Mauritius is best known for its beautiful luxury hotels, with their private beach and high quality spas, making the island the perfect place to get away from it all and let yourself be pampered with care and relaxation.
For the more curious and nature lovers, the island also offers various landscapes that are worth a visit. The southwestern region is home to the Tamarin Falls, Chamarel and its land of 7 colors, the island of Benitiers, the seaside village of Flic en Flac and the Black River Gorges National Park. Organize a hike to the summit of Le Morne Brabant at over 550 m altitude, take a boat to Île aux Cerfs known for its water sports and golf course and spend a day in the small village fishermen of Grand Bay with its restaurants and bars.
For your heavenly trip to Mauritius, you can choose from the best hotels with the luxury Spa in different corners of the island:
Shanti Maurice – South Coast – Saint Félix
“Shanti” means peace in Sanskrit. At this luxury hotel, you’ll find your inner balance with luxurious wellness treatments and Ayurvedic treatments in an idyllic setting on the edge of the Indian Ocean. Listen to the sound of the wind in the palm leaves from your deck chair at the edge of your private pool.
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa – West Coast – Flic en Flac
At this magnificent hotel with Asian architecture on the bay of Tamarin, you will feel completely out of place. Whether you want to relax in the heart of a tropical garden, recharge your batteries or detox in a luxurious setting, the Ayurvedic cures of this hotel will make your wishes for well-being a reality.
LUX * Grand Daube – North Coast – Grand Daube Bay
This hotel will transport you to another world. With a spa offering various treatments and massages and a beauty salon, you will feel pampered from head to toe. Lie down on its private sandy beach or go to discover its turquoise lagoon with the diving school located in the hotel. Lovers of sensation will also be seduced by the many water activities available on site.
Outrigger Mauritius – South West Coast – Bel Ombre
Whether you are alone, in love or with your family, the Outrigger will give your stay a true taste of paradise. In the heart of a huge tropical garden and by its private beach, you can relax by the ocean, walk in the middle of nature, entertain the children with the various activities on offer, enjoy traditional Mauritian dishes and even take cooking classes given by the chef to test new recipes at home.
The Mariannes Wellness Sanctuary – North of the Island – Congomah D’Epinay
The secret to get rid of the stress of everyday life and to find a light and positive spirit is revealed in this hotel of well-being and health. Specialized in bioenergy and neurotherapy, the care is practiced by qualified personnel in the middle of a panorama of green nature. Finish your well-being day by watching the sun set behind the mountains by the pool.
Mauritius lies in the Indian Ocean and forms part of the three islands of the Mascarene. In 1513, the Portuguese navigator Pedro Mascarenhas was passing by the islands of Reunion, Mauritius and Rodrigues and gave them the name Mascarenhas. Today they are called: The Mascarene Island.
Mauritius is a common destination choice for the foreigners wanting a holiday trip abroad. In the year 2014, 1,038,968 individuals travelled to Mauritius whilst in 2015, 1,151,723 tourists were welcomed on the island. The number of tourist coming to Mauritius is always on the rise.
Choose your accommodation
The number of hotels is increasing in the country. You can find a lot of nice hotels without going out of your budget. On the other hand, you can try the big luxurious villas that Mauritius has to offer. We have made a list you might want to check out if you are planning a trip to Mauritius. Among the best accommodation you can find in Mauritius, suited for low and high budgets respectively:
Villa Caroline– This 3-star hotel flic en flac will provide you with comfort and tranquillity. It is located next to a beach in the town of Flic en Flac in Mauritius. It has 20 standard rooms and 48 superior rooms all coming with a balcony at your disposal. The hotel owns its private restaurant & bar and Diving centre. The hotel’s tariff is very competitive and gives value for money.
On the other hand, one may find the hotel too impersonal or may want a big luxurious house for him and his family alone. Well of course you ought to have a big budget at your disposal for these. Then, we propose you to check out these luxurious villas.
Exclusive Mauritius Villas– offers a variety of villas ile Maurice coming with 3 bedrooms, 4 bedrooms, 5 bedrooms and above. Get a taste of what luxury can offer you with Exclusive Mauritius Villas.
Villa Mauritius– Looking for villas in Mauritius? Villa Mauritius lies in Bel Ombre in the southern region of Mauritius. It offers villas which has access to a nice beach and a private 200 metres square lagoon.
