This former French colony offers all the natural perfection of an island paradise along with a richly diverse local culture. The mix of Indian, Asian and Western influences is reflected in colourful architecture, deliciously exotic food, and a lively, party-loving people. The island’s exclusive hotels reinterpret this local culture, serving Franco-Mauritian cuisine in an oriental or colonial setting. Whether in charming offshore islands surrounded by blue lagoons, the coral reefs of Turtle Bay or Black River Gorge’s lush forest, Mauritius offers a haven of peace and beauty in which to relax and soak in the perfection. For a taste of city life after days of luxuriating in the sun, visit Port Louis’s colonial buildings and thriving Chinatown or try Grand Baie for a day of shopping or an exciting night on the town.