While the Maldives and Seychelles are often spotlighted as ultimate honeymoon and couples destinations, Mauritius, which shares the Indian Ocean with these two islands, is equally as photogenic and memorable. It offers up lush panoramic landscapes, pristine beaches, and a rich cultural heritage on par with the Maldives and Seychelles with a more family-friendly atmosphere. From Creole-inspired seafood dishes and Indian curries to Hindu festivals such as Diwali and traditional African dances, Mauritius is a tropical haven that blends different cultures. Once home to the extinct Dodo bird, Mauritius is also home to coral islets, vibrant wildlife, and nature reserves with tons of activities for families traveling with children.
Lola Akinmade Akerstrom is an award-winning writer and photographer based in Stockholm, Sweden. She has written and/or photographed for numerous publications such as National Geographic Traveler, BBC, CNN, The Guardian, Fodor's, and many more. Her photography is represented by National Geographic Creative and she is editor-in-chief of Slow Travel Stockholm.