7 Reasons Mauritius Is The Best Location For Your Next Wellness Trip
Everyone needs a little yin to their yang
2019 is the year of the wellness break - think incredible workouts, blissfully relaxing spa treatments and nourishing food. To get all of these in one stunning location is no mean feat, but don't worry - we've found it. The island of Mauritius sits in the Indian Ocean, 1200 miles off the coast of South-East Africa, a tropical paradise home to mountains, beaches and everything in between.
Sounds perfect, right? Whisk yourself away and enjoy the below for the ultimate blend of fitness, relaxation and refueling.
You can hit the sea for watersports
There's nothing quite like the adrenaline rush of hitting the waves on a surfboard or working your way along a coast on a stand-up paddleboard. If you're totally new to watersports, sign yourself up for a surfing lesson. We stayed at the Veranda Tamarin on the west coast of Mauritius, which has its own surf school where you can be taught to catch a wave on the idyllic beach opposite the hotel. The pros make it look easy - believe us, pulling yourself up on the board and balancing as the waves carry you to the shore is a serious abs and core challenge. You can also hire paddleboards from the surf shop for something a little more chilled - kneel or stand on the board and use your paddle to steer as you explore the stunning beaches (and give your arms a workout as you do it!).
Take on a hike up Le Morne Brabant
Le Morne Brabant mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage site that sits at the southwestern tip of Mauritius. Join an organised hike to see the remarkable views and wildlife on the way up to the mountain's 558-metre high summit. This is a serious hike with a fair bit of climbing in the second half, but all your efforts will be rewarded by the stunning view from the top.
Enjoy wild swimming in Black River Gorges
Black River Gorges National Park is perhaps the most idyllic space on the whole island. Walk along the trails into the forest and head for a swim in Alexandra Falls. Wild swimming is the perfect way to immerse yourself in nature, providing a complete breakaway from technology and city life - plus it's a great way to cool down in Mauritius' tropical temps.
Refuel with delicious Mauritian food
Mauritian food is like nothing you've had before. The island's rich history means the food is influenced by the cuisines of India, France and China, with dishes like gently spiced chicken curry with roti and barbecued red snapper being must-tries. Also, try out more adventurous foods like breadfruit fritters and banana jam - a breakfast treat that's way better than avocado toast.
Release tension with a full body massage
The Veranda Tamarin's Seven Colours spa sits in a sandy courtyard just behind the hotel's restaurant, which is open to guests and visitors. Head over for a soothing massage experience - you'll be asked which colour you're feeling most like, which will be linked to a chakra and used to guide your treatment (ours was green, AKA the heart chakra, in case you were wondering). After all your adventures, you'll need a little down time and you'll leave feeling like a brand new person.
Head to the beach for yoga
Yep, you can do yoga wherever you like, but there's nothing like feeling the sand under your toes and stretching out into asanas on a beach - it beats your gym at home hands down. Find a quiet spot and move as your body wants to, either under the shade of trees in the heat of the day or to look out over the sunrise in the morning.
Indulge yourself at Rhumerie de Chamarel
Everyone needs a little yin to their yang, and it wouldn't be much of a holiday if you didn't treat yourself! Indulge in lunch at Rhumerie de Chamarel - a stunning rum distillery set in manicured gardens near the Black River Gorges. Enjoy a stunning lunch - the menu features gems such as palm heart salad with prawns and catch of the day with leek sauce - before taking a tour of the distillery and finishing with tasting of their aged and flavoured rums.
By Georgia Scarr
MTV Travel stayed at... Veranda Tamarin; rooms start at £70 per person per night, based on two people sharing a Comfort Room on a Bed and Breakfast basis. For more information, visit: www.veranda-resorts.com/en/mauritius-hotel-tamarin or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
MTV Travelled with... Air Mauritius; direct flights from London Heathrow start from £732 per person and include all taxes and airline charges. For more information, visit: www.airmauritius.com or call 0207 434 4375.
For further information on Mauritius, please visit www.tourism-mauritius.mu