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Mauritius: An island full of wonders!

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Often, the word Mauritius remains unknown to several people. Being a small island compared to large countries such as the United States of America and France, Mauritius is somehow left behind. If you are wondering where Mauritius is situated, the Indian Ocean is the sea which surrounds it. Neighbouring both Reunion Island and Rodrigues, Mauritius is classified as a developing country. However, Mauritius has achieved greatness in every way possible, whether economically, ecologically and technologically.

First of all before coming to Mauritius, remember to book your flight as soon as possible due to the vast inflow of tourists at this period of the year. Secondly, you might want to book your hotel in Flic en Flac, which is especially well-known for its beach. You might also expect hawkers selling some of the best food specialties of Mauritius – Roti, Samoussa, Gato Piment, as well as American fast foods. To sum up, Mauritius is a mixture of several cultures making it easy for everyone to adapt.

To help you in your visit, let’s break everything down to 4 main features of Mauritius:

Activities in Mauritius

Feeling adventurous or curious? Mauritius is certainly the best place to discover new experiences and feelings. The Casela Nature Park for instance is an absolute must. With surface of 250 hectares, the Casela Nature Park is home to several species of fauna and flora. Imagine yourself patting a white lion or undertaking a walk in the nature with it. It would of course be a dream-come-true for wildlife lovers.

Moreover, thrill lovers, you might want to undertake a trip on quads or buggies. For more intense sensations, ziplines or canyon swing would certainly give you some adrenaline rush. There are also other places such as La Vanille Crocodile Park, providing these activities. Besides, you will also find crocodiles being the main centre of attraction of the psrc

Finally, you might to undertake some hiking or trekking on our beautiful mountains – Pieter Both, Le Pouce, Lion Mountain as well as places such as “7 cascades, Eau Bleu and Black River Gorges.”

Beaches in Mauritius

Coming to Mauritius without going to the beach is definitely a waste of sun. Despite an unpredictable weather, the temperature remains quite warm in Summer. The sun is up, no clouds passing by, a gentle breeze lift – a perfect day to go to the seaside alone or with your family. If you are a fan of sun tanning, kindly bring in sun screen especially if you have a fair complexion. This will help to protect you from dangerous UV lights.

Top 5 beaches include:

Trou aux Biches

Being the top one, Trou aux Biches is ideal for snorkelling or swimming. With a clear and calm water, Trou aux Biches provides families a nice relaxing moment while also enabling accessibility to food stands, cafes and restaurants lined up along the coast.

Belle Mare

Do you wake up early? Why not go for some jogging and take a dips in the cool water? However, do take some precautions, as the currents are somehow unpredictable. Windsurfers on the hand, there are breezier times enabling the practice of your favourite activity.

Ile aux Cerfs

One of the most idyllic place of Mauritius is certainly Ile aux Cerfs. After a few minutes’ boat trip, the island will offer you the privilege of taking part in water-based attractions. You can also practice snorkelling in the lagoon. However, you should note that being a popular destination, it tends to get busy on weekends.

Pereybere

Neighbouring Grand Bay and Cap Malheureux, Pereybere has won the heart of several Mauritians, specially students. This is because Pereybere is much deeper than any other beach across the island and due to its crystal clear water, marine life can be contemplated much more easily.

Flic en Flac

Located in Black River, Flic en Flac is known for its white warm soothing sand – a pleasure for those feet. Flic en flac beach is close to several bars and if you are hanging by at around 6p.m, you might end up swimming in a multi-coloured sunset water, a unique opportunity which is not to be missed.

Festivals in Mauritius

Mauritius is home to several festivals due to its multi-ethnic aspect. However during this period, most of the important festivals have already been celebrated. Rest assured, Christmas and the New Year is approaching and celebrating it in Mauritius will surely be breath-taking. Christmas in Mauritius is often rainy, so prepare your umbrellas, but who knows, maybe this Christmas will be a sunny one. Also, if you have not yet bought any gifts for the children, shops often remain opened till late on the eve. During the Christmas week, animation is often done with music and games in the malls, namely Bagatelle Shopping Mall. It might be a good opportunity to bring your spouse or husband and even the kids to enjoy some quality time.

If you ever dreamt of lighting firecrackers, you are at the correct place. Compared to bigger countries, Mauritius has no laws restricting people from lighting up firecrackers on New Year’s Eve. Hence, you will find them available at almost any shop or hawkers around the island.

Mauritian Cuisine

The Mauritian Cuisine is simply one of our favourite.  As a main description, the Mauritian Cuisine is simply a blend of all cultures. As a result, the choice is always wide open and it will surely make you feel at home. From the piquancy of the Indian Cuisine, the gastronomic approach of the French cuisine, the crustiness of the Italian pizza to the savouriness of the Chinese cuisine, Mauritius is combined with all your favourite tastes. Hence, your trip to Mauritius will make you at home by providing you with different food alternatives. However, some must-taste experience is mostly our refreshing Alouda which can be found across the island, or if you are travelling to Port Louis, Alouda Pillay would suit you. As mentioned earlier, our famous fast food is certainly not to be missed; the “Roti”, “Dholl Puri” or “Ti Puri” mixed with some Indian curries. If you do not want Indian curries for instance, the “Roti” is also served with fish curry or chicken.

Mauritius: A family adventure

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Mauritius is the perfect place to watch a variety of animals in their natural environment. Gather your young explorers and head to a surprising island in many ways! At the heart of the Mascarene Islands in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers wonderful discoveries for the whole family: an incredibly diverse wildlife and colorful flora. Ready to enjoy new sensory experiences? Follow us into the discovery of Mauritius…

Discovering the Mauritian fauna

Start your family holiday by visiting the Natural History Museum in Port Louis, located in the capital. The museum invites young and old visitors to marvel at the richness of the Indian Ocean fauna. Observe the many endemic bird species that inhabit Mauritius and Mascarene Islands (archipelago uniting the island of Reunion and Rodrigues). Your children will surely be amazed at local, terrestrial and marine mammals. Java deer, black dogfish, and dolphin to upstage reptiles and famous geckos (lizards) of trimmed punchy colors! In the last room, introduce your young naturalists to geology and the study of insects and butterflies. The highlight of the tour remains the skeleton of the Dodo, the bird which disappeared has now become a national emblem. Like the Solitaire in Rodrigues, a volatile also present in the museum, the Dodo is seen as a legend to the eyes of Mauritians and tourists. You will find its picture everywhere: plush, dishes, T-shirts, stamps … and even on beer bottles! Described as a humble, kind and naive animal, this turkey cousin is a great success with children.

Discover the riches of the ocean

Now head to the Aquarium of Mauritius at Pointe aux Biches, a village northwest of the island. This tour promises the discovery of 200 marine species and delve deep into the heart of tropical coral reefs. Admire the brightly colored clown fish, wrasses and damsels with black lips. Enjoy the camouflage stone fish, and the graceful sails of the scorpion. Conclude with the spectacular Grand Bleu: the tray, 15 meters deep, hosts the ballet of many aquatic creatures, such as sea turtles and sharks. But already, young visitors head to the pool to stroke the harmless species.!

Mauritius and its unique flora

Almost all the delights of the Mauritian flora can be contemplated in Pamplemousses Garden. Pass the iron gate of the entrance and walk in the paths of the park, all named in memory of the great naturalists. Avenue de La Bourdonnais takes you to the giant water lily (Victoria amazonica). Do you know that in one day, these flowers change color 3 times? White in the morning, they turn pink at noon, and purple during the evening before closing! The colorful palette of the garden is obvious: the vibrant red flamboyant, yellow heart of frangipani, the tender green of the bamboo forest… Do not miss the spices square: nutmeg, cloves, Ceylon cinnamon titillate your nostrils. Help children read the words in Creole on the few signposts and have fun counting the palm species: there are 95 to find!

Getting lost in the Valley of the seven colors

In the southwest of the island, observe a rare geological curiosity in the plain of Chamarel. This village of 700 inhabitants is known for its Valley of the seven colors. This site surprises you with its bare earth dunes, ranging from brown to purple through orange and pink: the result of the erosion of the volcanic rock. The colored sands cannot mix. If you try doing so, they should return to colors in parting! Further, a cape offers a breathtaking view of a waterfall 100 meters high. The brave will undertake the descent to swim below. With children, you can also visit the Adventure park, recreational trail and discover around 60 species of plants and trees. Veritable playground and learning spot – Mauritius is definitely an ideal destination for a family trip!

Focus on market

In Mauritius, markets can be found anywhere and everywhere. In Goodlands, Port louis, Vacoas, Curepipe, Mahebourg and Quatre-Bornes, colourful vegetable, mouthwatering tropical fruits and typical fabrics can be found. When visiting those market do make it a point to pick up bags, locally crafted jewellery, fabrics and handicrafts. If all the shopping has made you hungry, then don’t worry as there are numerous stalls around the market from where you can savour freshly prepared snacks.

Family Holidays in a Nutshell

When to go?

All year! Its tropical climate is pleasant all year round and is ideal for any type of holidays.

How to get there?

Book your airline tickets well in advance to take advantage of the best rates on flights to Mauritius!

How to move?

By car: in Mauritius, we drive on the left and honk to double. For more freedom, do not hesitate to rent a vehicle. Take advantage of the best car rentals deals with Avis Mauritius. By bus: For the brave, the network might well designed, but the ride can be pretty hectic – look for the brand new low floor buses. By taxi: Do not hesitate to negotiate the price, the counter rarely turns during the race.

Where to Stay?

Fancy a luxury hotel in Mauritius? Opt for example for a 5-star hotel with pool, bar and marina! If You prefer a change of scenery. Else you can go for a cheaper hotel, overlooking the beach of Flic en Flac where you can practice diving? You can also relax in personal villa and enjoy the sun under the palm trees.

Where to eat ?

FILAO Hut: Rue Royale, Pointe Aux Biches, cuisine of Mauritius in a restaurant with a family atmosphere. Products of incomparable freshness. * About 40 € for a complete menu. Escale Creole: Tasty Creole cuisine in a tropical paradise. Allow between 25 and 30 € *. Barbizon Palace: Route Sainte-Anne, Chamarel, unpretentious restaurant, but the tasty cuisine, About 12 €. Happy Rajah: Super U Complex, Grand Bay, traditional Indian cuisine restaurant. A must taste for indian cuisine lovers! About 15 € *.

Have fun with your family on the island of Mauritius!

10 Must-Do in Mauritius

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Mauritius is one of the favourite destinations for holidays! This summer, if you are wondering what to do during you holidays, well rest assured, we got some advice for you. For a complete holiday full of adventure and discoveries, we have made a top 10 of the must-dos on this wonderful island of the Indian-Ocean. We hope you have fun!

