Ideally located in the glistening Indian Ocean between Africa and Asia, Mauritius has a rep for being a playground for the rich and famous. And, with powdery white sandy beaches, stunning reefs and gorgeous restaurants offering up delicious French and Creole fare, it’s little wonder royals and celebs alike are clambering to park their super-yachts by this stunning paradise island.
For a true taste of how the A-list live, check into the five-star Heritage Awali. Set between a crystal lagoon and lush green hills, this stunning resort reflects the rainbow culture of Mauritius. With stunning ethnic decor drawing on the island’s African heritage, it merges quaint island life with modern five-star luxury. So, don’t be surprised to catch hot young Hollywood things escaping the limelight out by one of the two expansive swimming pools, or topping up their tans by baking on
the private beach.
For uninterrupted me-time, check out the Seven Colours destination spa. This world-renowned pampering retreat has been credited with rebalancing the ‘life-giving energies’ of many an A-list lady, so you’ll be in good hands trying one of their ancestral therapies.
If you’re feeling more adventurous, visit the nearby Valriche Nature Reserve. Covering 2,500 hectares, it rises 400 metres above sea level, combining dry forest and rainforest. Explore the rolling plains, waterfalls and amazing wildlife on foot, with a high-energy trek, or get your adrenaline pumping with a quad bike tour of the area.
Come sundown, get a taste of Mauritian cusine at Le Chateau de Bel Ombre. Set amongst trees, in the grounds of Heritage Awali, you can enjoy delish bites with the breathtaking views of the mountains, ocean and golf course in the distance.
While you're there...
H Bag a bargain
Mauritius is famed for its markets, and on one of the back street stalls in the island’s tiny villages you can find everything from antique artefacts to clothes and cute ethnic buys. Haggling is practiced vigorously, so bring your best bartering skills.
H Climb a mountain
The volcanic island boasts many unusual and dramatic mountains, all of which can be trekked or climbed. For an easy three-hour hike, with a spectacular 360 degree view pay-off, head for
the peak of Le Pouce.
H See the Cape
Though literally translated as ‘Cape Unlucky,’ in the quaint fishing village Cap Malheureux, you just might be in celeb-spotting luck, in this off-the-beaten-track hideaway for visiting A-listers.