Mauritius is home to several charming châteaux (French for castles or manor houses) that offer visitors a glimpse into the island’s colonial history, culture, and elegance. Here are a few notable châteaux to consider visiting in Mauritius:

  1. Château de Labourdonnais

Located in Mapou, in the northern part of the island, Château de Labourdonnais is a beautifully restored 19th-century mansion surrounded by lush gardens. Visitors can explore the mansion’s well-preserved rooms, stroll through the orchards and spice gardens, and enjoy tastings of local products and fruits. There is also a shop where visitors can buy freshly prepared jams and juices that are full of tropical taste. While being there, do not miss the opportunity to have a brunch, lunch or dinner like a Royal in such a marvellous place.

  1. Domaine des Aubineaux

Situated in the highlands of Curepipe, Domaine des Aubineaux is a colonial house built in 1872. It is surrounded by well-maintained gardens and serves as a museum showcasing the history of Mauritian tea production. The château offers guided tours, giving insights into the colonial lifestyle and the evolution of the tea industry.

  1. Eureka – La Maison Creole

Located in  Moka, Château Eureka is an elegant Creole house surrounded by lush vegetation. The château provides a glimpse into the island’s colonial past with its antique furniture, beautiful gardens, and a veranda offering panoramic views. Visitors can also explore the nearby waterfalls and enjoy a traditional Creole lunch.

  1. Château Mon Désir

Nestled within the Maritim Hotel estate in Balaclava, Château Mon Désir is a colonial-style mansion overlooking the historical ruins of Balaclava. This fine-dining restaurant offers a luxurious experience with French and international cuisine, providing a sophisticated setting for a romantic dinner or special occasion.

  1. Château de Bel Ombre

Situated in the scenic Bel Ombre region in the south of Mauritius, this château is part of the Heritage Bel Ombre estate. The château offers a refined dining experience with a menu inspired by French and local flavors. The estate also includes a golf course and spa for a comprehensive leisure experience.

These châteaux not only showcase the architectural beauty of Mauritius but also provide insights into the island’s history, culture, and culinary traditions. Whether you’re interested in colonial history, tea production, or simply enjoying exquisite cuisine in a refined setting, a visit to one of these châteaux can be a delightful part of your Mauritius experience.