1. Ile aux Cerfs

Ile aux Cerfs is an outer island you should not miss visiting while being in Mauritius. It is an uninhabited island located east of Mauritius. Being both a tourist spot and also a place where Mauritians love to go for a day on weekends for a picnic with family, you will surely enjoy a nice moment there.

To get there, you just need take a boat near Trou d’Eau Douce. There are several formulas “excursion inclusive” but for more authenticity and for complete freedom, we recommend you take the water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce which leaves every 20 minutes and takes you there in about ten minutes. Be careful not to lose your ticket back.

Once there, you can enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise waters that lie ahead. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas if it’s too hot or walk along the beach on the other side of the island where the sea is rough. If you are observant, you will probably encounter large starfish back by the waves. Also, if you are fan of extreme activities like parasailing, you can try them with some operators present on the island.

2. The Garden of Pamplemousses

The Garden of Pamplemousses is one of the most visited sites of the island. It has also changed its name and is now called the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden (named after the former Prime Minister of the island). This 37-hectare garden is a nice tour to do. You can visit it with a guide that will be available at the entrance of the garden. This will help you to know more about the history of the park and learn more about the specimens that can be observed. Be careful in summer – mosquito – keep your anti-insects sprays near!

Garden Admission: Rs 200 (5 €)

3. Blue Bay

The South of the island is an exceptional site for snorkelling. The marine park of Blue Bay is known for its beautiful fauna and flora. After taking a glass bottom boat that will enable you to learn a little more about the different corals, why not give a try to diving with your masks and snorkels. We promise it to be a pure moment of pleasure among the fish and corals of all colors. There are a lot of providers along the beach, do not hesitate to negotiate rates!

Average price for a visit in glass bottom boat and snorkeling 300 rupees (€ 7)

4. Port Louis and its market

Port Louis, capital of Mauritius! Not visiting this small capital would be a shame because it is a city that deserves to be visited at least for its large market and various historical spots. Mingle with the population, and taste the street food (chilies cakes, samosas, Dholl puree, boulettes) and observe the daily life of Mauritians. Visit the market to discover the beautiful and succulent tropical fruits and vegetables but also the bazaar part where you will find clothing, souvenirs, etc. Know that as a tourist, you will have been “spotted”, and everyone will want to sell stuffs to you. This can be disturbing but a simple “no thank you” will end any sequence. For the price, it’s the same, know that there the price for the “tourist” and the “local” price. Negotiate! Do not hesitate a second. One last thing you should not miss is the “Alouda”, its pure bliss!

5. Beach of Mont Choisy

One of the best beaches is located northwest of the island, the beach of Mont Choisy. The beach is splendid with its fine golden sand. It is ideal for sunbathing or simply relaxing under the casuarina trees that line the beach. Do enjoy a swim in its azure lagoon and if you are hungry you will find there some “food trucks”- Fried noodles in trays is a treat you should not miss!

6. Cap Malheureux

If you’ve already seen photos of Mauritius, you necessarily saw the famous Cap Malheureux red chapel. Cap Malheureux is located north of the island. In the distance we can see the Coin de Mire, it’s really a beautiful place to see. This is a must stop point in my opinion – mostly for those who love romantic corners.

7. Grand Baie

Grand Bay is a bit like Mauritius’ Saint-Tropez. The most touristic place of the island with its many restaurants, bars, nightclubs. This is the place to be if you love nightlife and want to enjoy your holidays to the maximum.

8. Le Morne

Le Morne is a mountain in the southwest of Mauritius, world heritage of UNESCO since 2008 under the name of “Le Morne Cultural Landscape”. This site was a sanctuary for runaway slaves and today is a memorial of the colonial period of the island. Le Morne rises to 555 meters, the ascent is accompanied by a guide. The view at the top is breathtaking. Not far away, you can enjoy the beaches that are perfect for kitesurfing.

9. Visit the Aquarium Mauritius

On the northwest coast at Pointe aux Biches where you can visit the Aquarium of Mauritius. It is worth a look if you will not have the opportunity to explore the Mauritian seabed. Tip for your visit: Go in the morning at 11 am or in the afternoon just before 15h and be present at the large pool of sharks. You will have the chance to witness the feeding of the fish and sharks, it’s a very nice experience to see. It is a visit to do with the kids or if you do not have the opportunity to snorkel or dive.

10. The Tea Route in Mauritius

The tea route is a gastronomic, historic and cultural excursion well known by tourists visiting Mauritius. The course is done in 3 steps and to discover the farms of tea, sugar cane and vanilla. The 3 areas are the domain of Aubineaux, Bois Cheri and Saint Aubin. This route will dive you into a colonial past still present in Mauritius and that deserves attention if we want to understand the history of the island.

To discover the tea route, you have several options. You can go to each step on your own by renting a car or book a taxi for the day. You can also enjoy the services of a local agency that will take you on each domain.

Have a wonderful trip around Mauritius!

How to rent a villa in Mauritius and other tips for your stay.

Mauritius is where dreams come to be fulfilled. Whether you are one of those people who had never heard of the place before wanting a tropical island holiday or those who have researched everything about Mauritius since ages and are finally able to make the plan come to fruition, this guide will hopefully be of some help when you consider all the necessary factors about renting a villa in Mauritius to spice up your holidays somewhat with a nice villa near the sea within walking distance. This does rather make everything seem quite paradisiacal actually! Renting a villa for your holidays instead of a hotel in Mauritius will give your holidays a more homey appeal.

When you are holidaying, budgets are important as well. While definitely less costly than for example, the Seychelles or the Maldives, if you are not careful about how you are spending and on what, holidaying in Mauritius also can rack up astounding bills. If money is a concern for you then you should really think about renting a villa instead of booking a hotel for the duration of your holidays here. It may of course seem extravagant but when you think about it, renting a villa will actually end up costing way less in the long run. Buying a villa is most definitely possible but I hardly think that is on the cards given how the price tends to range in millions!

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Since you will be renting, you should be aware that while hotels accept booking on a day to day basis, most villas are rented per week. There are some exceptions such as weekends or just weekdays but mostly, it’s going to be at least a week. This is convenient for you as well as it makes billing easier and comparison more convenient before you book. There are certain websites with photos of the villas to help you decide on which you will choose. Different villas for different purposes such as family villas which are equipped with all the amenities an average family might require as well as other specifics that is requested when contacting the owner or the agency that takes care of these things. Honeymoon villas tend to be on the pricier range what with accessories and decorations to fit the mood and occasion as well as inside bars and big televisions and other things like that.

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If you are highly concerned about not exceeding your set budget, then a hotel might not be your best choice and you will be paying for the rooms, service, amenities as well as any included parts of the package such a buffet dinners or courtesy breakfasts. A self catering villa will give you the opportunity to cut down on these costs and and be more economical. Unlike in Seychelles, everything is relatively cheap in Mauritius. You can buy veggies and poultry from nearby shops or even visit a supermarket while you are at it- never refuse a new adventure as they say! Supermarkets are cosy enough and have just the required stuff for you to maintain your independent holiday in style. The self catering villas are usually equipped with all necessary appliances in the kitchen and the owners will, by politeness, often stock up your cupboards and fridge before your arrival for a few days at least. Enough time for  you to get your bearings and start exploring on your own. Food is not as exotic as you might expect since Mauritian cuisine derives a lot from European, Indian, African and Chinese cuisines. While some may seem new to you, most food items will be very familiar. In case of confusion, reading the instructions will help you out. Packages are not mysterious unless you are shopping in one of the traditional Chinese shops and given the fact that every Mauritian speaks at least two languages, the instructions are either in English or French or even both most of the times. Cooking for yourself will cost you much less than depending on restaurants on a daily basis for every meal. And if you are cooking in larger batches, that is for more than one person at a time or just freezing a few portions for later consumption, this method will be a great means of saving money for you to be able to spend more on exciting activities such as parasailing in Mauritius.

Other factors to consider when looking for your perfect villa is the location evidently. From the North to the South, there are very many villas around all catering to a different niche so to speak of the market. For example, if you want a touristy place all while keeping a semblance of tranquility, then you should probably rent somewhere on the North coast. There is quite a tourist community with many villas and hotels occupying a relatively calm area. The place has a scenic beauty which will definitely drag you outside to simply admire the view in awe. You are likely to be able to rent a villa which if not at least 5 minutes from the beach then with a great overview of it from a window at your new villa at a not very expensive price. There is also many restaurants in the northern area of the island especially in Grand Baie and the nightlife is more than satisfactory as well as compared to other places on the island. The beaches make for a great swim during the day and the surroundings are very family friendly. You will be able to grab a quick lunch at one of the many snack shacks on the beach and buy ice cream or other treats for children if any!

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As for the South, this is where you go for a great holiday which doesn’t include swimming! The sea is considerably rough down there and not appropriate for swimming on most days. However, the place compensates with its marvelous views. The sea seems infinite at times, with an unending hue of colours ranging from turquoise to vermillion at the same time. The villas are luxurious and modern in design and aim at satisfying your needs with the highest level of comfort. It is more convenient to stay in the South also if you are intrigued by the extreme activities in Mauritius. Zip lining among others will be more accessible from the south and will save you money when you are renting a car for your travels both on the costs and on fuel.

Mauritius: Top Hotels

Hotels in Mauritius

Haven’t planned your next holidays yet? Why not visit Mauritius for your next vacation? Between white sandy beaches and stunning scenery, you will discover a rich cultural heritage of many influences. One thing is certain: it is impossible to be bored during a stay on Mauritius. But when planning holidays, the main question is where to stay? And we are here to help you choose the best hotel according to your needs and desires.

Hotel Categories

First of all, to choose your hotel you need to choose according to how you are travelling! Is it with your family or lover or are you going solo? Most hotels are adapted to a specific sort of resident – even though Mauritius remains a destination for all!

Hotels for Family Holidays in Mauritius

What are the elements governing the choice of a hotel adapted to family life? The variety of sports activities, a true child or teen club, a freedom given to young people residing in the resort. All this should be accommodated safely and in a way that does not disturb others residents.

Rooms should be adapted to welcome families. Our first recommendation would be Sun Resort whose concept “Sun Kids Club” is very successful and has been working for years and the Beachcomber group hotels with their renowned club “Bob Marlin”. Both services offer varied sports facilities, relaxed atmosphere, beautiful beach bungalows and included connecting rooms that allow for easy accommodation of families.

