Mauritius, an island in the Indian Ocean, is located 855 kilometers east of Madagascar and 1800 kilometers from the African continent. Before the building of the Suez Canal, Mauritius was called the "Star and Key of the Indian Ocean," basing its name on the bustling activity of the capital city of Port-Louis.
The climate is pleasant and tropical year round and the island is a popular vacation spot, with a variety of activities and several casinos. The Meridien Paradis Hotel and Casino is in Riviere Noire in Riviere du Rampart. The Meridien Paradis Casino is open weekdays from 7:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and weekends and holidays from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. There are 18 slots, five table games, three of American Roulette and two Blackjack, one restaurant, and the casino with the 185-room hotel.
The State Investment Corporation (SIC) manages five casinos on Mauritius including the Grand Casino du Domaine, Flic en Flac, Casino de Maurice, Le Caudan Waterfront, and Trou-aux-Biches. The Grand Casino is located on a private estate below the Moka Mountain near Port Louis. In addition to this elegant casino, there are three luxury restaurants of European, Oriental, and Indian cuisine, horseback riding, and organized tours on the estate. The Grand Casino has slots, American Roulette, Blackjack, and Oasis Poker, and it is open from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., year round, Sundays and holidays from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. The Flic en Flac is a less formal casino, known for its friendly staff and casual atmosphere. It has the same table games of American Roulette, Blackjack, and Oasis Poker as the other casinos on Mauritius. The Flic en Flac is open weekdays from 9:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m., and 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. on Sundays and holidays.
Curepipe, a residential town of colonial houses, public gardens, and a vegetable market, is located on the historic site of the extinct volcano, Trou aux Cerfs. Visitors frequent Curepipe for its botanical gardens, the cooler higher climate, and its spectacular views. The Casino de Maurice, about 20 kilometers from Port-Louis in Curepipe, is a lively entertainment spot. The Maurice has the same gambling hours and table games, as well as ten touch bet roulette machines. At the north end of the island, a fairly new casino, Trou-aux-Biches, features a wide range of leisure activities on the complex such as golf, deep-sea fishing, and scuba diving. There is an excellent seafood restaurant and wonderful beaches near the casino, as well.
In the middle of the busy waterfront area of Port-Louis is the Le Caudan Waterfront Casino, with table games, slots, and island jackpots. This is a highly visible gathering spot because of its great location, organized family activities, and an abundance of fine restaurants and duty free shopping.
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