By Shaina Amienyi
Mauritius
Mauritius
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The island nation of Mauritius offers average temperatures well above 60 degrees Fahrenheit, gorgeous white beaches, pristine turquoise waters and more. Mauritius is an ideal destination for a relaxing luxury experience.

The main airport in Mauritius is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) near the city of Mahébourg. Do not hesitate to book your vacation to Mauritius. Click on the link (www.escapewizard.com/flight.php) to book your flight through EscapeWizard.com. The island offers luxurious accommodations in the northern city of Balaclava and elsewhere throughout the island. EscapeWizard.com provides a list of the top recommended hotels. To view the top hotel selections, follow the link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl) to the hotel portion of our site.

We at EscapeWizard.com believe your first stop should be a place to experience the island’s natural beauty and wonders. At Black River Gorges National Park, vacationers can catch a glimpse of endangered animals. This 16,000 acre park is also home to approximately 300 species of native, common flowering plants and nine species of birds only found on the island. EscapeWizard.com suggests traveling west of Black River Gorges; there lays the Coloured Earths of Chamarel, rolling dune-like hills of a wide variety of shades. The view of these dunes first thing in the morning will leave you breathless.

You cannot come to this island nation and not experience its water sports. There are many to choose from—swimming with dolphins, kite-surfing, sailing, diving, and deep-sea fishing to name a few. Mauritius is one of the most important fishing centers in the world. Mahébourg’s lagoon is the biggest in Mauritius and draws fishermen from all over. Mauritius is also a renowned kite-surfing destination thanks to its various high-quality kite-surfing locations. One of the most popular spots is Le Morne, a west coast city known for its windy shoreline.

Mauritius has made a name for itself a premier diving destination. Divers can discover the spectacular underwater world along over 200 miles of coastline bordered by a coral barrier reef shielding lagoons. Divers can stay near the lagoons close to the shore, or the more adventurous ones might elect to pass the lagoons to where the ocean floor drops off. In the depths of the ocean lay caves and shipwrecks waiting to be explored.

When you are finished enjoying the beaches and ocean, EscapeWizard.com encourages you to visit Mahébourg in the south of the island. This city offers much to see and do including the National History Museum and the Naval Museum. Housed in a 19th century Creole mansion, the Naval Museum is home to fascinating naval memorabilia including a bell from the shipwrecked St. Géran. Another interesting museum is the Handicraft Museum, which displays crafts by local artisans. For more sightseeing, EscapeWizard.com recommends traveling near the Baie aux Tortues, which 17th century sailors named after the many tortoises in the area. There vacationers can find the ruins of the old Balaclava estate and explore the old sea walls.

To begin your shopping adventure, head to Flacq on the east coast of the island; it is one of the most important villages on the island and hosts one of the island’s largest open-air markets. If you want a traditional Mauritian shopping experience, visit Mahébourg Market and sample traditional food. Grand Bay, on the northern part of the island, is a shopper’s haven and has a collection of restaurants and bars.

The island comes alive at night, especially on the north and west coast where you can find several nightclubs, bars, and restaurants. Dance along as DJs spin pop, techno, or jazz or sample local or international cuisine from area restaurants. If you are looking for a relaxed way to spend an evening, EscapeWizard.com recommends taking a stroll along the beach and enjoying the view of the stars in the night sky.

Peaceful waters, tranquil breezes, fun activities, and adventurous experiences await you in Mauritius. This island nation and its major cities such as Balaclava and Mahébourg give vacationers a glimpse of paradise. Click on the above link to EscapeWizard.com to book your next vacation to this tropical island.
Hotels in Mauritius
By Elizabeth DeCicco
St. Regis Mauritius Resort
Coastal Road, La Gaulette Le Morne, Mauritius
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If you would like an unforgettable stay at the island of Mauritius off the coast of Africa, book a room at the St. Regis Mauritius Resort, located on the Le Morne peninsula. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort offers a private car, taxi or car rental to and from the S. Seewoosagur Ram. International Airport (MRU). Close by to the hotel is the village of Charmarel or Aapravasi Ghat monument. Guests can enjoy shopping at the Bagatelle Mall of Mauritius or Cacavella Shopping village. Check in time is 3 p.m. Guest services include luggage storage, medical services, multilingual staff, St. Regis butler service, 24-hour concierge service and a hair salon. Parking for guests is free, with a free nightly valet charge.
   