Hotels for Romance in Mauritius

Mauritius being one of the best Honeymoon destination, offers great accommodation to couples. Since, in most cases, this is the first trip to Mauritius… We all want it to be memorable! We personally recommend either Lux Le Morne or Villa Caroline Hotel. Lux Le Morne full of charm is leaning against the rock of Morne Brabamt opposite a sublime lagoon. Villa Caroline on the other hand, facing the sunset on the west coast facing Flic En Flac beach.

The still warm, elegantly decorated rooms, the beauty of the evening, dinner by torchlight, feet in the sand, arranged just for you, the many little touches offered by those hotels for newlyweds make by far the best solution for a honeymoon or a romantic getaway successful in Mauritius.

Luxury Hotel in Mauritius

The Mauritian hotel is generally excellent and often cited as an example among professionals in the hospitality industry. But the Deluxe hotel is yet another difficult level to achieve especially for leisure resorts. Luxury takes effect in aspects that go far beyond the variety of buffets offered or the size flat screens in the rooms.

Every single moment, discretion, peace, recognition and personalization, excellence and distinction of the service, the quality of food, responsiveness … all of this counts when it comes to luxury. In short, in this game, the title contenders for luxury hotel in Mauritius are not in excess. We can count five: The Royal Palm, The St. Geran, The St. Regis, Le Prince Maurice and Le Touessrok.

Activity Centered Hotels in Mauritius

Some people travel to practice their favourite activities in unusual scenery. Mauritius is indeed and island that allows for the practice of various activities like diving, golf, hiking, quad biking and even tennis.

Most hotels will direct you towards other agents for activities such as diving, hiking or quad biking – yet, when it comes to sports- golf, tennis – Mauritian hotels are well equipped and proposes those activities in the vicinity of their hotels.

Hotels to play golf in Mauritius

There are 8 hotels namely Le Paradis, Dinarobin, Heritage Awali, Heritage Le Telfair, Le Touessrok, Le Prince Maurice, Belle Mare and St. Geran with private golf course, accessible to clients. To decide between them, you will certainly want to know more about the quality of the course, ease of access, services around the golf practice (clubhouse, departures management, coaches, etc …), then the quality of the hotel itself. Here are our bests for you golf lovers:

- For outstanding ease of access to the course, for the magnificent and unparalleled views, for the atmosphere of regulars and the beautiful Morne Lagoon: we would advise you to go to Le Paradis – the experience will be memorable.

- For its two 18-hole courses, free of charge for hotel guests, for the exceptional quality of its service, its restoration, and being one of the finest luxury hotels in the world: Le Prince Maurice is no doubt the choice to remember for very demanding golfers- you’ll be loving it.

Hotel in to practice Tennis Mauritius

Most resorts have tennis courts. But which ones have real momentum around this sport? Undoubtedly Le Paradis hotel wins here too since the hotel had been the hosts of many champions for years and champions not only for their own training, but also to exchange some services with customers of hotel. With six tennis courts, the Tennis Clinic and its top-level monitors, Le Paradis Hotel is the best hotel in Mauritius to practice tennis.

Hotel to practice Diving in Mauritius

To practice recreational diving comfortably on vacation, two elements are predominant: the nearby diving spots, to avoid a three-hour boat ride, and the presence of an integrated Diving Centre at the hotel so that waking up at 7:00 in the morning is not too painful

The must go hotel if you want to visit incredible spot and have a great diving center remains Le Canonnier! Its diving center with PADI certification and CMAS is exemplary and its location between Trou aux Biches and Grand Baie is ideal for diving. The hotel is a 4-star one and is part of the Beachcomber chain. Its services are particularly popular especially for families – thanks to its excellent Kids club (ideal when you go diving …) and family-friendly rooms. The reasonable price of the hotel makes it an excellent choice for those wishing to combine service quality and active diving program in Mauritius.

We hope that this article was helpful in helping you to choose your hotel for your next vacation!

Have fun in Mauritius!

Mauritius Hot Picks

Mauritius from the sky

Mauritius is perfect for sharing a moment of serenity, the sun rises and warms you, feet on the sand, gaze attracted to this endless ocean, giving way for a beautiful day. The reputation of Mauritius as a perfect destination for a tropical vacation or a honeymoon is unparalleled. Sandy beaches, sunshine, crystal clear waters, rich culture and lush nature: all these elements aspire to magical vacation. When choosing your tropical destination, you will certainly come across Mauritius as a classic. If you want a trip without concern, sunny days and exotic lifestyle, Mauritius is made for you.

This year, if you are planning your holidays, why not go and discover this beautiful island of the Indian Ocean and its many facets. Experience unforgettable moments on one of the most beautiful Indian Ocean islands. To make the preparation of your stay and your trip to the island pleasant, we have compiled all the information you might need to spend great and complete holidays! From top places to visit, to food and accommodation, we have it all here!

Top places to visit in Mauritius

Before coming over to Mauritius, you surely want to know its attributes.  Here are a few things that will surely conquer you to visit the island of Mauritius. If this is your first time to Mauritius, you will not know where to go on the island. We have made a selection of the best places to visit during your holidays on the island.

Deer Island

Deer island is a beautiful small island located east of Mauritius. It is only accessible by boat. Various formulas will be presented to you when it comes to a trip to Deer Island, however, for more freedom and authenticity know that you can go on a water taxi from Trou d’Eau Douce. It is a 10 minute trips.

Then you will be able to just enjoy the beautiful beach and turquoise sea around the islet. You can also relax in the shade of casuarinas or stroll on the beach on the other side of the island. If you want premium services, you can opt for one of the formulas providing for boat, lunch, visit of the GRSE Waterfalls along with some activities like parasailing.

Port Louis and its market

Port Louis Market

The capital of Mauritius deserves a visit and not only for its market. A walk in town will not only allow you to experience the street food but also to mingle with people and discover their daily lives. A visit to the large market of Port Louis will reveal its most beautiful fruits and vegetables but you will also find clothing and even crafts products to bring back home as souvenirs of your trip to Mauritius. Then why not head to China Town where you can taste wonderful Chinese food and Dim Sum! You can also head to Plaine Verte where you will find the best Dholl Purees and Alouda without forgetting the alluring perfume of the Briani at every street corner.

Le Morne

Le Morne, a mountain located in the southwest of Mauritius, is one of the UNESCO heritage of the island of Mauritius. If Le Morne once served as a sanctuary for slaves, today it is an important place that recalls the colonial era of Mauritius. If you are courageous enough to hike the mountain until the top you will be rewarded with an incredible view of the surroundings. If you prefer water activities, you can reach the nearby beaches that are popular with kite surfers and surfers.

Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens

These gardens were renamed in 1988 in memory of the Prime Minister of Mauritius which led the country to independence twenty years ago. SSR Botanical Gardens are one of the most visited tourist attractions on the island of Mauritius.

The gardens are famous for its giant water lilies – Victoria Amazonica – whose gigantic leaves can measure up to three meters in diameter. There you will also come across the amazing Talipot palm which blooms only once in 30 to 80 years. The garden boast various other rare species that a guide will happily show to you during the visit of the garden.

Trou aux Cerfs, Curepipe

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At the center of the island, one main attraction remains Trou aux Cerfs, an extinct volcano in the middle of the central plateau, dominating the small town of Curepipe. The crater ises on a natural lake. The panoramic view from this point is outstanding, overlooking the main towns, but also the Moka Mountains and the northwestern coast. Note that access by car is prohibited there, you’ll have to walk around the crater- which is indeed a rewarding walk.

Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao

If you are one of those adventurers, we advise you to visit the south of the island after leaving Curepipe.  Follow the trail from Mare aux Vacoas which meets with Petrin then followed by Ganga Talao (Mostly known as Grand Bassin), a natural lake that nestles in the crater of an ancient volcano. This lake is an important place of pilgrimage where many Hindus of Mauritius converge to pray Lord Shiva during the festival of Maha Shivratree. It is believed that water from the sacred lake of Ganges in India are linked to those in Mauritius. There you will also have the opportunity to contemplate one of the highest statues in the Indian Ocean – Mangal Mahadev – at the entrance of Ganga Talao.

Chamarel and the land of the seven colors

Chamarel Mauritius

Further south, after crossing Bassin Blanc and Vallee des couleurs, you will come across, yet, another wonder of the island of Mauritius. The Land Of Seven Colours- Chamarel. The south of the island is pretty wild, unspoilt and mountainous. The views you will come across while descending the road of Chamarel are stunning.

The Land of Seven Colours is a mystic place, a geological curiosity: small dune lands of different colors! It is very surprising and amazing. Not far away, one can see a beautiful waterfall of about 100m high: the most beautiful you will come across in Mauritius. On the road there, if you are visiting the island during the months of February to April, do not miss to stop along the roads and pick up guavas that grows on each side of the sentiers across this descent towards the south of the island.

The Gorges National Park Black River

The National Black River Gorges Park is without any doubt the green jewel of Mauritius – the lungs of Mauritius. Since June 1994, the splendid forest of nearly 6600 hectares, located in Plaine Champagne in the hills of the south west of Mauritius, is classified National Park and is managed by the National Park Conservation Service. The park offers a unique opportunity for hiking and discovering the natural heritage of the island. It boasts breathtaking landscapes and about 300 species of trees, shrubs, plants and animals. You will also have the opportunity to discover yet another waterfall of the island there.

Ile aux Aigrettes, Nature Reserve

Just roll back to 400 years ago and imagine how the land of Mauritius was. Endless forests unfolding before you, pigeons, parrots and bats flying in groups. Giant tortoises and dodos approaching you and wondering what you are doing here. That’s indeed a dream. Although it remains a tiny part of the original fauna and flora of the island, there is a place where you can see some of these rare species in all their glory: Ile Aux Aigrettes.

Those visiting Ile Aux Aigrettes will see the last remnants of dry ebony forest that once grew in abundance across the main island. They will also see some of the work done by the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation’ to replant and reintroduce endangered vegetation such as rare orchids, reptiles and birds such as the famous Pink Pigeon. Guided tours are organised everyday – this is a must visit you will surely be conquered by.

Blue Bay Marine Park

Blue Bay Marine park remains one of the only conserved Marine park of the island of Mauritius. A unique trip awaits you there. Your eyes will be marveled by the various colourful and striking reefs home to various species of fish. The luminous hues of the limpid waters of this marine park is blessed with an exceptionally diverse seabed. Get your snorkel and diving equipment out, you won’t be able to resist to dip into those clear and attracting waters.

