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My hubby to be is from Mauritius. We went in December and had to take dollars, and just changed them at one of the smaller exchange places in the city to get best rates. Beautiful place, and I particularly enjoyed it because there is more to do than just lie on a beach unlike Maldives etc. but they do have some gorgeous beaches too.
The bits I enjoyed the most were:
Ile aux Cerf - gorgeous little hotel owned island which you can take day trips to by boat, they will usually take you to the see waterfall which is just closeby too. Gorgeous beach, nice beach bar with pretty good food too.
Rhumerie de Chamarel - the rum factory up in the mountains among the sugarcane plantations. They take you through the process of how rum is made and you get to sample various type of Mauritian rum. It's a gorgeous setting.
Varangue sur morne - a gorgeous restaurant up in the mountains, just perched on the edge of a hillside. Probably the best food I had in Mauritius. It was pricey by Mauritian standards but worth it.
Casala - We had great fun here, saw the giant tortoises, zip lines, quad biking etc but it poured down that day so we got soaked dong it!
Markets in Port Louis are worth a trip to, as you can buy all sorts of bits and bobs. There is also a market that takes place once a month somewhere (will have to check) and it is huge, it just goes on for miles and you can get lost. Got some nice cotton kaftan type tops and dresses form there, super cheap.
Flic en Flac beach area is also nice, there are lots of little bars and restaurants along the beach front.
I don't think the arbitrage exists now for EK vs Air Mauritius booked flights as they last few flights we have booked (and looking now for Sept) and they are exactly the same price, but at least with EK I can collect reasonably useful airmiles so we stick with them.
edited by BellaUK on 19/03/2013