Only 10 minutes from the hotel, the traditional Goodlands Market offers an entertaining market scene; abound in local colour, multicoloured saris... the Mauritian folklore. For nature lovers, the magnificent garden of Pamplemousses offers a unique flora and fauna of endemic species. To discover the historical and cultural part of Mauritius, a visit to the Sugar Museum of Beau Plan is recommended.
The five islets of the North Coast visible from the peninsula are: Gunners Quoin, a huge rock of 65 acres. Flat Island harbours one of the two lighthouses in operation. Ilot Gabriel, smaller than Flat Island, is a shallow cove popular for snorkelling to admire the marine fauna. Round Island with its surface of 1.69 sq. km and a peak of 280 meters, is a natural reserve for endemic flora and fauna including at least three rare reptiles. Serpent Island harbours no snakes despite its somewhat dubious name...
Cap Malheureux - This small village, roughly 1 mile from the hotel, owes its name to all the shipwrecks on its coast. The favoured attraction is its red roofed Church and its fabulous view of Gunner's Quoin.
Grand Bay - This old fishing village is only 3 miles from the hotel and has become a tourist highlight with its restaurants and boutiques, not only during the day but also for the night life in its bars and casinos. Head to Grand Bay, for water sports such as parasailing, an underwater walk, submarine and semi-submersible scooters, or to La Cuvette, a long silky beach with clear water between Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, for sailing, windsurfing and waterskiing.
Pamplemousses Gardens and the Sugar World - Nature lovers won't miss the visit to Pamplemousses Gardens, (9 miles from the hotel). Stroll around the third oldest botanical gardens in the world, created in the 18th Century. Its international collection of plants includes giant Amazon lilies and the talipot palm, which flowers once every 60 years, before withering away to die - so you could say it's a once in a life time opportunity to see them.