10 Reasons Why Discover (Mauritius)™ is Useful!

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You may have lived in Mauritius your entire life but how much of its beauty have you seen? Wouldn’t you like to explore it in quest of its most beautiful gems and spots?  If you’re in for an incredible journey, tie your belts and grab your Discover (Mauritius)™ App because here’s how it can be useful to you too!

 

Find the nearest points of interest in a few clicks!

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Wherever you live on the island, Discover (Mauritius)™ will help you find nearby places to visit around you thanks to its offline tech and geolocalisation tools. Want to try new restaurants, stores and other places of interest? An array of places to visit that you may not know about can be found in the “Things to do” section. Plus, with our ongoing push notification alert system, you will instantly receive messages about nearby places that are worth a stop!

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Whether you are a tourist or not, budget is something a lot of people pay attention to when picking the places they go to. With all the restaurants, activities, products, services, shops and other facilities put forward by Discover (Mauritius)™, you as a local or expat will be the first to know about ongoing deals and promotions! All you have to do is either click on the push messages you receive or access all your them from your Profile whenever you feel like it. Who can say no to spending little and making the most of this small haven we live in?

 

Listen to 100% Mauritian Music All Day, Every Day!

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Freshly launched onto the App, Discover (Mauritius)™ Radio enables users to listen to 100% local music! Thanks to this platform, you’ll get the chance to discover new artists you may not have heard about and to enjoy local tracks packed with rhythms and local vibes! By using our app to listen to them, you help in supporting the musical sphere of Mauritius by sharing it everywhere. Plus, you’ll basically have a fun modern-day Mauritian walkman you can carry wherever you go!

 

Chat with other Locals and Travelers!

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Did you know that it is possible to connect with other people on Discover (Mauritius)™ ? Well, in the section “Chat”, you are able to talk to people from wherever they are. The world is a global culture and Mauritius is no exception to it. Share ours with other people living abroad and learn from them as well.

 

Read the Latest News about Mauritius!

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As soon as you open the app, Discover (Mauritius)™ suggests you some articles that are worth a read. You might certainly ask yourself: “How are they helpful to me as a local?” Simple: Check out our articles about what’s going on in the island to make the most of it! Wondering where to bring your kids? Or what to do when visiting the capital? Find out more on our App!

 

Share your Photos of Paradise with the World!

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In just one click, it is possible to capture a moment that can last forever: A sunset, a mesmerising view from a mountain top, wildlife animals in a park, a rainbow of colors on a vegetable stall at the market and so much more! Store and share these artworks on Discover (Mauritius)™ in the “Gallery” section. By sharing these photographs on our app, you help in promoting the beauty of your island with people from abroad, making them want to come and see it with their own eyes!

 

Find incredible places to stay at for the weekend! 

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Relaxation is all you need after a hectic week at work! Hotels, B&B, holiday homes, lodges… All these accommodation options are not meant just for people coming from abroad. It is possible for you to find that one picture perfect place to take a break from your daily routine. Check out the ‘Places to stay’ to access a list of accommodations with all required details that will fit your needs and wants are available on Discover (Mauritius)™!

 

Share your reviews with other users!

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You have visited a restaurant and had an amazing experience there? Why not share your experiences with others on our app so they can enjoy it too? Recommend and review your favorite places in Mauritius to help people find their way around but also the most authentic, and worth-a-stop spots!

 

Be the First to know about upcoming Events in Town!

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Anything planned for the weekend? Want to attend an event? But which one? Find out about the latest happenings on the island! To do just that, check out the ‘Events’ section on Discover (Mauritius)™ to access information about various events that you can enjoy alone or in groups. From concerts, festivals, conferences, retreats and shows you will always find something to suit your tastes and desires!

 

 Ask for a Custom Trip Request on Special Occasions!

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Got an important life event coming up and want to make it special? Write to us and send us your Custom Trip Request and we’ll help you draft a unique itinerary to make things as special as they could be! According to your request, you will soon receive a list of activities and event options we can recommend to help you build the memories you’ll cherish all your life!

We highly value locals as you help in contributing to the authenticity of the country. Your interaction with people from abroad can leave a positive mark on their holidays so why not help in creating a memorable experience, both for you and for them?

