Mauritius has one of the highest rates of returning tourists in the world. Flic en Flac (derived from the Dutch “fried landt flaak,” or “free and flat land”) is essentially a beach – and an incredibly beautiful one on this incredibly beautiful Indian Ocean island, is one of the reasons. The 1,800-foot-high Le Morne Brabant can be seen at one end, and under the water can be seen incredible coral reefs. Flic en Flac event venues are mostly found within its luxurious resorts.
It, like all of Mauritius, has had many influences – Dutch, French, British, African and Indian, which really shows in its delicious cuisine. Other facts: English is the official language, and dodos were from here and only here.
Named for the first prime minister of Mauritius, Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) has no direct flights from North America but has several direct ones from Europe: The airport, which is approximately 30 miles southeast of Flic en Flac, is talking about building a second runway.
There are no purpose-built convention venues in Flic en Flac, but this is a relatively small island, so resort guests are no more than 15 miles south of the Swami Vivekananda International Conference Center in capital Port Louis. The center has a 35,000-square-foot convention hall and a 20,000-square-foot lobby for all events, among other spaces.
Some of the resort venues in Flic en Flac include the 248-room La Pirogue, which prides itself on being authentically Mauritian and has two meeting rooms for 225 and 130 persons, respectively; the 194-room Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa, which has meeting space for up to 350 persons; the 185-room Sofitel Mauritius L'Imperial Resort & Spa, which has meeting space for 300 persons and a 10,000-square-foot spa; the 91-room Sands Resort & Spa, which has a conference room for up to 70 persons and numerous indoor and outdoor areas for functions; and the 74-room Pearle Beach Resort & Spa, which has one conference room and lots of leisure facilities.
Everywhere in Mauritius is accessible for groups staying in Flic en Flac, so consider organizing functions at the following: The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, named for that prime minister and known as the SSR Garden, has gazebos, lawns and a terrace; the gorgeously situated and gorgeous Eureka Creole House built in 1830 has a restaurant, a terrace and a neat, large lawn; Nelson Mandela Center for African Culture, which opened in 2011 in a building reminiscent of the mud mosques and buildings of Mali and Niger, has lecture halls and meeting rooms for events and banquets, and two museums both run by the government, both with function space; the Natural History Museum, which has the remains of a dodo, and the National History Museum.
There are excellent restaurants in Flic en Flac, mostly within hotels. Some great choices in hotels not so far mentioned include pan-Asian Cilantro the at the incredibly swish Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa; La Chateau de Bel Ombre, for Mauritian cuisine in a 19th-century manor house at the Heritage Le Telfair, and Mei Yan, which has 200 seats and is known for seafood and Peking duck, at the Aanari Resort & Spa. Two choices not connected with hotels include nearby Le Whatever, which has group space indoors and out, and not-so-far-away La Chamarel in the Black River Mountains with cooler air and 125 seats.