Tea plants were first brought to Mauritius from China by a priest in the 1960s, and have thrived in the cooler, wetter, central part of the island where they now cover an area of forty square kilometres. To discover more, take the four- to five-hour La Route du Thé tour (626 1819, saintaubin.mu/larouteduthe), organized by the Bois Chéri Tea Estate, who produce around seven thousand tonnes a year, including brews flavoured with vanilla, coconut, lemon and passion fruit. The tour starts at Domaine des Aubineaux in Curepipe, the family’s colonial home built in 1872, before heading across Plaine Champagne to the Bois Chéri Tea Factory and museum, then on to the elegant Le Saint Aubin for a typical Mauritian set lunch.

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