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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Hotel Overview

Maradiva, member of Leading Hotels of the World, is an exclusive haven of luxury spread over 27 scenic acres with 750 m of pristine beach.The 65 Pools Villas draw inspiration from the charming local architecture, each adjoining a tranquil living and dining area, with the benefit of full 24 hrs butler service to ensure that every guest need is met.

The main Infinity pool(heated in winter) overlooks the serene, turquoise waters of Tamarin Bay at Wolmar and brings that sense of intimacy that Maradiva Villa Resort & Spa inspires to its guests.

A range of water sport facilities are also available at the Boat House.

Room types at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Presidential Suite Pool

Room Occupancy 4+2

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2 bedrooms villa of 345 m², a private pool of 56 m²  and a Beachfront location.  Each of the two 345 m² Presidential suites takes pride of place at the centre of th resort's crescent beach. 4 adults & 2 extra bed ( 2 children up to 12 years old) and  baby cot.


Luxury Suite Pool Villa

Room Occupancy 2+1

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1 Bedroom villa 163 m² with private pool 15 m²adjoining a spacious and airy tranquil  alfresco dining area. 2 adults and 1 extra bed (up to 12 years old) and 1 baby cot


Beachfront Suite Pool Villa

Room Occupancy 2+1

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1 Bedroom villa 163 m² including a private pool 15 m²adjoining a tranquil  alfresco dining area with an incomparable  view of Tamarin Bay . 2 adults and 1 extra bed (up to 12 years old) and 1 baby cot.


Exclusive Suite Pool Villa

Room Occupancy 2+2

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1 Bedroom villa 220 m² with a private pool of 25 m² Beachfront location. 2 adults and 2 extra bed child or teenager (up to 12 years old) and 1 baby cot or 3 adults.


Garden Suite Pool Villa

Room Occupancy 2+1

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Surrounded by lush exotic gardens,these 163m² pool villas nestled in nature create a sublime and enchanted environment with picturesque spots. Your own private terrace, ideal for Alfresco dining, and private 15m² pool create a perfect hideaway that holds the promise of an idyllic experience.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Hotel Restaurants

Coast2coast

The Coast2Coast restaurant serves Mediterranean, Mauritian and International cuisines in a relaxed ambiance. It operates in buffet style for breakfast and A La Carte for lunch whilst for dinner, the chef presents a special menu every evening. Guests can quietly unwind in one of the three lounges of the restaurant or enjoy the light breeze on the terrace. For those with romance on the mind, beach dinners under Raj tents can also be arranged.

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Cilantro

Cilantro is the name given to coriander, cotomili in the local language… With its romantic design, Cilantro is a temple of modern Indian gastronomy. This specialty restaurant is open for A La Carte dinner and features the finest in Pan Asian and Indian cuisine. Cilantro also offers an interactive live cooking teppanyaki counter for a more convivial ambiance as well as a lounge area for pre-dinner and after dinner drinks.

Breakers Bar

The Breakers Lounge Bar exudes a contemporary yet intimate atmosphere and serves light meals as well as a wide selection of international wines and spirits. It is an excellent venue for relaxed entertainment. Nestled under intricate woodwork, guests can enjoy magnificent views of Le Morne and the ocean whilst relaxing in deep sofas and day beds in a chilled-out atmosphere.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Wedding Packages

About the Wedding Packages offered by Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Private villas and personalized service create a luxurious cocoon for newlyweds at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa. If an exotic island wedding is your dream for your special day, the luxurious five-star Maradiva team will make it happen. Relax knowing that every detail has been taken care of - from the hand-picked bouquet and last minute wedding dress alterations to the reception dinner. Whilst arrangements are being finalized, you and your partner can unwind at the award-winning Maradiva spa during blissful Ayurvedic treatments and healing therapies.

Wedding at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa on the west coast of Mauritius with its 27 lush hectares of breathtaking gardens is the ideal romantic retreat for wedding celebrations and receptions. Let your love be captivated by the natural beauty of Maradiva's prime location, which generously offers views to the spectacular rock of Le Morne Mountain and access to a calm Indian Ocean, glittering in the bright sun all year round.

