Looking for the perfect destination for a romantic getaway for two? The island of Mauritius, just off the southeast coast of Africa, could be exactly what you’re looking for. Paradise comes in many forms in Mauritius, from its white sand beaches and stunning emerald peaks to its unique cuisine and relaxing resorts. Read on for the top 5 reasons to choose Mauritius for your next romantic getaway.
1. Luxurious resorts
Treat yourself to a stay at one of Mauritius’ many luxury resorts, which are stunningly designed to take full advantage of their oceanfront locations. At the Angsana Balaclava Mauritius Hotel, you can choose from a variety of activities aimed at connecting couples — a relaxing massage for two, a sunset cruise, or an intimate candlelit dinner on the beach. Book a private villa at the Four Seasons Mauritius and enjoy your own private infinity pool with gorgeous lagoon views.
2. Adventurous activities
Boredom is not an option in Mauritius. Your days can be filled with lazing on the beach, hiking Mauritius’ beautiful peaks to be rewarded with sweeping views, kite surfing, whale watching, helicopter tours, or scuba diving. There’s something incredibly romantic about trying new things together, so go ahead and share a new experience — or many — in Mauritius.
3. World-class cuisine
Mauritius’ unique and flavourful cuisine has been shaped by a variety of influences, most notably Creole, French, Indian, and Chinese. What results is a unique flavour all the island’s own, a true feast for the senses. The spice-heavy dishes showcase fresh local produce and seafood in curries and stews. Wash it all down with one of the island’s three locally distilled rums or take a distillery tour — try visiting La Rhumerie de Chamaral — to truly engage your senses.
4. Natural beauty
Mark Twain once said, “Mauritius was made first, and then heaven; and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.” It’s hard to believe that so much beauty can be packed into such a small island. In addition to its numerous white sand beaches, Mauritius is home to the Black River Gorges National Park, a spacious forest which houses gorgeous native ecosystems and wildlife along with panoramic views and stunning waterfalls. In the small village of Chamarel, check out the Seven Coloured Earths, a stunning display of polychromatic sand dunes that will leave you in awe of the beauty of nature.
5. Relaxing spas
A romantic getaway to Mauritius begs for a luxury spa visit. Most of Mauritius’ luxury resorts also offer incredible spas. The Spa by Clarins at the Royal Palm Hotel offers a wide-range of options, including Ayurvedic treatments, reflexology, Reiki, and hammams. Book a couple’s massage at the Oberoi Spa, where the blissful tone will be set with soothing music and aromas. Post-massage, you’ll enjoy an aromatic bathing ritual together for the ultimate romantic indulgence.