The country includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues (560 kilometers east), and the outer islands (Agaléga, St. Brandon and two disputed territories). The islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues (172 km southwest) form part of the Mascarene Islands, along with nearby Réunion, a French overseas department. The area of the country is 2,040 km2.
Mauritius is one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations. It possesses a wide range of natural and man–made attractions, enjoys a tropical climate with clear warm sea waters, attractive beaches, tropical fauna and flora complemented by a multi–ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. These tourism assets are its main strength, especially since they are backed up by well–designed and run hotels, and reliable and operational services and infrastructures.