Written by Paula Jones Last updated: June 6, 2006
Paradise island is a perfect hideaway spot
This small paradise island in the Indian Ocean has many top‐class resorts that specialise in providing the ultimate in seclusion in stunning surroundings, making it a honeymoon hot‐spot for starry‐eyed couples looking for a secret hideaway.
Although, on average, newly‐weds leave their hotel only twice during their whole stay, there’s plenty to see when they do, including pristine palm‐fringed beaches, spectacular waterfalls and volcanic mountains in fields of sugar cane. The island is studded with churches, mosques and Hindu temples, reflecting the rich ethnic diversity of the local culture. You might also like to try a little Sega ‐‐ a kind of Creole salsa popular with locals ‐‐ or take a drive through the mountainous interior and watch the sun set on the south‐west coast.
Because of its former status as a French colony, Mauritian cuisine is a mix of classic French and spicy Creole, although good Indian and Chinese food are also available. The island abounds in tropical fruit and it’s likely that on your arrival, you’ll find a plate of fresh mango, coconut and banana in your hotel room and maybe a bottle of Champagne too! Le Domino restaurant near Le Morne has excellent views of the sea and mountains and serves wonderful seafood.
What could be more perfect than popping the question against the raging backdrop of the spectacular Chamarel Falls?
Paul et Virginie, by French author Bernardine St Pierre, is the swashbucklingly romantic tale of shipwrecks and heartbreak that made Le Saint Geran famous.
Joyeux anniversaire = Happy anniversary
Je t’aime = I love you
Felicitations! = Congratulations!
Veux tu me marier? = Will you marry me?
Mauritius offers all the watersports including water‐skiing, snorkelling on the coral reef, diving, and catamaran cruises. Some resorts also offer a Walk the Seabed excursion, which is exactly what it sounds like: you slip onto the seabed from the bottom of a boat wearing a glass helmet supplied with oxygen. And if you fancy pulling in something to barbecue later, why not venture out on a deep‐seafishing tour?
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