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[Port-Louis City Guide] The secret Gems of the Capital

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Everywhere around the world, Capital cities have single-handedly transformed over the years into cultural cradles – never-sleeping nests to both the History and heritage of a country.  Mauritius is no exception! But what makes the Mauritian Capital so special? From its vibrant feel, its busy bar terraces lodged on the waterfront to its unique mix of modern business towers contrasted by its centuries-old rock-sculpted facades, Port-Louis is truly a melting pot that beautifully reflects the local diversity. Here’s a little itinerary we crafted just for you – Get ready to explore Port-Louis!

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Rise and Shine. And begin your city exploration at the Marie Reine de la Paix monument (Virgin Mary). Nestled at the southern entrance of Port-Louis, Marie Reine de la Paix literally is  an open-air church located next to Signal Mountain where you can enjoy panoramic views of the city. Climb up the 80-or-so steps of the monument to catch a unique view of the harbour and breathe in the cool hilly breeze with the distant noises of car honks as background. We promise you won’t regret it! While it rarely appears on tourist guides, Marie Reine de la Paix is a prized spot for marriage proposals and long romantic walks in its blooming gardens. Upon leaving the site, stop at Cote Jasmin Jardin Bar for an espresso or to sample its young Mauritian Chef’s morrocan couscous in a cozy garden-like restaurant found at the foot of Marie-Reine de la Paix.

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Let’s continue this adventure inside this buzzing capital, shall we? Port Louis definitely doesn’t miss anything, especially historical sites, street food, busy people and crowded shops! By this point you might have noticed that you are walking on pavements made of cobblestones and granite setts. As you get deeper into the capital you will see the ancient architecture left by the French and British when they colonised the island. You might be wondering: Where should I go first? Well, let us help you! Right across Le Caudan, you will find yourself on La Place d’Armes. From here it all begins! Walk away from the waterfront and you should soon find the Jardin de la Compagnie (Company Garden), one that is home to ancient banyan trees and majestic statues.

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During your journey, you will certainly come across gigantic street artworks. These urban art pieces have been made by local and international artists such as Gael Froget, Evan Sohun, Wenna and many more; and most of them are made on great architectural structure that gives a touch of the new generation to those rustic buildings. The once grim historical walls of the capital are slowly getting filled with vibrant, attractive colors and eccentric designs! You can have fun looking for those throughout the city and get all the snapshots you need to feed your Instagram page!

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One of the busiest parts of Port-Louis can be found at its very centre – not  from The Company Garden. Head to the Emmanuel Anquetil building – a happening spot for business and administrative work. All around, you can roam any street you like to explore the authentic side of the city, including the Government House and the emblematic Theater of Port-Louis. On your way, you will most certainly come across Hindu temples, pagodas, churches and mosques and all in one city! These places add to the liveliness of the city and to the people. Better yet, some of those religious sites can be visited such as the Sockalingum Kovil, Kwan Tee Pagoda, the St. Louis Cathedral and the Jummah Mosque. All those religious sites contain great history and perhaps you might learn a bit about the different cultures that exist in Mauritius.

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From the city centre, head to the market of Port-Louis – one of the best places to immerse into the local crowd. From women shopping for fresh vegetables for tonight’s dinner to people who quench their thirst for a fresh glass of alouda, the market is a lively spot where you can also purchase local hand-made souvenirs to bring back in your suitcases. Keep in mind that the market is based on both sides of the road. You can visit either or both to witness local people’s routine and the beautiful colors of the market with your own eyes.

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After this long stroll through Port Louis, time to lunch! And what better way to satiate your hunger than by tasting local street food? Head to Chinatown to refuel. Trust your guts and enter any restaurant you like to enjoy the Mauritian version of diverse chinese cuisine. Inspired by chinese traditions and recipes, Chinatown restaurants offer a variety of savoury dishes and flavours you can indulge in to get a taste of local cuisine!

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If you don’t mind spending a few bucks then head to l’Atelier Kafé. This stoned longhouse gives to the café an elegant, rustic style that will make you feel at home. Their dishes are absolutely the right mixture between mauritian and western cuisine that will give you all the feels each bite you take! They also have a library right above the café where you’ll be able to learn about the mauritian culture, and book lovers will definitely fall in love with all the classic they sell: from local writers to international ones!

