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auritians are known for their warm hospitality and easy, friendly nature, so it’s no surprise that after spending time here, you may well feel like a ‘zilwa’, or islander, yourself. While all-inclusive packages and fantastic restaurants encourage guests to stay within the resorts, heading out to experience the local entertainment will yield a richer understanding of this special country and its people.


The islanders like to party and Mauritians are often found enjoying ‘sega’ – a popular style of local music and dance – into the early hours. Visitors who need to brush up their moves can take a sega lesson at the Veranda Resorts ( and Angsana Balaclava (angsana. com), or watch the experts at a show on the beach. The main nightlife hub is around Grand Baie, with venues including OMG and the Banana Beach

PLACES FOR MAURITIAN CUISINE Chez Tante Athalie near Pamplemousses Gardens, North Mauritius; Chez Tino, Trou d’Eau Douce, East Mauritius; Le Case du Pecheur, Vieux Grand Port, Southeast Mauritius; Le Table de Château, Château Labourdonnais, North Mauritius;

Club, but also worth visiting are the Bombara Bar & Nightclub at Long Beach, C Beach Club in Domaine de Bel Ombre and La Vida at Flic en Flac.

Cultural events like the International Creole Festival in November also offer an opportunity for visitors to mingle with locals, and the multi-faith nature of the island means that many holy days are celebrated throughout the year.

Mauritius’ exciting fusion of Indian, French, Creole and Chinese foods and fl avours will deliver a gourmet treat to remember. Resorts offer a huge variety of dining options and experiences, from dinner in a Raj-style tent at Maradiva

Villas Resort & Spa (, to a sunset cruise on the island’s oldest motorboat, Lady Lisbeth, at 20 Degrees Sud ( Guests can also take Creole cooking lessons.

Verangue sur Morne, Chamarel, Southwest Mauritius; Les Copains d’Abord, Mahébourg, Southeast Mauritius; Le Palais de Barbizon, Chamarel, Southwest Mauritius; Food Hall, Central Market, Port Louis, North Mauritius; Euréka, La Maison Créole, Moka; La Bonne Marmite, Port Louis, North Mauritius

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STREET EATS Try some street eats like dhal puri and samosas at Port Louis’ market


Get fruity with the island’s locally grown (and expertly carved) pineapples


Spice it up and add some mazavaroo green chilli paste to your dinner

Mauritius’ exciting

fusion of Indian, French, Creole and Chinese foods and fl avours

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