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Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Hotel Overview

The 5-star Sofitel Imperial Resort & Spa welcomes you, on the west coast of Mauritius famous for its sunsets, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, in an Asian decor blended with Mauritian hospitality and French refinement. The luxury resort is a renowned wedding and honeymoon planner and organises family and golf packages in 191 luxury rooms or suites that open on a balcony or terrace with garden or ocean view.

French culinary expertise is the secret behind the five restaurants: fresh local ingredients and seafood transformed by Asian chefs in spectacular show cooking; international gastronomy buffets and barbecues; fresh grilled fish on the beach or lobster by candlelight and starlight. The three bars offer signature cocktails, tropical sundowners with live music and dancing on the sand or cheese and meat delicacies service the finest vintage wines and champagnes.

So SPA, cocooned in a delicate Asian sanctuary, opens a dream world of luxury treatments and ayurvedic massages, hot stones, aromatherapy and ultimate relaxation in the Jacuzzi, hammam or musical pool. The lagoon and the coral reef provide for water-skiing, snorkelling, diving and dolphin watch while Kid's villa has a paddling pool and special activities for children.

Room types at Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa

Luxury Room

Room Occupancy 2+1

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The rooms are on 1st or 2nd floor, with ocean view and balcony.


Opera Suite

Room Occupancy 2+2

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The suites open up on a balcony and offer an ocean view.


Family Suite

Room Occupancy 2+2

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The suites, situated on the 1st or 2nd floors, open up on a balcony or terrace, and offer a garden view.

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Hotel Restaurants

French culinary expertise is the secret behind the five restaurants. Mauritius provides fresh, tropical ingredients, Asian chefs perform show cooking, and the world's cuisines inspire heaped buffets and à la carte menus.

Ravinala Restaurant

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Every night, a different corner of the world - Mauritius, France, Italy, India - inspires heaped buffets and barbecues in this poolside restaurant. Come for a hearty breakfast and relaxed family lunch; at dinner, discuss wine with the sommelier.

Cuisine: International

Opening hours: 06:00 - 11:00 ; 19:00 - 22:30

Tamassa Beach Restaurant

The scent of freshly grilled fish and meat emanates each lunch-time from Tamassa, a relaxed restaurant on the beach. Taste Mauritian specialties like palm heart salad and smoked fish: a delicious break in a deliciously relaxing day.

Cuisine: International and Mauritian

Opening hours: 12:00 - 17:00

Jacaranda

Dine on fresh lobster, under the stars, right on the sand, with candles twinkling romantically. Delicate dishes feature the finest local ingredients and the creative culinary skills of the French chef.

Opening hours: 19:00 - 22:00

Ming Court

Overlooking the big, inviting swimming pool in the heart of the hotel, feast on dishes prepared with Mauritian ingredients fresh from the market. Add excitement to your meal by booking a Teppanyaki show cooking table.

Cuisine: thematic Chinese and Japanese cuisine

Opening hours: 19:00-22:00

Teppanyaki

High-speed chopping, eggs flying, knives slicing spectacularly through the air, experience the entertainment and scrumptiousness of authentic Teppanyaki show cooking. The Asian chefs love to show off their culinary skills.

Cuisine: Japanese

Opening hours: 19:00 - 22:00

Pink Café Bar

Splashes of pink in the trendy décor inspired the name of this poolside lounge and bar. Signature cocktails, a tinkling piano, the buzz of excited holiday conversation... Set between the vast pool and turquoise Indian Ocean, this bar sparkles.

Opening hours: 08:30 - 24:00

Tamassa Bar on the Beach

No need to stray far from the pool or the sea for your cocktail, this relaxed bar is a nightly hotspot for live music, an impressive array of cool drinks and dancing on the sand.

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Cuisine: light afternoon snacks and tropical sundowners

Opening hours: 08:30 - 24:00

Wine Corner Bar

Pair wine flights with French cheeses or nibbles from the deli; the hotel’s expert sommelier can advise on the world's finest vintage wines and champagnes.

Opening hours: 18:30 - 22:00

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Wedding Packages

About the Wedding Package offered by Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

On the Island of Mauritius where people around the world dream to be, weddings are much more than mere ceremonies. Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa invite couples to knit the perfect romantic everlasting memories with beads of fantasy and elegance. Here, where the sun sets over the island’s soft white beaches and turquoise waters, wedding ceremonies at this 5* luxury hotel go on a wondrous magical note.