The Northern islands

This small group of islands has become a favorite stopover for boats and divers. Various catamaran cruises can be booked to visit those beautiful and secluded island in the north of Mauritius. Participating in these cruises allow visitors to enjoy snorkeling in the crystal waters of Coin de Mire, home to seabird niches in the cliffs. This tour is also an opportunity to organize picnics and swimming around Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel.

You will also have the chance to admire the remarkable silhouette of the Round Island, a nature reserve which cannot be visited in order to protect native species of plants and reptiles that have been reintroduced n this piece of land.  Round island and its neighbor, Snake Island, are part of a large conservation operation by the government and the ‘Mauritius Wildlife Foundation.

Top things to do in Mauritius

Between beaches, hotels, villas and sun, you might think you know the pearl of the Indian Ocean … Well, let me tell you something, Mauritius is as secretive as it is exotic. With its palette of cultures and kaleidoscope colours, this little piece of paradise has a lot to offer in terms of things to do during your holidays there. You’ll find activities for everyone – old and young alike will find something to do on this island of wonders.

Water Activities in Mauritius

If you are a diving lover, you will discover submarine spots of exceptional beauty on the island of Mauritius. Whether you are only a beginner or have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island.

For the more curious, you won’t have the will to resist the call to take a look at the marine life of the lagoon of Mauritius … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … venture yourself in the waters of Blue Bay, Ile Aux Cerfs or Ile Aux Aigrettes.

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide. Mauritius, having as feature protected lagoons and its trade winds providing a steady wind almost all year, generates the waves by via Barrier and has become popular for windsurfing.

It does not stop here. Other activities proposed in Mauritius extends to windsurfing, sailing, canoeing, kayaking, boating pedals, glass bottom boat. These are activities that you must try during your stay in Mauritius.

Catamaran Cruise in Mauritius

Mauritius is the perfect destination to discover, learn or improve on your fishing skills. Depending on the season, if you wander into deep sea fishing, you can catch marlin, swordfish, sharks, tuna, bonito or barracuda. A catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius remains a must try. It is an unparalleled way to discover the island in a completely different light.

Nature sports in Mauritius

Nature enthusiasts can enjoy a wide array of land activities in Mauritius. From hikes in the many parks and fields, old sugarcane properties or reconverted sentiers such as the Black River Gorges National Park or the Domain de l’Etoile. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through the lush forests of Mauritius to discover its mountainous landscape, exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Golf in Mauritius

The island of Mauritius is a golf destination hosting various international competition. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the mown greens between mountains and sea in the paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or on the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses and four 9-hole courses can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, whatever their level of play, they can pleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Aquarium of Mauritius

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in the aquarium of Mauritius located in Pointe aux Piments. Always dry, you will walk around the various bassins boasting more than a 100 species of fish and algae. You will even have the chance to enjoy the view of sharks and sea tortoises.

Discover the Casela Adventure Park

Casela Adventure Park is open all year and invites you to discover its animals, the children’s farm and the many activities proposed around the park. Casela is located in the southwest of Mauritius between Tamarin and Flic-en-Flac and offers a splendid view of the Rempart River Valley. Open since 1979, it now houses some 1,500 animals, including species of rare and colorful birds, giant tortoises, lions and many others. Recently upgraded, the park now offers an unparalleled experience to visitors with its heart pumping activities – ziplines, canyoning and quad biking.

To visit the park and discover the animals, you have the choice to follow a guide on board quads or buggies with all the equipment necessary to conduct this kind of gear. And to be as close to the animals, you can visit animals in their natural habitat on the Segway after a few minutes of initiation! The children will certainly be conquered by the mini-farm which allows them to approach the animals and their babies, and even feed them!

Bet at the Champs de Mars Race course

Horse racing is a national sport in Mauritius! Every weekend, the Champs de Mars racecourse is full. In the stands you will quickly feel the excitement rise; bettors flock to the announcement of the jockeys, riders climb onto the stool, ready to go, take to the starting line and “bang”, the race is on! Spectators observe, comment, shout, exclaim, grumble and laugh. A nice cocktail of emotions to explore when you are in the vicinity of Port Louis during the weekend. This will be a unique opportunity you’ll want to enjoy. At the same time, you’ll have the opportunity to contemplate the beauty of one of the oldest Horse race track of the southern hemisphere.

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius

Mauritius indeed allows you to spend magical moments with dolphins during your holidays. The only constraint might be that you will need get up early! Yet, you will not regret your early morning ride, the show is exceptional and the light is beautiful! The departure is between 7:00 and 8:30 from South West beaches. From Tamarin you will go in the Bay of Black River and Tamarin Bay. After a briefing with the skipper on the types of dolphins and their habits, the precautions to respect the welfare of dolphins and security measures on the boat and in the water, you can put on your flippers, mask and snorkel, and enjoy an unforgettable encounter with dolphins! And then you can take the opportunity to discover ile Aux Benitiers, a charming little island where you can chill and relax before returning back to the main island.

Top 5 Beaches in Mauritius

When you are in Mauritius, you are surely there to enjoy its exquisite beaches. The island being surrounded by sea, offers quite a wide choice when it comes to beaches. Yet to easy your choice, here are the top 5 beaches you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Mont Choisy

In the north, this public beach is the best and the most known. It is distinctly rounded in an arc. Protected by a thick forest of casuarina trees, it is the favorite beach of Mauritian families on weekends. And you should not miss the local entertainment par excellence: Inflatable “banana” ride.

Flic en Flac

Of all public beaches in Mauritius, Flic en Flac, located in the west, is one of the longest: it covers nearly 3 km. Deserted on weekdays, it is barely accessible for the weekend! You just need cross the road to find restaurants, bars and nightclubs. You will also notice quite a lot of food trucks around there.

Blue Bay

To the south-west, you will find Blue Bay! One extremely beautiful beach where the sand is fine and the blue of the sea dazzles you. There you will also have the opportunity to visit one protected marine park, boasting unique specimens found only in the Indian Ocean.

Belle Mare

This is probably the coolest and most tranquil beach of the island. If you are looking for peaceful relaxation in a Robinson Crusoe setting, this is where you should head. Located in the east of Mauritius, Belle Mare does not attract much but remains one great beach of fine sand and clear waters.

Souillac

The cliffs of Gris Gris, just steps from the town center of Souillac, in the south, will amaze you – With its raging waves and its wild beach, accessible by a staircase. Swimming is dangerous, but the scenery is pleasant and the location idea for a picnic.

Top Mauritian Dishes

The Mauritian cuisine is as mixed as its people and its culture with influences anchored in its history. Here are a few specialties you should not miss while visiting the island of Mauritius!

Rougail

The Rougail is a mix of tomato, onion and garlic which altogether forms a hot sauce in which is incorporated chicken,meat or fish. Served over rice, chapatis or faratas, the rougail is a very tasty dish that you will find easily in typical Mauritian restaurants.

The Briani

The Briani or Biryani is made of rice but maybe declined with chicken, fish, beef or vegetables all with a pinch of saffron punctuated by various spices. The best Brianis you will eat on the island are those from Plaine Verte in Port Louis.

See our recipe Briani chicken here

Magic bowl

The Magic Bowl is usually an inversed bowl of rice topped with chop-suoy. The Sino-Mauritian cuisine is very fragrant and very popular on the island. This dish is a must taste when it comes to the cuisine of Mauritius. It would be unthinkable to visit Mauritius without trying this culinary wonder. The main ingredients of this délice are: basmati rice, carrots, chicken breast, garlic cloves, corn starch, eggs, chives sprigs, oyster sauce, onions, Chinese brède, Chinese mushrooms, etc.

Dholl Puri

Dholl Puri is also one of the most representative dishes of the island of Mauritius. On every street corner you can find a dholl puree seller and do not hesitate a second to taste it. It is a kind of savory pancake topped with chutney and curry. On the island, Mauritians consume it at any time of day. It is a feast for the eyes and taste buds! Note that the Dholl Puri is always served in pairs. A good dholl puri is topped with curry, chutney and rougaille.

Fried Noodles

Fried noodles is unquestionably one of the best dishes you will find in Mauritius. You will find it on the menu card of almost all the restaurants and snack bars of the island. Fried noodles consists mainly of chicken, noodles, vegetables and shrimp.

Taro Cakes

The Taro cake is a donut made from a root-based plant that grows in Mauritius. Soft inside and crunchy on the outside, these cakes are a real delight that is usually eaten with Cotomili chutney (coriander).

Top Restaurants in Mauritius

Food has an important place in the everyday life of Mauritian. Tasting Mauritian cuisine helps you to fully enjoy the ethnic diversity of Mauritius. The hungry travelers will marvel at the quality and variety of local and gourmet cuisine proposed. We have shortlisted the best restaurants on the island for you. There you will taste exotic flavors of diverse influences that you will never forget.

The Château de Bel Ombre

Enjoy a romantic dinner while admiring the stars on the terrace of the Château de Bel Ombre. From the 1800s and located in the French garden of the area of ​​Bel Ombre, the colonial house converted into a restaurant, offers cuisine that reflects the Mauritian traditions.

Phone: +230 605 5000

La Clef des Champs

The restaurant of Jacqueline Dalais, famous Mauritian cuisine lady, remains one of the best restaurants on the island. Through its innovative and family recipes, La Clef des Champs combines the richness of Mauritian produce excellence to French gastronomy. You will love their unique creations.

Phone: +230 686 3458

Chez Tante Athalie

Situated in a garden with used cars and a colonial house, Chez Tante Athalie transports you to a picturesque atmosphere. As its name suggests, the restaurant pays homage to Madame Athaliah from the field of Mon Repos. Its simple, fresh cuisine and typical Creole will marvel you.

Phone: +230 243 9266

Chez Rosy

Typical Mauritian restaurant Chez Rosy welcomes you in a rustic setting with colorful décor. The restaurant invites you to discover the culinary tradition of Mauritius through a simple cuisine and dishes rich in colors and flavors such as lobster in parsley garlic butter or vindaye of octopus (octopus). All in a wild setting near La Roche Qui Pleure.

Phone: +230 625 4179

Happy Rajah

With its central location and its decor with Rajasthani furnishings, Happy Rajah is definitely one the best Indian restaurants on the island. With over 60 different dishes on the menu, it’s hard to choose

Phone: +230 263 2241

Mauritius: Everything you need to know

Official country Name: Mauritius

Capital: Port Louis

Area: 1865 km2

Population: 1.3 million inhabitants

Peoples and ethnic groups: Indian, Creole, French, Anglo-Saxon and Chinese.

Languages: English, French, Bhojpuri, Hindi, Tamil, Urdu, Creole

Religions: Hinduism, Catholicism, Islam and Tamil minorities.

