Why to visit Mauritius in 2016 by Peter Browne, Senior Editor of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.
I adore Mauritius unconditionally. I know this love should be tempered by the knowledge that a lot of others feel the same way, and that there is barely a scrap of beachfront not already appropriated by a lovely hotel with an army of expert sand-rakers, but it makes not one jot of difference to me. The island is the perfect size: manageable and easily negotiated but also big enough to get lost on. It is made for three or four days’ exploration – hiking in the brooding Black River Gorges National Park; strolling through the shady botanical gardens on dozy afternoons; tackling the market madness in Port Louis. And, between bouts of unremitting self-indulgence, staring glassy eyed out at a sea the colour of robin’s eggs; fine-sand beaches the colour of spun sugar, and always the rumble of waves reaching a reef where the snorkelling is sensational. Mauritius is an enchanting place, but thankfully not without bite and character.
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