Tel: 2082816

12, St-Louis Street,Port Louis, Mauritius

Email:  contact@lartelier-mu.co

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We can’t think of a better place to spend the rest of the day than the o-so-popular Caudan Waterfront. With its cozy vibes and medium-end to luxury stores, Le Caudan Waterfront is a great landmark for cultural happenings. You can go window-shopping or sit back at one of the waterfront bars to enjoy a cold beer or head to The Deck for a unique boat-restaurant experience. While you’re there, you should absolutely visit the Blue Penny Museum which is home to one of the rarest postal stamps in the world, taste some freshly made sugarcane juice and enjoy the company of the wood sculptor based right next to the Labourdonnais Hotel’s entrance. If you love music and arts, head to Le Caudan Arts centre. The newly launched multi-theater Arts centre offers a variety of shows, plays, music concerts and art exhibitions you will most certainly love!

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Now that you’ve got all the key places in mind, you can finally make the most of your city tour! Enjoy and let us know if there’s any spot you found and loved that we didn’t mention in our article!

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Carry Mauritius with you wherever you go!

Nothing’s better than an item which reminds you of the good times spent during a trip! Isn’t that what souvenirs are for anyway? To mark your time in Mauritius why not get you and your loved ones something unique and original so you can carry a piece of this beautiful island everywhere you go? Discover our 100% Made in Moris Pendant and Bracelets designed by the prestigious local Jewel-making Master Ravior.

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Simple yet elegant, the Discover(Mauritius)™ pendants and bracelets are the perfect souvenirs for bringing you back to the island without having to cross oceans. They will embellish your neck or your wrist while adding a tropical and bespoke feel to your outfit. Every piece has been minutely designed to be delicate and fashionable, but also long-lasting. They perfectly suit men, women and children of all ages. After all, they’ve been made just for you and come in limited editions!


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Just when you thought you couldn’t keep those memories alive, Discover(Mauritius)™ got you all sorted out. Now every time you glance at yourself in the mirror or look at your wrist, you will be able to travel in time and space and end up on the powder-sand beaches of Mauritius island!

 

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Ultimate Things to do in the East!

If you ever want a postcard shot of Mauritius, the east coast is where you’ll want to be heading. Not your usual touristy spot, the East bears all the paradise-like features you would seek when coming to Mauritius Island with that added touch of authenticity. From the best water activities to getting a massage with your other half off our shores while the sun sets, here’s the Discover(Mauritius)™ must-explore list for the mystical east !

Candock Wellness

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Picture this. Tying the knot with the person you love the most on earth with the jaw-dropping background of the sun setting down. Or sailing off the shores of Mauritius while the delicate hands of a masseuse puts you in a state of intenses relaxation. What more could you ask for?

There’s one thing we can agree on: there are plenty things you can do on the island. But if you’re looking for that one out-of-the-ordinary experience, then pick the Candock Wellness Centre. Located in one of the most beautiful and calm beaches on our island, you will get to navigate the crystal clear water of Grand Gaube. Far from the prying eyes, Candock brings you and your loved ones intimacy and memorable moment  that will carry you away whether over an exquisite lunch, a massage or a happy event.

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Be welcomed with a freshly-made infusion that will hydrate your body and flush out the toxins. The fresh flowers and cotton curtains will make you feel like you are on another island, away from the buzzing feels of the city. This private little cocoon can be entirely yours! Get pampered by a therapist with a relaxing massage with natural ingredients to nourish your body and revitalize your skin whilst getting a look on the picture perfect horizon. You can immortalize these cherished moments in an original way with a marriage proposal or a romantic lunch followed by a relaxing massage on this paradise-like dock. Is there any better way to experience the stillness of the sea and its magic?

 

Johaness Speedboat & Catamaran Cruises

We are surrounded by untamed, beautiful waters that are longing to be explored. With Johaness Entertainment, you can now enjoy private and luxurious excursions around the island with your loved ones!

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Why get sun-kissed on the sand when you could do it on a large catamaran off the coasts of Mauritius? When the enchanting sound of the waves calls, it is indeed hard to resist! With its many islands sitting off the mainland, Discover(Mauritius)™ has got much for you. Johaness’ expert team of sailors will achieve just that by taking you to the hidden coves and locations you absolutely need to see when in Mauritius! From pure havens like the less known Ilot Margenie to the very popular Ile aux Cerfs, sail the seas and enjoy a lavish BBQ lunch while getting lost. You can either pick a thrilling speedboat ride or a catamaran cruise to gaze at breathtaking sunsets.

