Mauritius—a cultural melting pot where past and present work in symphony—redefines natural beauty with a stunning landscape that compels you to return to its shores time and again. An oasis of peace and tranquility, the people are as warm as the sun dappled sea – each smiling face eager to help you fulfill the promise of a truly unique holiday experience.
Off the beach, the island is filled with hidden gems that easily reveal themselves. The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Mauritius is located just 60 kilometers from the island’s international airport and only 15 kilometers from the island's hub, Grand Baie, known for its shopping, restaurants, bars and nightlife.
The island’s capital, Port-Louis, is a bustling centre of business and entertainment, a mere 15 kilometers from the resort. It is the busiest port in the Indian Ocean, offering explosions of grand colour and a wealth of culture. The Chinese Pagoda—an example of traditional Chinese architecture—stands opposite the racecourse and is just one example of the diversity of architectural styles that pepper the island. The Jummah Mosque, the stately English Saint James Cathedral, and the Indian Tamil Temple should also be explored at leisure.
Mauritius’ market is the cultural heart of the city, and is a popular meeting spot for visitors and locals alike. This sensory feast offers a range of foods and wares, from fruits and vegetables to herbs to clothing and kitchen tools. Additional shopping galleries and restaurants can be found alongside the harbour at the Caudan waterfront.
The Pamplemousses Botanical Garden dates from 1770 and was created by Pierre Poivre during the island's French sovereignty. The immense garden features astonishing plant species, including stunning giant water lilies.