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    EXPLORING
    MAURITIUS

EXPLORING MAURITIUS


Mauritius, while famous for its beautiful coasts - sandy shores lapped by blue green lagoons - is blessed with spectacular jungles and mountainous landscapes, as well as an impressive cultural diversity. Welcome to our island!

The subtropical island is within reach of the curious, avid traveller. Meeting local inhabitants is a delightful experience, and the warmth of their welcome, reassuring.

While the island’s natural beauty is mesmerizing, you will most certainly be surprised by the country’s diversity of cultures.

Arab and Malay sailors knew of the existence of this speck of land. However, it was not until the 16th century that Portuguese sailors disembarked. A century later, the Dutch settled the island, which they christened in honor of Prince Maurits van Nassau.

French settlers disembarked on the island in 1715, transforming it into a key naval base from which they could survey the trade in the Indian Ocean. They began to develop the sugar cane industry.

In 1810, the British, engaged in the Napoleonic wars, took possession of the island. Mauritius remained a strategic naval and aviation base during the Second World War.

In 1968, the island gained its independence. A stable democracy and a respect of human rights draws foreign investors from all over the world. The country has one of the highest per capita income rates of all of Africa.

A guide to discover Mauritius

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The People

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The People


Known for their friendliness, the Mauritian people are accustomed to an unusual wealth of culture. The nation is a mosaic of Indian, African, Chinese and European heritages. At the heart of this unusual diversity is the Kreol language. The nation is defined by its flavorful cuisine, a deep sense of spirituality, and strong family values.

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Democracy and official language(s)

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Democracy and official language(s)


Mauritius gained independence in 1968 and became a republic in 1992. Mauritius follows the British model, based on a parliamentary system. While English tends to be used in the government and businesses, most Mauritians speak Creole in their day-to-day lives, whereas French is commonly used in the written press.

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Spirituality and Religion

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Spirituality and Religion
 

The Mauritian people originate from several continents, and therefore tend to be affiliated to a specific religion. Yet, an overriding national pride means that religion is not a ground for conflit here, nor division. Each religious community celebrates its beliefs and rituals in an atmosphere of tolerance and freedom. The year is interspersed with colorful, vibrant ceremonies (often open to other communities.)

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Don’t Miss Out On…

jardin botanique de pamplemousses

Don’t Miss Out On…


Take in the island’s complex culture and heritage by visiting the historical places of Mauritius. Start with the splendid Botanical Gardens of Pamplemousses, where you may wander through the park of endemic plants and ponds of giant water lilies. A visit of the grandiose Château de Labourdonnais will take you back to the colonial era. Museums are a great way to learn about the history of a place. The naval museum of Mahébourg, the Blue Penny Museum and L’Aventure du Sucre, which recounts the story of the sugar industry are all great places to start. Younger travelers and the more adventurous will love the Casela Nature & Leisure Park or La Vanille Réserve des Mascareignes, home to crocodiles and giant tortoises. Once your curiosity has been appeased, visit the island’s mall and markets for gifts to take home.

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Adventure at Sea

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Adventure at Sea
 

The spectacular and welcoming lagoon with its limpid water and bathtub-like temperature is the perfect spot for practicing water-sports. A catamaran cruise, a swim with colorful exotic fish, a wreck dive, water-skiing, sailing, surfing, kitesurfing… There is plenty to do. Some of the world’s best kitesurfing spots (the Bel Ombre lagoon for instance) can be found here. Deep-sea fishing is a national sport (and tradition), with Mauritius holding the world record of the biggest marlin ever caught.

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Deep into Nature

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Deep into Nature
 

The interior of the island is made up of mountain ranges, waterfalls, cliffs, forests and jungles. Families can enjoy treks, hikes, horse rides and bike rides in the gorgeous nature. Along the marked trails that crisscross the Black River Gorges national park, you may glimpse spectacular views of the island. Daring adventurers can ride quads, go zip-lining, canoeing, or go mountain climbing in the south of Mauritius. Golf is one of those sports that are intrinsic to Mauritius. The oldest course of the India Ocean, the Gymkhana, is located in the centre. A dozen courses are spread throughout the island, including the splendid Heritage Golf Club, nestled on the Domaine de Bel Ombre. International tournaments happen regularly, drawing a crowd of players from all over.

