Mauritius is a delightfully diverse exotic destination. This beautiful, tropical-island paradise in the Indian Ocean is well known for its white sandy beaches, shady coconut palms, turquoise lagoons and coral reefs teeming with marine life.

You will already have heard about the startling array of water sports that its waters are tailor made for. A leisurely snorkel in a lagoon, diving on a shipwreck, spotting sea turtles from a seaplane, skimming the waves on a sunset catamaran trip, throwing up spray on waterskis, big game fishing for marlin or taking to the air for some high-adrenaline kite surfing at One Eye – the world-famous wave riding spot off Le Morne peninsula. All aquatic tastes and levels of expertise are catered for in the crystal-clear waters that surround the Mauritian coastline.

But there is so much more depth to its charms than the easily recognised picture postcard ideal of an Indian Ocean holiday. Mauritius holds an array of exquisite secrets that it is just waiting for you to uncover.

LUX* Grand Gaube beach view
Mauritius from the sea

With its rich colonial history that has shaped its friendly and welcoming plural society, this volcanic island has a verdant, mountainous interior that lends itself to much more than sun, sea and sand.

The mountainous landscape and tropical climate that saw the rise of the island’s tea and sugar plantations are also ideal for exploring the rainforests, waterfalls and hiking trails. Indigenous wildlife including the pink parrot and the giant tortoise can be viewed on foot or from horseback, quadbike, or buggy.

You can visit colonial mansions, taste the rum that the island is becoming increasingly famous for, forage through colourful markets, perfect your swing on internationally renowned golf courses, fly down the longest zip line in the Indian Ocean, discover exotic wildlife in a safari park, swim beneath waterfalls and practise yoga against a tropical sunset.

A World Within One Island