Worth a Trip: Chateau Labourdonnais

If you've come to explore the botanical gardens and sugar museum at Pamplemousses, there's one more stop in the area that we highly recommend.

One of the loveliest examples of colonial architecture on the island, restored Château Labourdonnais was completed in 1859. Built in teak and sporting an Italian neoclassical style, the perfectly proportioned chateau is filled with sober Victorian furnishings interspersed with some exceptionally lovely design flourishes. Compulsory guided tours last 45 minutes. The Labourdonnais Express is a train (adult Rs 250, child Rs 175) that does a 45-minute tour of the gardens and orchards at 10.30am and 2pm. There's also a classy gift shop.

To get here, head north from Pamplemousses along the M2 motorway for around 3km, then take the exit for Mapou and follow the signs.