Who doesn’t love an island escape?

While the Seychelles, Bali, Tahiti and numerous other picturesque places are on the bucket list of holidaymakers – Mauritius has come highly recommended by Lonely Planet.

In its recently published Best in Travel 2018, Mauritius made the cut as one of the Top 10 countries to visit. It shares the spotlight with other scenic destinations such as Chile, Portugal and New Zealand.

The island is praised for it’s stunning white beaches, dazzling sapphire seas, diverse culture, delicious cuisine, and an array of exciting sport and adventure activities. In addition, it holds some of the world’s most romantic wedding and honeymoon settings.

It is also just a short, four-hour trip from South Africa, with flights departing from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. No visas are required, which takes another travel hassle out of deciding where to book your next holiday. The wide variety of accommodation on offer, from 5-star hotels to self-catering apartments, makes this destination even more appealing to travelers.

Mauritius is an affordable escape for millennials, honeymooners or those wanting a romantic break.

Why go with the suggestion from Best in Travel 2018? Well, its drawn from the knowledge and passion of Lonely Planet staff, authors and online community.

As self-confessed travel geeks, its staff collectively rack up hundreds of thousands of miles each year, exploring almost every destination on the planet. And every year they ask themselves:  ‘Where are the best places in the world to visit right now?’

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These places are then shortlisted by the panel of in-house travel experts who consider criteria such as topicality, excitement and wow-factor to decide what to include in the best-selling, inspirational travel yearbook. The destinations selected must offer travelers an outstanding experience in the year ahead.


The Indian Ocean island is known for its beaches, lagoons and reefs.

And this is certainly the case with Mauritius, as the island will be celebrating a momentous milestone in its history – the 50th Anniversary of Independence. Gearing up for this special celebration, a series of national events and activities are currently being organised to culminate in March 2018.


  • It is known as the Republique de Maurice (Republic of Mauritius)
  • It is located on the continent of Africa and covers 2030 square kilometers of land and 10 square kilometers of water, making it the 183rd largest nation in the world.
  • Population: Roughly 1.2 million people (2015).
  • Capital: Port Louis with 150 000 inhabitants.
  • Languages: English, French and Creole.
  • Religion: Mainly Hindus (49%).


AUTHOR: Daily Voice

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