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A world in one island

The Indian Ocean island of Mauritius is a breathtaking mix of white-sand beaches, lush forests and reef-filled waters. Its colourful colonial history has created a fusion of cultures, so expect to be greeted with a French cheek kiss, explore Hindu and Buddhist temples, see Sega dancing and hear snatches of Kreol in the streets.

Go beyond the beaches

Mauritius is more than just tropical beaches. This biodiverse island is a hive of experiences, like seeing giant tortoises and turtles in their natural environment, while adrenaline junkies will find themselves skydiving in the morning, hiking La Pouce in the afternoon and finishing the day zip-lining in Domaine Etoile.

Food from four continents

The best way to experience Mauritius's eclectic cuisine is during a walking tour of Port Louis's vibrant quarters. You'll find plump Chinese dumplings, sweet lychees and glasses of alooda (milkshake). And you haven't experienced Mauritius until you've tried crisp Indian gato pima (chilli bites) served steaming hot from the fryer.

Good for the soul

If blue lagoons and powder-soft sands aren't relaxing enough, check yourself in to a wellness retreat. Pamper your body with paddleboard yoga, raw menus and herbal treatments, and your mind with meditation sessions. Even those who are short on time should consider a beachfront manicure or a wet shave while sipping on a rum cocktail.

Upgrade your stay

There's a place to stay in Mauritius for every style and budget, but those looking for a truly opulent experience will love the 5-star accommodation on offer -- think butler service, swim-up rooms and more. It's no surprise, then, that Mauritius won Star Luxury Destination at the Travel Bulletin Star Awards 2018.

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