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Dreaming of an island holiday, under the sun, in a charming villa or hotel? Mauritius will offer you a variety of choices. Top notch hotel, apartments, villas … they are all very popular. Vacationers have however increasingly preferred to opt for the villas in Mauritius, as they offer exclusivity and this from A to Z. In fact, you enjoy your own holiday home, with exclusive services such a chief cook, free laundry, a maid, sun … Located on the beachfront or in the exclusive neighborhood, the luxury villas in Mauritius vary in price, capacity and quality. To get the offer closest to your search, you will find all the tips need here itself.

Yet, even though villas are growing popular, hotels are still the cheaper choice when it comes to holidays. Be it families, couples or friends, you can all enjoy a peaceful holiday on the seafront. Mauritian hotels have the advantage to fit any profile and guarantee you a peaceful stay on the island of Mauritius.

When to visit Mauritius?

The peak season hovers as from November and until January. While some prefer Christmas, others prefer the quieter travel season, from May until September. Why is that so? Prices of villas in Mauritius double in high season and will be much cheaper between May and September. Yet the same luxury, the same standard is maintained.

The low season occurs during winter in Mauritius. The sun is of course still present but some regions such as Poste Lafayette or Belle Mare may be particularly exposed to the wind. This does not prevent relaxing or sunbathing, around the pool or in front of the lagoon. Special offers can also be applied in low season.

If you want to enjoy the summer and experience the festive atmosphere of the island, traveling during the high season, especially in December, is the best time. You are sure to enjoy late night shopping as well as crazy deals. Hotels are particularly preferred during this period because they allow to enjoy the special activities proposed.

Staying in a hotel in Mauritius!

Hotels offer a different atmosphere when staying in Mauritius. If you want to stay in a colonial hotel you can opt for the St. Regis or Le Telfair but if you are looking for a budget why not try Villa Caroline? You have such a wide choice of hotel on the beach, golf clubs or even hotels specialized in offering group activities. Whatever your interest or desire, you will certainly find a hotel that suits you.

Recently, the industry of holiday accommodation in Mauritius has changed dramatically. Mauritius has evolved from a secret island paradise into a popular holiday destination. As such, Mauritius has developed and now offers a wide choice of hotels and other accommodation types. Those wishing to have a stay in a Mauritian hotel have different choices that will meet their needs and budgets. This includes in particular a selection of cheap hotels to top-notch luxury hotels – some of which are considered the best in the world. Visitors can also choose unique boutique hotels or business hotels depending on the purpose of their visit to the island.

What differentiates luxury villas?

Such as hotels, there are 3-5-star villas. If the 3-star villas offer a touch of luxury but are located in an isolated area or offers simple but neat decoration, the 4 or 5 stars villas guarantee complete luxury. They are mostly located by the sea, with 3 bedrooms, very nicely decorated, with antique or modern furniture. Villas offer an incomparable charm, with a swimming pool on with view over the ocean.

The luxury of a turquoise lagoon every day … everyone wants to afford it … It is possible for you at competitive prices in Mauritius. Everyone can stay in a villa if he wants to. The high class villas will also propose a private cook, who can prepare Mauritian dishes- they are not only about creole food, you will also come across fusion cuisine, Chinese cuisine and Indian cuisine. A real treat for the palate! Staying in a villa is simply the best way to spend holidays: a true wellness is offered during vacation time.

Getting closer to Nature!

Staying in a lodge offers an alternative and interesting experience. Holiday lodges tend to be smaller than the villas and are often surrounded by a beautiful environment. If you want to be surrounded by lush nature and be charmed by the beautiful views and lulling noise all day and night, do not look any further, a vacation lodge remains the best choice to satisfy your curiosity.

You can even find an ‘eco-lodge’ (Ecologic hut), or experience of the tent (if that’s what you want) that will bring you even closer to nature- If you opt for the tent, do try the various beaches of the island, you will find it an enriching experience.

