pupils are more likely to speak French with one another. The legal system is a mixture of both French (code Napoleon) and British. Mauritius gained independence in 1968 and became an independent Republic in 1992.

Since independence the island is no longer a large sugar producing island and has turned its attentions to high quality textiles, tourism, and agriculture and is developing an IT centre.  Its fishing industry is expanding and is now including ‘state of the art’ processing facilities.

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