The lavish five-star ranking of Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa doesn't take away from the resort's uniqueness and authentic heritage - quite the opposite. The legendary Mauritian hospitality is omnipresent with over 200 dedicated staff members, who are enthusiastic about your wellbeing and about offering personalized service.

In Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa your wedding plans can be organized based on one of the three charming wedding packages and the additional services for all the many customized touches you are craving to add.

The Emerald and Sapphire Wedding Packages are ideal for a tropical dream wedding with the most spectacular decoration being the breathtaking views of the Indian Ocean. While your dedicated wedding planner is looking after the last details, you can enjoy every step of this enchanting journey towards your common happy life as a married couple.

Wedding at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

The night of the wedding celebration is only the beginning of a new chapter written with words of love, care and understanding. Relish into the new stories that you are about to create together, and enjoy the romantic atmosphere that has especially been set up in the villa for your first night as a married couple.

In the heart of Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is Maradiva's award-winning spa - an oasis of peace and tranquility, which inspires perfect harmony for the body and soul. This is the ideal place to escape from the public eye and take your time for the jubilant truth of your marriage to sink in. And for even more exclusively romantic moments, Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa takes it one step further with the sightseeing tour in a Rolls-Royce with a luxurious picnic hamper.

Wedding at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

The Diamond Package is an advanced variant of the Emerald and Sapphire Packages with an extra boost of luxury and exertion by the dedicated Maradiva first-class team. The bride and groom-to-be will be pampered by the experienced hands of masseuses, beauticians and hairdressers for a complete mind and body rejuvenation before the big day.

With the Diamond Package you will be the protagonists of your prettiest dreams while walking down the red carpet covered in rose petals and exchanging your deepest words of love and passion in front of the west coast's ethereal beauty. An exceptional celebration cannot be considered complete without exquisite flavors and aromas on the table. Prepared by top chefs, the two-tier wedding cake and the eight-course menu will expand your appetite horizons.

For more tailor-made possibilities, look into the variety of optional services: floral arrangements, beauty care, video filming, horse riding, sunset cruise and special entertainment touches (fireworks, sky lanterns, sound system, sega show, live saxophonist/violinist/guitarist/cello, live trio) can be especially arranged to evidently praise each other's love.


Included in the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa Wedding Packages

Included in the Emerald Package are:

  • Seasonal bridal bouquet and buttonhole
  • Bridal hair styling
  • Pressing of the wedding gown and suit
  • Ceremony as per chosen location
  • Floral centerpiece
  • Four-hour photography with 1 CD with 20 retouched pictures
  • One-tier wedding cake with a bottle of selected champagne
  • Three-course special wedding menu in the privacy of the villa or under the raj tent
  • Romantic champagne breakfast in the privacy of the villa on the day following the wedding
  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Special wedding gift from Maradiva
  • Romantic turndown in villa on the wedding night
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Day use villa (subject to availability)
  • Witness and best man (if required)

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Included in the Sapphire Package are:

  • Seasonal bridal bouquet and buttonhole
  • Bridal hair styling and make-up
  • Pressing of the wedding gown and suit
  • Ceremony as per chosen location
  • Beautifully decorated gazebo with a floral centerpiece
  • Four-hour photography with 1 CD and 36 retouched pictures printed in a photo album
  • One-tier wedding cake with a bottle of selected champagne
  • Four-course special wedding menu in the privacy of the villa or under the raj tent
  • Romantic champagne breakfast on the beach on the day following the wedding
  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Special wedding gift from Maradiva
  • Romantic turndown in villa on the wedding night
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Day use villa (subject to availability)
  • Witness and best man (if required)

Included in the Diamond Package are:

  • Seasonal bridal bouquet and buttonhole
  • Bridal hair styling and make-up, including trial
  • Pressing of the wedding gown and suit
  • Mani-Pedi for him and for her
  • 60-minute aromatherapy massage for the happy couple
  • Ceremony as per chosen location
  • Beautifully decorated gazebo with a floral centerpiece
  • Red carpet with rose petals
  • Four-hour photography with 1 CD and 54 retouched pictures printed in a photo album
  • Two-tier wedding cake with a bottle of selected champagne
  • Eight-course special tasting wedding menu in the privacy of the villa or under the raj tent
  • Romantic champagne breakfast on the beach on the day following the wedding
  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Special wedding gift from Maradiva
  • Romantic turndown in villa on the wedding night
  • 24-hour butler service
  • Day use villa (subject to availability)
  • Witness and best man (if required)

Optional services offered by the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

  • Floral arrangements: flowers in hair
  • Beauty: hair and make-up trial
  • Gallery: video filming
  • Romance & Fantasy: horse riding, sunset cruise
  • Entertainment: fireworks, sky lanterns, sound system, sega show, live saxophonist/violinist/guitarist/cello, live trio

About the Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Wedding at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

The Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is the only five-star all-villa resort on the west coast of Mauritius. With a prime location, the resort is endowed with a long stretch of pristine beach that generously offers views to the spectacular rock of Le Morne Mountain and access to a calm Indian Ocean, glittering in the bright sun all year round.

As a family owned hotel, its uniqueness lies in the rich authentic Mauritian heritage. The resort stretches across 27 lush acres of land, home to protected species and some 150 endemic plants. The legendary Mauritian hospitality is omnipresent with over 200 dedicated staff members who are enthusiastic about your wellbeing and about personalized service.

This all-villa resort comprises of 65 discreetly opulent villas, each having a private pool. Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is all about quality, authenticity and nature - elements that are also manifested through its typically Mauritian architecture.

In the heart of Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is Maradiva's award-winning spa - an oasis of peace and tranquility, which inspires perfect harmony for the body and soul. This is the ideal place to indulge into peace and escape from the stress and strains of everyday life. The Spa's design is strongly influenced by the Indian philosophy and offers Ayurvedic therapies, customized body and face treatments, and a range of deep muscular massages, relaxation aromatherapy and detoxifying cleansing wraps.

Wedding at Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

For active couples who can't stay still, Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa has fitness facilities that include among many others an aqua gym, a yoga studio and a floodlit tennis court.

And for your most exclusively romantic moments, Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa takes it one step further with the sightseeing tour in a Rolls-Royce with a luxurious picnic hamper. If you wish to enjoy some privacy with your other half, you can opt for a candle lit dinner that will be served in your villa. Or for a dreamy night out, choose the relaxed ambiance of Coast2Coast fusion restaurant with a beach dinner under Raj tents.


The Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa Location

The Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is situated in Flic-en-Flac a lively and beautiful village in the district of Black River on the west coast of Mauritius. In a very short time, Flic-en-Flac has developed in one of Mauritius' top destinations for both tourists and the local people.

In Flic-en-Flac you will find everything that you will need for an ideal holiday - from excellent white sand beaches, to dazzling turquoise waters, water sport activities, variety of restaurants and boutiques, and green natural sceneries for complete relaxation.

The Flic-en-Flac beach is an 8km long paradisal shore fringed with pine trees, and is ideal for peaceful afternoon walks, water sports, idyllic picnics and sun bathing. Not very far away there are other very popular and unspoiled beaches like the Tamarin beach or the Le Morne beach.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Spa

In the heart of Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is an oasis of peace and tranquility. Maradiva’s Spa is the ideal place to harmonise your body and soul and escape from the stress and strains of everyday life; to relax, unwind and rejuvenate.

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The Spa’s design is strongly influenced by Indian philosophy. Maradiva’s Spa offers western as well as eastern signature Indian treatments including Ayurvedic therapies and customized body & face treatments, that range from deep muscular massages to relaxation aromatherapy and detoxifying cleansing wraps.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Sport & Leisure Activities

Wide expanses of crystal-clear lagoons sheltered by a coral reef ripple with the promise of a refreshing dip and other fun activities for those looking to relax, explore the waters, venture out further or take on a challenge. The boat house is your gateway to an extensive range of nautical activities and will provide you with modern equipment as well as a team of professional instructors.