Festivals: New Year’s Day (1 January), Chinese New Year (January-February), “Cavadee” (January-February), commemorating the abolition of slavery (1 February), “Maha Shivaratri” and “Holi” (February-March), the anniversary of Independence and the Republic (March 12), Labour Day (1 May), “Ganesh Chaturthi” (August-September), “Divali” (October-November) “Teemeedee” (December) and all religious holidays.

Time difference: + 3 hours in summer; + 4h in winter compared to France.

Weights and measures: Metric

Currency: Mauritian Rupee (Rs)

Electricity: 220 V / 50 Hz.

Telephone Code : + 230 + correspondent’s number

Flight time: Approximately 12 hours from Paris

Transport network

Getting there: Regular flights from various airlines – British Airways, Air France, Emirates, Air Asia, South African Airways, Air Seychelles, etc

Moving around:

By plane: Air Mauritius connects Mauritius to Reunion and Rodrigues daily.

By boat: the boat “Mauritius Trochetia” performs Mauritius-Reunion and Mauritius-Rodrigues bonds.

By bus: buses, often crowded (they depart once filled) enable the visit of different areas of the island … The rhythm of Mauritius is fascinating – frequent stops, sporty driving, cheap trip, and fun guaranteed!

By car: car rental is possible at the airport and at the various car rental services around the island. Driving is on the left and be sure of the authenticity of where you are renting a car and the condition of the car.

Health

The main dangers come from the sun (high protection sunscreen, headgear and sunglasses are a must). Please note also that “chikungunya” is transmitted by mosquitoes (repellent and protective clothing required in the evening). Observe the basic rules of hygiene (washing hands before eating, wash fruits and vegetables, eat well-cooked food …) … and remember to drink enough!In general, consult your doctor before starting to update your vaccines and build up a preventive kit pharmacy.

Security

Mauritius is a relatively safe destination. You should nevertheless be careful to avoid ostentatious signs of wealth and pay attention to your valuables ​​(especially on the beach). Warning: drug use (of whatever nature) is punishable by a lengthy sentence.

Climate: when to go?

Mauritius has two seasons: austral winter (May to October, when it is cooler) and the austral summer (November to April, hot temperatures), which is the most appropriate time to come enjoy the attractions of the island, particularly since it corresponds to winter in France. so pay attention to the influx of tourists during this season, especially in December and February-March: remember to make your reservations in advance.

Did you know ?

The ” dodo, bird now extinct, was from Mauritius. Several theories attempt to explain his disappearance but none have been confirmed yet!

Have wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

The Mighty Indian Ocean

reunion-island-beach

Sure, the oceanic blue waters and beautiful archipelagos on the Indian Ocean are inviting. One has rightly said: Water has curative powers. All it takes is that one long gaze upon the majestic azure sea. It has the capability to drain out all your sorrows and pain and fill you in with happiness and peace. Needless to say the islands are blessed with an extraordinary beauty, be it the unique flora and fauna, the diverse culture or the warmth of its people. No tourist can feel himself alienated from such an environment that gives a homely feeling even to the strangest.

Feel like going on a trip to one of those islands? Booking your trip can be a tough job especially when you have no inkling of the details.

To help you, we have selected a few islands with a superb climate.

Excerpts from a traveller’s diary: The enchanting weather of the Indian Ocean

mauritius travels

As a lone adventurer, I have travelled to many places and I consider myself lucky that I have been able to visit a few of the islands of the much popular Indian Ocean. The tropical islands offer a great variety of hangouts. It is well known that the islands of this particular ocean have splendid beaches. Another great characteristic of it, though not much talked about, is the climate reigning.

  • Seychelles Islands

seychelles beach

When I first visited the famous Seychellois archipelago, I fell in love with the place. It was like nothing that I had ever seen: Crystal blue sky, white golden sand, and a clear turquoise sea. What a delightful sight! Of course, I might have been very fortunate to be bestowed with the most amazing weather for me to spend a nice time on the island. I am a big sports freak and I worship water sports. Coincidentally, the period during which I went to Seychelles, annually holds several water games. This is because the months from May to September offer the perfect tides for surfing, parasailing, snorkeling, sailing, swimming, etc. Moreover, this is a relatively dry period where the temperature is moderate, never reaching the extreme peaks of heat and making it just appropriate for a summer vacation in the coolness of the sea.

A guide to helping you find the perfect place to stay while in Seychelles:
5 Best Affordable Hotels in the Seychelles

 

  • The Maldives

maldives at night

The Maldives is one of the most frequented tourist destination. Formed with a stunning beauty of corallines, beaches, nature and diversity, everyone finds himself attracted towards Maldives. Though, the climate throughout the year is warm, I learnt that even then you plan your trip well. I would recommend everyone to go during the winter monsoon season. Winter is just a word. There is nothing cold or freezing. It was all very dry and wet. I experienced a lot of rainfall, and a lot of then. This was soon replaced by a scintillating sun as though no one had ever snatched his day duty. Despite the versatile weather, I could still give away my time in the waters. As for my exploring-the-island plan, it was occasionally hindered by rain and winds but I still had a nice time. At times, the union of the fiery sun and soothing rain can actually make your day. A trip could not be a success without a few drops of rain.

  • Mauritius

La-preneuse-beach-mauritius

Located in the south-west of the Indian Ocean and surrounded by it, Mauritius is a mine of treasures: Amazing beaches, breathtaking landscape, wonders of nature, the sizzling Mauritian cuisine, or the astonishing unity of the citizens. It is difficult to find a place bequeathed with so many rare jewels. While travelling, I found out that the weather majorly influences my trip. Renting a car in Mauritius would have been a good idea but as they say, hindsight is 20/20! Desiring a summer holiday, I went to Mauritius during the hottest time of the year, December. Sure I was sweating like a pig whenever I went out in the brooding sun to visit the local markets or the other places. Yet, one day, as I went to explore the southern forests, I was welcomed by a heavy rain shower. Sure, my so-called exploration was ruined given that I was completely drenched and muddy. Even though, I could not bring myself to complain as I got to experience something rare; the fragrance of nature bathed in rain water. It was a pure bliss. Finding my way back to the starting point, I stopped near a hill. I was way above sea level.

Seychelles visit

 

The reason I stopped there was that panoramic view you could get from there. After a little while, the rain stopped. That gave me even more time to contemplate the scenery and I stood there marveling at the cosmic blend of the multicolored rainbow, the feeble sun, and the blue sea. It was just beautiful and peaceful. I learnt one thing: The weather can change at any moment. Sure, I could swim in the clear waters under the sun rays, until the next set of rain hits the sea. Despite the annoying weather changes, I could see carry on with my plans. The temperature was moderate and sometimes would escalate. Mauritius is a country with a ravishing elegance, however, I should not forget my umbrella and overcoat next time.

The island is enthralling enough that one should definitely consider it as more than just a stop over for a few days of sun. Buying some real estate in Mauritius would be a good way to start!

  • Île de la Réunion

reunion helicopter

Another great adventure in the western ocean, the Reunion Island is rather known for its active volcano, Piton de la Fournaise, and the rocky and soul-stirring roads, than for its beaches. While the tropical sun is available all year round to provide warmth, the Austral Winter is here to top it all. Though, in this season, the island is not much affected by rain, the weather is still humid and cold. At night, the mercury level can drop up to 20°C, dramatic for a tropical island.

moutains reunion

 

Yet, it complements the island. While going on a hike into the majestic mountains, fog and cold winds make the experience more exciting, though risky. This cold climate differs from winter in the States or in European countries as it doesn’t bring snow, but a very unique climatic setting for a tropical island. So it is really worth it to be part of the Reunionais Winter as I have been able to discover this particular from a different perspective…yeah- from the mountains.

Hotel Le Saint Pierre is well located to accommodate you during your adventurous exploration of the wilder side of Reunion Island.

Mauritius

Learn to appreciate the beauty of things from different point of views. Be it summer or winter or threatening temperatures, it is indeed worth taking the risk. After all, You Only Live Once!

Read Part 2 by our Traveller!

Mauritius: Let yourself be Amazed!

Mauritius

Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, is a piece of land of 1001 colors. There is the endless blue of the sky and the sea, the deep greens of lush vegetation, russet red earth, yellow, ocher and gold of Hindu temples without forgetting all the gradations that Nature has adorned flowers and birds!

I often hear that there is nothing to do in Mauritius, apart from sunbathing on the beach. But it is just the opposite, follow the guide!

The Most Beautiful Beaches of The World, But Not Limited!

So yes, of course there is the beach- Mauritius counts in its beaches, the most beautiful beaches in the world, and it is fun to be basking in the shade of a coconut tree between two “splash” in the turquoise water.

The must-visit when you are going around the island is the Pamplemousses Garden with giant water lilies pond which is breathtaking. A local guide will then take you through the aisles of the garden to discover flora with amazing proportions. The guide will also make you meet up with the tortoises, some of which have over 50 years!

You will not be able to resist visiting the tea factory at Bois Chéri. To get there, the road winds through fields of tea plants. So, before you even get to the store, you are drunk with these spring scents. After a short introductory film, a rustic tour leads you around the Tea route until you get the final product in tea bags. Then comes the free tasting. A large house built in the colonial style at the top of a hill and you will have the opportunity to taste, at will, the vanilla tea or lime, black or vintage tea in a delightful setting.

Then you can do some shopping in the store … or not!

Activities in Mauritius

Mauritius offers a multitude of activities that will make your holiday unforgettable between crystalline lagoon and lush green hills. This magical island offers an impressive range of activities and sports –  water, land or air: Shooting archery, horse racing, horse riding, climbing, canyoning, kitesurfing, parasailing, water skiing, sea kayaking, windsurfing.

One thing is that each moment spent in Mauritius will be rich in emotion and thrills are guaranteed!.

Come as you are: family holidays, solo vacation, holiday with students or senior holiday to soak up another world and another culture at your own pace, excursions are ideal to discover several facets of Mauritius Island in one trip. Book your next vacation in the sun now, away from the cold this winter. Here are the various activities you will find on the island of Mauritius!

=> 7 colors Earth Chamarel, Where you will understand how the undulations of the earth form a unique Gradient deep purple to yellow ocher. A site not to be missed!

=> National Park “Black River Gorges” and its hikes on marked trail, waterfalls and rivers.

=> The historic district of Port Louis with its narrow streets its market and museums.

=> The duty free shops where you can film pashmina, cashmere, diamonds and gold jewelry in Curepipe and Floreal.

=> Cap Malheureux viewpoints – Red Chappel- and Grand Bay – The Tourist Spot.

