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Moustache Bistro, Tamarin

The Moustache is a tapas-cum-wine bar in a humble wooden chalet in the shadow of pretty Tamarin Mountain. Gourmet wines tend to be a rare find outside of the big hotels in Mauritius, so this bar is a little gem for vinophiles.

Come early for an aperitif; order wine by the glass or choose one of

250 bottles with a little help from the sommelier in its world wine shop, who will also helpfully suggest pairings with the bistro’s imaginative food — the daily menu is chalked up on the blackboard.

C Beach Club, Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort,  Bel Ombre

The C Beach Club is the island’s first and only beach club with a grand entrance, trendy turquoise and white decor and the poolside is open for dance gatherings/ parties on weekends. Look out for its monthly Sunday brunch and you may even chance across an international DJ doing a set.

Just over 10 pounds gets you a sun lounger, access to the resort’s pools and kayak or pedals on hire to head into the bay.

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The Beach House, Grand Baie

Of the many bars in bustling Grand Baie, the Beach House claims the best spot for sundowners, with its rustic terrace overlooking Mauritius’ emerald waters. Enjoy one of its famous burgers with your tipple of choice. Owned by well-known South African ex-rugby player Cabous Van der Westhuizen, it has got screens for sports fans, occasional DJs and live music at weekends. Expect a lively crowd.

Rum Shed, Shanti Maurice, Rivière des Galets

Modelled on the rum shops that are found in the island’s towns and villages, the shabby-chic Rum Shed, in the grounds of the Shanti Maurice hotel is an authentic place for a rum cocktail. The Rum Dawa — a cocktail made with lime, honey, sugar, lemon and ginger-infused rum – is delicious and feels almost medicinal. Rum aficionados can choose from a mind-boggling 180 types of rum sourced from 36 countries.

Lambic, Port Louis

The Lambic international beer bar, set in a renovated 19th-century colonial house in the back streets of Mauritius’ capital, is the place to try it. Choose from among 70 bottled craft beers from around the world, or sample a brew from the bar’s own microbrewery, the Flying Dodo, and savor it in the low-lit lounge or underneath the ancient mango trees in the courtyard.