If you’re searching for the perfect romantic getaway, then look no further than Mauritius. A tropical island that needs no introduction, Mauritius is a lovers’ paradise of activities floating in the warm Indian Ocean. From horseback riding on a deserted beach to relaxing spa rituals for two – Mauritius is jam-packed with romantic excursions for you and your loved one.
Take a look at our top 6 romantic things to do in Mauritius.
1. Indulge in a couple’s spa treatment
Reconnect with your loved one at one of two signature spas on the island. The award-winning Four Seasons spa at Anahita is a haven for holiday-goers, offering a wide and luxurious selection of rituals, body treatments, facial treatments and massages with Indian, African and Chinese influences. Pamper yourselves with a relaxing massage, exfoliating scrub of coconut and aloe or a Mauritian salt scrub. The rejuvenating treatments together with the sea breeze, moonlit lagoon and surrounding tropical vegetation will transport you both to a place of heightened wellbeing. The spa at Anahita Golf and Spa Resort offers a Couple Harmony massage for two, which is a 90 minute journey to total bliss. To find out about the resort and what they offer, here is more.
2. Horseback ride at sunset on Riambel Beach
If a sunset stroll sounds too clichéd, a horseback ride along 2.5km of deserted beach could be the romantic outing for you. Stride side-by-side on horses with your significant other to the sound of rolling waves on the beach at sunset. This coastline offers the white sands and turquoise waters you’ve imagined with the privacy and exclusivity of the ideal romantic holiday. Inexperienced riders are accompanied by trained professionals, so even if you don’t feel particularly majestic on horseback, it’s guaranteed to be a memorable event.
3. Get lost in the Pamplemousse Botanical Garden
One of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius is the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, one of the oldest of its kind in the southern hemisphere. This historical landmark gives you the opportunity to get lost with your partner amid abundant birdlife and more than 650 species of indigenous and foreign plant species. Take an afternoon stroll in 37 hectares of lush vegetation, including baobabs and more than 85 varieties of palm trees. You probably won’t cover the entire garden, but don’t miss the famous long pond filled with giant Victoria amazonica water lilies, native to South America. It’s considered a main attraction!
4. Attend a Rum Tasting
Make a toast to your love with a Golden Mojito at La Rhumerie de Chamarel. Nestled among the sugarcane plantations of the south west, La Rhumerie de Chamarel certainly deserves a spot on the list of top romantic outings in Mauritius. This fascinating tourist experience will charm you with a guided visit of the distillery, a rum tasting and a delicious lunch at the distillery’s restaurant, L’Alchimiste. The sugarcane, which grows alongside pineapples and other tropical fruit, is carefully cultivated to create award-winning double-distilled rum aged in oak. Learn of the entire rum-making process before sampling a wide selection of the famous solution, such as White Rum, Coeur de Chauffe, and Chamarel Liquors.
5. Cruise on a Catamaran
Whether you choose a full day trip to Ile aux Cerfs or a two hour voyage at sunset, a catamaran cruise with your partner will help you soak up the beauty of this majestic island. Mauritius has a plethora of catamaran trips and companies to choose from, so be sure to explore your options ahead of time, the resort staff will certainly be able to assist you with this. A full day cruise to Ile aux Cerfs will see you snorkelling, sunbathing and swimming near waterfalls before enjoying a delicious barbecue lunch on board. Volcanic rock formations, mangrove swamps and playful dolphins are also to be expected. Sunset is naturally the best time of day for a romantic cruise and you can even book a private catamaran, with all the food, wine, sodas and beer that you could want!
6. Kayak along Ile d’Ambre
Paddle through alleys of mangrove forests in a two-person kayak for a romantic outing you won’t soon forget. This tranquil isle is teeming with butterflies so take a moment to soak up the sunlight and natural beauty around you. A full day trip to Ile d’Ambre includes a picnic lunch break on the small island of Bernache, a walking tour and an opportunity to test your snorkelling gear.
With all these activities and more to choose from, it’s no wonder Mauritius is considered to be one of the most romantic destinations in the world. You can speak to one of our skilled consultants to start planning your romantic holiday to Mauritius, or you can take a look at some of the magnificent Mauritius resorts on offer at World Leisure Holidays.