=> The Grand Bassin Hindu temple adorned with flamboyant colors; this place emanates an emotion that will affect believers and nonbelievers.

So as you can see, idlers, adventurers, fashionistas, … all find their happiness in Mauritius … And sports adepts too. They are spoiled for choice: hiking or horseback riding, water skiing, kayaking, parasailing, catamaran, fishing and of course the inevitable snorkeling or scuba diving for beginner or professional divers. So many thrills that will leave everlasting memories.

Getting Around On The Island?

To do all this, You will definitely need a means of transport. These too are abundant around the island. Renting a car is the ideal way to visit the island thoroughly and at your own pace. Discover Mauritius in your rented car and enjoy a wonderful stay in a villa in Mauritius.

For the brave, cycling can be an alternative whilst for the curious, the bus remains a good mode of visiting the island- yet you might feel restricted by the preset route. Others might prefer to opt for the service of a taxi. It is best to arrange to visit 2/3 places in a day, in which case, you can negotiate with a global rate.

The People – Mauritians

In Mauritius, “hospitality” “kindness” “solidarity” are not simple words, they are a lifestyle. Mauritius is among the countries where different communities live in perfect harmony. The presence of mosques, Chinese pagodas, Christian churches, Hindu temples justify this exceptional ethnic mix. Like all creole destinations, Mauritians also have their own dance, the Sega. Punctuated by a typical music of the island, natives and visitors share the same passions.

The dining area, Mauritian Specialties are generally of Indian, French and Chinese origin, whose basic ingredients include fish, rice, ginger, curry, seafood. Here, cocktails, with or without alcohol, are prepared gently and carefully so they can have a savory unusual taste.

Mauritius remains a complete destination which can satisfy everyone, be it young or old. Spending a holiday there is an opportunity no one should miss. So do not hesitate to book your ticket and reserve your hotel or villa in Mauritius. And if ever you are planning on buying a real estate in Mauritius, you won’t regret it, because living in Mauritius is a pure bliss.

Have a wonderful time in Mauritius!

Things to do in Mauritius

things to do in mauritius

For thirty years now, Mauritius has built itself a dream destination image. Ignored by all until then, this little piece of land in the south of the Indian Ocean, a former British colony, became a luxury exotic holiday destination. It is the dream destination for all retired stars, lottery players and newlyweds seeking the ideal Honeymoon destination.

Mauritius in a Nutshell

Whatever you hear about Mauritius is real. The exquisite  beaches of Mauritius keep their promises: sun, palm trees, white sand and turquoise lagoon! Yet the country has much more to offer, and the tourist who leaves the hotel for one or two organized excursions will not perceive what makes the charm of Mauritius and distinguishes it from other Indian Ocean destinations.

mauritius in a nutshell

The curious traveler will realize, in the early days, that the greatest wealth of the island lies in its people. Mauritians always smile: They are naturally serene and welcoming. Is it the ability to share and live together in spite of the extreme diversity of their origins (African, Indian, Chinese and European) which allowed them to acquire such wisdom? Wherever you are on the island and whenever you cross the gaze of a passerby, you will never read animosity or disdain on their face. It is not uncommon to be invited to a meal or a big Sunday picnic on the beach…

In Mauritius, one learns to open up to each other, but also to nature, lights, scents and sounds: unmissable scent of frangipani flowers, light rippling cane leaves in the breeze and rustling dry coconut palms. Mauritius is the ideal destination for the pleasure of the senses: The Tropical island is nor too wild nor too civilized.

Visit every corner of the Island!

The first thing to do when you are in Mauritius is find time to visit every corner of the island. Each part of the island is unique and will deliver unparalleled experience to each visitor. Here is what you should not miss when visiting:

South Coast of Mauritius
Mahébourg

This corner of the south of the island offers a breathtaking and wild beauty; the view over the ocean is incredible and the land is lapped with sugar cane fields. Authentic fishing villages follow each other. They are sparsely populated but all travel guides recommend a visit to those beautiful spots where the best villas of the island are nestled.

Souillac

Souillac is a typical village whose population consists of fishermen and cane workers. This modest fishing villages with colorful flower boxes is nestled between mountains and sea.Along the coast, you reach the cliffs of Gris-Gris, where the raging waves come crashing to jump on steep rocks. The road from Souillac to Morne Brabant winds along the coast.

Le Morne Brabant

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This imposing mass of basalt, rising to 558 m, jutting into the ocean at the extreme southwest of the island  is surrounded by several kilometers of beaches lapped by a turquoise lagoon. The seabed teeming with a rich aquatic fauna will convince those passionate of diving. Le Morne has recently been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage. After the abolition of slavery in Mauritius, on 1 February 1835 a police expedition traveled there to inform the slaves that they had been freed. However, the purpose of the expedition was misunderstood and the slaves leapt to their deaths from the rock. Since then the date is celebrated by Mauritian creoles as the Annual Commemoration of the Abolition of Slavery.

West Coast of Mauritius

The west of Mauritius is wild and beautiful since this area has not been overly developped. Beautiful white sand beach bordering a shallow calm and protected lagoon await you there. You can also find many hotels and villas in this corner or the island at very good prices.

Tamarin

This small preserved village of Tamarin becomes the surfing capital in July and August with its world famous waves. If you are passionate of surfing, this is the place to be.

Flic en Flac

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Flic en Flac is bordered by a beautiful golden sandy beach that stretches to infinity. Planted casuarina trees provide shade for picnickers. The village itself still has an authentic atmosphere. The coastal plain that dates back from the shore to the central plateau is an agricultural land. Large tracts of canes are lined with small roads with blazing bloom from November to January.

North Coast of Mauritius

Enjoying a particularly mild climate and a calm, warm and welcoming sea, this coastal area has become over the years the tourist mecca of the island. Beautiful beaches dotted with black rocks follow one another to offer all the pleasures and joys of beach holidays.

Trou-aux-Biches

Once a small fishing village with colorful boats, Trou-aux-Biches now extends over several kilometers between lagoon and casuarinas. Along the long beach of coral sand, you will contemplate beautiful villas and big hotels. It is now one of the main coastal village of the island.

Mont- Choisy

When you go further north of Trou-aux-Biches you will come across Mont- Choisy, one of the most beautiful beaches of the island. The beach here opens like an arc and offers nearly 3 km of white sand to enjoy sunbathing and swimming.

Grand Bay

This once small quiet town has now become the tourist mecca. Many shops and trendy restaurants now occupy almost the entire city center. The quiet and bright waters of the bay are home to a marina of popular browsers. At night, Grand Bay never sleeps, it is also the mecca for those party lovers- nightclubs and bars are the only thing you come across all along the main road.

Peyrebere

The village of Pereybere has preserved a bit of authenticity, although it is currently under development. The public beach is a popular and lively place where you can enjoy the atmosphere of good-weekends barbecues.

Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux is recognizable by its red roof church bay front. A real postcard landscape! It enjoys stunning views of the Coin de Mire, an island a few kilometers north of the main island. The view over the lagoon is incredible: a small sandy beach with fishermen docking their boats.

East Coast of Mauritius

Huge bougainvillea with multiple shades of pink, yellow and orange punctuate this coastal area stretching from Poste de Flacq to Trou d’Eau Douce. Quieter than the villages of the north, the coast is a tourist center of the highest order. Sumptuous luxury hotels line the beaches shaded with casuarina trees and lapped by crystal clear lagoon waters. The Village of Trou d’Eau Douce is also the meetup point for a visit of the famous Ile Aux Cerfs.

Domaine du Chasseur

This private estate is home to one of the last primary forests of the island. Out of nearly 1,000 hectares, you can stroll amid ebony, eucalyptus, cinnamon, or trees of the traveler. This lush forest is inhabited by an important fauna: deer, wild boar, monkeys and especially some rare endemic birds like the kestrel.

Must visit places

When you are spending holidays in Mauritius, renting a car can prove very useful. This will allow you to visit those must visit sites anytime you want at your own pace. Here is a list of must-visits you should do while visiting the island of Mauritius.

Pamplemousses Garden

The Pamplemousses garden is famous around the world for the large collection of indigenous and exotic plants that grow there, including giant water lilies, Victoria Amazonica and many species of palmiers. Letalipot or coryphe umbrella is of particular interest : legend has it flourish once every sixty years before dying.

Chamarel- The land of seven colors

A winding road brings you to the land of the seven colors of Chamarel. This volcanic curiosity that bequeathed a hill in color contrast of blue, green, red and yellow will surely amaze both the young and the old. The neighboring waterfall of Chamarel emerging from the moor and natural vegetation is surprisingly beautiful. Also do not miss a visit of the village of Chamarel to discover the products of artisans and local restaurants.

Chinatown

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Chinatown in Port Louis, is quaint, folkloric and surprising. It surprises with its teeming neighborhood merchants of “boiled noodles” and “fish balls”and its shops selling everything you can buy. Strolling in this neighborhood is a pleasure because the surprise is on every street corner. Do not miss the printer who always made his newspaper using the ancient method. Do visit the various Chinese pharmacies that heal … everything!

Grand Bassin

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Grand Bassin, also called Ganga Talao, is a lake nestled in an old volcanic crater. It is in the heart of Mauritius, in the district of Savanne. It represents the most sacred Hindu place and best known in the country. There you will find a temple dedicated to Shiva and other gods like Hanuman and Lakshmi. During Maha Shivaratri (the big night dedicated to Lord Shiva), many Mauritian pilgrims walk barefoot from their home to the lake. This procession is truly impressive.

The place is beautiful with its lush greenery and small monkeys swinging from tree to tree. On site, one can feel a certain spiritual energy that emanates from this place of worship. You will also have the chance to contemplate one of the tallest statue in the world there- this will surely impress you!

The journey that leads to Grand Bassin is remarkable: it allows to travel the heart of Mauritius, beyond the beautiful beaches and resorts.

Naval Museum of Mahebourg

A must to discover! Visiting the naval museum will allow you to discover the rich naval history of the island of Mauritius. Relics of the largest naval battle won by the French against the English and the Saint Geran, made famous by the novel by Bernardin de St Pierre.

Visit the Neighbouring islands and Swim with the Dolphins.

Ile Aux Benitiers

What slender as flat Morne facing it, the island Benitiers is one of the best-kept secrets of the south coast. With the pace characteristic of a font, elongated shell, this small piece of land is hemmed by splendid beaches that sink in translucent waters. Largely preserved, the island does not allow water sports, but it offers however idyllic conditions to relax in Robinson. On the Mauritian coast, from the village of Tamarin, fishermen will be happy to make sure the crossing to the island. There you will also have the opportunity to swim with the dolphins and at times you can even spot whales during the trip!

