In the heart of the Indian Ocean and two-thousand miles southeast of the African coast, Mauritius is a hugely popular holiday destination, known for it’ stunning white sands, crystal blue waters, impressive waterfalls and luscious, tropical forest landscape.
When should we visit?
Sunny nearly all-year-round, Mauritius provides the opportunity to enjoy summer whenever you want. May-October is prime time to visit, with the intense heat at its highest between October and December. Mauritius offers more than just breath-taking beaches and turquoise waters, with sites such as the Coloured Erath of Chamarel, Botanical Gardens, National Parks and the rich underwater world of Blue Bay Marine World. Divers globally travel to visit these waters, which provide unparalleled snorkelling experiences and the opportunity to see rare and diverse coral and stunning array of tropical fish.
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What can I do during my holiday?
If you’re looking for the perfect mix of relaxing beach holiday with the opportunity to visit local amenities, St Louis, the Mauritian capital, features diverse markets and unique shopping and cuisine, with the ability to meet the warm and friendly island locals and get a real feel for island life. Landlubbers will love the impressive golf courses with stunning ocean views, shopping for jewellery and handicrafts made by talented local artisans, viewing spectacular tropical mountains and waterfalls and enjoying gourmet cuisine that includes fusion elements of Indian, French, Creole and Chinese influences.
Whilst he luxury islands are popular particular with honeymooners and travel bloggers due to the island’s picturesque location, Mauritius is also the perfect destination for families. With private beaches, friendly locals and an established tourism environment, providing the ideal getaway location for a peaceful, safe trip. Cities in this African island nation offer cultural, recreational and relaxing activities for couples, beach addicts and water-sports enthusiasts.
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Uplifting native music, multicultural seafood dishes, quaint fishing villages, historical fortresses, spectacular scenery and proper, British-style driving on the left make your holiday here singularly attractive. Discover the islands that nurtured the now-extinct Dodo bird and visit nearby Round Island to see seven or eight species of native reptiles, giant tortoises and colonies of birds that breed exclusively in the Madagascar-area islands of the Indian Ocean.
Is Mauritius just for relaxing beach holidays?
For the adventurous and thrill-seekers among us, the diverse terrain of the islands means that you can be hiking the tropical forests of the island by day, and relaxing beach-side with a cocktail by night. With regular boat excursions to surrounding islands and the ability to visit the local fishing villages – you’re sure to have a fun-filled itinerary that allows you to experience the best that these beautiful islands has to offer with ease.
Sugar-cane fields, tea plantations and religious temples, mosques and churches are spread throughout the island, so hiring a car makes good sense for getting the most from your holiday. Winding, mist-laden roads reveal signature treasures such as tea plantations, rugged panoramic scenery, surfing beaches and sugar-cane fields.
Things to see and do on the island include:
- Tour the reefs while seafaring on a semi-submersible boat.
- Visit the Casela Bird Park in the Rivière Noire district where you can view more than 140 species from five continents.
- Take a safari to see lions, cheetahs and tigers living in their natural state.
- Enjoy a boating trip where you can swim with dolphins and view whales.
- Visit Leisure Village Waterpark at Belle Mare to experience the island's most beautiful beach.
- Shop where residents gather in the island's most extensive outdoor market.
- Take a horseback ride on the beach, and swim with beautiful, calm horses.
- Horseback racing enthusiasts will enjoy a trip to the Champ de Mars, one of the oldest racecourses in the world.
All Inclusive Mauritian Hotels
Mauritius has many all-inclusive hotel options including boutique hotels, resorts that feature golf and diving adventures, properties that showcase Creole architecture and family-style resorts with comprehensive ranges of activities for everyone. Choose a lavish resort, 'barefoot chic' hotel, or honeymoon haven with activities designed for romance. All-inclusive properties in this island destination save money and help to eliminate the stress of planning activities and itineraries.
Some of our favourites include:
- The Royal Palm Beachcomber Luxury on the East Coast
- The LUX Le Morne on the West Coast
- The LUX Belle Mare on the East Coast
- JW Marriott Mauritius Resort on the South Coast
- The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa on the South Coast
- The Recif Attitude Hotel on the North Coast
For a real once in a lifetime experience, why not stay in one of the islands world-famous Water Villas? Immerse yourself in the clear, blue waters of the Indian ocean and wake up amongst some of the world’s most beautiful views at your doorstep. There’s no better way to start your day.