Made in Mauritius: best things to do with kids in Mauritius
3/7 L’Aventure du Sucre
For ages: three and over
The converted Beau Plan Sugar Factory, now an impressive interactive museum, has something of the Willy Wonker magic about it. Kids will be awestruck by the 33m high chimneystack and walking in through a huge sugar heap. Inside this cathedral of sweetness is the original heavy machinery including cogs bigger than garages and boilers big enough to live in, which used to reach sweltering temperatures of 300 degrees. Of course sugar is inextricably linked with the history of Mauritius and thereby tells much of the history of the island covering everything from colonial architecture to the abolition of slavery in 1835.
During the 19th century there were over 300 sugar factories. Today there are just four. Raj the martin and Floryse the mongoose guide kids round and they can also enjoy the spy holes, talking pipes, videos and questions posed with questions under wooden flaps. Best of all is the tasting in the shop. Mums and dads can check out the vanilla, coffee and honey flavoured rum, whilst kids dig into exotic jams such as banana or pineapple and vanilla. Yum! Passing the swaying sugar cane fields on the way back to your hotel will have far more impact after a visit here, not to mention in their humanities lessons.
Adults £9.50, children age 6-13 £4.75