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We’d also recommend you visit the Grand River South East Waterfall as well as the Blue Bay Marine Park. You can also experience sensational watersports activities such as parasailing and tube rides. You will get a private guide to help you along your trip and will be able to monitor you how to dive and where to dive. Are you ready for this unique adventure?

 

Aquaventure

Embark yourself in a sensational unique and must do underwater experience with the Aquaventure Team. Looking for a safe, reliable and fun way to explore the oceans? Let their team of professional divers guide you into the underwater world to meet the beautiful creatures that fill up the waters of our paradise island!

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Don’t have gills? Not an issue! More than just a snorkelling experience, breathing underwater is now possible of an unparalleled and effort-free exploration of the sea, of its magnificent coral reefs and its rich marine diversity. You’ll get to walk the sandy bottoms while trying to figure out the names of all the gilled-friends you can make in just one session! The activity is available for young ones and adults both. The best part? Even if you do not know how to swim, you can still put on your underwater helmet and enjoy this great experience!

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You can even go extra with an actual underwater wedding proposal! Or how about an underwater wedding? Everything’s possible really. It’s up to you to be creative and Aquaventure will take care of the rest and make the most magical moment for you!

 

Gilda’s Restaurant

Somewhere in between an ancient creole facade and a rustic portuguese-styled house, Gilda’s Restaurant embodies perfectly the people of Mauritius and their diverse origins. With a cuisine that sways from authentic Mauritian flavours to recipes soaked in European, Asian and African culinary influences. And all of that, with one priceless view on the dazzling East coast.

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Taste the freshest seafood at Gilda’s Restaurant with a menu full of different flavours from Pasta to Indian curries. And for the little story, Gilda, your host, has been in the culinary world for as far back as when she was a child. With her father owning his restaurant in Trou d’Eau Douce, she slowly began to develop her skills and her passion for cooking. Thanks to its unique set-up, tranquil feels and mouthwatering food, Gilda’s restaurant has become well known in the area by locals and is often referred to as an unexpected surprise by many travellers. Isn’t that reason enough to visit?

 

To Know more about the Ultimate things you can do in the East of Mauritius, please visit: Discover(Mauritius)™ Site or Download the App.

Can you Imagine what happens when it rains in Paradise?

It’s April and the Island’s got its own way of fooling us all with its weather transition period! You might step outside looking at this bright beautiful sunny day, make your plans by the beach or get that much awaited sun tan and then suddenly, out of nowhere, dark grey clouds start to hover above you in the skies and pour down that ocean full of rain… Not an add on you intended for, right? We are just through with the hot summers and now April brings with it the Transition period in Mauritius. So where ever you plan to go, always carry your umbrella with you. But what are we transitioning into? Well, more rain and to add a bit more drama, some winter chills. Yes fellas, Winter is coming, and we sure are feeling it!

If you are by the coast side during April, you might not feel the cold rush, but rather get soaked in the rain and sun at once, Because two is better than one! Well it might seem enjoyable and blissful for the Pluviophiles that are on a vacation but to some it is a dreaded getaway. In this case, you might want to rearrange your plans and rather experience the Island’s charms like a local does! Plus it turns out to be fun as you get to live through some of the greatest adventure you ever dreamed of. There are a couple of things to do when it rains in Mauritius:

Go visit a Museum and pick your brains with the History and Tradition of the Island life. You may head to Blue Penny Museum, The Chateau de La Bourdonnais, Eureka House where you are going to be left mind boggled when perspectives trick you and also have a go at the Frederik Hendrik Museum to relive the Dutch and French reigns. This is where you can bring your kids along too so you don’t have any excuses to sit cuddled up in your blanket!

You may also go souvenir shopping at some of the creative stores in Caudan Waterfront. This is definitely a no brainer when mother nature is pouring her showers of blessings! You can take your time and stroll around, especially in the Craft Market where they have artistic handicrafts to bring back home for your loved ones.