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IN-RESORT ACTIVITIES

(Complimentary Activities)

  • Water sports: Snorkeling, Water skiing, Hobie cat, Sailboat, Pedalo, Kayak, Windsurfing

ACTIVITIES AROUND THE RESORT

  • Catamaran and sunset cruise, Swimming with the dolphins, Deep sea fishing, Scuba diving, Casela Nature Park,Golf Courses

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Kids Facilities & Kids Club

The Mini Club is open to children aged between 4 and 12 years old. A programme of age group-specific activities is in place to ensure that children have the most unforgettable holidays. Kids will have a blast with these series of fun, creative, sporty and cultural pastimes.

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The club also has a playground area, safe shallow pool, sand pit, toy room, bathrooms, kitchen and a child-size dining area. A favourite among our little guests is the "Dodo room," where the walls and floor are padded with soft cushions, making it the perfect place to let loose and run around.

Babysitting services are also available for younger ones at a nominal fee. A 24 hr notice is required.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Hotel Facilities

  • Wifi
  • Telephone
  • Tea Coffee Service
  • Mini-bar
  • Medical assistance available
Activities
  • Fishing
  • Waterskiing
  • Catamaran cruises
  • Snorkelling
  • Canoe-kayak
  • Windsurfing
  • Swimming Pool
  • Pedal boat
  • Spa
Services
  • Laundry (at extra cost)
  • A butler available as per your demands
  • Conference Room
  • Shops
Kids
  • Club teens 03-11 years

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa - Location

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What to Do in the Hotel's Region

Golf - West

Golf Unforgettable is the only word to describe around of golf on the course at Paradis Hotel. Set against the backdrop of majestic mountains, the fairways and greens curl along the shoreline of a spectacular bay. The claim that this is one of the most beautiful golf courses in Mauritius is a valid one.

Built within the resort's grounds, the 18-hole Par 72 golf course stretches along 5,924 meters between the iconic Morne mountain and the crystal-clear lagoon of the Morne peninsula.

What to Do in the West

Much of the creative design of the bunkers and fairways is attributable to international golf legend Tony Johnstone who has spent several years playing the course through its many evolutionary stages.

Carved into the rugged south-west savannah land coast of Mauritius, between mountain and sea, Tamarina Golf, Spa and Beach Club is the first residential golf estate on the island.

Tamarina Golf, Spa and Beach Club boasts 119 luxury villas, an 18-hole par 72 challenging Championship golf course designed by Rodney Wright, a Golf Academy, tennis courts and a clubhouse with a Pro Shop, a bar and a restaurant – Le Dix-Neuf.

Playing 6886 metres from the Professional tees, the course is laid out with standard four par 3’s and four par 5’s with remaining holes as par 4’s. Each hole offers five different teeing options, catering for all level of golfers: Professional, Championship, Club, Senior/Ladies Championship and Ladies tees. A fantastic 300-metre practice range is also provided with large putting greens and chipping and bunker facilities.

Due to the climate and the nature of the terrain, golfers are encouraged to use golf carts throughout the course. Over 6km of concrete golf cart paths have been designed for the comfort of the golfer and a halfway snack House is found between the 9th and 10th holes for refreshments.

This unique Estate is not only a haven of peace but also a golfer's dream with gentle breezes and the lowest average rainfall of the island!

Tamarina Golf is situated near Tamarin village, 25 km south of Port Louis and 45 km by car from the airport.

Big Game Fishing - West Mauritius

Mauritius has acquired over the years a solid reputation in terms of Big Game Fishing. It has been practiced by locals for years and the country is now considered as one of the best world Big Game Fishing destinations.

Big Game fishing targets large fish famous for their sporting qualities. The different species that can be caught in Mauritian waters include:

  • Tuna
  • Blue Marlin
  • Black Marlin
  • Bonito
  • Mako Sharks
  • Tiger Sharks
  • Dorado
  • Wahoo
  • Yellow Fin Tuna
  • Sailfish
  • Dog Tooth

Big Game Fishing activities are offered in half-day and full-day packages by different centres across the island, with boats ranging from 36 to 47 ft for 4 to 8 passengers. Some packages sail 200 km away on fishing banks.