St. Regis Mauritius Resort has 172 smoke-free guest rooms and suites, meant for guests’ luxury and satisfaction. Each guest room includes a private balcony or terrace. Some rooms offer ocean views. Rooms have St. Regis beds with white 300-thread-count linens. Each room has a DVD/CD player, in-room movies, iPod connection panel, 42-Inch LED TV and cable channels. Internet access in each room is complimentary. The hotel also offers Wi-Fi Internet Access Packages. The guest room bathroom includes a hairdryer, Remède bath amenities, individual walk-in rain-shower and bathrobes and slippers. The hotel provides St. Regis butler service and turndown service, wherein hotel staff turns down your bedcovers before dusk. Each room has a mini bar and 24-hour in-room dining.
   
The hotel has a pool, fitness club, water sports club, and tennis courts, as well as Iridium Spa, six restaurants and a private movie theater. At the Iridium Spa, guests have options of a hair, beauty, and grooming salon, hydro spa with jet showers, whirlpool, steam bath, and sauna. The hotel’s water sports club features exciting vacation escapades, like snorkeling, wake boarding, knee boarding, surfing, and kite surfing. Guests can also choose to take a ride in kayaks, pedal boats, canoes, and glass-bottom boats, or even light sailing boats.
   
Before checking out and leaving for home, be sure to complete your travel experience at one of the hotel’s restaurants that are each serve a unique cuisine and flavor. French, Asian, Indian, Japanese and seafood are some of the choices the hotel’s dining experience has to offer. Check out time ends at noon. EscapeWizard.com allows prospective travelers to find the best hotel options, even for an ideal island experience overseas (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).
Hotels in Mauritius
By Shaina Amienyi
Le Meridien Ile Maurice
Village Hall Lane, Pointe Aux Piments, Mauritius
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Guests choose Le Meridien Ile Maurice for its magnificent views, world-class services, diverse amenities, more-than-helpful staff, and fully equipped guest rooms. Check-in is at 2pm and checkout is at noon. If you stay at this hotel, expect to have a fun, worry-free vacation.

Le Meridien’s 265 rooms and suites provide a magnificent view of the Indian Ocean and mountains. Your room will come with a single king bed or double queen beds, satellite TV, a balcony, separate shower stalls and bathtubs, a mini-bar, a wardrobe, and a writing desk. You can take advantage of in-room dining, turn down service, and maid service. Suites feature Jacuzzi tubs and king-sized beds, and some suites have dining areas, lounges, and terraces.

There are plenty of dining options to satisfy vacationers. At La Faya you can enjoy Mediterranean and Mauritian food and drink a cocktail while taking in the view of the ocean. You can get light meals for lunch and dinner at Shells, the beachside tapas restaurant. 180 Degrees provides a unique dining experience; this poolside restaurant offers 360 degree views of the open kitchen. You can watch the chefs prepare the breakfast and dinner buffets.

Be sure to check out the fitness facility. It offers music and a television for you to enjoy while working out in the aerobics room or gym. Then relax your muscles in the sauna or steam room or relax your mind in the yoga and relaxation area. The facilities also include a cold plunge pool, Jacuzzi, beauty salon, and wellness spa with seven treatment rooms. Outside of the hotel are two outdoor swimming pools, one of which is exclusively for guests in the Nirvana rooms located in the "child-free" section of the hotel.

Le Meridien provides a business center that offers faxing, printing, photocopying, and scanning services as well as more unusual services. You can make use of the laminating and binding services or rent audio/visual equipment.

Choose Le Meridien Ile Maurice for a taste of elegance, luxury, and serenity. If views of the sparkling blue ocean are not enough to make you feel peaceful, the comfortable guest rooms, relaxing spa treatments, and soothing showers will. EscapeWizard.com encourages you to experience what this resort has to offer. To book your stay, click on the following link (www.escapewizard.com/hotels.php?flag=htl).