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Mauritius offers a wide choice and possibility of restaurant to tourists who visit the island. Choosing a restaurant as well on the island as in other countries depends on several criteria like budget, specialties and especially cleanliness.  But for burger lovers, the budget won’t matter much since it’s only a burger – nothing much gastronomic. Yet, in Mauritius you will taste burgers and find that Mauritian can give another meaning to Burgers! Here are the top 5 spots where you will find burgers around the island – each different and unique!

Fast food restaurants

These types of restaurants are growing at present. It is therefore possible to find them in different cities. If you are not into testing the fresh Mauritian burgers and prefer going to something you already know for a quick and cheap bite, you can choose fast international food chains such as McDonald’s or KFC – where you will find the traditional bugers (BigMac or Zinger)

Buddy’s Burger

Re-enter the atmosphere of typical American restaurants typical of the 50’s in Mauritius. Buddy’s Burger welcomes you every day (except Mondays) around a tasty, generous and authentic cuisine.

The Buddy’s Burger immerses you in another era, where the voice was echoed in the radio and where Hollywood stars shone in the cinema. Puritan America, withdrawn into itself, is swept away by a wind of madness and freedom: The Rock’n’Roll.

Chubby Checker and his famous “Let’s Twist Again”, Bill Haley and many other talents inflame the dance floor and the heart of the American youth. This is the time of Marylin Monroe, James Dean.. The era of an America that rolls in Cadillac, drinks Coca and savors this carelessness and this omnipresent gaiety.

Dalon

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To add a restaurants in my favorites and to share it with you, it must meet certain quality criteria, taste of course but also bring a plus. Dalon, very recent in Port Louis but already present for a while in Grand Bay has many assets, it was a very good surprise, so I will take you there!

In the heart of Grand Bay, the street of the bazaar is very alive during the day and this is what Lawrence seeks, life, joy, sharing to establish the places of life that he is creating. He does not use the term restaurant for Dalon because above all it seeks conviviality. But the flavors are not forgotten!

From breakfast to dinner, even very late, Dalon will serve you with a smile, the goal is that you can feast at any time, so if you have a little dip in the afternoon or end of Evening, you now know where to go!

The menu invites you to his world, he puts on the dishes he loves and enjoys cooking! And when there’s no more, there’s no more, as Lawrence says! Fresh, no frills and it does not do anything in half! A strong personality that creates a beautiful, joyful atmosphere.

Of Mauritian and Spanish origin, he knows the trade, 20 years in Lyon in catering!

Its Mauritian cuisine is revisited, the chicken rougaille takes an incredible extent when it incorporates dried herds or “zurites” from Rodrigues to its recipe. To discover! I loved it! Lime, combava, ginger, basil offer unique flavors to salads, refined and very “tasteful”.

Yet, the king of the menu remains the fresh deer burger, a very gourmet proposal and different from the traditional burger, which allows to discover this meat with another texture.

Lambique

For the burger and beer lover, Mauritius is the promised land, specially if you go at the Lambic … where you will find the real Beer Paradise! It imposes itself as the ideal place on the island to taste of all kinds.

Whether you prefer to be guided by the experts or you can go through the menu, which indicates, as for great wines, the notes that characterize each of the beers: brown, blonde, fruity, spicy … All budgets and all degrees of alcohol Are proposed.

On the menu, the choice is not the least. There are fish and crustaceans, meat, and pork. But we are here for burgers and beer – so we advise his home-made burger accompanied with chips and salad – it’s succulent.

Jeanno Burger

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Jeanno Burger, which is open from 4 pm to 5 am on Saturday, is at the beginning a must for western clubbers and those who spend the day at the beach. But now, says Jean-Noël L’Aimable, people come from all over the country. “We created a reputation and loyalized our customers. A year ago, after eating, a tourist, who was a member of Trip Advisor, handed him the papers and the sticker certifying that Jeanno Burger was on Trip Advisor from now on.

The sign is then alongside the best restaurants on the West Coast. And since then, tourists flock. With a score of 4.5 / 5 on the site, Jeanno Burger is the second best rated restaurant on the 31 establishments in Flic-en-Flac.

Jeanno Burger is not a restaurant to speak of. It’s a small hut on the beach, where burgers and hot dogs are sold. Yet, among the guest reviews on Trip Advisor, you can read “The best home-made burger in Mauritius” or “What a great little find. Very tasty and great value. ” A must taste for Burger Lovers!

Bon Appetit Biensure 😛

With its multitude of cultures, Mauritius has something unique to offer in terms of delicacies. Some restaurants do provide Mauritian foods, but leaving your hotel or villa might prove tasteful if you want to discover the various desserts the island has to offer. One cannot tire of the many desserts and sweets typically Mauritian… Each of them has the peculiarity of being simply and awesomely good! No matter the time or the moment, a small Mauritian sweetness is never of refusal. Here they are, here they are … Prepare yourself to drool of envy …

Napolitaine

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Napolitaine are typical cakes from Mauritius, they are found everywhere even in hypermarkets now. The Neapolitans are two shortbread biscuits stuck together with jam and then covered with a glaze mostly pink (they are also found with a white glaze).