Rent a Car in Mauritius

Renting a car in Mauritius during your holidays is the best way to fully discover the island. Moreover, in your rented car you will have the opportunity to plan your days and travel at your own pace. To rent a car in Mauritius, one must possess a driving license for over a year and have a minimum age of 21 years. On-site rental agencies offer rentals for about 50/60 Euros per day. In any case, be ready to change your driving habits if you decide to rent a car or a scooter. Indeed driving in the islands has nothing to do with the policies that you know because the dangers are not the same.

Also, you should note that in Mauritius you should drive on the left. Remain cautious about roundabouts and parking. Watch out for buses that drive fast. Also be very careful. When it comes to bicycles and pedestrians, there is no bike lane or sidewalk in Mauritius- and if you are driving at night, do not be surprised to see someone pop up in front of you in dark clothes.

We hope you enjoy nice holidays on the island and have the chance to enjoy the various activities and visit the many places of interest the island proposes.

We wish you wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

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What I love about Mauritius!

When you visit Mauritius, there are some things you definitely fall in love with. Here is a list of everything I love about this wonderful piece of paradise floating in the Indian Ocean!

1. The Beaches

With 330 km of coastline making up wonderful beaches where you can admire the azure waters washing up on the stretches of white sand. Mauritius is surrounded by a blue sea that shines like an emerald tide. The beaches of Mauritius are famous for their fine sand and row of casuarina and coconut trees that line the coast. Who wouldn’t love such a sublime lagoon with crystal clear water, offering ideal conditions for swimming, snorkeling and a variety of water sports?

2. The ideal climate

The Mauritian climate is considered subtropical. You can therefore enjoy a pleasant water temperature throughout the year and this remains a wonderful feature of this paradisiacal island.

The hottest time of the year is from November to March. These are the summer months during which temperature varies around 30 ° C. At this time of year, the water is warmer and you can have a nice tan.

If it rains, it will only be refreshing for you. It does not rain for too long, then you can relax on the beach as soon as it stops. However, from December to March, you should expect cyclones in Mauritius. These are tropical swirling winds that blow on the island for a short time.

The winter season lasts from April to October, but temperatures can still reach up to 25 ° C. The sun shines a little less in winter and at night you will need a cardigan. Apart from that, you can pretty much enjoy your Mauritius holiday with comfortable temperatures during the winter.

3.  The Dholl Puri

Where do I even start with Dholl Puri? It is undoubtedly the most popular street food in Mauritius. If you ever visit the island, you will see long line ups on the streets, where people are willing to wait for the special paper thin treat from the best street sellers.

Dholl Puri is one of my favourite food as well, the best thing about it is it can be served with savoury dishes like the typical spicy “Rougaille Mauricien” which is basically a tomato based sauce or with sweet dishes like kheer (Rice pudding) more so on special occasions. The combination of the salty dholl puri and the sweet kheer is heavenly!

4. Underwater life

Mauritius is one of the preferred destinations for avid divers and fans of underwater discoveries. The reason is simple: the biodiversity in the lagoons of the island and its surroundings is exceptional, you can discover numerous species including beautiful coral, fish, and shellfish whose colors and behaviors that are as varied as strange.

Feel free to discover the coral garden, located off the small town of Peyrebere, to observe sea robins, or to photograph the famous lion fish or the beautiful angel fish. In Mauritian waters you will also find the stone-fish, stealthy and difficult to detect, known for their ability to camouflage and Java moray south of the island, towards Mahebourg or Blue-Bay.

5. Lush Nature

Among the natural reserves of Mauritius, there are three areas renowned for their natural assets: the Valley of 7 colours, a unique eco-tourism concept that offers 4000 hectares of pristine wilderness. The Bel Ombre estate offering a natural experience in an authentic and preserved area. Finally the Gorges nature park, protected from the onslaught of modernism, which contains the largest part of Mauritian fauna and flora – 3 loveable Mauritian excursions to refuel oxygen!

