The third oldest hippodrome in the world
The third oldest hippodrome in the world, the Champ de Mars, is celebrating 200 hundred years of existence and is to be found in the sunny Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.
When booking a holiday from our excellent list of Mauritius Villa Rental properties, be sure to include a day at the races at the Champ de Mars. It is one of the best ways to truly enjoy the Mauritius experience when mixing with the local population of Eastern and Western cultures cohabiting side by side in this magical island.
The island of Mauritius is located in the South West of the Indian Ocean and to the East of Madagascar. This island republic consists of the main island Mauritius, and the islands of Rodrigues, St Brandon and Agalega. Mauritius is a popular destination for families, honeymooners and jet setters from all over the world, in search of a beautiful beach destination which is safe, hot, sunny and where the local population is friendly and welcoming.In fact Mauritius possesses many attributes which make it a first class beach destination with its white sandy beaches, preserved turquoise blue lagoon, excellent quality accommodation, and most of all its friendly multicultural population living side by side, in peace and harmony.The above mentioned attributes make the island a favourite for Mauritius Holiday Rentals or, as the French like to say, Location Vacances Ile Maurice.
Flying to Mauritius is easy with the major European airlines offering regular non-stop direct flights to this island in the sun. The official language of the island in English, however, the most widely used language after the local Creole is French. The press is published in English, French, and Hindi is a very important language too in the community. It is possible to hear this mix of languages being spoken when enjoying a Mauritius Self Catering Holiday or Location Ile Maurice, as the French say. This exotic island is peaceful and welcoming to all those who holiday there. Mauritians are delighted to receive tourists from all over the world and it is evident in the natural sense of hospitality which they display. The local infrastructure is developing rapidly with one principal motorway leading from the airport to the centre and also to the North of the island. Transport is readily available with an excellent, reliable and inexpensive bus service serving most parts of the island. Car hire and taxis are also available for exploring this fascinating island in the Indian Ocean.Mauritian food is delightful because of its multicultural population who has mixed the best of European cuisine with Asian Cuisine to produce the most fascinating and succulent dishes.
After sampling an exotic Mauritian dish or two, the local fruit available is colourful and succulent, for example, pineapple, letchis and juicy mangoes. Owing to the island’s multicultural diversity and its history of colonialism, there is a selection of places of historical or cultural interest for those wishing to explore the island. The capital city Port Louis owes its name to Louis XV of France and is an interesting place to visit with its colonial buildings, bustling market and magnificent waterfront overlooking the harbour. Port Louis harbour is an important port of call for world cruises, cargo and fishing ships crisscrossing the Indian Ocean. There are Hindu temples, Tamil temples and Chinese pagodas, located throughout the towns and villages of the island and which are open to visitors all year round. The beautiful green interior of the island is also accessible to tourists who may choose to explore several nature parks on foot, on horseback or during a safari drive in a 4X4 vehicle. Some of the beautifully shaped mountains of the island may be visited on foot up to their summits from which the views of Mauritius, surrounded by a magnificent lagoon, are breathtaking. These are Le Morne, which is a Unesco World Heritage site, and Le Pouce, and several others.
Mauritius continues to be an extremely sought after and popular holiday destination where the beaches and green interior are beautiful, facilities and services available to holidaymakers are excellent. The Mauritians are a welcoming and peaceful nation, making the holiday experience very pleasant and relaxing. The number of tourists who return regularly and have done for many years is a real testament to the natural and human richness which this unique island possesses.
The Affordable Mauritius Option
When choosing a budget holiday to the paradise island of Mauritius, it is advisable to reserve one of the wide choice of Mauritius self catering villas or Location villas Ile Maurice, as the French say for all your family to enjoy.
It has now become very easy to confirm quality Mauritius accommodation at very reasonable prices and the rates are normally per the accommodation per night so for a group of friends this is often a decent and genuine bargain opportunity. Generally the Mauritius holiday accommodation is either directly on the beach or to be found close to the very best lagoons and beaches all around Mauritius. The self catering option also makes it possible for the holiday-makers to come and go as they please, enjoy total privacy and leave the servicing of the accommodation to the local staff. If you intend to visit the capital of Port Louis regularly during your vacation in Mauritius, it very practical and inexpensive to rent a small vehicle or hire one of the excellent taxi services present everywhere. Imagine spending a day in the hustle and commotion of Port Louis, then returning to your Mauritius Holiday Villa in a beach setting for a wonderful swim in the Indian Ocean before enjoying a succulent meal in one of the many international style restaurants.
The island of Mauritius enjoys a sub tropical climate with hot summers and warm winters, thus making this captivating island popular on a year round basis. The lagoons surrounding Mauritius are sheltered by coral barriers and so the conditions are perfect for swimming, snorkeling, fishing and scuba diving. Many ocean sports facilities and activities are available for the more adventurous and sporty holidaymaker. Beyond the lagoon reef is a fabulous variety of fish and many individuals visit on a regular basis as the yearly international Marlin fishing competition in Mauritius is a world famous fixture. As the weather is usually hot tourists can not just relax while enjoying some of the best beaches in the world and swim in the beautiful lagoons but also visit the colourful towns and beautiful green interior.
This lovely holiday paradise is easily accessible these days as all the leading airline companies fly in from most of the major European cities.
Mauritius Self Catering
Location Villa Ile Maurice
Mauritius Private Villa Collection
When booking a holiday to Mauritius the very best kind of accommodation for a family or group of friends is one of the wide selection of Mauritius Holiday Villas to be found on this delightful island. These private villas are more often than not situated on white sandy beaches which lead to the magnificent blue lagoons surrounding this sub tropical island paradise. A family or group of friends wishing to holiday together in elegance, style and comfort will truly enjoy the flexibility of this Mauritius rental format which also offers excellent value for money. The villas are spacious and private and the Mauritian service by the ladies in attendance is warm, friendly and efficient. The staff are available to take care of every day cleaning services as well as the preparation of succulent Mauritian meals. The entire family can feel comfortable, well relaxed and can experience a genuine island style holiday in this category of lovely holiday accommodation.
Mauritians generally speaking are accustomed to several languages so holiday-makers and tourists exploring this magnificent island will have no difficulty communicating during their stay, when going out to the wide variety of dining establishments, shops and markets. The island destination of Mauritius provides so much more to do and see apart from the obvious variety of lovely sandy beaches and protected lagoons, where sunbathing, and swimming are perfect. Excursions to a group of small islands encircling Mauritius make for a beautiful expedition at sea. These day trips may easily be prearranged locally and in any one of the coastal resorts of the island. The Mauritian population enjoys receiving their regular clientele from all the countries of the world and are a warm, affable people by nature, therefore the island is safe, warm and hospitable. As Mauritius enjoys a year round sub tropical climate, it is a vacation destination with burning summers and mild winters appropriate for people of all ages.
A self catering villa holiday in Mauritius means value for money, space and privacy in a stunning beach location.