Addicted to the Napolitaine? Do not hesitate to bring back home some and why not experiment the recipe by yourself at home. There is a small pastry shop in the neighborhood of Port Louis(near the church of Père Laval in Sainte Croix) where they are great and at a bargain price. The seller is also very friendly, if you go by there, do not hesitate to visit him.

 

Vermicelli

A typical and popular dessert among Mauritians, the vermicelli is a bliss for the taste buds! Usually prepared with milk, grapes and cardamom, vermicelli is an excellent dessert, which is often found on street corners, ideal for children and adults alike. Some prefers it hot, others cold and some likes the liquid version and others might prefer the pudding version – up to you to taste them all and make your choice.

Vona Corona Ice Cream

This sorbet has gone through the generations… the Vona Corona ice cream has been founded some 90 years back and is a purely Mauritian Sorbet. In all these years, the taste has never changed and everyone is still fond of it. Without too much sugar, it is perfectly balanced, so that each fragrance is distinguished. This dessert has nothing comparable to industrial ice cream and definitely brings a real touch of freshness and authenticity.

Exotic fruits Salad

Exotic fruits salads can also be excellent desserts. In Mauritius, it is often found on street corners and you can also find the fruits in crystallized format. On the other hand, we have a wide selection of exotic fruits on our small tropical island that can serve as desserts, such as carambola, grenadine, jaque, longan, soursop, coconut, pineapple, mango, Papaya, watermelon, banana zinzeli, letchi, dragon fruit, tamarind among others.

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Exquisitely fondant, the flan is a lovely dessert that is so easy to prepare – you won’t believe it. Prepared with milk, egg and coconut, the flan can be served with caramel or with maple syrup. This delicious dessert will leave you wanting more after each mouthful.

Corn Pudding (Poudine Mai)

With a pleasant flavor, corn pudding – popularly known as “Poudine Mai” – is just a fun dessert – with the various textures that explode in your mouth as you enjoy it. Perfumed with vanilla and coconut, the corn pudding is prepared easily and quickly. Served cold or hot – solid or liquid – well it is always a pure bliss in the mouth.

Macatia Coco

A traditional recipe from our small island, macatia coco is a sweetness appreciated by many Mauritians. The name macatia would come from Swahili and would mean “bread”. This term would have designated the bread of slaves. At the base, the macatia was prepared with the remains of bread the day before, and sugar was added to remove the bitterness. Here in Mauritius, we love to consume this small sweet bread with a cup of tea or hot coffee at the time of the snack. To make it even better – spread some butter on the sugar and coconut inside – Miam!

Ladoo

Undoubtedly, ladoo is a dessert originating from the Indian culture, adopted by the Mauritians. Traditionally served during religious ceremonies or for Divali festival, the ladoo is also found in sachets in supermarkets, in the small shop of the village or in various food courts across the island, accessible to all, as a dessert or Snack, at any time of the day.

Gato Coco

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Coconut candy is a delicacy based on milk, grated coconut and sugar. This is something that can be easily reproduced at home and is not complicated to do. Very sweet, this delicacy will make the happiness of the coconut followers and also of the little ones – since they are available in different colours and flavours!

Alouda

Who can resist succumbing to this refreshing drink. These are milk-based drinks and Indian basil seeds (called “toukmaria” in Mauritius: these are small black seeds that, immersed in water, they swell and coat with a white cottony substance) Which are consumed very cold or in an ice-cold version. Vanilla and strawberry Aloudas are sold by glass. Must try if you go to Mauritius!

Puit d’Amour

A short paste, a creamy cream and grated coconut. According to the shops, the cream is more or less heavy which can make the Puit D’Amour a bit disgusting yet the one at the Port Louis market near the Aloudas stand remains just perfect! Go and have a try!

There are of course many other Mauritian deserts that deserve the detour but mentioning them all would have been difficult. I hope this article will give you a little insight into the Mauritian delicacies cuisine and will make you want to taste it.

Bon appetit biensure 😉

Tease your taste buds with the exquisite cuisine at the Château Mon Désir Restaurant. Step in the haven of flavors and awesomeness and travel through Mauritius rich culinary culture.

Location

The gourmet restaurant Chateau Mon Désir is located in northwest part of Mauritius in Balaclava. Nestled in the heart of the 25 hectares Maritim Estate, the restaurant is set in an enchanting colonial-style mansion house.

The Chateau Mon Désir restaurant is a 52 minutes’ drive from the SSR International Airport and just a 20 minutes’ drive from the Capital city Port-Louis

The Restaurant

Chateau Mon Désir restaurant- MauritiusThis fine dining restaurant has been ranked as n° 1 of 567 restaurants featured in Mauritius on TripAdvisor, thus earning with the all merits the ‘Certificate of Excellence’. The Chateau Mon Désir restaurant has scored over 95% of positive customers reviews, this surely demonstrates the excellence of the restaurant.

