While many of the area’s hotels have a 4* and 5* rating, Le Morne village – a leisurely 20-minute stroll from the peninsula offers visitors a number of smaller, less formal places to stay. There’s a range of bed and breakfasts, apartments and guest houses to choose from. If you’re Self Catering there are some handy local shops for your supplies.
Although the majority of restaurants are found within the hotels, there are also some fantastic locally run beachside and village eateries to try. Expect distinctive, often bold flavours, influenced by a myriad of cultures that have washed over the island – French, Indian, Creole and Chinese are the dominant ones. Unsurprisingly the freshest seafood and the warmest of welcomes are always on the menu.
Evening entertainment at the hotels is often a low-key relaxed affair with singers, small groups and jazz bands performing in the lounge bar. However, look out for pop up cinemas, and the occasional disco and karaoke night to liven proceedings.
If it’s action you’re looking for then head north to Flic en Flac in the Black River district and check out the restaurants, bars, clubs and its many shops, including a post office to send that all-important postcard home.
Head for the hills
Le Morne Brabant mountain has been designated by UNESCO as a Cultural Landscape. It’s where, in the 18th and 19th centuries, runaway slaves took refuge in the small caves that pepper the basaltic monolith. Stop at the Slave Route Monument to learn some of the history and the sadness which surrounds it – it’s an evocative experience.
You can take a half day guided hike to explore this remarkable peak, with its rare flora and fauna and distinctive geology. The view over the lagoon from the top is simply breathtaking.
Heading inland from the coast, the Black River Gorges National Park is another wild and beautiful spot. With over 50 kilometres of trails to navigate, mountains and forests to explore, you might be lucky enough to spot wild boar, macaque monkey or deer. There are visitor facilities at a number of points in the park, with information centres, small shops and places to leave a car.
Take to the water
While many of the big hotels have private beaches, Le Morne public beach is the perfect setting for a range of watersports, including scuba diving, windsurfing and kayaking. For the bravest and most experienced surfing aficionados the legendary One Eye wave awaits in front of a reef surrounding Le Morne lagoon.
Thanks to the ideal wind conditions created by the mountains, Le Morne also has a worldwide reputation for kitesurfing. If you’re a beginner there are fully qualified instructors on hand to help you get started safely.
Be prepared to be amazed
A seaplane or helicopter tour will sweep you across the island’s distinctive landscape, lifting you high above Le Morne Brabant, allowing you to gaze down on Mauritius’ underwater waterfall. Created by a complex geological process this undersea phenomenon, one of nature’s most spectacular optical illusions will captivate you, leaving a lasting memory of your Le Morne holiday.