Mauritius Holidays – Beyond Cliches and Superlatives
Mauritius Holiday Overview
Mauritius holidays can be just what you are imagining. Powder-white beaches that squeak beneath your feet. Sapphire waters that stretch for eternity. Barefoot luxury beneath volcanic mountain backdrops. But look beyond these coastal superlatives and Mauritius holidays offer so much more. This exotic Indian Ocean destination rewards exploration, whether snorkelling, hiking, wildlife watching, or discovering local culture. So while heavenly images do await, this is an island that also has secrets to uncover.
Mauritius is a world-in-one-island slice of paradise. It is a fascinating melting pot of cultures and landscapes, made all the more special by beaches too beautiful to share on Instagram.
Check into a coastal resort and you can immediately let go of things. Stress melts away. You don’t need a watch or any notion of time. And you can take off your shoes to wander straight onto the sand. Visit some beaches and you want to show them off on social media. With a Mauritius holiday you will want to let go of your phone and keep the beach paradise a secret.
Such a laid-back and exotic island is perfect for a safari and beach combination holiday. There are direct flights to Mauritius from three South African cities as well as Nairobi in Kenya.
The island is our most popular choice for mixing intimate safari experiences with expressive Indian Ocean relaxation. Many people prefer to go on safari before their Mauritius holiday. However, for most honeymooning couples we recommend the other way around. It’s good to enjoy a complete break after the stress of a wedding. In Mauritius you can rest and refresh, before jumping into the safari holiday of a lifetime.
Mauritius is located about 1200 miles off the African coast. While the country has a couple of smaller private islands, most Mauritius holidays take place on the main island. Although this island has a lot to see and do, it is not big and you can comfortably drive all the way around it in one day. The coastline is legendary. The interior is volcanic, featuring majestic mountains, hidden waterfalls, thick rainforest and indigenous wildlife. It is a landscape of superlatives, greener beyond the imagination and a place that rewards even the smallest attempt at exploration.
Grand Baie is the main tourist hub and is located in the far north of the island. This area has a concentration of hotels, beaches and entertainment. With so much choice it can offer excellent Mauritius holiday deals.
We think that the eastern coast has the best beaches, the stretches of uninterrupted white sand that will impress even the fussiest beach connoisseur.
Southern Mauritius is wild and beautiful, a little rough around the edges and recommended as a day trip.
For families we recommend the west coast, where flat beaches and calm water are ideal for children.
Check into a Mauritius holiday resort and it can be hard to leave. In one place you can enjoy water sports, spa, golf, cocktails, and lazy hours on the sand. But there is so much to do as well. Explore Indian temples and colonial houses. Wander botanical gardens and search for rare tropical birds amid soaring rainforest. Swim with dolphins or walk with lions. Zip line through the rainforest canopy, hike on a volcano, horse ride across wild landscapes, and discover exotic culture in quiet fishing villages.
The greatest Mauritius holiday highlight is that all these activities are so accessible. You can enjoy the beach for most of the day and still have an hour in a rainforest or on a reef. Everything is so close and easy to get to. But that doesn’t mean Mauritius is crowded. Think of your Mauritius holiday image and it probably doesn’t involve any other people. And that is how it will be, because this is a destination where you can have paradise almost to yourself.
Mauritius Holiday Highlights
- Settle into barefoot luxury and forget about shoes.
- Spend an afternoon in the Moka Mountains, where colonial mansions are surrounded by tropical rainforest.
- Search for macaques along the beautiful walking trails of Black River Gorges National Park.
- Explore the ancient capital of Mahebourg, where rustic restaurants evoke the time of pirates and Dutch explorers.
- Get back to a pristine white beach and do nothing for the rest of the day.
- Explore the water on a snorkelling or scuba diving tour.
- Mountain bike or quad bike through ecological reserves.
- Complete the world’s longest zip line circuit and whizz 3.5 km through Domaine de L’Etoile.
- Find giant Aldabra tortoises and pink pigeons on Egret Island, the final resting place of the dodo.
- Go shopping and explore local culture in Port Louis, Mauritius’s enigmatic capital.
- The legendary dodo bird was found only in Mauritius before it became extinct. Despite its extinction, the dodo remains Mauritius’ national animal.
- Mark Twain has been quoted as saying, “You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first, and then heaven, and that heaven was copied after Mauritius.”
