Located off the eastern coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean, the idyllic island of Mauritius is a remarkably romantic holiday destination. Renowned for its crystal-clear turquoise waters, gorgeous powder-white sand beaches and a wonderful tropical climate, most visitors spend their days relaxing on beaches or in one of the many luxurious holiday resorts fringing them, but there is much more to this little island than merely cocktails and coconuts. Those who venture inland will discover lush, jungle-clad mountains, glistening blue lagoons, impressive rivers and waterfalls, extinct volcanic craters, charming little ramshackle towns and villages, and some fabulously friendly locals. Must-see attractions include: the bustling capital of Port Louis with its lively local markets; the remarkable 85 metre-high Chamarel Waterfall; and Eureka, a historic plantation mansion turned museum offering visitors a glimpse into the island's colonial past.
Days 1 - 6
Balaclava is a seaside village located along the picturesque northern coast of Mauritius. This little beach town is known for its typical Mauritian beauty - white-sand beaches, dazzling azure waters, and an array of luxurious resorts. Lounge on a deck chair, soak up the sun, treat yourself to a luxurious spa day, or take one of the renowned sunset cruises. Active types will enjoy the chance to go swimming, snorkelling, and diving. There are several interesting sites to see, including the Mauritius Aquarium, where visitors can see whitetip reef sharks, hawksbill turtles, and numerous tropical fish species; the fascinating L'Aventure du Sucre Museum; and the enthralling Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden or Pamplemousses Botanical Garden, filled with exotic plants and animals.