6. Local Rum and Beer

Mauritian rum is great, especially at one of the three distilleries on the island the produce agricole rum (that’s rum made the proper way, from sugar cane juice instead of molasses). St Aubin and Chateau Labourdonnais produce great rums (do a rum tasting at each spot and try them out yourself) but Rhumerie de Chamarel in Chamarel, in the south west, makes award-winning double-distilled rum that’s been aged in oak. It’s a cut above the others. Mauritius’ local beer, Phoenix, on its side is an award-winning, crisp, refreshing lager that goes well with pretty much anything you’ll eat on the island, and is great by itself, drunk at sunset on the beach.

7. Its Cuisine

Something everyone will love about Mauritius is its cuisine. With its role as a crossroads in colonial times, Mauritius was able to take a culinary advantage that allows it to offer a varied and tasty cuisine.

It is often said that Mauritius is the best cuisine from Beirut to Beijing. Drawing its sources from the 4 corners of the globe, Europe, India, China and Africa, Mauritians have learned to mix flavors, spices and ingredients, not to replicate the recipes of their ancestors, but to create new ones.

Indeed, you will find that often, some dishes were adapted to the vegetables, spices and local fruits, although many of the ingredients are imported.

8. The Culture

Mauritian culture is based on the diversity of the population, that’s why there is no “official religion” in Mauritius. Hindus, Tamils, Muslims, Christians, Buddhists and others from all over the globe live in harmony and respect the free practice of all religions in Mauritius. The ancestral melting-pot that is Mauritian culture allows different faith communities to cohabit in mutual respect. Mauritius is an island of temples, churches and mosques.

9. The colourful festivals

You are going to love those colourful festivals celebrated on the island of Mauritius. They are mainly  Cavadee, Chinese Spring Festival, Christmas, Divali, Easter, Eid-ul-Fitr, Ganesh Chathurti, Holi and Maha Shivaratree.

Cavadee is celebrated in January/February. Along with the fire-walking and sword-climbing ceremonies, Cavadee is among the most spectacular Tamil events.

The Spring Festival, which is the Chinese New Year, is celebrated in January/February, depending on the adjustment of lunar days. Red, symbol of happiness, is the dominant colour. Food is piled up to ensure abundance during the year and the traditional wax cake is distributed to relatives and friends. Firecrackers are lit to ward off evil spirits

Divali is the most jovial of all Hindu festivalsTraditionally, clay oil lamps were placed in front of every home turning the island into a fairyland of flickering lights; these have now been replaced mostly by decorative electric lights.

Eid-ul-Fitr is celebrated to mark the end of Ramadhan, the Muslim holy month of fasting. It is a day of thanksgiving and rejoicing for Muslims. Prayers are offered at mosques during the morning.

Ganesh Chaturthi is celebrated sometime in September. It marks the birthday of Ganesha, the God of wisdom and remover of all obstacles according to Hindu mythology.

Holi is the festival of colours. It celebrates the beginning of spring and people of the Hindu faith enjoy themselves by squirting coloured water and powder on one another.

MahaShivaratree is celebrated in honour of Hindu God. Hindu devotees, clad in spotless white, carry the “kanwar” – wooden arches covered with flowers – on pilgrimage to Grand Bassin, to fetch holy water from the lake.

10. The Hotels and Villas

Mauritius has a lot to offer in terms of accommodation. From budget 4* to top notch 5+* hotels, Mauritius has it all for any budget and any type of holidays. The villas on their part are sublime and offer such peaceful holidays.

11. The Spas

Get rid of the stress! Revive your senses with exquisite beauty and body care products, on a unique journey of serenity and harmony, at one of our beautiful spas. We guarantee that time will stand still when you visit one of these havens of peace and tranquillity.

12. The Activities

Whether you are a fan of on land activities or sea activities, you will definitely love the activity proposed on the island of Mauritius. From scuba diving to hiking and sky diving, Mauritius offers a large array of activities to be practiced by both young and old. Having multi facets, Mauritius offers diverse activities which will help you discover the island even more.

13. The Sega

Last but not least, the Sega- the local music and dance. Every Mauritian is brought up with the Sega dance and music. With its rhythmic, lively music and colourful Creole lyrics, the Sega is regarded nationally as an expression of freedom and ‘ joie de vivre’.

These are 13 things I love about Mauritius!