Big Game Fishing is also interesting for those non-fishermen, as the landscape seen as the boat is sailing is amazing and some packages provide a ride around the offshore islets north of Mauritius.

Boats are fully equipped with fighting chairs, different rods, GPS, radio, radars, safety equipment, medical kits, fire extinguishers and toilets, among others. The packages usually include snacks and beverages. They are manned by qualified staff that will help those unfamiliar with fishing techniques.

Kitesurf West

Mauritius, with its wide lagoons and South East Trade winds offers all the required ingredients for a thrilling kite surfing adventure. Mauritian waters offer opportunities both to beginners and experienced kite surfers; it is thus seeing more visitors choosing the destination for its kite surfing opportunities.

What to Do - Kitesurf

The country now counts 8 registered kite surf schools and rentals. As most water sports, these services are usually available within hotel premises, but are not limited exclusively to the hotel’s customers. Moreover, these schools main instructors have got the International Kiteboarding Organisation certification. These schools also offer kiteboard rental either per day or per week. The equipment is of international standards and regularly updated. Some schools also offer downwind and lagoon crossing trips for small groups interested in surfing around the island. However, they have to be booked well in advance for logistics reasons.

Even if experienced kite surfers are tempted to just go with the flow, it is advisable to have all necessary information, so as to know where the best spots are, what is the best time of the year and what are the precautions needed on specific spots.

When?
Since water temperature will not go below 20°C, there is no unsuitable season for kite surfing. Even the winds make it possible to kite surf all year round. However, during the months of June to January, winds can get very strong.

Where on West Coast?

Le Morne: One Eye
Le Morne is very famous today, and everyone agrees that its One Eye spot is the best kite surfing spot in the country, and some would even argue that it is the best in the world! As a matter of fact, semi professional and professional kite surfers from the whole world come to live the One Eye experience. This site can be exposed to smooth, extreme or strong winds, waves and currents. Kite surfing there gives the opportunity of having amazing panoramic views over the turquoise lagoon of Le Morne, as well as the imposing Le Morne Brabant mountain, just next to the spot. The sailing area hosts various hotels that give all facilities for kite surfing experience.


The tides at One Eye are higher during summer, especially between December and April, and the depth of the water will depend on the waves. Le Morne spot however does have a few hazards that have to be avoided, namely some large rocks. They is however clearly visible through the water.
The drawback at Le Morne spot however is that it attracts a lot of kiters, especially at week-ends where there are swimmers as well. It can thus be very crowded. Moreover, it can be challenging for beginners due to strong currents that can take them by surprise within seconds and pull them outside the lagoon. It is thus advisable that beginners consider the 16 other spots around the island.

Horse Riding West

Horseback riding is definitely not new to Mauritians, nor Mauritius. The least one can say is that it is a sport deeply rooted in the traditions of the country. The fact that we find here the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere is proof enough of that. The passion of horse racing is shared by (almost) all Mauritians. And that, irrespective of their ethnicity or social class...

What to Do in the West

But horseback riding is not practiced only on the Champ de Mars racecourse. There are quite a few equestrian centers on the island. You can most definitely stroll down the wide (and white) sandy beaches of the island on horseback. With the lapping waves in the background, you can enjoy the sun and scenery as a bonus. During the day, the sportiest and most experienced can also take a dip in the sea with their horses! This is a unique experience that can only leave you with good memories. In the evening, enjoy the sunset as you stroll quietly, alone, with your partner or your family.

The beach is not your favorite playground ? Well, you can also enjoy horse riding in lush vegetation on beautiful domains at the heart of the island. Some even extend over 2,000 hectares. You can also find equestrian centers in various localities of the island.