Recognized as the ‘fine dining address of Mauritius’, the Chateau Mon Désir restaurant overlooks the ‘Historical Ruins of Balaclava’ and the Citron River. This top-notch restaurant invites guests to exquisite cuisine with international specialties, French and Indian Ocean delicacies without omitting world-class wines from its wine cellar. If you want to enjoy international fine dining with a tint of history, then the Chateau Mon Désir is the place for you!

Measuring 650 m² and offering 124 covers (84 inside/40 outside), the Chateau Mon Désirrestaurant is the perfect address for families, friends, couples and honeymooners.

This all-rounder restaurant takes culinary expertise to the next level. Those wishing to discover the Mauritian culinary heritage, the Chateau Mon Désir takes you to a unique tour around the Mauritian gastronomy. In order to boost the quality of their foods, the Chateau Mon Désir restaurant used only organic vegetables.

This renowned gastronomic address has been for many years a popular dining spot for both locals and tourists. The restaurant offers a relaxed and tranquil atmosphere for you to dine in comfort and peace. With over 26 years of experience, the Chateau Mon Désir guarantees flavorsome, unique and tasteful dishes for you to have the perfect dining experience.

The restaurant is known to combine the highest quality ingredients with elegant attentive service and to let you embark in the infinite world of flavors with their gastronomic experience.

The Chef

The one running the kitchen in the Chateau Mon Désir restaurant is the talented chef Rakesh Manoruth. With over more than 20 years of culinary experience, the Chef Rakesh Manoruth passion, devotion and motivation has made him reach to the top level. His special know-how in the culinary fields surely adds to the excellence of the Chateau Mon Désir restaurant.

To guarantee the best service to its client, the French Executive Chef of the Maritim Hotel, Eric Poulot, in cooperation with Chef Rakesh Manoruth, have carefully selected the best products of the Indian Ocean.

WineCellar of Chateau Mon Désir Restaurant

Wine Cellar of Chateau Mon Désir Restaurant- MauritiusThe perfect place to be for wine lovers! The color, the scent and the taste, everything is distinctive, even the grandeur of opening and drinking a good bottle of wine. A wide selection of world class wines from all over the world, all under one roof. Experience the very best in the wine cellar of the Chateau Mon Desir.

Sunday Brunch

The famous ‘Sunday Brunch’ of the Chateau Mon Désir offers a wide array of delicacies on a sumptuous buffet as well as a la carte dishes. Treat yourself with the best of cuisine in the most relaxed and refined atmosphere of this beautifully design colonial style mansion house. Along with excellent foods, the Chateau Mon Désir will transport you to a more leisurely bygone era.

Opening days, hours, contact details and dress code

The Chateau Mon Désir is open on Tuesday to Saturday for dinners as from 7.00 p.m. to 10.00 p.m. For high tea every weekend as from 3.00 p.m. to 5.00 p.m. (Rs 750 per person and 50 % discount for children under 12 years old). Open in Sunday for brunch as from 11.00 a.m. to 2.00 p.m. at a tariff of Rs 1350 per individual, it should be noted that selection of Sparkling Rosé and other beverages are included in the price and 1 child free, others will get 50% discount of the adult rate.

You can contact the restaurant on (230) 204 1000.Dress code: the restaurant requests its customer to be well-groomed that is closed shoes and collared shits are requested for gents. It should be noted that jeans and sports shoes are not allowed.

Attractions nearby

SSR Botanical Garden

The Mauritius National Botanical Garden also known as the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam National Botanical Garden is one of the most visited attractions in the island of Mauritius. This popular tourist attraction is home to a wide variety of tropical plants, counting many indigenous plants in the list.

The Botanical Garden covers endless acres of land that might take you several days to complete the Garden. Natural habitat of more than 650 varieties of plant species, the Mauritius National Botanical Garden showcase famous plants such as the Baobabs, the Palmier Bouteille, the inevitable Giant Water Lilies and many plants use for medical purposes. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden hides more than 80 varieties of palm trees. This was brought by the French colonist some thousand years ago from all around the world. Undoubtedly, the palm trees remains one of the highlights of the Botanical Garden.

Open from 8.30 to 17.00 every day, the Mauritius National Botanical Garden invites you to discover the richness of Mauritius. The Botanical Garden is roughly a 10 minutes’ drive from the Chateau Mon Désir restaurant.

Mont choisy beach

Mont Choisy Beach- MauritiusThe longest beach in Mauritius, it extends to Trou aux Biches and Pointe aux Canonniers and remains one of the most appreciated beach in the island.

Its endless beauty is sure to capture your attention and leave you spellbound. Recognizable by its coast that formed an arc and the thousands of large casuarinas trees.

The powdery sand and blue turquoise water of Mont Choisy welcome you for lay back moment in pure bliss. Ideal for families and picnic plans, the Mont Choisy beach and its beautiful curves might seem to you as the real haven for beach lovers.

