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Mauritius – the World’s Leading Island Destination

Mauritius is a very popular destination for honeymooners. Many cannot imagine a better way to spend their first days as a married couple than immersed in the sparkling, crystal-clear waters of the Indian Ocean. Waters that splash onto the finest white sands in the world. There is a reason that this charming old colonial, sugar and spice island is consistently winning awards. It has been named the World’s Leading Island Destination three times. In 2011, Mauritius won the World’s Leading Beach Destination at the World Travel Awards. And in 2013, it was named the World’s Leading Honeymoon Destination for the second year in a row. It is no wonder so many people seek out luxury honeymoon packages to Mauritius when deciding where they want to spend the beginning of their married lives.

A perfect blend of beauty, history and culture

Located east of Madagascar, Mauritius is an island of volcanic origin and used to be the main bridge between Asia and Africa. Its history begins in the Middle Ages and is a fascinating story of multicultural colonising, invasion and battles. Prior to the Middle Ages, it was a quiet, uninhabited island, first visited by the Arabs, then by the Portuguese, the Dutch, the French and the English. The Dutch were responsible for naming the island after Maurice of Nassau, the Prince of Orange. After the Dutch abandoned it, the French took over, until the British invaded and took control. Mauritius eventually became an independent Commonwealth realm in 1968. The island owes its diverse multi-ethnic culture to its illustrious history.

Mauritius is also famous for once being home to the now-extinct Dodo. It is the only place in the world that the Dodo was known to exist. Famous in popular culture thanks to its role in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland, the Dodo is often used as a mascot for Mauritius.

A top luxury tourism destination

Mauritius is often considered one of the world’s top luxury tourism destinations thanks to the presence of so many beautiful and lavish five star hotels, renowned for their customer service and facilities. Many resort hotels offer water-sports, spa facilities, access to the most exceptional golf courses, deep-sea fishing, scuba diving and snorkelling, plus kite-surfing and wind-surfing. Lavish suites, wine and cheese tasting, sumptuous restaurants and candlelit dinners, and incomparable Champagne breakfasts on the beach are just some of the reasons why honeymooners flock to Mauritius.