Built in 1758, the stunning, colonnaded Creole mansion of Château Labourdonnais was modelled on Versailles, with a tree-lined avenue and fountains, and only opened to the public in 2010. The garden has the largest banyan tree on the island, planted by Charles Telfair, but it’s most famous for its 150-year-old orchards that once supplied the island with fruit and where over fifty different types of mango alone are still grown. The 45-minute tour includes a nip of the excellent artisanal rum and fruit jellies produced here, and the gourmet restaurant, Le Table de Château, is well worth a lunch stop.

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