"Mauritius was made first and then heaven," said Mark Twain in 1896. With its beautiful sandy, and in parts black volcanic beaches, it is an adage that still holds true today.
As an island destination, Mauritius boasts wild waterfalls, lush forestation, and a rich cultural and culinary heritage derived from the island’s various periods of Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, French and British rule. And as the original Indian Ocean island destination, Mauritius has a tried-and-tested hotel scene offering world-class accommodation as well as activities ranging from designer golf courses (by the likes of Gary Player, Ernie Els, Bernhard Langer and more) to spa retreats and shopping experiences. It’s also a windsurfing mecca and it has some great surf spots.