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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.

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