A friend of mine – lucky thing - had a two day-stopover in Mauritius on his way back home to Australia.
On his post card he sounded a touch bemused: “All the road signs are in English, they drive on the left, but they all speak French!”
The history of Mauritius goes some way to providing an explanation. Situated in the middle of the Indian Ocean, the island was taken by the British from the French in 1810. But, despite British rule (which ended in 1968), the residents were allowed to continue speaking French and living by French laws.
These days, Mauritius is a popular up-scale holiday and honeymoon destination and a fine place to stay is Le Touessrok. It was described in a recent Sunday newspaper feature as ‘a slice of palm-fringed paradise dedicated to fine food and indolence – with butlers and instant gratification everywhere.’
Regular celebrity guests at Le Touessrok apparently include Joan Collins, Whitney Houston and Cilla Black. No doubt they opted for the total privacy offered by the hotel’s three villas, each with its own swimming pool and chef.
Journalist Sarah Turner says: “The staff will try to organise everything you request – from a personal firework display to a private meal on a deserted beach.”
None of this comes cheap, of course – food prices are high, as everything has to be flown in – but it sure sounds a fine antidote to the depression of the recession.
by Andy Moreton
Apart from the fabulous Touessrok, Luxique can offer deals at nine other great luxury hotels in Mauritius.