It was just a few weeks into winter in Paris and already I was craving a sunny solace. Typically, before the autumn leaves are buried under the snow, I would have every travel detail already locked down months in advance.
This was not the case this year and I violated two of my biggest travel don’ts:
1. Don’t make last minute plans for a major vacation.
2. Don’t travel during one of the busiest periods of the year
If that wasn’t a big enough challenge, I wanted a destination that came fully loaded: one that was naturally beautiful, had activity options for the entire family, great weather, interesting sites and day trips and with an elegant hotel that was luxurious enough just in case I chose not to step foot outside its walls.
Oh, why stop there, I also wanted a destination that I could fly to directly from Europe.
A tall order? Yes. Impossible? No. Even at this time of the year where every place worth going to and every hotel worth staying in is completely booked, the travel gods were smiling down on me, with the only penalty being the premium cost of airfare.
In the end, I found a destination to fulfil my every need and then some.
Just off the southeast coast of Africa, approximately 500 miles east of Madagascar is the island of Mauritius. Said to be heaven on earth and after my visit, I have no evidence otherwise. Here are a few reasons why Mauritius lives up to its reputation.