Land of Islands, Mauritius
“Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius,” he had no idea what was about to follow in the next two centuries — an architectural extravaganza for everyone who wants to secure a place in the popular paradise Mauritius has turned into. So if you don’t want to be caught on the hop, it’s a good idea to research your accommodation options in terms of location, pricing, safety and facilities. Remember that there is a balance between offer and demand (both high), but that’s all the more reason why you should take your booking job seriously.
The vestiges of triple (Dutch, French, British) colonialism survive in the freshly independent Mauritius, a multi-ethnic society, with Indian, African, European and Chinese origins. You will feel the cultural fusion with all your senses: You’ll smell and taste it in the roti and boulettes, you will see and touch it in the vibrant saris and the soft cashmere, you will hear it in the Mauritian Creole language. La Cabane du Pecheur is a perfectly indulgent way to start your stay — grilled catch of the day, just a meter above the white sandy beach, at a canteen operated by four Mauritian ladies in the heart of the community. Here, the beliefs of Hindus, Muslims, Buddhists and Christians coexist in a salient and secure peace: One month the skies brighten with fireworks for the Chinese New Year; the next, devotees are celebrating the Maha Shivaratri Hindu festival while the trade winds carry the imams’ calls for prayers.
Mauritius for the turquoise waters, the piña coladas, the fresh fish dishes and the paragliding. But maybe you can take advantage of Mauritius’ location and visit neighboring Madagascar, the fourth-largest island in the world and one of its most biodiverse countries.