Everything in the south-coast region revolves around the various resorts in the Bel Ombre area – you can play golf, and go quad biking, hiking and 4WD touring. Water activities are also legion.

Feature: La Route du Thé

La Route du Thé (www.saintaubinloisirs.com) offers tourists a window onto the island's plantation past by linking three of the island's remaining colonial estates. The first stop is the Creole manse turned museum at the Domaine des Aubineaux near Curepipe. Then the route veers south to the vast Bois Chéri Tea Plantation. The final stop is the stately St Aubin, with its lush gardens and rum distillery. Despite the itinerary's name, the focus of the trip extends far beyond tea – each stop has a charming table d'hôte and a museum, and the St Aubin even offers period-style accommodation.

True architecture buffs and historians should consider doing the route backwards and tacking on the resplendent Eureka estate at the end of the journey.