Wedding at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

At Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa on the west coast of Mauritius, the wedding specialists have crafted the Imperial Wedding Package that promises to offer you the perfect celebration ever, without the least worry.

Conscious that wedding planning is not just time-consuming and that keeping track of the cost of every detail down to the number of flowers in your bouquet can be downright mind-boggling, the wedding experts are here to care for your least wishes. Through the Imperial Wedding Package, Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa presents you a canvas which you may personalize according to your tastes, needs and desires. To render your wedding ceremony the most private and yet outstanding possible, Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa organizes only one wedding per day and a dedicated wedding planner remains at your disposal.

Distinguished clients hence receive maximum attention from the team without the omission of any detail and are guaranteed to tie the knot in sheer elegance. The wedding ceremony itself will take place in one of the many wedding pavilions sitting on the beach front. Bridal couples may opt from the panoply of themes and matching décor. The in-house florist will amaze you with the array flower arrangements to set up the exclusive venue.

Wedding at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

The bride will be graced with the freshest and prettiest wedding bouquet adorned with pearls or crystal stones while having the choice to opt for the services of a professional hairdresser and makeup artist to make her look stunning for this special day. The groom, on his side, will be chic with the perfect button hole. The ceremony will be enhanced with the Sabrage of a bottle of wine - an art developed by young cavalry officers in the French army two hundred years ago. This unique demonstration will pair with an exceptionally sophisticated cake that will be baked and decorated meticulously according to your wishes.

Wedding at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

To make the ceremony even more grandiose, bridal couples may request fireworks and live entertainment. Those wishing to heighten the purity of the moment may wish to set free two white pigeons.

We equally recommend you to have your special day captured professionally on DVD and as lasting prints for you to cherish for a lifetime.

In the evening, the bridal couple will be pampered for a special 5 course menu for dinner prepared passionately by the Chef served in intimacy on the beach. The bridal room, on its side, will be romantically decorated to prolong the magic of the ceremony and in the morning, the newly-wed couple will be spoiled with a Royal Breakfast.

To add more magic, relaxation and happiness to the wedding, you have the choice to indulge yourselves in the most relaxing massages at the So Spa.


Included in the Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa Wedding Package

Included in the Imperial Wedding Package:

  • Dedicated wedding planner
  • Private and exclusive venue set up with:
    • Flower decoration - Choice of different flower arrangements proposed by the in-house florist
    • Location: Beach front Wedding pavilions with different themes and matching décor
  • 1 bottle of sparkling wine offered with a Sabrage ceremony
  • 1 flower bouquet for the bride with pearls or crystal stones
  • I button hole for the groom
  • Flowers for the bride’s hair with pearls or crystal stones
  • 2-tier wedding cake with choice of design and flavor
  • Private romantic candle light for the couple on the beach with a special Chef Suggestion 5 course dinner menu
  • Royal breakfast with sparkling wine served in room
  • Romantic turn down in room on wedding evening

Optional Services Offered by the Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

  • Couple Massage
  • 50 Professional Photos on DVD
  • Professional Video on DVD
  • Wedding Make up
  • Hairdresser for the bride
  • 2 white pigeons
  • Live music-during the ceremony
  • Live sega show
  • Fireworks

Legal and administrative support:

The bridal couple will have to fulfil certain legal requirements before being able to celebrate their marriage in Mauritius. Extra charges (apart from the Imperial Wedding Package) will include:

  • Administration charges and transportation fees and civil charges.
  • Car with driver/guide to take clients from hotel to the Supreme Court in Port Louis and back.
  • Transport fee and registration at the Civil Status Office, plus the services of the Civil Status Officer at the hotel for the wedding ceremony.

About Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

The 5-star Sofitel Imperial Resort & Spa welcomes you, on the west coast of Mauritius famous for its sunsets, white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. The luxury resort is a renowned wedding and honeymoon planner and organises family and golf packages in 191 luxury rooms or suites that open on a balcony or terrace with garden or ocean view.

