Amazing Sights & Experiences
Add to the memories of your stay with us at The Residence Mauritius by exploring this destination’s unique blend of cultures and natural heritage. To help you get started, we’ve put together a few suggested full-day and half-day itineraries that cater to guests’ different interests.
Southern Wonders (Full day)
Head to the wilder southern region of Mauritius to explore some of the island’s most naturally breathtaking sights. Begin with a visit to the enchanting Grand Bassin lake, a sacred lake for Mauritians of Hindu faith who believe that the water inside the lake communicates with the waters of the holy River Ganges in India. Travel on to the Black River Gorges national park whose rolling hills and dense forests are home to many endangered species of plants and animals. Then follow a route through sugarcane fields to Rochester Falls, the widest waterfall in Mauritius and the site of spectacular natural formations. Last but not least, witness the wonder of the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel, a small area of sand dunes that comprise sand of seven distinct colours.
Walk with Lions (Full day)
Take a walk on the wild side at Casela Nature and Leisure Park as you get up close and personal with cheetahs and lions. Located in the western region of Mauritius, this 14-hectare park is home to over 150 species of birds, creatures such as giant turtles, as well as these beautiful big cats. Experience the adrenalin rush of walking alongside the lions through the reserve, stopping to stroke them and take photos.
Floating Temple Visit
The east coast is rich in colonial history and a great reflection of Mauritius’ melting pot of cultures, dotted with temples, churches and mosques. Just 20 minutes from the resort, the village of Poste de Flacq boasts a lovely beach, streets lined with quaint shops, a bustling market as well as the opulent Sagar Shiv Mandir Hindu temple. Known as the ‘floating temple’, it is built off the coast on the island of Goyave de Chine and is both a tourist attraction and a place of worship for local Hindus, surrounded by a visually arresting seascape and watched over by a 108-foot-high bronze statue of Shiva.
Tour of Trou d'Eau Douce
Trou d'Eau Douce, which means “sweet water hole”, is a typical island village on the east coast, situated where the river meets the ocean. Sail on the translucent turquoise lagoon fringed by a beautiful sandy beach, surrounded by spectacular scenery. Not to be missed is the Notre Dame des Bon Secours church that stands in the centre of the village, made from black volcanic rock and featuring stained glassed windows distinctively tinged with blue.
A Sweet Journey of Discovery
The sugar industry has played a long and important role in the Mauritian economy and much of the island’s agricultural land is devoted to the cultivation of sugarcane. This native produce also goes into the production of our local rum. L'Aventure Du Sucre museum not only tells the story of sugar in great detail, but also covers the fascinating history of Mauritius and the rum trade. End this sweet experience with a taste of the sugar and our locally made rum.