Mauritius enchants the visitor from the moment they first arrive. White sand beaches and turquoise waters draw visitors from around the globe for amazing beach holidays, from romantic honeymoons to relaxing family getaways. An idyllic safari should have a refreshing ending, and what better place to bid farewell to Africa than on the breathtaking shores of Mauritius.

Resting 20 degrees south of the Equator, with ideal weather year-round, this ancient volcanic island in the Indian Ocean east of Madagascar has long been a dream destination. Known to the Arabs as early as the 10th century, Mauritius was officially “discovered” in 1505 by the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas. The old sugar mills and plantation houses that can be seen on the island today are vestiges from centuries of successive colonial rule by the Dutch, French and British. An independent republic since 1968, Mauritius now shares a diversity of cultures, including Hindu, Chinese, Creole, Muslim, and European.

Situated on the island’s unspoiled east coast, the Anahita Wilderness Sanctuary stretches along some four miles of uninterrupted shoreline. Just a 45-minute drive from the airport, the hideaway of Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita occupies one of the sanctuary’s most brilliant settings, a vast lagoon sheltered by coral-reef barriers. Located on the curve of the main island’s northwest coast, Turtle Bay is home one of the island’s two marine parks. Stunning vistas across the Indian Ocean await visitors. The bay features excellent diving opportunities among coral reefs teeming with sea life.

The friendly faces, luxurious hideaways, and some of the travel industry’s best-kept secrets lie waiting for you in Mauritius. Visitors can find a private cove and relax on the beach or indulge in one of the many water sport activities such as diving, snorkeling, fishing, and more. Five Star luxury awaits with incredible service and friendly people and spas that renew the spirit and rejuvenate the soul. It’s the stuff that island dreams are made of.