And why would you not want to savor the Mauritian Gastronomy? Well, your excuses to stay in bed can be validated with this purpose as this Paradise Island offers a global pot of delicious tastes! We suggest you to go try out the Gateaux Piment or otherwise known as Chilli dumplings that burst into an aroma of spices and a tinge of chili. The best snack everyone enjoys on the go. You can order a bowl of Boulettes that are steamed balls of vegetables, meat, Fish Balls, and a variety of choices dipped in oriental soup, you can never go wrong with this one, Thanks to the Chinese community for this delicious invention! Oh and you sure cannot miss out on the assorted range of Tea flavors. Vanilla, Bergamot, Mint, Cardamom, Red Infusions and so many diverse selections of Tea, that will perfectly keep you warm during this dicey transition.

If you happen to stay in the center of the Island, don’t forget to stock up on your Tea supplies as well as a bowl full of steamed boulettes and the rest will be taken care of! Put some Sega on and invite your friends or gather around with your family and make this a bonding time that will transit to a next level!

Santa on an Island!

Psychologically, your brain connects the Christmas feeling to a cold snowy winter. Well, when you are on an Island, even the scorching hot sun does not stop Santa from riding his reindeers!

Mauritius having a diversified culture, about 30% to 40% of the total population is Christian. And as the season approaches, this festive spirit spreads amongst all the citizens of the Island, young and old. Such is the unity in this diversity! Right through mid November onwards, you begin to see the atmosphere around you change to glittery decor across the streets, Shops and Malls setting up a nativity scene, Decor items on sale and gigantic Christmas trees popping around in your vicinity.

Then comes the time to shop till you drop. The season brings with it amazing offers and discounts on clothing, toys, Savory items, creative art and crafts and much more. If you are looking to shop for the perfect gift for your loved ones, head to Jumbo in Phoenix or Bagatelle Mall where you have variety of stores to choose from. But our favourite this season is the Concept Store. This store has everything and for everyone! With its crazy weekend sales and attractive pricing, no wonder you are always greeted with a large queue. The best time to visit here is in the mornings. Better early than late! You don’t want to miss out on any stock and rather begin to shop now for as by the mid month, everyone is rushing to begin their shopping.

There is joy and happiness all around as during the festive season, shops are open for a late night shopping spree. You can see youngsters and parents moving around, sorting their bag full of goodies and happy kids trotting down the street.

You don’t need snow, all you need is a reason to celebrate! Hop on that sleigh and get christmassy!

 

What’s so different about this App?

Yes, with so many apps in the market, you end up wondering which one stands out and gives you that interactivity or services as per your needs. Most of travelers have this very issue when on a vacation away from their country. Either lack of communication due to language barriers or getting lost in an unknown place, let alone being burdened by flyers and brochures that lead to nowhere.

Today, most of us walk with our cell phones in hand. Be it for emergency contact, finding out information or reading – just like you might happen to read this on your phone right now!

Which is why Discover Mauritius™ – The travel guide app is so different. Go paperless and use this app when you are in Mauritius to make the most of your vacation! After all, Discover (Mauritius)™ App is a Silver Nominee at the Best Mobile App Awards of 2017(BMA Awards).

This app is an all in one platform as it gives you all the info you need about Mauritius. The News section provides you details about the History of Mauritius, how to speak the local language and many other fascinating reads to help you understand the background of this tiny place! It also comes with “Activities” section that talks about the fun and adventurous things you can do in Mauritius giving away a little bit for every age group. There are Restaurants and Shopping places that update as you move (The closest place will always appear First), guiding you to spots that are nearby or around your current location – This works without Internet and you can easily use it to navigate around the Island without worrying about the Wi-Fi Spots!

The app also comes with a “Plan your trip” section where you can request for a trip itinerary in your specific budget thus helping you to explore the Island based on your pre – requisites. As always, it’s better to be safe anywhere we go, hence there are details about the nearby health care Places as per your location and a direct line to Emergency numbers which are operative at all times!

There is more to it! You get automatic Push notifications about deals and discounts, if you ever happen to cross by a Boutique, Restaurant or Healthcare facility and are not aware of it! This allows you to discover hidden gems of the Island and thus guiding you as to where you should visit.

Plus, with the new update coming soon, Tourists will be able to Book their tours directly through the app without spending much on travel agencies. This is the most convenient and hassle free app for all the tourists traveling to Mauritius, providing the best of User Experience molded into this one amazing platform for everyone to use!

Step by Step, Let’s Navigate!

Available on Android and iOS platforms : Discover Mauritius™ – A traveler’s friend.