Golf Holidays in Mauritius
It is highly likely that the majority of decisions relating to holidays in Mauritius is rightly motivated by pictures of endless stretches of white beaches, swaying coconut trees, and lying on a beach lounger lapping up the sun. The golfer may have looked a little deeper into which 5-star golf resort offers the best and nearest courses, calculating how many rounds there are to be enjoyed during the number of days on the island. However, that would be committing a great injustice to Mauritius…
Not just beaches and golf courses!
Our compact little island is, it is true, surrounded by tropical beaches in safe lagoons. But it also has an extremely developed hinterland, where the most of the 1 250 000 people live. At first this might seem impossible, when you consider that over half of the island’s surface area is covered in sugar cane. Then, there are the mountains everywhere, basaltic relics of the Mauritius’ violent origins as a massive volcano that rose up out of the ocean.
But somehow, by the standards of the land masses of Europe, Africa, and Asia, where everyone in Mauritius originates from, its population has managed to strike up a remarkable modus vivendi amongst its competing cultures and religions on this tiny dot in the middle of the Indian Ocean. Today, visitors are privileged to be able to benefit from this heady inclement mix of history, culture, geography, and weather.
Having admired the greenery and the mountains from the air, once on the ground, tourists are immediately struck by the mélange of the population. At any point on the journey to the hotel, one could be seem to be in the Indian countryside, or in a village in South East Asia; or even near the beaches, at an African fishing village. Closely associated with this colourful journey are the Hindu temples, Muslim mosques, traditional Catholic churches, all of
which can be visited by arrangement.
The observant traveller will also have noticed that street food plays an important role in local eating habits. It is unlikely that one can find a busy street without its marchand of exotic fried Indian delights like dholl puri or farata, or gateau piment; all reminders of the Indian heritage, even though these dishes are almost non-existent back in India today. For those wanting something a little more formal, every town has its Chinese restaurants where the local staple delicacies like mine frit, bouillon meefoon, or boulettes can be served up within minutes.
For a wider menu, still with a strong dose of Mauritius, try those specialising in ‘Cuisine Créole, Chinoise, Indienne, et Européene’! If you are looking for more upmarket fare, the choices are very wide indeed in all of the above cuisines. Make a point of trying a Hakka (Chinese) delicacy you won’t find pretty much anywhere called prawn foo-yung; or even the delectable Mauritian specialities like giant freshwater prawns, heart of palm salad, roast boar before tasting a selection of locally brewed aged rums, made from sugar cane juice, of course. The Tea Route is worth a day out all by itself.
Excursions & Tours Available
If one is seeking a more active holiday, the activities are really quite varied. Why not try your hand at skydiving, walking on the sea bed, swimming with dolphins, kitesurfing, scuba diving, zip lining, walking with loins, mountain climbing, or quad biking? Want to know more about Mauritius; its history, its flora and fauna? There are museums and parks covering the role of sugar in the economy, stamps, naval history, crocodile parks, botanical gardens, nature reserves that still contain some of the original ebony trees that the first Dutch settlers found on arrival in the 17th century. You can even visit our formerly extinct, now dormant, volcano near the town of Curepipe.
Should you be seeking a more sedentary break, then our 5-star hotels provide all the pampering that the best spa services
can offer. Sunset catamaran cruises with champagne can be arranged on the west coast. Why not combine this with some
light exercise by going shopping in exotic locations like the Central Bazaar in the capital, where you can discover a local
speciality drink called Alouda. For something a little more formal the Caudan Waterfront, or Bagatelle Mall will remind you
of home with all the world-famous retail brands, fast food outlets, and duty-free shopping.
All in all, for a couple where only 1 person plays golf, or for those who like to get a feel for how the locals live on a daily basis, it is possible to arrange excursions to meet whatever appeals to your body, your heart, your mind, or your senses.