The island of Mauritius boasts out many restaurants that will definitely tease your taste buds and leaves you with unforgettable souvenirs. Like it has been cleverly said- if you want to really immerse yourself in a new culture, you must also taste it. So, let’s discover those top-notch and refined restaurants of Mauritius.

La Table du Chateau

La Table du Chateau Restaurant- MauritiusLocated up north of Mauritius in the serene area of Moka, La Table du Chateau lies comfortably in the heart of the Labourdonnais estate. Neighbouring the imposing 19th century colonial mansion Chateau Labourdonnais, La Table du Chateau has been carefully positioned to give you the maximum in terms of scenery. Enjoy your meal all while gazing over the beautiful orchard’s of Labourdonnais.

This refined and contemporary restaurant is where you will be invited to discover the flavours of Mauritius. The creative and seasonal menu of the restaurant will lead you to a flavoursome, distinctive and unique experience. This special know-how has made La Table du Chateau one of the leading restaurants in the island.

The mastermind behind the success of the restaurant is the talented chef Fabio de Poli. With over 20 years of experience, the chef will take you on a journey to Mauritius refined cuisine, with his special touch, of course! Don’t be surprised to see the chef roaming around the tables of the restaurant and helping the staff.

The strength of La Table du Chateau is its food quality, presentation, catering and the great hospitality.

The restaurant is open from Monday to Sunday. Opening hours are: Monday and Tuesday at 08.00 to 17:00, Wednesday to Saturday from 08:00 to midnight and Sunday as from 09:00 to 17:00.

Phone: (230) 266 7172, Mobile (230) 5252 6289.

Le Pescatore

Le Pescatore restaurant- MauritiusOne of the best restaurants in Mauritius, the Pescatore is operating for over twenty years now. Located in the North West coast of Mauritius in Trou-aux-Biches, Le Pescatore is the epitome of fine dining. Le Pescatore remains the best address for couples, families and friends alike. If you want to sample some rare delicacies and go on an amazing culinary journey, then the Pescatore Restaurant is the place for you!

Beautifully position by the beach, the Pescatore overlooks the stunning bay of Trou aux Biches, adding to its charm is the sheer beauty of its surrounding. The light but elegant décor of the restaurant creates a chic atmosphere where dining is made unforgettable. From its Creole Veranda, along the rhythm of the waves, you can easily enjoy spectacular sunset views.

Needless to say, Le Pescatore success is not only due to its refined atmosphere but mostly for its ‘savoir faire’ in the culinary field. The proposed menu has been meticulously studied to enhance your experience of Mauritian Cuisine.

The top-rated service and friendliness offered by the Pescatore staff further complement the food experience, no surprise why guests leaves with a smile and think of coming back again.

The restaurant is open from Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner respectively at 12.00 to 14.00 and 19.00 to 22.00. Phone: (230) 265 6337.

Le Fangourin

Le Fangourin restaurant- MauritiusBelonging to the interactive museum L’Aventure du Sucre, Le Fangourin restaurant is surrounded by century-old vegetation. Tucked away in the midst of the Beau Plan Estate, this attractive and inviting restaurant focuses on the culinary tradition which has developed on Mauritius. Their aim is to preserve the rich culinary inheritance of the island. The exceptional setting of the restaurant makes it one of the most famous restaurants in Mauritius. Enjoy your meal all while relaxing in the stress-free environment of the restaurant. Specialist in Mauritian fusion cuisine and all sorts of sugary delicacies, Le Fangourin takes its inspirations from the unique flavour of the island.  The attempt of the chefs to add some new flavours within the Mauritian culinary tradition, just adds up to the dining experience.

The delicious house made deserts available at the Fangourin restaurant deserves all praises. Deserts including Crème brûlée with fresh vanilla, Dark chocolate fondant with a hint of molasses, white chocolate parfait and traditional sherbets are sure to tantalize your taste buds.

The excellent positioning of the restaurant (between Port-Louis and Grand Bay) makes it an ideal spot for the locals, tourists and business people as well.

The Fangourin restaurant is open all days from 09.00 to 17.00. Phone: (230) 243 7900

Chateau Mon Désir

Chateau Mon Desir Restaurant- MauritiusRecognise as the fine dining address of Mauritius, the Chateau Mon Desir overlooks the 18th century ‘Historical Ruins of Balaclava’ and ‘Citron River’. This colonial style mansion is tucked away in the heart of the 25 hectares estate of the 5-star Maritim Resort & Spa Mauritius and provides guests exquisite cuisine with international specialities. The all-rounder restaurant is where you can enjoy French and Indian Ocean delicacies along with world-class wines from its wine cellar. To enhance your dining experience, the French Executive Chef of the Maritim Hotel, Eric Poutot, in collaboration with the chef of the Chateau Mon Desir, Rakesh Manoruth have unite their talent and know-how to provide the best dishes of what you could probably expect from a top-notch restaurant.  The Chateau Mon Desir restaurant has been awarded by a ‘Certificate of Excellence 2016’ from TripAdvisor as well as the ‘Best Fine Dining Cuisine’ of Mauritius by the reputable ‘World Luxury Restaurant Awards 2016’.

