Mauritius have long been the island of choice by the Dutch to grow sugar cane for the trading of sugar and today visitors will find dozens of picturesque mills that were mostly built in the 18th century to grind up the sugar cane which was harvested by hand. One of the largest sugar factories, ‘L’Aventure du Sucre’ is home to the remaining treasures on the island. The factory officially closed its doors in 1999 but most of the machineries remained untouched which makes it one of a must visit.
The approach itself is impressive, along an avenue of bougainvillea and coconut palms, with a lake bordered by lush greenery, leading to the charming sugar factory. A sugarcane hedge runs alongside the final pathway and to the restored and converted factory.
Immerse yourself in exploring the beautiful interior of the factory and be amazed with its old machines decked with a thousand lights, giant screens, more than 35 films, a barge floating and the sudden whistle of a railway engine. Their wonderful and interactive tour will help visitors to have a deeper insight into the rich history and culture of the Island.
Not to be missed is the sugar-tasting of the best of the Mauritian sugar industry, 12 unrefined natural sugars kept for export. They have a real taste to them. The senses also come alight while tasting nine rums, with their rounded, mellow and nuanced flavours. There is a meticulous process involved. The rums, specially developed for L’Aventure du Sucre by New Grove, are aged in oak barrels from Limousin forests, infused in special sugars or in vanilla, coffee or honey.
There are also local sweets, tropical fruit jams, sweet fondants and honey from Rodrigues. By showcasing this wide range of local produce, L’Aventure du Sucre is also helping to sustain know-how that has been acquired over the centuries and which is an integral part of the island’s culture.
L’Aventure du Sucre’s official app can be downloaded from the AppStore and Google Play. It helps French, English, German, Chinese, Russian, Italian and Spanish visitors find out more about the history of Mauritius and its people, so intimately tied to the story of sugar.
Le Fangourin lies in a delightful setting, tucked away in the midst of the Beau Plan Estate, with magnificent views from its veranda across lush, tropical countryside leading in the distance to Pieter Both Mountain. The cuisine is refined and incorporates Island flavours in dishes such as traditionally smoked marlin, Mauritian Sea-bream, and Lobster salad.
There are also some delicious house-made deserts featuring the famous special sugars, including Crème brûlée with fresh vanilla, Dark chocolate fondant with molasses, white chocolate cream on an intense lemon cream and a delectable mango mousse.
Monday – Sunday: 09h00 – 17h00
*You may choose to visit the nearby attraction(s) when booking this tour. Simply add the other attractions you would like to explore as an ‘extra’ before proceeding with your booking.
To visit the North of Mauritius in a day, you might consider The All Inclusive North Tour of Mauritius
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