The thought of an extended exhale – away from civilisation – on a white beach with a colourful umbrella-decked drink in hand, is what draws most people to an island holiday… Yet, immediately after the initial rest is fulfilled – most of us want more.

Thankfully, all islands are not equal. Some, like Mauritius, offer the slice of paradise, with more on offer than the pictured sun lounger.

Beyond the beach

Named the Leading Adventure Destination in the Indian Ocean Islands at the World Travel Awards for the third year running, this island offers a destination that awakens your heart with possibility from the moment you book – and a new discovery beyond each bend.

When it comes to fun for the whole family, Mauritius has it all. From museums that tell its intriguing historical back-story, and parks and reserves like the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousses with soulful giant tortoises and water lilies, to a playscape on land and sea – including time-honoured big game deep-sea fishing and golf, and top of the trends flying trapeze, stand-up paddle boarding and underwater excursions.

While the daydream of a lazy sun soaked swim is sure to get you on the plane, it’s the bustling array of activities that realise more than just memories, and will fill your #throwbacks until you return.

A foodcation journey

It’s widely accepted that the plates of a nation are some of the most immersive ways to truly experience local culture. And few can hold a fork next to the flavoursome blends of colours and spices simmered into each authentic Mauritian mouthful.

But more than rustic fare and a selection of tropical fruit, local chefs are trained to create true Mauritian gastronomy that are sure to tickle the most discerning tastebuds. Fan favourites include chilli fritters known as Gateaux piments, various local curries and seafood, and Mauritian flatbreads including roti chaud, dholl puri and fratata, expertly paired with coconut chutney and a spot of black tea.

In addition, Mauritian rum has made a name for itself globally – it is home to at least 10 distilleries that have benefited from centuries of know-how to obtain the best vintages. Beyond visiting these celebrated craft-makers, Club Med’s La Plantation d’Albion – that is part of its exclusive collection – offers a connoisseur-curated Rum Road where guests are invited to taste these and other vintage rums in a setting to match.

Natural discovery that is second to none

Thanks to its volcanic origin, Mauritius is home to a diverse flora and fauna, not usually found in such a small area. Its unique terrain, including rich coral reefs and dramatic mountain ranges, offer vibrant vistas for every traveller – from avid explorers, hikers and birding enthusiasts to those that seek out beautiful secluded, preserved coves (enhanced by black lava rocks), for a moment of solace.

It is also home to the natural monument located at the southwestern end of the island that symbolizes the resistance to slavery, Le Morne Village, one of two local UNESCO World Heritage Sites. At the base of the Le Morne mountain lies the International Slave Route Monument, which consists of 10 sculptures made by artists from Mauritius, Reunion Island, Madagascar, Mozambique, China, India and Malaysia.

Beyond its cultural significance, and natural beauty, its all-year-round tropical climate, is just the cherry on top of a breath-taking paradise.

Mauritius offers warm hospitality to match the weather

Friendly, positive, enthusiasm, passion and attentiveness are just some of the recurring characteristics that past travellers call out time and again.

For South Africans, accustomed to friendly, fun-loving people at home, finding kindred spirits the world over immediately enriches the experience. And an authentically Mauritian welcome will not leave anyone wanting. It will be as warm as the air and welcoming as the cold drinks that are ready and waiting.

“The island is a natural mood booster, but the people you meet create the real magic,” says Laura Hendel, customer growth marketing manager at Club Med Southern Africa.

So let Mauritius be the view your mind goes to for solace, the setting of the best nights of your life and days that will quench your wanderlust. 

Discover more about what makes Mauritius a sought-after holiday destination for couples, adventurers, families, and solo-travellers alike with #ratherbeinmauritius, #secretmauritius & @ClubMed.


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Our team of journalists are seasoned travels and love visiting the myriad of exciting places around South Africa.  Whether it is off the beaten track or in the heart of the top attractions of the country, we’ll be there,

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So what is the right accommodation?  Well more often than not, it’s your travel budget that dictates the type of accommodation that you choose. 

Expensive is not always better.  Our team at Home Food and Travel will tell you that they have camped in areas with limited ablutions and had a wonderful holiday.  They have also spent a night in a five star hotel only to be disappointed because their expectations exceeded the experience.

The reason for your travels will also affect your choice.  A business trip requires different amenities to a beach holiday. 

Our articles, reviews and experiences can certainly help you make your decision.

Restaurants with a good mix of service, food and ambiance

To my mind a great restaurant offers three things – excellent service, great food and a wonderful ambiance.  Of these, service is the most important. 

No matter that the food is delicious and the setting delightful, poor service can ruin the occasion.  However, great service combined with mediocre meal and a plane jane restaurant can still be a pleasant night out.

We’ve eaten in restaurants that are really dirty but with incredible food and couldn’t help but give a rave review.  We’ve also hardly noticed what we ate because the setting was just amazing.

However, the best restaurants come with the best of service, food and ambiance.

Spas are the ultimate relaxation aid

How do you know when you have had a great spa experience?  The answer, of course, is when you doze off on the treatment table. 

Well that’s our theory anyway.  It also doesn’t take a grand location with enormous facilities for a spa to be really good

A small, personal spa that is owner run can result in the best massage you have ever experienced.  However, the grand spas in five star hotels offer unsurpassed facilities in an environment that just makes the stress in your shoulders and neck melt away before you even finish checking in.


You don’t have to be an adrenaline junky to enjoy an exciting experience.  In fact, what are commonly termed adventure activities usually have incredibly high safety standards and unblemished safety records.

Ziplining, bungy jumping and shark cage diving are all very safe.  It’s just that our mind tells us we are craaazzzzyyyy to be doing this.

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