In the southern Indian Ocean, just off the island of Madagascar, Mauritius is a fairytale island with a wide strip of white sandy beaches. Coral reefs surround it on all sides, so the sea is always calm. It can be visited at any time of the year. The winter season lasts from May to October, with average temperatures of 22-25 °C.
The landscape of the island is astonishingly diverse: forests, extinct volcanoes, mountains, unique nature reserves, plains, picturesque cliffs, sandy beaches, numerous waterfalls and coral reefs. The tropical vegetation in this beautiful area is unique with its sausage, bread and bottle-bearing trees. Orchids and palm trees are in bloom everywhere.
The tourism industry is the main contributor to the government budget of the Republic of Mauritius, which is why visitors are treated and cared for to the highest standard. With just one million inhabitants, the 'paradise' island receives more than 500,000 tourists a year from all over the world. Mauritius is an expensive tourist destination.
There are more than a hundred luxury hotels on the island, set in picturesque locations on the coast. They are mostly bungalows or low-rise buildings. You can live on the island for a couple of weeks without leaving your hotel, each of which is like a small town with its own bars, restaurants, hairdressing salons, saunas, gyms and shops.
Each hotel has swimming pools and the beaches offer a variety of water activities. You can even take a trip on the ocean floor.
The island has long been a favourite with celebrities. Don't be surprised if Princess Stephanie of Monaco, Princess Sarah - Duchess of York, Catherine Deneuve or Gérard Depardieu are your neighbours.
Often when travelling abroad we wonder, 'What souvenir is worth taking to a faraway land?'
In Mauritius, easy shopping will literally follow you everywhere, even if you don't pay much attention to the process of finding shops and gift ideas. There are numerous gift shops, stalls and boutiques scattered all over Mauritius and you will come across them here and there.
The variety of shops, shopping centres and bustling flea markets makes Mauritius an ideal place to do a lot of shopping. It is therefore unreal to visit this fabulous island and come back without any souvenirs or gifts.
Handmade ship models brought back from Mauritius will make a great souvenir. All details of such models are carefully worked out and correspond to ancient drawings, which makes them beautiful and unique. Both your best friend and your formidable boss will be delighted with such a gift. Or, you can simply display such a sailboat model in a prominent place in your home and reminisce about your wonderful holiday in Mauritius.
Silver jewellery, bought in Mauritius, will delight your loved ones and will not leave indifferent no woman. A lot of jeweller shops in Mauritius allow you to choose jewellery for any sum and taste. The island has a great selection of gold and silver jewellery, as well as a good selection of unusual stones.
Mauritius is renowned for its high-end cashmere production, so it makes sense to check out the island's specialty shops for shopping. Prices are sometimes even half the price in Europe, so it makes sense to buy some items. The design and colours, however, don't always meet the high standards of Europeans and it can take a long time to choose. Still, you can get cashmere in Mauritius, which is at least as good as the best in the world.
So, when you're shopping in Mauritius, look out for local or Indian cotton fabrics. Cotton apparel here is second to none in terms of quality and design. Men can get nice T-shirts, shorts, and polo shirts. Women can buy sundresses, tunics and blouses. The prices start at about 15 Euros.
Many articles about Mauritius promise that all tourists can buy inexpensive exotic leather goods on the island. This is not quite true. For example, a crocodile leather belt will cost you about 150 euros, from snakeskin - somewhere in 200. Bag of the simplest (and to be honest, not too pretty) design will become about 300-350 euros.
Of course, on the markets there are many so-called 'exotic leather', which costs 5 times cheaper. But more often they are fakes.
In a word, buy leather goods only in boutiques, specialized shops, duty-free shops or crocodile farm in Mauritius. In short, buy only in boutique stores, duty free shops or crocodile farm in Mauritius.
Dodo bird. Extinct in the XVII century, the inhabitant of Mauritius has now become a popular souvenir and even a kind of symbol of the island. It has been portrayed on t-shirts, mugs, city statues and practically everywhere.
A heart-shaped antarium flower is a great idea for a romantic gift. The individual petals also resemble a heart and can be in purple-red, bright orange or matt white. Cut antharium flowers remain in water for about 10 days. You can take the flower home in a special bag that can keep it fresh for up to 4 days.
A variety of wool and cashmere jumpers and scarves will keep a piece of Mauritius' fabulous warmth even on the coldest days. And collars and neck scarves in a variety of shapes and colours will not only protect your loved one from the bad weather, but also make them look original.
Original culinary souvenirs from the fairytale island will be: fruit pâté, rum, flavoured teas (lemon, vanilla or mint), exotic spices, coffee.
Typical souvenirs brought from Mauritius include local handicrafts: pottery, embroidery, wicker baskets, glassware and stones. These souvenirs will bring a piece of Mauritius island warmth to your acquaintances. Inexpensive, but original souvenirs for your colleagues or acquaintances will be exotic rings, necklaces, bracelets and earrings made of onyx, coral, bamboo or wood.
Don't forget to buy tasty souvenirs of Mauritius: Bois Cheri tea, coffee. Be sure to drop into Mauritian craft workshops and traditional craftsmen's shops. Exclusive silk handicrafts, colourful pareo-shawls, shell jewellery, essential oils, glass and stone souvenirs are all on offer.
Chamarel, delicious cane rum and cassava biscuits. These edible gifts from the island paradise of Mauritius are sure to be appreciated by all your friends and colleagues!
Buying gifts and souvenirs in Mauritius is fun and a lot of fun. And your loved ones and acquaintances will be grateful to you for a piece of fairy tale brought as a gift from this unforgettable beautiful island. If you have limited time or don't want to leave the comfort of your hotel - you can order Mauritius gifts and souvenirs from the DodoMarket Souvenirs & Gift Shop website with courier delivery to your hotel the same or next day. Read more in the DodoMarket blog: 10 BEST MAURITIUS SOUVENIRS TO BRING HOME.