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7 nights at 3* Friday Attitude - Mauritius (Kids Fly Free)

7 nights at 3* Friday Attitude - Mauritius (Kids Fly Free) Travel dates : 18 April - 29 June 2017

7 nights at 4* Preskil Beach Resort - Mauritius

7 nights at 4* Preskil Beach Resort - Mauritius Travel dates : 1 June - 30 September 2017 Offer ends

7 nights at Maritim Resort & Spa - Mauritius

7 nights at 5* Maritim Resort & Spa - Mauritius Travel dates : 19 May 2017 - 28 September 2017

7 nights at Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resorts - Mauritius

7 nights at 5* Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resorts - Mauritius  (Honeymoon Offer) Travel dates : 1 May 2017 - 23

7 nights at Le Meridien Ile Maurice - Mauritius

7 nights 4* Le Meridien Ile Maurice - Mauritius Travel dates : 1 July 2017 - 17  July 2017 Offer

7 nights Honeymoon Deal - Recif Attitude Mauritius

7 nights Honeymoon Deal - 3* Recif Attitude (Adult Only) Mauritius Travel dates : 18 April 2017 - 29 June

5 Nights at Le Mauricia Resort Mauritius

Travel Dates: 02-07 May 2017 Located on the sun-drenched northern coast of Mauritius, Le Mauricia is one of the most

Club Med 4 Trident Le Canonniers Mauritius 7 Nights

Valid Selected Departures in April 2017 Discover the perfect blend of family holiday adventure and unspoilt beauty at Club Med

Club Med 5 Trident La Plantation d'Albion Mauritius 7 Nights

Validity: Selected departures in April 2017 With a beautiful Adults-Only Infinity Pool, sunbeds on unspoilt shores, and endless activities that

Mauritius 7 Nights Crystals Beach Hotel

Valid 22 April 2017 - 29 June 2017 Maritim Crystals Beach Hotel, a 4* resort, situated at Palmar in the east

Mauritius 7 Nights at Emeraude Beach Attitude

Valid: 1 May 2017 - 29 June 2017 Émeraude Beach Attitude faces one of the island’s most beautiful beaches ,

7 Nights Mauritius 5 Star Outrigger Beach Resort

Valid 8 January 2017 - 21 April 2017 30% discount at Outrigger Mauritius Surrender to the beauty of Bel Ombre

Mauritius Veranda Palmar Beach

Valid 1 May 2017 - 29 June 2017 30% early booking discount at the all inclusive Veranda Palmar Beach On

7 Days Mauritius Heritage Le Telfair Golf Resort & Spa

Valid 8 January 2017 - 30 March 2017 Exclusive to the Holiday Factory! 30% early booking discount offer at Heritage

Mauritius 7 Nights Recif Attitude Adults Only

Valid 1 May 2017 - 29 June 2017 30% Discount offer at the Adult's only Recif Attitude This adult only

Beachcomber Mauritius Shandrani 5 Star 5 Night Deal

All packages are valid for Travel from 28 January 2017 – 28 February 2017 Vast tropical grounds, a location with

Beachcomber Le Victoria Superior 4 Star

All packages are valid for Travel from 28 January 2017 – 28 February 2017 Breathtakingly beautiful public areas are one

Mauritius Le Canonnier 4 Star Beachcomber

All packages are valid for Travel from 28 January 2017 – 28 February 2017 Balmy nights, swaying palm trees, white

Mauritius

Mauritius (including Rodrigues), just like its neighbour Reunion, is part of the Mascarene Islands. These islands were formed in a series of undersea volcanic eruptions 8-10 million years ago, as the African plate drifted over the Réunion hotspot. Unlike Reunion though, the islands Mauritius, Rodrigues and the smaller ones are not volcanically active anymore. The island of Mauritius itself is formed around a central plateau, with its highest peak in the southwest, Piton de la Petite Rivière Noire at 828 metres above sea level.

Discovered by the Portugese, claimed by the Dutch, the French and finally the British, Mauritian culture is an eclectic mix of the descendants of Europeans colonizers, African slaves and Indian labourers. The island’s culinary styles, which can be attributed to its distinct heritage, are exquisite; Mauritius is a favourite among cooking shows, with specials covering the island’s food cropping up constantly.

With great food filling their stomachs, tourists head for the island’s trendy beaches, where swimming and surfing are generally the order of the day. Mauritius has heavily promoted its aquatic attractions, developing diverse ways of enjoying the marine world, such as undersea walks and semi-submarine rides. Inland, rising mountains make for gorgeous scenery and excellent hiking. Though Mauritius is hardly a role model for good environmental treatment, the Royal Botanical Gardens offer a delightful glimpse of the diverse flora that once thrived on the island.

Mauritius was uninhabited until being permanently settled by European explorers in the 1600s. The island was known by Arab and Austronesian sailors as early as the 10th century. The Portuguese sailors first visited it in 1507 and established a visiting base leaving the island uninhabited. Five ships of the Dutch Second Fleet were blown off course during a cyclone while on their way to the Spice Islands and landed on the island in 1598, naming it in honour of Prince Maurice of Nassau, the Stadtholder of the Netherlands. In 1638, the Dutch established the first permanent settlement. Because of tough climatic conditions including cyclones and the deterioration of the settlement, the Dutch abandoned the island some decades later in 1710. France, which already controlled the neighbouring Île Bourbon (now Réunion) took control of Mauritius in 1715 and later renamed it Île de France (Isle of France). Under French rule, the island developed a prosperous economy based on sugar production. In the Napoleonic Wars (1803-1815) the British set out to gain control of the island. Despite winning the Battle of Grand Port, Napoleon’s only naval victory over the British, the French surrendered to a British invasion at Cap Malheureux three months later. They formally surrendered on 3 December 1810, on terms allowing settlers to keep their land and property and to use the French language and law of France in criminal and civil matters. Under British rule, the island’s name reverted to the original one. An independence campaign gained momentum after 1961, when the British agreed to permit additional self-government and eventual independence, which eventually happened on 12 March 1968.