Mauritius is the travel equivalent of the good life; a tropical haven of heaven-sent indulgences. It offers the chance to relax, rejuvenate and to lose yourself in blissful moments in an exotic fantasy land where almost nothing else exists but your ultimate satisfaction. Celebrating 50 years of Independence, allow us to remind you why this stunning a Mauritius holiday is still one of the finest beach destinations in the world today.
An island of compelling contrasts, Mauritius is without doubt a luxury location. Not in monetary terms, but the sheer luxury of an unhurried lifestyle spent in a pristine paradise. There are jungle covered mountains, sugar cane plantations, romantic white sand beaches bordered by impossibly blue lagoons. Behind the gorgeous scenery is a melting pot of integrated cultures where mosques, churches and temples sit peacefully side by side.
Since gaining independence in 1968 Mauritius has gone from strength to strength to become one of the most successful, harmonious and economically thriving countries in the African continent. But who does it suit?
Perfect for families
Well, we know Mauritius is perfection personified for families of all ages. Direct flights from the UK make flights comfortable for children, beautiful lagoons eclipsing safe-swimming beaches allay parental fears, an incredible range of activities and a plethora of clubs for teens and toddlers add to engagement levels, while the Mauritian attitude to children is refreshingly welcoming; all these reasons make Mauritius an exceptional playground for both the young and the young-at-heart.
Mauritius for romantic escapes
The entire island of Mauritius has been seemingly designed with couples in mind. When we dream of honeymoons and romantic getaways, unwittingly we create an image of Mauritius in our minds’ eye: curved crescent beaches flanked by lush rainforest, teeming with colourful wildlife, offset by forested volcanic peaks jutting into clear blue skies. Plus, Mauritius is not an expensive country to visit; eating out, getting about and enjoying attractions are extremely reasonable options here. The size of a small English county, it’s extremely easy to get around and explore.
Things to do on the east coast
Play golf at Le Touessrok Ile aux Cerfs
If you’re a fan of the game of golf, then you won’t need me to tell you that this island is one of the finest places to tee off in the world, with some of the world’s most achingly-beautiful courses designed by ex-pros dotted about the island. Sun overhead, gentle trade winds, fairway rolling between palms, exotic birdlife flying by, and the ever-present sapphire blue Indian Ocean. If you find a prettier place to play a round of golf, let me know.
The spectacular Shangri-La Le Touessrok
If I had to recommend one place to stay and enjoy a round of golf, the Shangri-La Le Touessrok would be near the top of the list. The resort is situated on a spectacular lagoon in Trou d’Eau Douce on the east coast of the island and benefits from direct access to Ile aux Cerfs Championship Golf Course. You are escorted from your exclusive retreat to the golf course by private boat which picks you up from the hotel jetty, ferrying you across the largest lagoon in Mauritius and depositing you on a little piece of paradise to begin your game.
Explore your adventurous side in Domaine de L’Étoile
Perhaps you like golf, but your loved ones are not as keen – what do they do? Another luxury on offer here is the luxury of choice. Whether you feel relaxed or active, the island will meet all expectations. For example, a day spent at nearby Domaine de L’Étoile will suit adrenaline seekers, absorbing views of the countryside whether you glide graceful over it by zip line, or bounce across it by buggy safari or trek sedately through it on horseback.
A tropical couple’s hideaway
One&Only Le Saint Géran – celebrity chefs and thrilling watersports
Romantic getaways don’t come dreamier than the private peninsula and two kilometre beach at the One&Only Le Saint Geran. Combine tropical vistas with the world-class massages and beauty treatments offered at the One&Only Spa. A candlelit dinner under the stars is the perfect way to relax after an afternoon spent paddle boarding, snorkelling or scuba diving with your partner. Luxury is having the time to reflect, rejuvenate and spend genuine quality time together in this beautiful corner of Mauritius.
Underwater adventures – Blue Bay Marine
If you have never experienced the pleasure of snorkelling in tropical waters, make sure you visit Blue Bay Marine Park located to the South East of the island. This is your chance to gaze in wonder at angel fish, damselfish, parrotfish, wrasse and clownfish right off the beach. That’s another luxury that Mauritius offers – effortless access to amazing experiences, in this case, sublime snorkelling in a colourful bio-diverse marine world.
Things to do on the west coast
Shop in Port Louis on the Caudan Waterfront
Actually, shop anywhere in Mauritius – the island is entirely duty free (enjoying the luxury of not paying tax). Port Louis, situated in the north east of the island, will provide everything you desire for a spot of retail therapy. You’ll find modern malls, bustling markets, independent boutiques and designer brands closely knitted together. Head to the Caudan Waterfront where you’ll find restaurants to sample local dishes, providing shade and chilled drinks and respite from the hundreds of stores and shops that line the open air district.
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa – for private villas and pool luxury
Overlooking Le Morne, make your villa your home with private in-villa dining or enjoy delicious cuisine at the Mauritian, Mediterranean and Asian inspired restaurants. Discover the rejuvenating treatments of the Ayurvedic spa while children are entertained in the Mini Club or soak up the sunshine while enjoying kayaking and the serene pursuit of paddle boarding. What’s more, if you’re seeking that ultimate in luxury experiences, why not embark on a Rolls Royce Picnic, white sand, white Rolls Royce, champagne and nibbles.
Roam with the animals in Casela Park World of Adventures
Also situated on the west coast is Casela Park, a little slice of wild Africa found in the Indian Ocean, a land of adventure where you can embark on camel rides, segway and quad safaris, close encounters with giraffes, or walking tours with lions. Absorb the stunning views while indulging in a spot of canyoning or zip lining through the beautiful scenery.
Trek through Black River Gorges National Park
Situated in the south-west of the island, Black River Gorges National Park is a protected area with over 50 kilometres of walking trails through dense highlands sheltering a host of endangered flora and fauna. This region is a must-see for all nature lovers who want to experience all the natural treasure this island has to offer, from a kaleidoscopic array of orchids to flying foxes, pink pigeons and echo parakeets.
For balance and harmony
For the ultimate Mauritius twin centre holiday, stay at the jungle retreat of Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge – a peaceful inland setting with gorgeous gardens and sea views. Cycle leisurely to the Baie du Cap, returning to your resort to the aroma of fresh fish grilling gently on the barbeque. Then, indulge your senses at one of the finest resorts on the island, Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Wellness Resort – Domaine de Bel Ombre – a family friendly, elegant and opulent resort and member of ‘Small Luxury Hotels of the World’, luxuriating in their Gourmet Bliss All Inclusive package.
Where to next: Tour the Mascarene Islands
Complete a tour of the Creole culture of the Indian Ocean by visiting the coral reefs, cirques and rainforests of Reunion Island. Then journey to unspoilt and laid back Rodrigues Island, part of the Mascarene archipelago, for delicious local cuisine, kite and wind surfing and discovering the natural beauty of Trou d’Argent Beach.
If you can’t yet decide what you’re looking for, but need a little more advice and inspiration, visit our Indian Ocean page and start planning your luxurious tropical trip of a lifetime.
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