The capital of Mauritius, Port Louis, is an innovative business hub within a country that is mainly known for its exotic beach resorts.
There are a few very interesting museums and religious sites to visit, but if you want to grasp the essence of this lively city, it is best to explore it by wandering around its colourful streets. Take your time to saunter around the markets and restaurants by the harbour and take in the port’s sounds, sites and traditions.
Fiona Rajah Gopal, Mauritius Country Manager for Amadeus, says she would without a doubt recommend a trip to Fort Adelaide, also known as ‘La Citadelle’ to enjoy the panoramic view of Port Louis. This impressive fort was built between 1834 and 1840 and offers fantastic views of the Champs de Mars, the oldest Race course in the Southern Hemisphere.
Fiona also suggests a visit to the Caudan and the Blue Penny Museum. At the Blue Penny Museum, travellers will be able to delve deeper into the history of Mauritius and step back into the era of great maritime exploration. Mauritius is as well-known for the extinct dodo as it is for its rare and expensive Blue Penny stamp. An original issue can be seen at the Blue Penny Museum.
The Caudan Waterfront and the Market of Port Louis will appeal to those who would like to indulge in some retail therapy, according to Fiona. She explains at Le Caudan Waterfront, travellers can meet friends for a drink, take a walk along the harbour, watch the latest movie, listen to music, enjoy a meal, try one’s luck at the casino and admire artists’ work while enjoying shopping. Port Louis’ market is where you’ll find a colourful array of bustling stalls selling everything from fruit and clothing to souvenirs.
As for restaurants in Port Louis? Fiona suggest to try City Orient and Grand Ocean City if you’re in the mood for Chinese cuisine. Especially its Dum Sum on Thursday and the Sunday lunch are exceptional. A quick lunch at Life Restaurant, which offers the nicest relaxing environment, is also highly recommended by Fiona.
For after-work drinks Tilambic is a definite must, and also On the Rocks at Le Suffern in Caudan is definitely worth a stop. The gorgeous surrounds of the marina at On the Rocks will let even the most stressed businessman relax. They’ll enjoy the catchy lounge music and indulge in decadent cocktails concocted by talented mixologists.
For those wanting to venture a bit further and discover Mauritius on a day-trip, Fiona suggests a visit to Chamarel and its Rum factory. The seven-coloured earth that makes Chamarel so famous is a natural phenomenon and a prominent tourist attraction. It is a relatively small area of sand dunes comprising sand of seven distinct colours (approximately red, brown, violet, green, blue, purple and yellow). At the Rum factory, you’ll be able to learn all about the rum making process and of course, you’ll also be able to taste.
A full-day excursion on a Catamaran at Ile aux Cerfs is of course also a great way to let your hair down after you’ve concluded your business meetings. The Catamaran cruise to Ile Aux Cerfs is all about having a great cruising experience, enjoying water sports activities and relaxation on one of the picture-postcard beaches of the Island.