The good news is that all the vegetables used for the restaurant are only sourced from organic farms, this certainly boost the taste of the food there.

The Chateau Mon Désir restaurant is open from Tuesday to Sunday and is close on Mondays. Opening hours are: Tuesday to Friday from 19.00 to 22.00, Saturday as from 15.00 to 17.30 and 19.00 to 22.00 and Sunday at 11.00 to 14.00. Phone: (230) 204 1000.

Domaine Anna

Domaine Anna Restaurant- Mauritius Set in colonial-style pavilions, the Domaine Anna is situated in the southwest corner of Mauritius. Set in the middle of sugar cane fields and surrounded by lakes and small-scale pavilions, this lovely restaurant is probably the most loved dining spot for locals and tourists alike.

The well designed Domaine Anna blends sublimely with its natural surroundings and is the perfect breaks from the busy towns and common local restaurants. The Domaine Anna merges excellent food and style to give the best culinary experience to its guests. Here, you can enjoy mouth-watering Chinese, Indian, European and Creole cuisine. The Domaine Anna is better described as an amazing getaway for foodies.

Mauritius from the sky

Mauritius is perfect for sharing a moment of serenity, the sun rises and warms you, feet on the sand, gaze attracted to this endless ocean, giving way for a beautiful day. The reputation of Mauritius as a perfect destination for a tropical vacation or a honeymoon is unparalleled. Sandy beaches, sunshine, crystal clear waters, rich culture and lush nature: all these elements aspire to magical vacation. When choosing your tropical destination, you will certainly come across Mauritius as a classic. If you want a trip without concern, sunny days and exotic lifestyle, Mauritius is made for you.

This year, if you are planning your holidays, why not go and discover this beautiful island of the Indian Ocean and its many facets. Experience unforgettable moments on one of the most beautiful Indian Ocean islands. To make the preparation of your stay and your trip to the island pleasant, we have compiled all the information you might need to spend great and complete holidays! From top places to visit, to food and accommodation, we have it all here!

Top places to visit in Mauritius

Before coming over to Mauritius, you surely want to know its attributes.  Here are a few things that will surely conquer you to visit the island of Mauritius. If this is your first time to Mauritius, you will not know where to go on the island. We have made a selection of the best places to visit during your holidays on the island.

Deer Island

Deer island is a beautiful small island located east of Mauritius. It is only accessible by boat. Various formulas will be presented to you when it comes to a trip to Deer Island, however, for more freedom and authenticity know that you can go on a water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce. It is a 10 minute trips.

Then you will be able to just enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise sea around the islet. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas or stroll on the beach on the other side of the island. If you want premium services, you can opt for one of the formulas providing for boat, lunch, visit of the GRSE Waterfalls along with some activities like parasailing.

Port Louis and its market

Port Louis Market

The capital of Mauritius deserves a visit and not only for its market. A walk in town will not only allow you to experience the street food but also to mingle with people and discover their daily lives. A visit to the large market of Port Louis will reveal its most beautiful fruits and vegetables but you will also find clothing and even crafts products to bring back home as souvenirs of your trip to Mauritius. Then why not head to China Town where you can taste wonderful Chinese food and Dim Sum! You can also head to Plaine Verte where you will find the best Dholl Purees and Alouda without forgetting the alluring perfume of the Briani at every street corner.

Le Morne

Le Morne, a mountain located in the southwest of Mauritius, is one of the UNESCO heritage of the island of Mauritius. If Le Morne once served as a sanctuary for slaves, today it is an important place that recalls the colonial era of Mauritius. If you are courageous enough to hike the mountain until the top you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surroundings. If you prefer water activities, you can reach the nearby beaches that are popular with kite surfers and surfers.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

These gardens were renamed in 1988 in memory of the Prime Minister of Mauritius which led the country to independence twenty years ago. SSR Botanical Gardens are one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island of Mauritius.

The gardens are famous for its giant water lilies – Victoria Amazonica – whose gigantic leaves can measure up to three meters in diameter. There you will also come across the amazing Talipot palm which blooms only once in 30 to 80 years. The garden boast various other rare species that a guide will happily show to you during the visit of the garden.

Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe

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At the center of the island, one main attraction remains Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, dominating the small town of Curepipe. The crater ises on a natural lake. The panoramic view from this point is outstanding, overlooking the main towns, but also the Moka Mountains and the northwestern coast. Note that access by car is prohibited there, you’ll have to walk around the crater- which is indeed a rewarding walk.

