Mauritius is a fascinating, world-in-one island slice of paradise. Its very name conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance.
While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know what to do next in Mauritius.
The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Off major shipping routes, Mauritius remained uninhabited until the 16th century, allowing it to develop into one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. To the north of Port Louis are the Pamplemousses Gardens. These, created at the end of the 18th century, are known to naturalists throughout the world for their large collection of indigenous and exotic plants, including the giant Victoria regia water lilies and many species of palm trees. Of particular interest is the talipot palm, which is said to flower once, after 60 years, and then die.
From the sand-rimmed lagoons to the picturesque islands off the country’s coastline, there’s truly something here for everyone.
2,040 sq km (790 sq miles)
Flight time from London
GMT + 4
When To Go
Located in the southwest Indian Ocean, Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate that is greatly affected by southeast trade winds.
The warmest weather occurs during the month of February (average temperatures around 85 degrees Fahrenheit) while the coolest temps tend to hit during July (average temperatures around 70 degrees Fahrenheit). In general, the western and northern regions are warmer and drier than those in the east and south.
Summertime, which lasts from November through April, sees overall averages of 80 degrees Fahrenheit along the coast down to the low 70s on the plateau. Wintertime, from May through October, sees overall averages of 70 degrees along the coast down to the low 60s on the plateau.
The sea temperature ranges from about 70 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit, depending on the conditions and the season. Heavy rain is common from January through March, and tropical cyclones are a possibility from November through April.
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Where to stay
These are just a selection of the properties we can personally recommend. Please get in touch to hear more about our full portfolio.
20 Degrés Sud
Small and elegant, 20 Degrés Sud offers guests a warm and personal service within a haven of refinement and style. It is ideal for those who like to explore without being tied into a resort, but who want somewhere peaceful and private to return to. Nestled in a coconut grove in the mouth of the bay, this is a boutique resort with 36 colonial-style rooms.
Belle Mare Plage
The Belle Mare Plage’s 278 rooms and villas are set in two storey houses around lush tropical gardens, each with its own private balcony or terrace giving onto the gardens or beach and tastefully furnished in warm colours. It is protected by offshore coral reefs making the resort ideal for swimming, snorkelling and water sports.
Le Saint Geran
Le Saint Geran is the incomparable and distinguished ‘Grande Dame’ of Mauritius, sitting serenely on its own private peninsula on the country’s north-east coast, with a white sand beach on one side and a sheltered lagoon on the other. Discreet luxury prevails throughout this all-suite haven.
Located at the water’s edge on a sheltered cove in northern Mauritius, the Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel and Spa proves to be an absolutely idyllic island retreat, with experiences tailor-made just for couples. The hotel is nestled in a beautiful 30,000 m2 tropical garden around the beautiful cove in very private and intimate surroundings.
The Oberoi is one of Mauritius’ most romantic hotels, with mountain views, gourmet restaurants, a holistic spa and faultless service. An idyllic sanctuary overlooking Turtle Bay on the glorious northwest coast of Mauritius, it is set in 20 acres of fabulous tropical gardens. A honeymooner’s heaven, it offers everything you need for an idyllic island break.