Although the Arabs knew of the existence of the Mauritius island in the 10th century, it was officially discovered in 1505 by Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas. Since then it has been successively occupied by Dutch (1598-1712), then the French (1715-1810) before being handed to Britain through the treaty of Paris in 1814.
Mauritius is a volcanic island situated 3000 km from the south-east coast of the African continent in the south-west Indian Ocean about 900 kilometres east of the island of Madagascar. Mauritius is part of the Mascarene Islands, become independent in 1968, and a republic in 1992, is also a member of the commonwealth. The climate is tropical, modified by southeast trade winds. There is a warm, dry winter from May to November, hot, wet, and humid summer from November to April.
Where is this amazing Mauritius image from?
This image comes from Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury. When you choose Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury for your holiday in Mauritius, you can expect perfection from start to finish; it is undeniably the finest hotel in Mauritius.
Located on the sheltered north-west coast, stretching along a pure white sandy beach, Royal Palm Beachcomber is a tranquil tropical haven with an uncompromising commitment to excellence.
Royal Palm Beachcomber’s recent upgrade involved refurbishing the common areas and suites to create the ultimate luxury experience. All was done however to preserve the hotel’s unique atmosphere, natural charm and timeless elegance.
Bathed in soft lighting, the rooms combine delicate and bold hues, fine fabrics, finishes in wood and marble and custom-made wooden furniture crafted by local artisans.
Time is purely subjective within Royal Palm Beachcomber’s environment as if it was made for unique moments, the kind that leaves indelible traces in one’s heart. Your every wish is anticipated and every whim is satisfied with impeccable service. Whether you are enjoying a meal in one of the hotel’s restaurants, a treatment at the lavish spa or simply relaxing on the beach, at one of the hotel’s three swimming pools (including a 25-metre lap pool), the team at Royal Palm Beachcomber is committed to your well-being.
Royal Palm Beachcomber is also celebrated for its award-winning cuisine. Three restaurants, presided over by French Chef Michel de Matteis, who obtained the tile of “Best Craftsman of France”, invites you to a tantalizing culinary experience. Should you choose the casual elegance of Le Bar Plage, the spacious terrace of La Goélette or the intimate setting of the new Italian restaurant named La Brezza, any choice you make will be perfect.
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In a little over 5 minutes, this video by Benjamin Butruille drives you into stunning scenery, underwater wonders and various aspects of daily life that make Mauritius so very unique.
The island covers an area of around 1,865 km2 and has about 330 km of coastline almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.The official language is English but French and Creole (a local dialect) are widely spoken .The island’s capital and largest city is Port Louis in the northwest is also the main harbour.
Other towns are Curepipe , Quatre-Bornes, Rose-Hill and Beau Bassin. Diving has always been present in Mauritius but it is only in the past 20 years or so that it has become a substantial tourist attraction. The majority of the hotels all have dive schools on their properties ensuring that the divers have a safe and enjoyable experience.
The local diving federation ( MSDA) started off as a predominantly CMAS federation but this has given way to the PADI system of diver education. Each year sees new PADI dive schools or new instructors integrating themselves in the diving industry. Today the island boasts 43 Padi Dive schools of which 5 of them are Instructor development schools and one is a PADI National Geographic school.
In total there are about 3000 various certifications done in Mauritius each year.
If you ever wondered why Le Morne Peninsula is among the favourite spots for kitesurfing enthusiasts, just take a look at this eye-catching video by Yoaneye Kite Centre located at Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa. You will definitely see what everyone is talking about!
- Electricity: 240 Volt 50 Hz AC mains supply
- The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee
- Main credit cards used are VISA / Master cards / American Express
- Time Zone +4 GMT
- Visa formalities. No tourist Visa required for eu countries , South Africa , Australia , Russia but a valid passport is required. No tourist visa is required for most European countries, South Africa, Australia…( check the formalities on passport.gov.mu)
- A 5mm wetsuit is recommended in winter – a shorty in summer Health.
- Malaria free area and no vaccination required.
- Most tanks are International and DIN fittings
- Mauritians seem to know that a tip has to be earned, and they will naturally do their utmost to make you happy, whether it’s for service in a hotel, restaurant or taxi. However a good trip is well appreciated by them.
- There is only one decompression chamber in Mauritius, which is located at the Victoria Hospital in Vacoas.
- Direct flights to Mauritius from Europe and Africa