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FAMILY GETAWAY

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FAMILY GETAWAY


It is always a pleasure for families with children and teenagers to come to Mauritius and spend some quality time together. The country is full of wonders and provides adults, kids and youngsters with amazing things to experience. Visiting cultural sites, venturing in nature, trying land and water sports, going out to party or just relaxing ... everyone can spend their holidays the way they like it and go back home with unforgettable memories.

Veranda Resorts’ entities in Grand Baie, Pointe aux Biches and Palmar, has been designed to accommodate families: mini-clubs with daily activities and trained entertainers, land and sea excursions, Family rooms with adjoining children rooms, pools with kids’ corner, babysitting service, electronic games, pool table and exciting water sports (banana boat, kite surfing, walking under water, parasailing, stand-up paddle). Laughter and moments of sharing are guaranteed!

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ESCAPE FOR LOVERS

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ESCAPE FOR LOVERS


Mauritius is the ideal holiday destination for couples and welcomes brides and grooms from around the world. Lovers come here to say “I do” in a warm atmosphere and facing the famous Mauritian blue lagoon while others are looking for adventure and intimacy and think of the island as a refuge for their honeymoon. Some travellers choose to celebrate the renewal of their vows and rediscover the joy of being a duo while enjoying their holiday on the jewel of the Indian Ocean.

Veranda Paul & Virginie Hotel & Spa is the perfect place for a romantic date in Mauritius: massage and complete relaxation in duo, walk on the beach or traditional pirogue trip at sunset, wedding ceremony with stunning views of the islets of the north, in love nests and hammocks for a sweet nap. The hotel is inspired by the love story of the novel by Bernardin de Saint Pierre and offers an idyllic setting for lovers. Meanwhile, the hotel Veranda Pointe aux Biches provides guests with an “adults’ only” wing, with Privilege rooms only, a bar and restaurant as well as an infinity swimming pool.

Getting around Mauritius


Veranda Resorts hotels in Mauritius are located in the North, East and West of the island, and each of the five hotels offers a different experience and setting to satisfy the family, the couple or the solo traveller, looking for unforgettable holidays. Time to explore and choose where you wish to spend your next vacation.

Explore our hotels in Mauritius by browsing the map below:

Mauritius at the heart of the Indian Ocean

Mauritius has more than one feather in its straw hat. Justifiably famous for the beauty of its lagoons and white sandy coastline, the island has also been endowed with splendid inland landscapes and an extraordinary diversity of culture.


Mauritius has gained an international reputation based on its crystalline waters and talc-white beaches, the perfect environment for every conceivable water sport. However, this does not preclude the availability of other equally exciting sources of fun and entertainment.

For young children, curious adults and slightly less energetic visitors, there are outings on foot or bicycle, museums to see, animal parks to visit, and enough shopping centres to fill your suitcase with gifts and souvenirs.

Visitors to Mauritius arrive on its shores full of expectation and keen to savour its many delights. Veranda Resorts will go beyond your expectations, whether you are keen to explore its natural beauty or get to know its people.

    Veranda Pointe aux Biches


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    Veranda Pointe aux Biches is the perfect fantasy of what eco-chic should be: Think sandy feet, strolls along the white swatch of sand, Mauritian architecture built with rustic, raw materials, sand-floored restaurants that cater to ‘locavorism’ with great seasonal Mauritius food, colourful flora and fauna…

    as from 187€per night / per adult

    Veranda Palmar Beach


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    A prime seaside location, one of the most beautiful beaches on the island, a sense of space. Veranda Palmar Beach Hotel, on the stunning and preserved eastern coast of Mauritius, is the perfect combination for guests looking to experience the lagoon and the beach at its best.

    as from 129€per night / per adult

    Veranda Paul & Virginie


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    Serenity, privacy and comfort… These are just some of the adjectives that can be used to describe Veranda Paul et Virginie Hotel & Spa.

    as from 152€per night / per adult

    Veranda Grand Baie


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    You will be welcomed to the beat of a traditional drum, the maravane, by a local musician in national dress. With a wave of his straw hat he will invite you into Veranda Grand Baie Hotel and Spa.

    as from 145€per night / per adult

Save up to 35% discount for your holidays with Veranda Resorts till 17th Oct 2017.