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White sand beach, Mauritius

Mauritius Holidays

A tropical sanctuary that’s just waiting to be explored. Base yourself at one of the luxurious hotels, wade in bright blue lagoons and rub shoulders with the locals.

A holiday on Mauritius has much more to offer than just beaches. Covered in lush vegetation and exotic flowers, Mauritius has dramatic mountains and a vibrant culture, mixed with some of the finest beaches and aquamarine lagoons in the Indian Ocean. The warm climate and the blue-green sea gently lapping the sandy shores within the protective belt of the coral reef, create a tropical paradise.

Chamarel Waterfall, Mauritius
Mauritius

Why we like Mauritius

If you are looking for complete rest in idyllic surroundings and to be waited on hand and foot while staying in a luxurious hotel with delicious food, then a holiday in Mauritius is for you. Aside from glorious sandy beaches, there are plentiful opportunities for day trips to stimulate the mind while the friendliness of the local population makes every visit a lasting memory.

Giant Turtle and Children, Mauritius
Mauritius

What to expect on your Mauritius holiday

Contrary to some expectations, Mauritius is not a lone island, but part of the Mascarene Islands in the southern Indian Ocean. Measuring some 30 x 40 miles with a central plateau that rises to a height of 700m, much of the island is covered in lush vegetation with exotic flowers, butterflies and birds. The 93 miles of sandy coast and lagoons are protected by the world’s third-largest coral reef offering superb diving opportunities.

The diversity of the local population has resulted in a myriad of cultures and festivals which will appeal to those looking for days away from the beach. The wonderfully friendly local people stem from India, Madagascar, East Africa, China, France and England, producing a rich mix of cultures and lifestyles.

Le Morne peninsula, Mauritius
Mauritius

What makes Mauritius a good all year round destination?

There are so many reasons why a Mauritius holiday is a great choice for you.

  • Mauritius weather is ideal with average temperatures rarely dropping below 24 degrees Celsius.
  • Mauritius does have rainfall year-round, but it tends to fall in short, sharp showers.
  • The sea temperature remains warm enough to swim in throughout the year.

Explore Mauritius

  • Le Morne Brabant
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Black River Gorges National Park

Experiences

Domaine de Chasseur

Visit the Botanical Gardens at Pamplemousse and the nature reserve of Domaine de Chasseur.

Golfing

Enjoy a round of golf on one of the island’s championship golf courses.

Submarine Adventure

For non-divers, explore the coral reef by submarine.

Mauritius’ Racecourse

Enjoy a day at the races at the oldest racecourse in the southern hemisphere.

Relax on the Beach

Relax on a sun bed, being served delicious drinks and canapés.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Belle Mare Plage £££££

  • Mauritius
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Belle Mare Plage is a tapestry of in-house facilities set in a tropical garden along one of the most fabulous beaches of the island. Elegantly appointed, Belle Mare Plage’s 210 rooms and suites offer all amenities. Each room is air-conditioned and equipped with a direct line telephone, inner television channels, minibar hairdryer etc. Set in a tropical garden, guests can enjoy from their balcony the magnificent view of the surroundings. Internationally known as one of the finest and most complete sporting complexes, Belle Mare Plage offers a selection of activities. The centrepiece of the resort is the championship golf course. The wide range of sports facilities at Belle Mare Plage provides you with an unparalleled range of instructors, sporting options and relaxing diversions.

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The Residence £££££

  • Mauritius
  • Beach and Island Escapes

The Residence is on one of the island’s longest beaches at Belle Mare, surrounded by palm trees and tropical gardens. Some of its 163 rooms and suites are just a few steps away from the kilometre-long white sands and have marble bathrooms and walk-in closets. The luxuriously-appointed garden or ocean view rooms have either king-size or twin beds, air-conditioning, en suite bathrooms and spacious balconies or terraces, while suites are divided into four categories: Garden View Junior, Senior Suite, Colonial Ocean Front, or Ocean View Suites. Private butler service is available with every room category.

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20 Degrees Sud £££££

  • Mauritius
  • Beach and Island Escapes

A true haven of refinement and exclusivity, this small, intimate hotel comprises 34 bedrooms decorated with antiques and designer furniture. It is situated in exceptional surroundings not far from the Pointe aux Canonniers at the mouth of the beautiful bay of Grand Baie. Hotel 20 Degrees Sud has 28 rooms and six suites, some of which are less than 10m from the beach. All the rooms are air-conditioned and have a beautiful terrace which looks onto the attractive coconut grove bordering the sea. Each bathroom is equipped with an old-style bath, a separate shower and two washbasins built into a beautiful wooden surround. The suites additionally have either an outdoor hot tub or a small private swimming pool. Dining can be arranged on Flat Island, a small enclave not far from the hotel or on board the Lady Lisbeth yacht.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Illona Cross

Born in a small South African town, I have always followed my passion for nature and discovery. After studying Nature Conservation in Pretoria, I was one of the first women to complete a very tough cadetship in the Natal Parks Board. It was here where I cut my teeth in African wildlife management. My desire to see more led me to work as a guide for AndBeyond, first in South Africa, then in Tanzania as the company expanded. Here, I lived and worked in the Serengeti and the Ngorongoro, guiding and running safari camps.
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Bridget Cohen

Aged five and with my Curious George toy safely tucked under my arm, I set off with my family to travel around Europe in an orange VW minibus. Looking back on the adventures we had along the way, I now know that this was where my love for travel and exploring began.
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Frequently asked questions about Mauritius

When's the best time to have a Mauritius Holiday?

In all honesty, there is no ‘best’ time to take your Mauritius holiday due to the islands subtropical climate, meaning it is warm all year round. We find that the busiest times are Christmas and New Year, Easter and the school holidays. It might be worth booking early if you are looking at travelling over these periods especially at Christmas and Easter to avoid disappointment.

Can I hire a car in Mauritius?

Yes you can, we can arrange it for you or you can book one locally and your hotel will help you arrange it. People in Mauritius drive on the left-hand side of the road and give way to the right.

Foreigners with a driving licence issued by a Competent Authority in their respective countries are allowed to drive during their stay in Mauritius.

Is malaria present in Mauritius?

As in all tropical countries (even Europe in the summer) mosquitoes do exist, however, the island is Malaria Free. We recommend using a mosquito repellent cream to keep them away

Whatmakes Mauritius a good all year round destination?

There are so many reasons why a Mauritius holiday is a great choice for you.

  • The Mauritius weather is ideal with average temperatures rarely dropping below 24
    degrees Celsius.
  • Mauritius does have rainfall year-round, but it tends to fall in short, sharp showers.
  • The sea temperature remains warm enough to swim in throughout the year.

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