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In the title "nature", I am encompassing all wildlife, sealife, flora, and fauna. When flying over the island the first time you visit Mauritius one of the most striking things to notice is how green the island is.

We are blessed with an abundance of sun on the island and many (including me) flock to the island to enjoy its warmth. Along with the sun comes the rain and Mauritius has plenty of that too, but is usually short-lived and quickly gives way to new gold rays. Such a perfect balance of sun and rain has allowed the island to become home to a diverse collection of nature and some that are unique to the island itself.

You only have to look at the tree-covered mountains and the magnificent waterfalls they have formed over the centuries to see how incredibly beautiful nature has made this island. As Ernest Hemingway said "you will be told that Mauritius was created by God immediately after paradise. In fact, this paradise was created in the likeness of Mauritius"




The Intercontinental Hotel at Balaclava was the first hotel I ever stayed at in Mauritius and thoroughly enjoyed the experience. We were fortunate to be upgraded and ended up with a large beachfront with an enormous terrace.

As the visit to Mauritius was for business we were only booked in for two nights but still managed to take in as much of its facilities and atmosphere as possible. My husband even managed to sneak out for a few hours fishing which the hotel chartered for him.

The beach is well kept and the staff are attentive which you would expect from a 5-star hotel. Rooms are clean and well serviced and the hotel itself is maintained to a modern standard which is sometimes lacking with other hotels (not mentioned in this 'Top 10 Hotels in Mauritius').

The setting is wonderful and you will enjoy the first time you walk through the central reception atrium and see the view done to the beach.

+230 204 1400



I came across the Rum Shed on my first visit to the Shanti Maurice Hotel & Spa. As we entered the grounds of the hotel, just to the left-hand side I saw a sign “Rum Shed” which immediately pricked my interest.

The Rum Shed is part of the Shanti Hotel and is only open on a Saturday evening, so we booked at reception for dinner. As we walked down the gravel path we were greeted by the Shanti staff and a fully ablaze firepit in the middle of the Restaurants courtyard.

Inside the “Shed” is a bar boasting over 200 Rums from around the world, a delight for the Rum connoisseur or for those that like Rum cocktails. The floor is of sand and the walls are multi-coloured planks of timber littered with objects and pictures with light-shades of full-sized steel drums hanging from the ceiling.
The bar area is warm and friendly and expertly staffed. I recommend the Bar special smoking rum cocktail. Nibbles or meal appetisers can be served at the bar, you only have to as
I have mentioned the Shanti 3 times on this website, here, Mauritius Top 10 Hotels and Mauritius Top 10 Bars and for many reasons but I must applaud the quality of its manager and the attentive staff. Personally, I don’t think you will be disappointed.

+230 603 7200