Modes of Transports
By Public Transport-Bus
Travelling in Mauritius is easy as it is a small island of only 2040 kilometre squares. If you have a low budget, you might want to take the bus. There are bus stops nearly everywhere in the island. Stopping at one, you will then have to walk a little to arrive at the destination you want.
On the other hand, you may find a lot of cars with a yellow roof lights searching for clients in the island. You can call a taxi to bring you right in front of the destination you desire. However, you should find a taxi first and it may be a little costly. In some places, there is no taxi coverage.
Rent a car and/or a driver
It is a good decision to rent a car for your days here. It might be a little more expensive than the common public transport, but at least you will not have to waste time and get upset waiting for a bus. Moreover public transport does not work at night! It is better that you have your car ready at your service whenever you want and you go where ever you desire to. You may rent a car in Mauritius with Avis Mauritius. The latter also propose you a personal qualified driver with the car for a little extra fee.
Plan your schedule
Before coming to the island, you should be looking at the Mauritius activities you will be trying during your holidays in Mauritius. If you come unprepared, you might not enjoy your stay in the island even though it in an amazing place to be. You should also check out the Mauritius points of interest so you do not waste time trying to figure out where to go first and things like that. Check out our list of the top things to do in Mauritius:
Visit the Capital of Mauritius-Port-Louis
Visit the economic centre point of the island. Filled with tall buildings, restaurants and shop, an entire day and night will not be enough to fully grasp all that the city can offer. The city of Port-Louis counted a population of 140,430 persons within the 46.7 kilometre square capital. Mauritius being a multi racial country means diversified cultural food. Try the Tamil’s roti from the street vendors or the Chinese’s mine bouille which you can find at a restaurant in a corner of the street in Port-Louis. Savour some Mauritian snack .You can have of taste of the Muslim’s briani and experience the amazing look of how our people from all race mixed together like we are one nation.
Tandem Skydiving in Mauritius
Among the most exciting and thrilling activities, it is not one meant for everybody. What will you experience? You will be dropped from a plane at more than 3km of altitude. This will last for about a minute.
However before the excursion, you will get about 25 minutes of training on the ground with a minimum of instructions as a student skydiver.
Next, the plane will give the individuals a complete 360º view of Mauritius around the coast. Watch the magnificent island from the eyes of a bird. It is indeed a dream come true!
Finally the moment has come for the main activity to take place. Connected to a qualified and experience skydiver, contemplate the exquisite view that will follow. The gorgeous view of Mauritius from above will make the next one minute worthwhile. Live it up! Sense your blood rushing in your veins while the momentum of your falls make strong wind splash on the entirety of your body.
In all, the excursion is expected to last an hour or so.
Insider Tips: Have a bar of chocolate or something sweet to maintain your blood sugar level at an adequate level.
Slide through the forest and admire the beauty of the nature that offers Mauritius. The zip lines includes a cable tied at two ends horizontally while being a bit inclined so that the user can slide though easily, propelled by gravity.
The 4D cinema is available in Mauritius at Casela Nature Park. Shows and movies last for about 30-45 minutes. It is a small animated film that makes the viewer feels submerged in the video. Sense the dizziness of the falling actor or recognize the splash of the rain in the video on your face. Feel the fur of rats passing through your legs. In the end, cinemas have never been so full of thrills and excitements. Indeed, technology has progressed so far!
Spoilers: Wear your glasses and prepared yourself! You are going to be rocked in your seats, and a little wet when the movie is over.
Located at the heart of the Indian ocean, Mauritius stands out as a dream destination. Between hiking in dense forests, luxurious hotels, world class diving sites and an interesting cultural mix, Mauritius fascinates more than one. Nature lovers will enjoy the beaches and explorers will prefer the tropical and natural sceneries. Discover together one of the most beautiful countries in the world, minus the flight time.
Located at the height of the Tropic of Capricorn, the island is part of the Mascarenes archipelago like Réunion and Rodrigues Island. The 200 kilometres of coastline of Mauritius are almost entirely made up of coral reefs. As you can imagine, it is ideal for the diving and snorkeling underwater, but that’s not all. All aquatic activities can be practised here. Surfing at Tamarin and Le Morne, while kite surfing is better enjoyed in the South and the East. You can also swim with dolphins and watch whales off the coast of Tamarin.
