Last month at the esteemed Indian Ocean ceremony of the World Travel Awards 2013, the island nation of Mauritius collected two highly coveted industry achievements – the Indian Ocean’s Leading Honeymoon Destination and the Indian Ocean’s Leading Dive Destination.
The small island spanning just 787 sq miles to the east of Madagascar and beside the French colony of Reunion, truly boasts a spectacular landscape; a destination of your dreams where imagination takes hold amidst the turquoise waters, golden sands and picture postcard beach huts that emerge from the rising green highlands.
An idyllic setting, it isn’t any wonder why the nation has proved so popular with honeymooners and romantics; who couldn’t love Mauritius? But not just that; the recent findings have uncovered the island’s growing reputation as a water sports mecca so what better than for newlyweds to combine the two on their escape to intimacy and seclusion.
Of course, lazing on the beach with your partner, cocktail in hand can be enjoyed at numerous spots around the nation on Mauritius holidays but for those eager to make these visions reality as soon as possible, Blue Bay – a mere 10 minute drive from the International Airport comprises many beachside bars and snack stands which can be enjoyed in exotic surroundings.
Honeymoons are all about embracing new experiences together so what better way to explore than via an adventure cruise? And before you leave Blue Bay, a boat trip to the Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve located 800 m offshore will bring you closer to the turquoise waters of the lagoon and the diverse plant and wildlife endemic to Mauritius.
Guided tours such as the aforementioned example are great for exploring romantic types but there’s always that urge to take a hands on approach and this can best be fulfilled by taking part in some of the island’s revered water sports hangouts.
Laughing at a partner struggling to catch some surf or feeling the wind in your hair together on a speedboat, Ile aux Cerfs – a supplementary island located up the east coast from Blue Bay – is the answer to your adrenaline-fuelled adventure cravings.
Parasailing, snorkelling, water skiing, banana boat rides, you name it, they can all be found here. The region is accessible via a half-hourly ferry (and adventure in itself!) and yields a feeling of escapism from the mainland. If you want to toast your marriage with an energetic, action-packed escape, holidays to Mauritius are your answer.