So the big day is set and you’ve pencilled it into your calendar. Then there’s the hassle of who to invite, who not to invite and before you know it, you’re up to your neck in stress and it becomes quite easy to forget just why you signed up for in the first place.
There can be no better remedy to the stress of wedding planning than jetting off to a place that seasoned traveller Mark Twain referred to as ‘heaven on earth’. Enter Mauritius. Nestled in the Indian Ocean, this multi-cultural Island has beautiful, postcard perfect beaches and plenty of activities for those that can’t sit still for two minutes on a sun lounger.
First discovered by Arab sailors, Mauritius has an interesting history, with Dutch, Portuguese and French all residing here, before the Brits took over right up to the Island attaining its own independence. The result of this is a unique and interesting multicultural mash up which has plenty to offer even the most seasoned traveller.
Nature lovers should head down to the West Coast, where Casela Bird Park is brimming with over 140 different species of bird, as well as monkeys, tortoise and deer. For those looking for a bit of retail therapy, head along to the pretty waterfront haven they call St Louis.
Here, you will find duty free shopping from top brands as well as boutiques selling everything from hand crafted ornaments to local food produce.
Take a romantic stroll around St Louis in the evening; it’s brimming with colonial charms and an abundance of bars and restaurants. Beer lovers should drop into Lambic, a great looking bar with an unprecedented number of imported beers from all four corners of the globe.
Don’t be put off by the unimaginatively titled ‘First Restaurant’ in China Town – the Cantonese cuisine is second to none and relatively cheap given the quality.
To really let your hair down, don your dancing shoes and head on over to the Grand Baie district on the North Coast, where you’ll find the liveliest bars and clubs the Island has to offer. Make sure you’re looking sharp and head to the upmarket Buddha Club, which is brimming with lively revellers all weekend.
If that doesn’t sound like your cup of tea, maybe Les Enfants Terribles will be just the remedy. Featuring an upfront mix of party tunes, this hot spot also boasts a fantastic VIP section, where champagne seems to be on tap – a fantastic place to raise your glasses for a toast.