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Trou Deau Douce

Trou D'eau Douce, Mauritius

For a piece of paradise where you can leave your cares far behind, holidays to Mauritius are pretty much top of everyone's list – and the beautiful setting of Trou D'eau Douce is the perfect place to experience it. This small, picturesque village sits on a wide, blue lagoon on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Not only will its natural beauty blow you away, it's also the perfect base for exploring some of the most magical parts of this country, all just a short boat ride away. No wonder it's the most visited place in Mauritius.

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Dreamy coastlines

The beaches in Trou D'eau Douce are what dreams are made of. Beautiful bays of lush-green filao trees that hang over miles of glittering-white sand are just waiting to be discovered, and watching the sun set over the main lagoon cannot be missed.

There are plenty more long sandy beaches close by too, all shrouded with tropical forest and the most amazing views. Some even offer a service package that provides every comfort while you laze on the sunbed. The Belle Mare beach, just down the road, regularly attracts Mauritians and tourists alike, who all enjoy the surfing and sailing on offer there. Why not join them, and spend a night under the stars after a freshly-cooked beach barbecue?

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Take a boat ride

Of course, one of the main reasons many come on a Trou D'eau Douce holiday is for the daily boat trip across to the beautiful Île aux Cerfs – an oasis of natural scenery and untouched beauty.

Feel the warm breeze of the Indian Ocean as you glide across 3km of stunning blue waters to arrive on one of the island's many fine-sandy beaches, lined by mangrove and palm trees. And don't miss some authentic beach-side dining at one of the three restaurants here. Here, you'll discover some delicious traditional Mauritian and Asian cuisine.

Another trip not to be missed is to the beautiful and famous waterfalls of the Grand River South East, where you'll be greeted by monkeys playing in the trees nearby.

Saunter down the golf course

There are plenty of opportunities to get active and really appreciate the amazing setting of Trou D'eau Douce. For golfers, you've a choice of two championship courses.

There's an 18-hole course on Île aux Cerfs, with pristine greens and stunning panoramic views over the Indian Ocean. Or head to a course just outside the village, which was designed by the golfing great, Ernie Els himself! Here, each hole faces the ocean, and the backdrop for the final shot must count as one of the most spectacular in the world.

If that's not enough, the miles of pine tree forests, pristine beaches and rugged landscape extending out from Trou D'eau Douce make this a beach-trekker's dream. Simply head towards Quatre Cocos, and head further up the coast.

Live in the moment

Living in the moment is what a Trou D'eau Douce holiday is all about, and you won't find anything more exhilarating than a paragliding session across the blue waters of this idyllic island. Take in the panoramic view of the ocean, with the island's green mountains on the horizon, as you're floating on air high above the water – really is an experience of a lifetime.

It's also a perfect spot to practice your catamaran sailing, on the softly-lapping waters. And make sure you pack your snorkel as situated beneath the shallow, calm and clear water of the lagoon is an untouched coral reef, home to a fascinating array of marine life.

With more than a kilometre of waters to explore, you'll spot many species of bright tropical fish and giant clams while swimming among colourful coral that flourishes on the seabed. Why not explore deeper and try the scuba diving on offer?

Mauritian culture

You can't go far on a Trou D'eau Douce Mauritius holiday without experiencing the warm and friendly Mauritian vibe. You'll find Cafes and bars selling fresh juices, restaurants in colourful wooden and stone buildings serving delicious southern-Indian specialities, and boutiques selling beach clothing that reflect the island life. There really are no end of opportunities for you to switch off and immerse yourself in the hustle and bustle of this topical hub.

Trou D'eau Douce also has its place in history, as settlers from all over the world first arrived here in the 17th century. You'll find evidence of this today, with several centuries-old buildings to discover. A highlight is the beautiful church in the centre of the village, which is made of a natural stone that represents the multi-cultural background of this amazing land.

You'll discover the true meaning of rest and relaxation the moment you touchdown on a Trou D'eau Douce, Mauritius holiday. With its tropical climate, picture-perfect beaches and vast blue ocean, you'll be instantly captured by its South Sea charm.