- The first settlement was established by the Dutch in 1638. Later the French and British arrived on the island. Mauritius became independent from Britain in 1968.
- The island was created by volcanic activity more than 8 million years ago and is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs.
- There are many scenic waterfalls especially in the south west of the island.
- The country of Mauritius includes the island of Mauritius, Rodrigues and the outer islands.
- Mauritius was part of the long power struggle between the French and the British during the Napoleonic Wars.
Recommended Destinations in Mauritius
Almost all Mauritius holidays are based around the beach. We offer a handpicked selection of the country’s best resorts and all of these are on the coast, with dreamy views over the Indian Ocean. The question to consider is which side of Mauritius do you want to stay. Here is a brief overview. Get in touch and we can provide more individualised advice, as well as answering all your questions.
Grand Baie and the North
Grand Baie is the main Mauritius holiday hub. There is an abundance of resorts and you can enjoy luxury for a surprisingly affordable price. Grand Baie is a good base for exploring many small and shaded white-sand coves in the north of the island. This destination is best for active Mauritius holidays mixing activities and exploration.
Trou aux Biches
A great alternative to Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches is quieter and better for swimming. There are coral reefs close to shore and the talcum-like sand is nicely shaded by casuarina trees. A recommended choice in the north of Mauritius.
Ile aux Cerfs
A tiny island paradise located off the east coast, Ile aux Cerfs is fringed by white sand and covered in thick forest. It offers everything you can imagine from a Mauritius holiday, from water sports to golf, private relaxation to cocktail bars. Be wary of peak season (July and August) here as it can feel a little crowded.
Belle Mare Plage and the East Coast
The eastern coast has Mauritius’s most classically appealing beaches. Think long stretches of white sand and the bluest of waters. Belle Mara Plage is ten kilometres long which means there is always plenty of space to play. It is windier in the east and the resorts are more expensive here, with the price tag delivering a sense of exclusivity.
Flic en Flac and the West Coast
Families and couples love the wide open spaces of the western coast. Flic en Flac is the main destination on this sunset side of the island and we know a couple of wonderful resorts overlooking Tamarin Mountain. Flic en Flac offers iconic white beaches while Tamarin has a good surf break, although the beaches don’t sparkle quite as much.
The south is home to most of the country’s most dramatic sights, including Black River Gorges National Park. Le Morne is a fairytale white beach with a dazzling mountain backdrop and a sheltered lagoon for swimming. There aren’t many resorts elsewhere in the south but you can enjoy some good day trips to wild and rugged beaches.
Mauritius holidays can suit your mood. The main thing to do is to do nothing at all. Beautiful beaches are the main attraction and you won’t be restricted to just one. The coastal roads make for lovely driving and there is a staggering selection of beaches to choose from.
Then think about swimming with dolphins, whale excursions, catamaran sailing, yacht cruises, snorkelling, scuba diving, and sun worshipping besides swaying palm trees. Superb golf courses are also located along the coast. Then explore the interior for lion and cheetah interactions, rainforest hikes, botanical gardens, mountain beauty, and an exotic mix of cultures.
Mauritius is a wonderful destination most months of the year. The climate is warm and tropical all year around, so you can savour long days of sunbathing whenever you visit. Do take note of these seasonal differences.
April to October are the cooler and drier winter months, although that still means temperatures hovering around 30ºC and full days of sunshine. May and June are a perfect time to visit because the climate is ideal yet you won’t pay peak season prices. These are also good months for a safari and beach combination holiday.
July and August also have wonderful weather but the prices go up and the island can get a little crowded. We recommend avoiding the east coast and Ile aux Cerfs as the wind can become uncomfortably strong, plus the resorts gets busy during these peak season months. Consider the west or south instead.
Although the temperature rises a little in September and October, these are great months for couples, as you can get cheaper prices and there are less other visitors. November and December are significantly hotter and more humid, but unless you have small children, the climate shouldn’t be off putting.
January to March brings the wet cyclone season as well as the hottest temperatures. This is off season and some of the resorts close, while others offer significant discounts. Sometimes grey skies are very welcome. The ocean doesn’t sparkle but clouds can provide welcome respite from the sun.
We take a personalised approach to your holiday. Whether a safari and beach combination or an exclusive Mauritius holiday, we will guide you through all the options and find the best deal based on your preferences.
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