Every year on the 12th March, Mauritians enjoy a public holiday to celebrate the anniversary of independence from Britain and this year it’s an extra special celebration. Reaching the 50th year milestone is a significant step and affords everyone the chance to reflect over the past fifty years and to be proud of everything achieved since 1968.
Tourism has been a star of the post-1968 story, a remarkable success aiding Mauritius’ transition into a mature and flourishing economy. With beautiful beaches, world-class resorts, 11 championship golf courses and world-class spa facilities, there is a bounty of reasons to visit the exotic shores of Mauritius and to relax along its enviable coastline. From the scenic central sugar-cane fields and tea plantations, to rum tastings, natural beauty spots and spectacular water-based attractions — including diving, watersports, snorkelling and kite-surfing — there are plenty of reasons to stroll beyond the powder-soft sandy beaches.
Far from the traditional trades of sugar-cane, Mauritius has moved through textiles to excel in service industries such as technology and hospitality. Its infrastructure has supported impressive growth and by embracing new technology and innovation, along with establishing a national airline carrier, the country boasts one of the leading airports in Africa. The ease of air access is directly correlated with tourism and this success is reflected in the visitor numbers. With over one million visitors each year, Mauritius has adapted to accommodate sophisticated demands and broadly appeals to French, European and African visitors alike.
Mauritius’ diverse attractions, beyond traditional beach tourism, has seen the development of heritage sites, walking tours, nature spots, first-class sports facilities and renowned restaurants. Many of the resorts boast incredible chefs, innovative spas, visiting practitioners and celebrated golf courses — not to mention the warm and welcoming hospitality. From the sophisticated Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury in the north, to the east coast icons such as the glamorous One&Only Le Saint Geran and exceptional Four Seasons Resort Mauritius At Anahita and west coast gem of The St. Regis Mauritius Resort, there is an array of luxurious accommodation just waiting to indulge their discerning visitors.
So, as the nation celebrates and colourful flags adorn the flagpoles and bunting dresses the government buildings, schools and homes across the island, why not consider Mauritius as the destination for your next luxury holiday? As locals, gather and celebrate with festivities planned throughout the communities from north to south, why not plan your own future island excursions — from catamaran cruises with dolphins, to climbing Le Morne. This is an ideal year and a golden opportunity to experience the very best Mauritius. Guests can sip vanilla tea by day, taste traditional rum and enjoy a melting pot of delicious fusion flavours and marvel at the stunning verdant scenery. With 2018 boasting a calendar of exciting activities, the spotlight is firmly on this green and exotic land and this is the perfect year to explore, relax and indulge on the tropical Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.