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

If you are one of those adventurers, we advise you to visit the south of the island after leaving Curepipe.  Follow the trail from Mare aux Vacoas which meets with Petrin then followed by Ganga Talao (Mostly known as Grand Bassin), a natural lake that nestles in the crater of an ancient volcano. This lake is an important place of pilgrimage where many Hindus of Mauritius converge to pray Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratree. It is believed that water from the sacred lake of Ganges in India are linked to those in Mauritius. There you will also have the opportunity to contemplate one of the highest statues in the Indian Ocean – Mangal Mahadev – at the entrance of Ganga Talao.

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

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Further south, after crossing Bassin Blanc and Vallee des couleurs, you will come across, yet, another wonder of the island of Mauritius. The Land Of Seven Colours- Chamarel. The south of the island is pretty wild, unspoilt and mountainous. The views you will come across while descending the road of Chamarel are stunning.

The Land of Seven Colours is a mystic place, a geological curiosity: small dune lands of different colors! It is very surprising and amazing. Not far away, one can see a beautiful waterfall of about 100m high: the most beautiful you will come across in Mauritius. On the road there, if you are visiting the island during the months of February to April, do not miss to stop along the roads and pick up guavas that grows on each side of the sentiers across this descent towards the south of the island.

The Gorges National Park Black River

The National Black River Gorges Park is without any doubt the green jewel of Mauritius – the lungs of Mauritius. Since June 1994, the splendid forest of nearly 6600 hectares, located in Plaine Champagne in the hills of the south west of Mauritius, is classified National Park and is managed by the National Park Conservation Service. The park offers a unique opportunity for hiking and discovering the natural heritage of the island. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and animals. You will also have the opportunity to discover yet another waterfall of the island there.

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

Just roll back to 400 years ago and imagine how the land of Mauritius was. Endless forests unfolding before you, pigeons, parrots and bats flying in groups. Giant tortoises and dodos approaching you and wondering what you are doing here. That’s indeed a dream. Although it remains a tiny part of the original fauna and flora of the island, there is a place where you can see some of these rare species in all their glory: Ile Aux Aigrettes.

Those visiting Ile Aux Aigrettes will see the last remnants of dry ebony forest that once grew in abundance across the main island. They will also see some of the work done by the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation’ to replant and reintroduce endangered vegetation such as rare orchids, reptiles and birds such as the famous Pink Pigeon. Guided tours are organised everyday – this is a must visit you will surely be conquered by.

Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue Bay Marine park remains one of the only conserved Marine park of the island of Mauritius. A unique trip awaits you there. Your eyes will be marveled by the various colourful and striking reefs home to various species of fish. The luminous hues of the limpid waters of this marine park is blessed with an exceptionally diverse seabed. Get your snorkel and diving equipment out, you won’t be able to resist to dip into those clear and attracting waters.

The Northern islands

This small group of islands has become a favorite stopover for boats and divers. Various catamaran cruises can be booked to visit those beautiful and secluded island in the north of Mauritius. Participating in these cruises allow visitors to enjoy snorkeling in the crystal waters of Coin de Mire, home to seabird niches in the cliffs. This tour is also an opportunity to organize picnics and swimming around Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel.

You will also have the chance to admire the remarkable silhouette of the Round Island, a nature reserve which cannot be visited in order to protect native species of plants and reptiles that have been reintroduced n this piece of land.  Round island and its neighbor, Snake Island, are part of a large conservation operation by the government and the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.

Top things to do in Mauritius

Between beaches, hotels, villas and sun, you might think you know the pearl of the Indian Ocean … Well, let me tell you something, Mauritius is as secretive as it is exotic. With its palette of cultures and kaleidoscope colours, this little piece of paradise has a lot to offer in terms of things to do during your holidays there. You’ll find activities for everyone – old and young alike will find something to do on this island of wonders.

Water Activities in Mauritius

If you are a diving lover, you will discover submarine spots of exceptional beauty on the island of Mauritius. Whether you are only a beginner or have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island.

For the more curious, you won’t have the will to resist the call to take a look at the marine life of the lagoon of Mauritius … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … venture yourself in the waters of Blue Bay, Ile Aux Cerfs or Ile Aux Aigrettes.

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide. Mauritius, having as feature protected lagoons and its trade winds providing a steady wind almost all year, generates the waves by via Barrier and has become popular for windsurfing.

It does not stop here. Other activities proposed in Mauritius extends to windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boating pedals, glass bottom boat. These are activities that you must try during your stay in Mauritius.

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect destination to discover, learn or improve on your fishing skills. Depending on the season, if you wander into deep sea fishing, you can catch marlin, swordfish, sharks, tuna, bonito or barracuda. A catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius remains a must try. It is an unparalleled way to discover the island in a completely different light.

Nature sports in Mauritius

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide array of land activities in Mauritius. From hikes in the many parks and fields, old sugarcane properties or reconverted sentiers such as the Black River Gorges National Park or the Domain de l’Etoile. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through the lush forests of Mauritius to discover its mountainous landscape, exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Golf in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is a golf destination hosting various international competition. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the mown greens between mountains and sea in the paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or on the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses and four 9-hole courses can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, whatever their level of play, they can pleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Aquarium of Mauritius

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in the aquarium of Mauritius located in Pointe aux Piments. Always dry, you will walk around the various bassins boasting more than a 100 species of fish and algae. You will even have the chance to enjoy the view of sharks and sea tortoises.