West
If you are passionate about horseback riding and want to see Mauritius from another angle, go to the South West. There you can walk on white sandy beaches, but also ride horses at the foot of the renowned Morne Brabant, emblem of the island. Both horses and ponies are available which should make kids and adults happy. Going more inland you can also find more traditional equestrian centers, with imported horses from South Africa and former racehorses. You will also find a little something for you to relax or a nice restaurant to enjoy a traditional Mauritian meal…

Port-louis

Port Louis, capital and main port of Mauritius was founded in 1735 by French governor, Mahé de Labourdonnais. Its residential population of above 150,000 is an intense intermix of races and cultures. Being a vibrant spot, it receives many visitors during daytime - commuters, locals, businessmen and tourists. Shopping and a visit to the city museums can be a very interesting way to learn about the historical and cultural aspect of the island.

The Central Market

What To See in the West

The ‘bazaar’ (or central market) is located near the harbour on Farquhar Street. It opens everyday from 6am. In the colourful and bustling central market everything can be found, from food to clothing. In summer, it is advisable to visit the market early, before the heat of the day.

The market is divided into the vegetable, fruit, meat and the craft sections. A variety of tropical fruits, local food and crafted objects are sold at affordable prices. Calling out to passing customers, the vendors offer almost unlimited products and services and if you have good bargaining skills, then you are in for a treat. There is also an area where local snacks and drinks such as dholl puri and alouda are sold. If your stomach is sensitive then it is recommended not to try them. As you stroll around you will encounter many shops selling an eclectic range of interesting items such as clothes, hats, bags, accessories, souvenirs and many other items.

Caudan Waterfront

Caudan, built on the old docks on the sea front, is one of the biggest shopping malls in Mauritius. It comprises of more than 170 shops, restaurants, a casino, cinemas and a 5-star business hotel. You will also find international brands, a collection of local souvenir shops and the Blue Penny Museum which hosts two of the rarest and most expensive stamps in the world.

What To See in the West

Blue Penny Museum

The Blue Penny Museum hosts a selection of maps, photographs and engravings from different periods in history. It also has a gallery for temporary exhibitions and a souvenir boutique. The pride of the museum's collection lies in two of the world's rarest stamps: the red one-penny and blue two-pence 'Post Office' stamps.

The stamps were engraved and printed locally by Joseph Osmond Barnard. In September 1847, Mauritius was the first British colony and fifth country in the world to issue postage stamps. The stamps were incorrectly printed with the words 'Post Office' rather than 'Post Paid'. These stamps now rank among the most valuable in the world.

What To See in the West

The Blue Penny Museum, which conveys the history of the island's exploration, settlement and colonial period, provides an enriching experience.

Chinatown

What To See in the West

Chinatown is a small area within Port Louis made of mostly Chinese restaurants, Chinese shops and other small businesses. Its cramped shops sell practically everything. Many hawkers sell Chinese foods as well. The elders of Chinatown still wear traditional dress and speak with a strong Chinese accent.

La Place D’armes

At the entrance of Place D’Armes, the statue of the French governor, Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, one of the founding fathers of Mauritius, dominates the view.

Theatre Of Port Louis

Built in the 19th Century, this timeless municipal theatre is one of the oldest in the Indian Ocean. It is decorated in a classic London theatre style and seats around 600 people.

Government House

Government House is one of the oldest and the most important building in Port Louis. The striking French colonial structures of this building were constructed in 1740 by Mahé de Labourdonnais. It was his official residence as governor.

Port Louis’ most imposing boulevard, Sookdeo Bissoondoyal, lined with royal palm trees leads up to Government House. Outside stands a typically solemn statue of the British Queen Victoria representative of Mauritian history. Some huge flame trees give shade to the entrance. Mauritius is one of the Commonwealth countries with the oldest democratic tradition.

Fort Adelaide

Fort Adelaide, or La Citadelle, named after Queen Adelaide, is situated on a hill overlooking the city and the harbour. It is at 240 ft. above sea level. The fort was built by the British around 1835 for the strategic purpose of guarding the harbour against enemy attacks and fires that broke in the city.

What To See in the West

The British are thought to have built this fort in fear of a civil war from remaining French settlers on the island. There is an underground tunnel that links it with the harbour. Out of the four forts built in Port Louis it is the only one to have not ended up in ruins. Its black stone walls conceal the interior renovation work in progress since the early 1990s. Fort Adelaide was a fitting symbol of British strength, but the great building slowly decayed over the following one and a half centuries. It is now being transformed into a site of recreation and tourism.

