Hi Jill..... my daughter is also called Laura & I am doing my best to pass on the need for retail therapy! As I said before, designer labels are plentiful in Mauritius...... from what I could make out they were the genuine article, i.e. those in the proper brand shops, but the "labels" in the markets might not be kosher!! I heard rumours that one of the designers, ?Lacoste had to close down their outlet in Mauritius because of imitation type products, but I might have false information..... & it might not have been Lacoste. Watch out for "the factory shops".... there is one on the way to Legends.... not expensive, but you think you might be getting something "designer"... only to find that the label at the bottom of the garment said "Made for George at Asda in Mauritius!!!!!" I was more than a little p****d off!!! Also, Laura was given a T shirt from Top Shop (in the UK) for her birthday..... & that was Made in Mauritius! However, all that aside, if you go to the better class shops in Grand Baie, Port Louis & Curepipe, or the hotel boutiques, then you will be able to pick up plenty of bargains... at very reasonable prices..... I bought 2 designer mens shirts in Grand Baie for the grand total of £27:00.
If you want some pre holiday information, then I can recommend Insight Guides: Mauritius, Reunion & Seychelles.... £16.99 in Ottakars Bookshop; also Globetrotter Mauritius by Martine Maurel from Tesco on line... I paid £6.99 for that! Reading these guides helps me through the thought of dark winter months & the anticipation of a brilliant holiday come the summer of 2006! Hope all is well with you, all the best, Sue