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

Casela Adventure Park is open all year and invites you to discover its animals, the children’s farm and the many activities proposed around the park. Casela is located in the southwest of Mauritius between Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac and offers a splendid view of the Rempart River Valley. Open since 1979, it now houses some 1,500 animals, including species of rare and colorful birds, giant tortoises, lions and many others. Recently upgraded, the park now offers an unparalleled experience to visitors with its heart pumping activities – ziplines, canyoning and quad biking.

To visit the park and discover the animals, you have the choice to follow a guide on board quads or buggies with all the equipment necessary to conduct this kind of gear. And to be as close to the animals, you can visit animals in their natural habitat on the Segway after a few minutes of initiation! The children will certainly be conquered by the mini-farm which allows them to approach the animals and their babies, and even feed them!

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

Horse racing is a national sport in Mauritius! Every weekend, the Champs de Mars racecourse is full. In the stands you will quickly feel the excitement rise; bettors flock to the announcement of the jockeys, riders climb onto the stool, ready to go, take to the starting line and “bang”, the race is on! Spectators observe, comment, shout, exclaim, grumble and laugh. A nice cocktail of emotions to explore when you are in the vicinity of Port Louis during the weekend. This will be a unique opportunity you’ll want to enjoy. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of one of the oldest Horse race track of the southern hemisphere.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

Mauritius indeed allows you to spend magical moments with dolphins during your holidays. The only constraint might be that you will need get up early! Yet, you will not regret your early morning ride, the show is exceptional and the light is beautiful! The departure is between 7:00 and 8:30 from South West beaches. From Tamarin you will go in the Bay of Black River and Tamarin Bay. After a briefing with the skipper on the types of dolphins and their habits, the precautions to respect the welfare of dolphins and security measures on the boat and in the water, you can put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with dolphins! And then you can take the opportunity to discover ile Aux Benitiers, a charming little island where you can chill and relax before returning back to the main island.

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

When you are in Mauritius, you are surely there to enjoy its exquisite beaches. The island being surrounded by sea, offers quite a wide choice when it comes to beaches. Yet to easy your choice, here are the top 5 beaches you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Mont Choisy

In the north, this public beach is the best and the most known. It is distinctly rounded in an arc. Protected by a thick forest of casuarina trees, it is the favorite beach of Mauritian families on weekends. And you should not miss the local entertainment par excellence: Inflatable “banana” ride.

Flic en Flac

Of all public beaches in Mauritius, Flic en Flac, located in the west, is one of the longest: it covers nearly 3 km. Deserted on weekdays, it is barely accessible for the weekend! You just need cross the road to find restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You will also notice quite a lot of food trucks around there.

Blue Bay

To the south-west, you will find Blue Bay! One extremely beautiful beach where the sand is fine and the blue of the sea dazzles you. There you will also have the opportunity to visit one protected marine park, boasting unique specimens found only in the Indian Ocean.

Belle Mare

This is probably the coolest and most tranquil beach of the island. If you are looking for peaceful relaxation in a Robinson Crusoe setting, this is where you should head. Located in the east of Mauritius, Belle Mare does not attract much but remains one great beach of fine sand and clear waters.

Souillac

The cliffs of Gris Gris, just steps from the town center of Souillac, in the south, will amaze you – With its raging waves and its wild beach, accessible by a staircase. Swimming is dangerous, but the scenery is pleasant and the location idea for a picnic.

Top Mauritian Dishes

The Mauritian cuisine is as mixed as its people and its culture with influences anchored in its history. Here are a few specialties you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius!

Rougail

The Rougail is a mix of tomato, onion and garlic which altogether forms a hot sauce in which is incorporated chicken,meat or fish. Served over rice, chapatis or faratas, the rougail is a very tasty dish that you will find easily in typical Mauritian restaurants.

The Briani

The Briani or Biryani is made of rice but maybe declined with chicken, fish, beef or vegetables all with a pinch of saffron punctuated by various spices. The best Brianis you will eat on the island are those from Plaine Verte in Port Louis.

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

The Magic Bowl is usually an inversed bowl of rice topped with chop-suoy. The Sino-Mauritian cuisine is very fragrant and very popular on the island. This dish is a must taste when it comes to the cuisine of Mauritius. It would be unthinkable to visit Mauritius without trying this culinary wonder. The main ingredients of this délice are: basmati rice, carrots, chicken breast, garlic cloves, corn starch, eggs, chives sprigs, oyster sauce, onions, Chinese brède, Chinese mushrooms, etc.

Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri is also one of the most representative dishes of the island of Mauritius. On every street corner you can find a dholl puree seller and do not hesitate a second to taste it. It is a kind of savory pancake topped with chutney and curry. On the island, Mauritians consume it at any time of day. It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds! Note that the Dholl Puri is always served in pairs. A good dholl puri is topped with curry, chutney and rougaille.