Champ De Mars

What To See in the West

Founded in 1812, Champ de Mars is another interesting place to visit, especially during the horse racing season. Situated in Port Louis, it is the sole horse race-track on the island. It is the oldest race course in the Indian Ocean and the second oldest in the southern Hemisphere.

As the most popular sport in Mauritius, a high level of professionalism has been reached in the organization of races over the last decades, thus, boosting competition levels, and creating a unique electrifying atmosphere on each race day. This is a great tourist attraction as well. You can expect around 30 000 visitors per race.

The first race-meeting usually starts in mid-May and ends normally in late November, with an average of nine horses per race. On average, some 60 horses participate on each racing day. Since the early 1990's, the Totalising System has been introduced and various betting combinations are now available. The standard of horses in Mauritius may not be as high as in Europe or U.S but the atmosphere during a race-meeting is definitely as exciting as anywhere else in the world.

Museum Of Photography

The small Photography Museum is the labour of love of local photographer Tristan Bréville. He’s amassed a treasure trove of old cameras and prints, including several daguerreotypes (the forerunner of photographs) produced in Mauritius in 1840. The museum also contains a vast archive of historical photos of the island, only a tiny fraction of which are on display.

 

This fascinating museum has one of the island’s oldest display of cameras prints and photographs of colonial Mauritius. Exhibits include an impressive glass-plate camera from 1880 and some wonderful archived photos, copies of which can be bought as souvenirs. You can discover more than 1000 photo apparatus, ancient photos, albums, photo frames, and if you are lucky, a Daguerréotype. This museum full of memories is definitely a place not to be missed.

The Natural History Museum

The Natural History Museum, the oldest museum in Mauritius, is found at the centre of Port Louis. The Museum collection dates from early 1800. It contains unique, rare and even extinct specimens of the fauna of Mauritius and surrounding islets. The natural history museum is free for everyone. The only downside is that you need to have a very good memory as visitors are not allowed to take pictures. It does not have air conditioning, so it is advised to visit on a cool day. The most popular exhibition is that of the Dodo; its skeletons are on display. The museum is also a nice day out from the bustle of the capital; one can also learn about nature and marine life.

Casela World Of Adventures

Nestled majestically in the verdant Yemen Reserve in the Black River district, this glorious nature and animal park is a must see place in Mauritius. Spread over 250 hectares of rugged terrain, lush forest, scorched-earth safari and breath-taking gorges, the Casela Park hosts an eclectic range of indigenous and exotic species such as Java deer, wild boars, hares, macaque monkeys, big cats, rhinos, giraffes, camels, zebras, ostriches, mongoose and fruit bats, as well as ebony, pink pepper plants, and the list is just endless. Here, you will have the privilege to discover a whole new world of the mountain, nature and safari kingdom.

What To See in the West

Besides, encountering the fascinating animal species, you have the choice to plunge in the world of adventures through various adrenaline-packed activities in the wild nature like engaging in Safari Quad Biking, photo-safari with the big cats and African mammals, canyoning, zip lining, Nepalese bridge, toboggan slide (adults and children) and 4D Cinema to discover the natural science and history of Mauritius.

Aapravasi Ghat

The 19th century immigration depot is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has a historical and cultural value to the Indian Diaspora in Mauritius. The Aapravasi Ghat is a historic complex of buildings located on the seafront in Port-Louis. It consists of the partial remains of three stone buildings built on the spot of an earlier depot site. It has an entrance gateway, a hospital block, remnants of immigration sheds, and vestiges of the service quarters.

 

The complex represents the beginning of the Great Experiment initiated by the British Government, where nearly half a million Indians were housed between 1834 and 1920. They were the first “indentured” labourers, brought to Mauritius by the British Government to work on sugar plantations after the abolition of slavery.

The highlight of the site is the Beekrumsing Ramlallah Interpretation Centre, which hosts children activities. To get into the depth of the Mauritian historical and cultural legacy, a visit to the Aapravasi Ghat is recommended.

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