Ile Aux Cerfs

Located inside the lagoon of Trou d’Eau Douce, Ile-aux-Cerfs is a beautiful island where Mauritians flock in large numbers every weekend. The island has an extraordinary panorama with its large palm trees and clear waters. There’s really no reason to leave this little paradise because you can find everything there, from restaurants to water sports.

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In order to reach the island and enjoy its paradisiacal setting in peace, just get there early in the morning and walk a little, because the further away from the pier, the more chance there is to find deserted beaches. Boarding is at Pointe Maurice, in a small boat. The island is covered with dense vegetation that gives it an air of Eden. No development of tourism infrastructure here, apart from Touessrok, one of the most famous five star hotels on the island.

There you will have the opportunity to taste fresh fish there, exciting and delicious lobsters that contribute to wonderful experience you spend on the legendary Ile-aux-Cerfs. This is the ideal place to enjoy the holidays.

Ile aux Aigrettes

Ile aux Aigrettes is a small coral island (25 hectares) located offshore from the town of Mahebourg. The island was declared a natural site and is preserved today by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. The tour of Ile aux Aigrettes takes about 15 minutes. As part of this tour you will discover the island and enjoy an original nature with an experienced guide at your side.

Discover endemic plants and animals- some of which are close to extinction such as the Pink Pigeon, a bird that was in danger of extinction for many years. Visit also the native plant nursery. Then, go in search of rare pigeon, the kestrel, the endangered skinks and of course giant turtles.

Amber Island

The island is a small jewel of biodiversity and history, placed a stone’s throw from the northeast shore of Mauritius. This is one of the last wild lands of the country with its dense mangrove belt. Sea kayaking is the perfect way to enter and understand the role of mangroves in a fragile marine ecosystem it takes more than ever to protect.

Flat Island

Flat island is located near the ilot Gabriel, separated by a lagoon of approximately 200m. Most catamaran trips head to the islands surrounding but the island is also a nice site. It is quieter since it is less visited. Laze, picnic lunch or barbecue, dive and snorkel- enjoy the island! Also enjoy the new restaurant “The Governor’s House” installed on Flat Island, for a gourmet meal!

Ilot Gabriel

Ilot Gabriel is located near Round Island and Flat Island, at the extreme north of Mauritius, about 10 kilometers north of Cap Malheureux. The distance between Gabriel Island and Flat Island is just 750 meters. The Gabriel Island is a protected nature reserve. The island is famous for its beautiful beaches and crystal clear water that surrounds it.

Round Island

It is an uninhabited islet, 22.5 km north of Mauritius. It has an area of 1.69 square kilometers and a maximum altitude of 280 meters. The island is a nature reserve under the jurisdiction of the Mauritian Ministry of Agriculture and Natural Resources. The rare reptiles, endemic to the Island include the gecko and Round Island boa.

Visit The Local Markets

Colourful and convivial, the markets are to be visited in the morning, when the animation is in full swing. There you will come across Mauritians who come to do their daily vegetable shopping. The market of Port-Louis is close to the seafront of Caudan.  The market is divided in various parts, it includes a section devoted to food, another to clothing and a third to souvenirs. If you have a sensitive stomachs avoid visiting the opposing market where meat and fish is sold: the smell is a bit strong. However, displays of fruits and vegetables are a treat for the eyes. There is even a market for traditional herbal corner which offers all kinds of teas to cure various ailments.

Taste the Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian Cuisine

Mauritian cuisine has undergone the influences of all the populations that make up the island. Nevertheless, it is essentially based on curry that comes with most meat dishes, fish and even vegetables. The rougaille can also serve as accompaniment for all dishes. This is a sauce prepared from tomatoes- Love tomatoes (variety of local tomato), onions, garlic and other condiments. The specialties also come from other horizons such as the Indo-Muslim kitchen with briyani (prepared with rice) and Chinese cuisine with fried noodle. As side dessert, you must taste the Napolitaine, with two jam filled biscuits. The whole is topped with a pink icing! Last but not least do not miss the famous dholl puri- it a must taste on the island!

Try the Various beverages of the Island!

Mauritius has long been known for its sugar cane industry and when there is sugar cane there is Rhum. Do not miss the opportunity to taste the local rhum while visiting Rhumerie de chamarel or Rhumerie de St Aubin or the Rhumerie at Chateau Labourdonnais. You will find rhums with various flavours- Vanilla, melon, coconut… You should also taste the local beer which have been winning various prizes since its existence on the island.

Try Fishing – Big Games Fishing

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Fishing is an art practiced mostly by the people of Mauritius. The activity is not well developed in tourism. One can observe fishermen boats on all coasts of the island. This resource allows the tourists to enjoy delicious fish like Marlin, Dorado or the Emperor. However, big game fishing is much more prevalent in the tourism sector. Many companies and hotels offer this sport activities around the island.

Does trekking tempt you?

The mountains on the island of Mauritius cannot compete with those of Reunion island. Yet, they nevertheless allow beautiful walks accessible to all. Near Port Louis, Peter-Both, Le Pouce and the Signal Mountain form a protective circus around the capital. Lost among the hill you will come across many waterfalls where it is safe to swim. Rochester falls, near Souillac, will marvel you with its rocks carved by water stairs. In the south, the road of Black River Gorges offers unique views of the south of the island. If you love nature then you’ll love walking through Mauritius to discover its mountain scenery of the center, its exotic vegetation and rich fauna.

Practice Water sports in Mauritius

As for sports, Mauritius obviously attracts water sports lovers: diving, windsurfing, kite surfing … gliding enthusiasts are found on this island in the Indian Ocean to enjoy the trade winds blowing all throughout the year and particularly favorable in winter.

Diving in Mauritius

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The passionate of diving can discover the underwater spots of Mauritius of exceptional beauty. Whether you are a beginner or already have your PADI level, you can make diving trips on the various sites of the island. For the more cautious, you would not be able resist to snorkel the Mauritian lagoon … Equipped with fins, masks, snorkels … One spot you should not miss if you love snorkeling is the Blue Bay Marine Park! You will be subjugated by the breathtaking scene that will extend in front of your eyes under water.

Winter sports in Mauritius

If you prefer skiing, the island is full of kite surfing spots known worldwide … among others the famous waves of One Eye spot …

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With its protected lagoons, the trade wind regime provide a steady wind almost all year and its waves generated by the island’s Barrier Reef is now a sports stage appreciated for windsurfing, accessible even to beginners.

Water skiing is also a very popular activity in Mauritius and offered in all hotels and on all the beaches. Besides skiing, the range of activities proposed in Mauritius extends to sports such as windsurfing, sailing (hobby cat, lazer, dinghy, catamaran) but also canoeing, kayaking, pedal boating, glass bottom boat … activities to discover during your stay in Mauritius.

Cruising around Mauritius

To complete your holidays on this paradisiacal island, a catamaran cruise along the coast of Mauritius is a must. There is nothing better to discover this island in a completely different light and visit the various islets surrounding this floating gem of the Indian Ocean.

Swim with the Dolphins!

Explore the spectacular lives of these magnificent marine mammals in their natural aquatic habitat. Immerse yourself in the adventure of a lifetime and swim with dolphins in crystal clear waters. Swimming with dolphins is an incredibly moving experience which will bring you into contact with strikingly beautiful scenery, unspoiled landscapes and wonderful animals

You’ll plunge into the remarkable world of these powerful marine mammals and come face to face with the dolphins. Unlike many other dolphin facilities that limit a swim with dolphins program to pools or shallow water encounters, we provide the unique opportunity to enter the dolphins’ natural environment and enjoy an encounter with the dolphins in open sea.

Once you get on board the speed boat, the skipper will brief you on the experience you are about to have.

Reserve your Dolphin Trip here: http://nager-dauphins-maurice.indian-ocean.com/

Golf in Mauritius

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An activity holding the upper hand in Mauritius remains golf. Enthusiasts from around the world compete on the greens mowed between mountains and sea, in paradisiacal sites near the lagoon or the famous Ile aux Cerfs. No less than eight 18-hole courses (the ninth is underway) and four 9-holes can be found on the island. Something for all golfers, who canpleasantly occupy their stay in Mauritius!

Discover the Flora and Fauna of Mauritius

Many “adventure” Parks settled on the most beautiful endemic ecosystems of Mauritius. Activities proposed in the various parks are very well secured and supervised by competent and attentive staff. They welcome young and old, athletic or not.

For lovers of nature and its wildlife, it is possible to visit beautiful wildlife parks in Mauritius such as Casela Adventure Park or Vanilla Crocodile park. Besides the spectacle of thousands of birds, you can approach crocodiles, monkeys and giant tortoises. Go as a family to feed Bengal tigers and walk with lions during your stay in Mauritius.

Without getting wet, you can admire many species of fish in a submarine at Pointe aux Biches. Always dry, you will walk on the seabed aboard a small submarine comfortably in a transparent cabin, heated and at atmospheric pressure. You will enjoy ideal conditions to discover and admire the extraordinary underwater landscapes of Mauritius outside the lagoon.

In calm and shallow water, a unique and exciting experience is offered to all: walking underwater. Ideal for children and those who cannot swim to observe aquatic life.

Enjoy Wellness in one of the Mauritian Spa

Whether you opt for Givenchy spa or the Six Senses Spa, Mauritian hotels abound of wellness center. All as beautiful as the other. Mostly using Clarins products, those temples of wellness offer a range of impressive care and ayurvedic reflexology. Well-being is no longer restricted to five-star hotels. Even the lower categories hotels have such infrastructure today. However, the often so called “spa” is often only a massage room – beware!

Enjoy your holidays to the max!

We hope you loved our ideas for excursions, sports and walks around Mauritius. There’s something for everyone. Do not miss our article giving you tips about how to spend perfect holidays in Mauritius.

Enjoy wonderful holidays in Mauritius!

Staying in Mauritius: Best tips for a sunny holiday!

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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!

Holidays: Mauritius VS Reunion Island?

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Mauritius and Reunion island, also known as Sister Island, makes up the Mascarene island. Choosing between Reunion Island and Mauritius may seem like a hard job, but if you start considering what you like, need and what your priorities are, you will come up with the best choice for your vacation.

Here is an easy guideline that points out some basic information about these two amazing tropical islands. Reunion Island vs Mauritius. Which one will you pick?

Reunion Island: Intense Island

What is most surprising is when the aircraft lands! Taking the 30 degrees and humid air in your face, makes you realize that you are on a tropical island. If you are from France or a French speaking country there is no drastic change, the official language is French, they use the same currency and they drive the same way.