Fried Noodles

Fried noodles is unquestionably one of the best dishes you will find in Mauritius. You will find it on the menu card of almost all the restaurants and snack bars of the island. Fried noodles consists mainly of chicken, noodles, vegetables and shrimp.

Taro Cakes

The Taro cake is a donut made from a root-based plant that grows in Mauritius. Soft inside and crunchy on the outside, these cakes are a real delight that is usually eaten with Cotomili chutney (coriander).

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

Food has an important place in the everyday life of Mauritian. Tasting Mauritian cuisine helps you to fully enjoy the ethnic diversity of Mauritius. The hungry travelers will marvel at the quality and variety of local and gourmet cuisine proposed. We have shortlisted the best restaurants on the island for you. There you will taste exotic flavors of diverse influences that you will never forget.

The Château de Bel Ombre

Enjoy a romantic dinner while admiring the stars on the terrace of the Château de Bel Ombre. From the 1800s and located in the French garden of the area of ​​Bel Ombre, the colonial house converted into a restaurant, offers cuisine that reflects the Mauritian traditions.

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

The restaurant of Jacqueline Dalais, famous Mauritian cuisine lady, remains one of the best restaurants on the island. Through its innovative and family recipes, La Clef des Champs combines the richness of Mauritian produce excellence to French gastronomy. You will love their unique creations.

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

Situated in a garden with used cars and a colonial house, Chez Tante Athalie transports you to a picturesque atmosphere. As its name suggests, the restaurant pays homage to Madame Athaliah from the field of Mon Repos. Its simple, fresh cuisine and typical Creole will marvel you.

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

Typical Mauritian restaurant Chez Rosy welcomes you in a rustic setting with colorful décor. The restaurant invites you to discover the culinary tradition of Mauritius through a simple cuisine and dishes rich in colors and flavors such as lobster in parsley garlic butter or vindaye of octopus (octopus). All in a wild setting near La Roche Qui Pleure.

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

With its central location and its decor with Rajasthani furnishings, Happy Rajah is definitely one the best Indian restaurants on the island. With over 60 different dishes on the menu, it’s hard to choose

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

Peoples and ethnic groups: Indian, Creole, French, Anglo-Saxon and Chinese.

Languages: English, French, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Creole

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

Festivals: New Year’s Day (1 January), Chinese New Year (January-February), “Cavadee” (January-February), commemorating the abolition of slavery (1 February), “Maha Shivaratri” and “Holi” (February-March), the anniversary of Independence and the Republic (March 12), Labour Day (1 May), “Ganesh Chaturthi” (August-September), “Divali” (October-November) “Teemeedee” (December) and all religious holidays.

Time difference: + 3 hours in summer; + 4h in winter compared to France.

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

Getting there: Regular flights from various airlines – British Airways, Air France, Emirates, Air Asia, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, etc

Moving around:

By plane: Air Mauritius connects Mauritius to Reunion and Rodrigues daily.

By boat: the boat “Mauritius Trochetia” performs Mauritius-Reunion and Mauritius-Rodrigues bonds.

By bus: buses, often crowded (they depart once filled) enable the visit of different areas of the island … The rhythm of Mauritius is fascinating – frequent stops, sporty driving, cheap trip, and fun guaranteed!

By car: car rental is possible at the airport and at the various car rental services around the island. Driving is on the left and be sure of the authenticity of where you are renting a car and the condition of the car.

Health

The main dangers come from the sun (high protection sunscreen, headgear and sunglasses are a must). Please note also that “chikungunya” is transmitted by mosquitoes (repellent and protective clothing required in the evening). Observe the basic rules of hygiene (washing hands before eating, wash fruits and vegetables, eat well-cooked food …) … and remember to drink enough!In general, consult your doctor before starting to update your vaccines and build up a preventive kit pharmacy.

Security

Mauritius is a relatively safe destination. You should nevertheless be careful to avoid ostentatious signs of wealth and pay attention to your valuables ​​(especially on the beach). Warning: drug use (of whatever nature) is punishable by a lengthy sentence.

Climate: when to go?

Mauritius has two seasons: austral winter (May to October, when it is cooler) and the austral summer (November to April, hot temperatures), which is the most appropriate time to come enjoy the attractions of the island, particularly since it corresponds to winter in France. so pay attention to the influx of tourists during this season, especially in December and February-March: remember to make your reservations in advance.

Did you know ?

The ” dodo, bird now extinct, was from Mauritius. Several theories attempt to explain his disappearance but none have been confirmed yet!

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

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With its palette of cultures, Mauritius has the best to offer in terms of delicacies. Some restaurants do provide Mauritian foods, but leaving your hotel or villa might prove wonderful if you want to discover one of the hidden treasures of Mauritius. If you are one of those willing to hire a car and wind through the Mauritian roads, during your sojourn, to the city centres, markets and street corners, you will discover some of the best eats on the island.