Mauritius has some of the most stunning beaches in the world. Famous for its turquoise waters and floury white sand, beaches like Flic en Flac and Grand Bay make the island a paradise for sunbathing. However if you are looking for more than just a simple sunbath, you will be surprised of how much the island has to offer.
Holder of many Big Game Fishing records , Mauritius is a paradise for fishing. Across the island, operators offer Big Game FIshing trips. This activity is very much appreciated by tourists. For the time of one day, encounter the biggest sea predators ,like the Blue Marlin and the Espadon.
The inner part of the island is composed of lush forestation and several mountain ranges. Black River national park is an an ideal place to discover the biodiversity of the island. The park offers several kilometres of trails to discover a tropical flora and fauna in an adventurous mood. In this natural and unspoilt environment, you will come across the most beautiful waterfalls of the island, more than 300 species of plants as well as endemic birds.
Lying next to the national park, the small village of Chamarel is one of the main attractions of the island. The village is home to a rare natural phenomenon, the Seven Coloured Earth of Chamarel. This unique place offers an incredible view of seven color shades of earth in a limited space and the longest waterfall of the island.
Port Louis the capital, is the place where you will find the most beautiful mixture of the Mauritian culture. At every street corner, the city is colored by several religious monuments, Hindu temples, mosques, Chinese pagodas and Catholic churches. Even if the city has somewhat modernised in recent years, it has managed to preserve its charm with its colonial houses and monuments.
Fort Adelaide, also known as the Citadel, is one of the oldest buildings in Port Louis. The Citadel is located on a hill and offers an excellent panoramic view of the city of Port Louis. The closest is the Hippodrome du Champ de Mars, created more than two centuries ago. It is the oldest racecourse of the southern hemisphere.
The main attraction of Port Louis is its market (said: Bazaar in Mauritian creole). Located in the heart of the city, the central market never lacks animation, regardless of the day. Traders will expose all types of fruits, vegetables and exotic spices. But it is the Mauritian street foods that will charm you at Port Louis market.
It is the best place to taste the famous Dholl Puri and gato-piments. In case of thirst, get yourself a glass of Alouda, a drink made from milk and highly appreciated by the Mauritians. Port Louis market is a place not to be missed during a holiday in Mauritius. Although it is crowded and noisy, a visit is really worth the extra decibels.
Located only a few kilometres from the capital, the Botanical Garden of Pamplemousses (SSR Botanical Garden) will delight quite a lot of visitors, especially nature and plants lovers. The garden exist since 1770 and was constructed by Pierre Poivre (former French Governor). SSR Botanical garden covers an area of more than 37 hectares and is home to an incredible variety of tropical plants including the famous giant water lilies.
After a visit of the city of Port Louis, the Pamplemousses garden definitely worth a visit. If you like plants, make sure you have the services of a guide. For the price of one euro, you will have a guided walk with a plant expert who will be there to inform and share some interesting views.
Still in the North of the island you will discover the Château de Labourdonnais, one of the most popular tourist attractions in Mauritius. Built in 1859, this castle is the ideal place to familiarize yourself with the Mauritian lifestyle of the 19th century. The castle was very well preserved but necessitated a recent renovation to accommodate the increasing number of visitors.
The property is surrounded by perfectly kept gardens, a distillery, a bar where you can taste typical Mauritian beverages. The Château de Labourdonnais has also a restaurant and a shop where products made by local artisans are exposed.
Located close to Flic en Flac, the Casela Nature Park is the best place to take a walk in nature. The Park extends over an area of 14 hectares and is home to thousands of birds and more than 150 species of animals. You can interact with animals such as lions, monkeys, giants turtles and birds. For adventurous souls, the park also reserve activities such as quad, hiking and zip line.
The Vanilla Islands includes Mauritius, Rodrigues, Reunion, Seychelles, Madagascar and the Comoros. A new and innovative concept regrouping those islands of the Indian Ocean, promoting their common historic past and their exotic vacations as Vanilla Islands.
At the thought of Mauritius, the only pictures that conjure up are those of its sandy beaches, palm trees and azure lagoons. Pictures are never enough to describe the beautiful and incomparable landscapes of this picturesque tiny piece of paradise.
The East of the island of Mauritius is a very interesting place for tourists to visit and stay at during their holidays in the country not only because of the high number of hotels and luxury villas implanted there, but also because