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Shopping: 

  • Le Ruisseau Creole Shopping center: Le Ruisseau Créole is a shopping complex located in Black River, in an idyllic Creole setting. It is possible to enjoy a kiosk and its cuisine, its restaurants, but also handicrafts, fashion accessories, clothing brands,  wickets. A free shuttle is available once a week at the hotel. 
  • Place Cap Tamarin: This retail space has 7 poles (Fashion & decoration, catering, delicacies and culture & entertainment, services and supermarket) that meet the expectations of consumers. Place Cap Tamarin is a friendly place where children play while parents relax and stroll. Designed as a 'village square', it becomes a place to live and share. Its unrivaled location at the entrance to Tamarin makes it an ideal partner. 
  • Cascavelle: Minutes away from Flic en Flac and Tamarin, Cascavelle is the new shopping address of the West. A village in the open where you can find, at every moment, shops and boutiques, restaurants, cafes, a pharmacy, a supermarket, food courts, currency exchange, an ATM and bank, a telephony dealer, a Barber and beauty care and an electronics shop.

 

Visit the island: 

Les Salines: Les Salines de Tamarin is a fascinating place to visit and discover. Salt production is common in this part of the island, and this production is sufficient to meet the needs of this small island. These salts are a great inspiration and a fascinating subject for photographers. It is common to see women fitted with big hats to protect them from the sun, and rubber boots to work there. With shovels, gloves and cups, they are responsible for the production of salt with a craft and ancestral technique which dates back to almost two centuries, a method that remains astonishingly simple. Enjoy a picturesque early morning show. 

Casela Nature & Leisure Park: Casela has a variety of animals of all kinds; 1,500 species of birds, zebras, giant tortoises, monkeys, tigers and many others. In addition to the observation of these different species, many activities are available: quad rides, Segway, ziplining, canyoning and many others to make this an unforgettable experience. 

The Nature Park Valley of colors: Open from 9:00 to 17:00, it is possible to discover the famous land of colors and participate in different activities such as quad biking trips, trying the longest zip lines and the most picturesque of the island. Explore the garden of ferns; with its tree ferns, orchids and native wildflowers. Listen and enjoy the rustle of the water from different waterfalls in the region. 

Chamarel Colored Earth: The Seven Colored Earth of Chamarel is one of the must-sees in Mauritius. To get there, you have to cross the Village of Chamarel in the countryside where reigns a peaceful life and where the population is particularly inviting. The Seven Colored Earth is located on a private estate; there is an entrance fee since some years and it also provides access to viewpoint on the Chamarel waterfall. In this special place, with its stunning views, two totally opposite restaurants are recommended. Authentic and affordable, the Bison Bar at Rico's absolutely needs to be tried, with its assortment of four or five typical Mauritian dishes for only a dozen euros. Come and enjoy the charm and warmth of Mauritians. The second address, the rum distillery of Chamarel is a great place to visit; discover the making of agricultural rum followed by a tasting. Its fine cuisine; foie gras, farmed deer, its organic vegetables for about thirty euros, and the breathtaking view are the assurance of a unique experience. 

 

Classified Sites: 

Mauritius having been a favorite stop for former explorers between the east and the west, it inherited a great cultural wealth including two sites listed as World Heritage by UNESCO. 

  • Aapravasi Ghat: It is the last remaining immigration filing of a typical deposit, established during the second half of the 19th century. This deposit was used to collect Indian immigrants and contract workers. Many Mauritians can trace their ancestors. Over 500,000 immigrants landed on the island between 1834 and 1920; this site has a great symbolism. 
  • Le Morne is located in the southwest of the island, and displays a beautiful as well as spectacular landscape. This site holds a special place in the history and memory of Mauritius. It is connected to the history of slavery, becoming a symbol of resistance to these captives. This site is a must-see, especially as part of the commemoration of the abolition of slavery on the island. The mountain and its surrounding landscapes convey a sacred story, not only for its natural beauty, but mainly because of its tragic side. According to history, the slaves would rather jump off the mountain rather than return to their master. 
  • Souillac  is a historical village close to the southern point of the island and the capital of the district of Savanne. It was named after the Vicomte de Souillac, the French Governor General of the time. It was an important port in the French as well as British colonies. You can discover this colonial village in appearance but also:
  • The Telfair Garden: It is an enchanting place close to the sea where the people regularly go to have a picnic. Named after the owner and botanist Charles Telfair, this garden is embellished by beautiful trees. A walkway connects the garden to the 'Laundry', a locally famous place. 
  • Gris-Gris: It is well known for its cliffs overlooking the ocean. This part of the island is not protected by coral reefs. Large waves are generally thrown against the cliffs, but the most spectacular remains the "Weeping Rock" whereby waves crashing on rocks constantly give the impression that the cliff is crying. 
  • Rochester Falls is a waterfall that leads to the Savanne River and is famous for its strange rectangular shape. 

 

Mahebourg 

Mahebourg is a small coastal town in the south-east of Mauritius. Protected by a bay, it is the main town in the district of Grand Port. The city is named after Bertrand-François Mahé de La Bourdonnais, one of the most renowned French colonial governors of the first French period. As the largest city in the south-east, Mahebourg is central to the most typical region of Mauritius, which is in contrast with the large tourist area in the north. Located at the edge of a lagoon, it is also the closest town to the international airport of Plaisance, the only airport of the country.

South of Mahebourg, Pointe d'Esny in Blue Bay stretches along several kilometers of beach lined with mansions feet in the water. 

Further south is the large marine park of Blue Bay, declared a RAMSAR site of worldwide importance. 

The streets laid out in a straight line in the oldest part of Mahebourg still testify today of its colonial past. It declined from the time when France chose Port Louis to be the main port of the island. There remains the Naval Museum of Mauritius dedicated to the maritime history of the island and region, especially the naval battles of the French and British Marines, which is in a large colonial house at the bottom of a park. Another institution is devoted to the first colonization by the Dutch. 

La Vanille Reserve: Do not miss this fabulous encounter with crocodiles and giant turtles, Mauritian bats, mongoose and even large lizards at the La Vanille Reserve. This reserve also exposes an insectary with over 2,300 species of insects. A playground for children providing various activities and other attractions is ready to welcome you. For the adventurous, this experience is full of surprises! 

Yanature offers hikes at the Morne Brabant, the Black River Gorges, Piton de la Rivière Noire, the Crete Trail of Chamarel and many other fascinating places to discover. A unique experience to enjoy the pleasures of nature and relax as naturally as possible!