Luxury Mauritius Holidays
If you're searching for sensational service, a plethora of activities, platinum white sands and lush green interiors, then Mauritius is the holiday destination for you. Sometimes cited as a blueprint for paradise itself, this may just be the perfect tropical island.
The best thing about Mauritius has to be its 177km of spectacular, vibrant coastline. Surrounding coral reefs ensure that the island is a great destination for watersports, diving and snorkelling.
However, there’s also plenty to do on land. The thriving capital, Port-Louis, is home to the Champ de Mars, the oldest racecourse in the Indian Ocean. To the south of the island, the lush and mountainous Black River National Park and Valley of Colours National Park are also 'must-sees'. Dining on the island is also unforgettable experience – a unique mix of Chinese, French, Indian, Creole and African cultures means that the cuisine derives from a rather fantastic fusion of flavours.
Mauritius holidays provide the opportunity to have lazy days on the beach admiring the clear blue waters, or to enjoy the truly special experience afforded by the many luxury hotels. Exclusive, chic and friendly – what are you waiting for?
Where In The World
Mauritius is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands. It's situated off the coast of the African continent in the south-west Indian Ocean, about 900 kilometres east of Madagascar, and boasts 160 kilometres of coastline surrounded by coral reefs.
Time Difference: GMT +4 Hours
Flight duration: 11 hours 40 minutes (direct)
Currency: Mauritian Rupee (although the US Dollar and the Euro are widely accepted)
Capital: Port Louis
Language: Mauritian creole, English, French
Visa information: British nationals acquire a visa on arrival, usually valid for three months
British Airways and Air Mauritius fly direct from London Heathrow. Emirates flies from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow and Newcastle via Dubai.
British Airways Club World upgrades start from £470 per person each way, with FIRST upgrades starting from £1,940 per person each way.
Honeymooners, family holidays, golf lovers, watersports enthusiasts, connoisseurs of fine food and wine, lovers of art and culture.
Mauritius has a tropical maritime climate, with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures. It is generally pleasant and sunny on the coast all year round. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the east and the south. High season is from October to April, with the pleasant temperatures found between September and December.
Mauritian beaches are phenomenal, but there’s plenty to do besides lounging around on sugary soft sands. One of our favourite places to visit in Mauritius is the Black River Gorges National Park, where you’ll find an abundance of hiking trails, endangered birds and beautiful forested hills – be sure to keep an eye out for the macaque monkeys. Standing at 827m high, the island’s highest point, Black River Peak, is easily accessible via a gentle 9km walk up a track from the Pétrin Information Centre. The viewpoint at the top affords the most wonderful views of the island and beyond.
The thriving capital, Port Louis, boasts a bustling market and the oldest racecourse in the Southern Hemisphere, Champ de Mars. The city is not the prettiest of places, but it really showcases the island’s multicultural heritage – you’ll discover mosques, churches and temples. You’ll get fantastic views of the cityscape and harbour from Fort Adelaide, also known as the Citadel. If you’re in the capital, it’s worth popping in to The National History Museum to learn all about Mauritius’s fascinating wildlife and to see the skeleton of a dodo.
Visitors to Mauritius will find themselves in beaches galore – there’s over 160km of them. One of the most popular is definitely Grand Baie, a beautiful, buzzing resort boasting sheltered turquoise waters – although the amount of boats in the vicinity means it’s not the best place for swimming. Alternatively, head to Trou aux Biches, a stunning white sand beach ideal for families, as the water is shallow and clear, the reef is close to the shore, and the beach is shaded by casuarina trees. Île aux Cerfs is perfect for watersports enthusiasts, while Blue Bay is a protected marine park and is great for organised snorkelling excursions and glass bottom boat trips. The Mauritian marine life is vibrant and diverse – whales, sharks and dolphins can all be spotted offshore, the east coast and Rodrigues Island being among the best locations for sightings.