The first things to do in Reunion Island, just to identify well the locations, the helicopter ride. It remains an unparalleled experience. The Reunion Island is a volcanic island and is very mountainous in the center and a helicopter ride is the best way to visit the interior of the island. There are three circuses each having their peculiarities.

It’s many circuses and mountains are its greatest features and allows one to enjoy intense sports such as: paragliding, mountain walk, hiking, zip lines, the list goes on …

One of the most Active Volcanoes…

The volcano is one ‘must see’ in Reunion Island. It is actually one of the most still active volcanoes in the world. Fortunately it is not dangerous and during an eruption only a few slow spits of lava flows. It is a lunar desert landscape that awaits you at Piton de la fournaise. Walking on the solidified lava flow is impressive.

Reunion is a beautiful island that combines fun, volcanic mountains and green tourism. The island enjoys a warm and sunny climate all year round. Moreover, the culture of the region is different from what you find band the experience is definitely worth it.

To visit in Reunion

- Circuses (Mafate, Salazie, Cilaos), Piton des Neiges, Piton de la Fournaise

- Hiking Trails

- Horse, bike, 4 x 4, golf

- Saint-Leu (diving), Saint-Gilles, Boucan-Canot

- Deep sea fishing, surfing

Agenda of the festivities

- The procession of Cavadee called Thaipoosam Cavade late January-early February: festival celebrated by the Tamil community on the island, dedicated to a deity Mourouga

- Leu Tempo Festival in Saint-Leu, early May: concerts, jugglers shows, carnival parades, shows all over town

- Festival of guava and milk products, Plaine des Palmistes, two days in late June: event around the guava, tastings of local products, culinary competitions, exhibitions and free concerts

- The Deepavali early November: Festival of Lights

- The Pandiale, from December to January, in St. Paul- walking on hot coals.

Pros:

- An “active” tourism (hiking, sports) and a “passive” tourism (lazy) that combine very well

- A favorable climate all the time.

Cons:

- The scarcity of architectural remains and the relative weakness of the “beautiful beach” argument

- The sharp rise in air fares in peak season

- Insecurity in aquatic environments due to the many shark attacks.

Mauritius: It’s a Pleasure

The little gem of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has an ideal climate offering breathtaking landscapes. Mauritius has beautiful white sand beaches that surround the coastline of 320 km. Discover the azure lagoon and its coral reef at your own pace during diving sessions or meet with the dolphins while cruising around the island. When you get inland, you will discover the second facet of the island: its pronounced relief where one can discover many mountains, fresh water waterfalls, and ancient dormant volcanoes. The interior invites you to discover new colors and intoxicating scents. The mixed population, an amalgam of Europe, Africa and Asia, will surprise you with its warmth and hospitality.

Best beaches in the World!

Mauritius won the title of best beaches in the world three times. Difficult to do better? In addition, Mauritius has won several other titles in the Indian Ocean, such as best wedding destination, and best port. It has been nominated in various categories such as best global honeymoon destination.

 

 

Festival Calendar in Mauritius

- January or February: Thaipoosam Cavadee (Tamil festival: pilgrims wear the cavadee a wooden arch covered with flowers and offerings to elevate their souls );

- February: Eid al-Adha (Muslim holiday to commemorate the sacrifice of Prophet Abraham); Chinese new year

- December to February: Teemeedee or “fire walking” (Tamil festival of purification);

- February-March: Maha Shivaratree, pilgrimage to the sacred lake of Grand Bassin (Hindu festival that lasts four days);

- February or March: Holi, or “festival of colors” (Hindu festival of the vernal equinox, glorifying fertility and love);

- August or September: Ganesh Chaturthi (Hindu festival for the anniversary of the birth of the god Ganesh);

- Night of 8 to 9 September: Festival of Blessed Father Laval, which mobilizes Mauritians of all faiths;

- October or November: Divali (Hindu festival to celebrate the victory of light over darkness spiritual);

- November 15: Eid al-Fitr (Muslim festival for the end of Ramadan).

Must See in Mauritius

- Black River Gorges- Largest nature reserve of the island

- Trou Cerfs- Dormant volcano in the centre of the Island

- Grand Bassin- Sacred lake where you can admire one of the tallest statue of the Indian Ocean

- Casela Adventure Park

- Ile Aux Cerfs

- Port Louis Market

- Pamplemousses Botanical Garden

- Chateau Labourdonnais

Pros :

- An active tourism policy, which guarantees more facilities in a strict respect of the environment;

- The benefits of a duty free zone for purchases such as jewelry, textiles, electronic equipment;

- The recent diversification of air transport to temper prices in this area.

- The amazing sand beaches and turquoise water lagoons

- The coral reef going around the whole island.

- Cultural diversity

Cons:

- Mauritius has a more expensive accommodation than its neighbors

Verdict!

The two sister islands each have their charm and personality. No island is more beautiful than the other! It all depends on your desires. Some prefer green tourism and other white sandy beaches. For my part I remain faithful to my Mauritius although I envy the mountains and circuses of Reunion Island.

Well, whichever the island you choose enjoy your holidays and don’t forget that you can combine a visit of both islands for your next holidays!

Cheap Hotels and Villas in Mauritius

Sunset-Holiday-MauritiusTravelers from all around the planet fly to Mauritius to enjoy its tourist attractions and its inspiring colors and culture. The island of Mauritius is located on the coast of African continent and is about 900 km east of Madagascar, floating in the Indian Ocean. Stepping on the picturesque island promises to be a thrilling discovery. A myriad of tourist attractions awaits you in Mauritius – Grand Bay, the Casela Bird and Adventure Park, Martello Towers, Dolphins, Péreybère and wonderful beaches.

When it comes to  Mauritius accomodations, villas and hotels win hands down. There is an array of hotels in Mauritius to suit the affordability of the luxury lovers and the super rich; to the backpackers and the economy travelers.

Luxury and five-star rated Mauritius hotels, are some of the best in the hospitability industry. Serving the delicious gastronomical delights from the international cuisines and lip-smacking cocktails and mocktails; guests can expect the treat for their taste buds. St-Regis, Four Seasons, Royal Palm and Heritage and Spa Resort are the finest Mauritius Hotels. Mauritius luxury hotels offer recreational facilities; invigorating services like spas, swimming pools, Jacuzzi and conference and banquet facilities for its guests.

Not overlooking the needs of the economy travelers, one can find a number of inexpensive hotels in Mauritius. Discount and bed and breakfast hotels in Mauritius, provide necessary facilities and services which are indispensable, that too, at meager rates.

In a nutshell, all you can expect from your Mauritius holidays, are the best times ahead.

Villa Caroline Hotel – Mauritius

Villas Caroline beach hotel is intended for those who want to unwind on their island holiday at a reasonable price. Each day, the only decisions you will have to make are whether to try your hand at kayaking in the crystalline waters, enjoy a hot stone massage in the spa pavilion or simply relax in the sun loungers on the softest sands on the island.

The hotel offers a variety of accommodation for every taste and budget. Choose from the 5 secluded villas all featuring an uninterrupted sea-view of the Indian Ocean. With an outdoor pool, fun club, steam and sauna room, self-catering units (including kitchenette, fridge, kettle & gas hob) and bar, they are the perfect venue for a budget relaxing break.

Lakaz Chamarel Hotel – Mauritius

Lakaz Chamarel is an exclusive hideaway with 5 sea-view cabins, amazing French-Mauritian restaurant and exceptional service at an awesome price. It is a place where you can simply close your eyes and let the worries of life fall away.

Just imagine a magic place in the midst of nature… Discover the charming valley of Chamarel… Have your mind tuned to the rhythm of nature delivering peace and tranquillity….. Feel the smooth rhythm of Mauritian life in this haven of peace… Taste the savour of a superb and fine Mauritian cuisine… Relax at the swimming-pool or during one of our essential-oil massage … Explore the surroundings or go out cycling, as your mood dictates… In all simplicity and with refinement.

Lakaz Chamarel is definitely one of the top budget hotels.

Veranda Grand Baie

Built in a Creole style, the Veranda Grand Baie is located in the north of Mauritius and is another budget hotel surrounded by flourishing plants, exotic flowers and giant palms. Thanks to the various sports and leisure facilities, the hotel is perfect for adventurous guests. Additionally, the centre of Grand Baie with many shops and restaurants is only a few minutes away.

Take a relaxing walk through the lush gardens of the hotel and discover tropical plants, the two elegant pools and the Creole restaurant with its romantic terrace. The rooms of the resort are all furnished elegantly, with lovely details. In the special spa-area of the hotel Veranda Grand Baie you can relax and restore. In different treatments rooms you get pampered with different massages.

Beachcomber Hotels – Le Mauricia

Le Mauricia is a comfortable hotel located in the heart of Grand Baie, on the northern coast of the island of Mauritius. From this point you have a wonderful view over the lagoon. Modern rooms, a good price-performance ratio, as well as a wide array of leisure facilities are awaiting you.

The restaurants and bars serve a broad range of international meals and found near the two big swimming pools. From here, you have a great view over the Beach and the Indian Ocean.

The rooms are divided into six categories and perfectly suited for the individual’s budget, needs and wants. For families the villas and apartments are just perfect. Various sports activities on water and on land are awaiting you. Go diving or snorkelling and discover the fantastic underwater world. Go surfing or sailing and enjoy the breathtaking waves of the Indian Ocean or play a round of tennis and volleyball on land. The friendly personnel of the Le Mauricia will organise everything for you whenever you like.

Villa Belle Riviere Mauritius

Featuring independent villas and a private pool, Domaine de Belle Riviere has a landscaped garden, a sun terrace, a restaurant and a barbecue. Leisure facilities include a spa and wellness center, a fitness center and a tennis courts. It remains one of the most affordable Private Luxurious Villas you can find on the island.

The villas are spacious and elegant and possess a private pool and a furnished patio with a barbecue. They feature a seating area with sofas, an LCD TV and a Blu-ray player. The dining area includes a fully equipped kitchen. Each villa has a dishwasher, washing machine and dryer.

The restaurant serves both traditional Mauritian specialties and international cuisine dishes. You can enjoy sunbathing by the pool or enjoy a drink on the sun terrace overlooking the surrounding tropical environment.

Le Domaine Belle Riviere is located less than 20 minutes’ drive from the Black River Gorges National Park. Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport is 40 km away from the villa. You can practice various activities while sojourning in the villa- windsurfing, snorkelling, fishing and scuba diving.

Have a nice stay on the island of Mauritius!