The hotel is a unique blend of French art de vivre and local mores. Your senses will be awakened at the Sofitel Mauritius L'Imperial Resort & Spa with the aroma of spices, the Asian-style architecture and views of the tropical island. In this exclusive retreat, feel the harmony between natural materials, abundant greenery, modern decor and traditional Asian lodges. Between East and West, enjoy the warm Mauritian welcome with subtle hints of French chic.

Wedding at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

French culinary expertise is the secret behind the five restaurants: fresh local ingredients and seafood transformed by Asian chefs in spectacular show cooking; international gastronomy buffets and barbecues; fresh grilled fish on the beach or lobster by candlelight and starlight. The three bars offer signature cocktails, tropical sundowners with live music and dancing on the sand or cheese and meat delicacies service the finest vintage wines and champagnes.

So SPA, cocooned in a delicate Asian sanctuary, opens a dream world of luxury treatments and ayurvedic massages, hot stones, aromatherapy and ultimate relaxation in the Jacuzzi, hammam or musical pool. The lagoon and the coral reef provide for water-skiing, snorkeling, diving and dolphin watch while Kid’s villa has a paddling pool and special activities for children. The exquisite hotel offers you magnificent scenery while you will watch waves lapping on the white shores. When evening comes, you will lose yourself in the wondrous ambience with the setting sun over the Indian Ocean.

Wedding at Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa


Location of Sofitel Mauritius L’Imperial Resort & Spa

This 5-star Mauritius resort has a magnificent location on the sunny west coast of the island near the charming village of Flic en Flac. Private taxis may whisk you to Mauritius’ attractions: Tamarina Golf Club, Casela World of Adventures, the Black River Gorges and more. Sofitel Mauritius Impérial Resort & Spa is a 45-minute drive from Port Louis and one hour from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Spa

Feel a Zen vibe envelop you in this award-winning Mauritius spa. Cocooned in a delicate Asian sanctuary, So SPA offers Day and Night spa menus with Cinq Mondes and René Furterer: aryuvedic massage, hot stones, aromatherapy...followed by a decadent dinner.

Soothe sore muscles in the jacuzzi or hammam, relax with a game of lawn tennis, or swim in the pool of the Mauritius So SPA where soft music plays magically under the water.

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Personalized treatments:

Hammam - Massage

Fitness Centre:

Fitness Centre - Hammam - Jacuzzi

Beauty salon:

Hairdressing Salon

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Sport & Leisure Activities

Swimming Pool

Indoor unheated pool - Outdoor unheated pool

Land Activites:

Biking - Archery - Badminton - Boules/Petanque - Darts - Horse riding - Table Tennis - Volleyball Tennis

Hard Tennis - Indoor Tennis court - Outdoor Tennis court - Tennis lessons

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Water Activities:

Boat excursions - Deep sea fishing/Sea fishing - Glass bottom boat - Kayaking - Pedal boat - Rowing - Sailing - Snorkeling/Scuba diving center - Water skiing - Wind surfing

Golf

Nestled between mountains and sea on the rugged southwest coast of Mauritius, golf club Tamarina is a fabulous 18-hole course just 20 minutes away from the resort.

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Kids Facilities & Kids Club

The hotel’s mini club, Kid's Villa is open all year from 09:00 to 21:00, for children 4 to 12 years, supervised by French and English speaking hosts. A paddling pool and games are available. Daily activities have specially been programmed for children. Possibility of lunch and dinner on site accompanied by animators.

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A babysitting service is available on request and at an interest.

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Hotel Facilities

  • Mini-bar
  • Wifi
  • Safe
  • Television
  • Air Conditioning
  • Telephone
  • Tea Coffee Service
  • Hairdryer
Activities
  • Fishing
  • Snorkeling
  • Table tennis
  • Golf
  • Windsurfing
  • Tennis
  • Glass Bottom
  • Swimming Pool
  • Spa
  • Badminton
  • Pétanque
  • Pedal boat
  • Waterskiing
  • Aquagym
  • Volley-ball
  • Big game fishing
  • Fitness
  • Shooting-archery
Services
  • Baby-sitting
  • A butler available as per your demands
  • Library
Kids
  • Club teens 04-12 years

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Location

Sofitel Mauritius Imperial Resort & Spa - Tripadvisor Reviews

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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