You’ll discover sugar plantations everywhere you go in Mauritius, and it really is worth visiting one during your holiday. Be sure to call in at the majestic plantation house Eureka, a stunning example of authentic colonial architecture surrounded by immaculate gardens and even a waterfall.
If you’re taking children with you, spend a day at the Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes, a crocodile park in the south of the island. Nature trails take you through lush rainforest to meet crocodiles, giant tortoises and macaque monkeys, before you finish the day at the jungle playground. The kids will have a brilliant time, and we’re sure you will too.
Mauritian gastronomy is distinctly global, thanks to the fusion of French, Indian, Chinese and African cultural traditions. Local specialities include lobster, octopus curry, Creole fish rougaille and chicken stew. The market in Port Louis is a great place to discover some authentic local flavours, from Chinese dishes to spicy chick-pea pancakes, as well as to take advantage of the island’s textile trade. Port Louis is also home to a popular casino and several cinemas, but it is Grand Baie that has become the island’s chief tourism hub. This sheltered bay on the island’s northern coast is the busiest beach resort, and boasts plenty of shops, restaurants, bars and beaches, as well as an exciting nightlife scene.
Eating out at lunchtime is more popular than in the evenings, and there are loads of gorgeous restaurants scattered across the island. If you’re in Port Louis, La Bonne Marmite receives rave reviews, thanks to its warm welcome and delicious mix of Indian, Chinese and Creole cuisine. Le Château de BelOmbre on the south-west coast is also a popular choice. This romantic restaurant is a former colonial mansion set among sugar fields and fertile hills – perfect if you’re looking for an authentic Mauritian dining experience.
Luxury Hotels in Mauritius
Located close to the offshore paradise of Ile aux Cerfs, this secluded hideaway encapsulates authentic values, traditions and culture.
Constance Belle Mare Plage is a luxurious resort fringing one of the most beautiful beaches on the East Coast of Mauritius appealing to c...
Nestling on an isolated peninsular, this magnificent award-winning resort enjoys a tranquil lagoonside location edged by secluded sandy b...
Set on a perfect stretch of platinum beach and overlooked by the majestic Le Morne Mountain, the thatched suites of this elegant Beachcom...
This secluded hideaway is located in the stunning sanctuary of Anahita in the shadow of the lush Bambou Mountains and on one of the calme...
Set on the east coast of Mauritius, with its white sands and secluded beaches, Le Touessrok is a contemporary and sophisticated resort wh...
At LUX* Belle Mare there is always something for both couples and the whole family to enjoy. A resort renowned for its hospitality, it pr...
Nestled at the foot of the majestic Le Morne mountain in the South West corner of Mauritius, LUX* Le Morne is a tranquil beach retreat th...
A member of Leading Small Hotels of the World, Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is a tranquil haven spreading over 27 acres of Mauritian ...
Set majestically on the Belle Mare peninsula with breathtaking views out over the pristine white sands, the stunning One&Only Le Sain...
Luxury Resort Villas in Mauritius
The 20 villas of Belle Mare Plage The Resort, offer a layout and a living space that cannot be equalled. They set a new standard in conte...
Designed in a traditional Mauritian style and finished with contemporary furnishings, colours and fabrics, these three fabulous villas pr...
Perched on the stunning east coast of Mauritius, are the 12 private villas at LUX* Belle Mare. Newly redesigned by British interior desi...
The Paradis Hotel & Golf Club is a stunning and luxurious resort built on a peninsula that juts into the Indian Ocean to create a Mau...
Shanti Ananda promises both a blissful Mauritian experience and a pathway to vitality through a union of body, mind and soul.
Private, spacious, beautifully furnished and serviced by a dedicated butler, team of valets and even a private chef, this 2-bedroom Villa...
The Residence Mauritius
Valid for travel completed between 05/01 and 21/12/14 More Info
Valid for travel completed before 21/12/13 More Info
The Oberoi Mauritius
Valid for travel completed between 26/04 and 30/09/14 More Info
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