After months of closed borders, Mauritius will once again be welcoming international travelers, starting July 15.
This beautiful island off the southeast coast of Africa in the Indian Ocean announced it will be opening in phases during 2021. The first phase, from July 15 to Sept. 30, will enable vaccinated travelers to have a resort holiday on the island. Holidaymakers will be able to enjoy facilities within their chosen resort premises, including the swimming pool and beach. If guests stay more than 14 days and have negative PCR tests during their stay in the resort, they will be able to explore the island.
In October, vaccinated travelers will be allowed entry without restrictions upon presentation of a negative PCR test taken within 72 hours before departure.
Black River Gorges National Park is popular with hikers. Photo Credit: Benny Marty/Shutterstock.com
Mauritius is the ideal destination for a much-needed tropical island wellness break. That is why Lux Resorts & Hotels and SALT Resorts have launched a series of Collectible Wellness Experiences. Healthy cuisine, sunrise yoga, natural highs, and therapeutic spa treatments count among the restorative perks of these experiences.
Lux Le Morne Resort offers travelers snorkeling expeditions from a traditional pirogue. A member of the resort team will double as the local guide, sharing insightful tales of the island and its history. Back on dry land, the experience includes a garden-to-glass cocktail class in the resort's herb gardens. Ticking off fitness and ecoprotection in one go, travelers can enjoy plogging (a Swedish invention combining jogging and litter collection) in the Black River Gorges National Park, home to endangered wildlife and more than 700 species of flora and fauna.
The Lux Grand Gaube Resort & Villas has launched a Hug Me Honey experience. Travelers will visit the resort's eight hives, home to around 240,000 industrious bees, and learn all about the resort's beekeeping efforts. Next up, there will be a honey-scrub-making session, followed by honey cocktails and a honey-paired dinner curated by the executive chef. Travelers will also be treated to a beekeeping kit, so that they can build their own beehive back home.
Exploring Mauritian cuisine and culture
For travelers who opt for a Mauritius holiday after October or who choose to take a longer holiday, the island of Mauritius will be open to sightseeing and wellness experiences outside the resorts. They will be able to experience a range of immersive experiences and discover the culture, cuisine and art of the island.
My Moris offers several off-the-beaten-track cultural and culinary discovery activities. The tours are shaped to support locals and their small, traditional businesses. Travelers can learn the art of weaving bamboo baskets in a small village, braid vacoas leaves into baskets or visit the farmer's market with a local and learn how to cook traditional meals.
For those who want to combine their wellness escape with a bit of history, the Mauritian Tea Route is definitely worth a visit. The Tea Route gives travelers the opportunity to explore the making of teas, rum, vanilla and essential oils. It will take them back to the colonial times with visits to the Domaine des Aubineaux, Bois Cheri and Domaine Saint Aubin.
For the more active wellness travelers, Mauritius offers some picturesque hiking tours. A good option is the Black River Gorges National Park, which is well known for its thick jungle-like vegetation and pretty waterfalls; plenty of tortoises; and fantastic birdlife including pink pigeons and green parrots, two rare species that have been bought back from near extinction. Another unique hiking tour allows travelers to "walk on water" to surrounding isolated islets. They can discover the beautiful Ilot Fourneau off the coast of Le Morne and Ile aux Benitiers from the coast of La Gaulette.