Mauritius Holidays

Mauritius offers island life at its finest. In this tropical paradise, white sand beaches, shallow lagoons and stunning landscapes are all up just waiting to be discovered. A rich culture comprising Indian, Creole, French and Chinese influences awaits, with plenty for the experience-thirsty family or relaxation-ready couple.

Absorb the sun’s warmth on idyllic beaches, dip into calm waters and discover the fauna and flora of the aquatic world. Swim with dolphins – or dare to dive with sharks – and discover the fate of the defunct Mauritius dodo. Shop in one of the island’s excellent markets, with the enticing smell of dholl puri, a split-pea pancake filled with spicy Creole tomato sauce, wafting through the warm air. At night, feast on freshly caught seafood cooked in turmeric and chilli then watch a lively Sega performance.

Mauritius holidays, island-hopping and relaxing on beaches

At Hayes & Jarvis we provide luxury holidays to more than 60 destinations that are tailored to your requirements. With 65 years of experience behind us, we’re equipped with the knowledge to create your perfect trip away. Whether you’re after an educational holiday with cultural excursions, a lazy fortnight lying back on a sun lounger or a romantic trip à deux, we’ll find your perfect experience.

Pair holidays in Mauritius with Rodrigues, a 90-minute flight away, to lounge on deserted beaches and swim in secluded bays. This remote island, known for its varied plant and animal species, is best explored on foot so you can experience the intimacy of local life. With our Mauritius and Reunion Island multi centre, discover another jewel in the Indian Ocean. Hike in its three awe-inspiring cirques where winding trails are interspersed with jagged peaks, gushing waterfalls and lush, green hills. See Piton de la Fournaise, a live volcano which regularly erupts. For the perfect contrast, combine Mauritius with South Africa and go from idyllic island life to wildlife safaris in just four hours by air.

Destination Highlights
  • Explore lush landscapes
  • Immerse yourself in Creole culture
  • Bask on immaculate beaches
  • Relax in five star resorts
  • Scuba dive in rich waters

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

Flic en Flac

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,899 pp

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

LUX* Grand Gaube

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£3,099 pp

LUX* Grand Gaube

One&Only Le Saint Geran

Mauritius

H&J Rating
One&Only Le Saint Geran
Infinity pool, Paradise Cove

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Mauritius

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£1,499 pp

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

Time Zone

GMT +4 hours

Flight Time

Approx. 11 hours and 55 minutes; direct flights from the UK are available. Indirect flights via Europe or the Middle East are available from the UK.

Currency

MUR - Mauritian Rupee

Visa Information

British citizens don’t need to obtain a visa for travel to Mauritius.

Language

Creole, French and English is widely spoken.

Health Information

No special vaccinations are required for travel to Mauritius. It's important to contact your GP for latest recommendations.
  • Watersports in Mauritius

    Scuba Diving and Snorkelling

    There’s an entire underwater world to discover off the Mauritian shores, whether it’s with a snorkel between your teeth or an oxygen tank on your back. If you’re curious about scuba diving, opt for a PADI beginner dive for a quick and easy introduction – or become certified to go longer and deeper. Swim with butterfly fish, turtles, reef sharks and dolphins in and beyond the island’s turquoise lagoon.

  • Giant lily pad

    The Natural World

    On an island famed for its flora and fauna, you’re never far from exceptional vistas. Get close to nature at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens, which is full of exotic and indigenous plants, including talipot palms and giant water lilies. Elsewhere, ride a horse through verdant forests or discover colourful sand dunes formed from volcanic rock. On a jeep safari through the hills, look out for monkeys and wild boar.

  • Cycling

    Discover Mauritius by E-bike

    An electrically assisted bicycle is the very best way to experience the islands beauty and meet hospitable locals. Enjoy stunning scenery, sandy beaches, sugarcane fields, rolling hills and lively towns at your own pace.

  • Mauritius

    Shopping

    Browse local textiles, clothing, fresh produce and handicrafts at the bustling markets of Port Louis and Mahebourg. Interact with locals and haggle for a bargain on a souvenir – maybe you’ll get the chance to practise your French. In Grand Baie, pick up labelled goods in the shiny, modern La Croisette mall. The range here includes French and international brands, and covers everything from appliances to kids’ fashion.

  • Hot stone treatment

    Spas and Wellness

    Embrace laid-back island life fully by unwinding at one of the Mauritius’ luxury spas. Work up a sweat in the sauna or steam room, then indulge in an African Creole treatment with local flowers and herbs, or treat yourself to a manicure or soothing facial. When you’re blissed out to the max, sit back and absorb a pink and-orange Mauritian sunset under a swaying palm tree. It’s rest and recuperation at its best.

  • Mauritian Cuisine

    Ready to have your taste buds tantalised? Mauritian cuisine is comprised of Creole, Chinese, French and Indian cuisine – cue lots of delicious dishes for you to sample. The variety is extensive: you’re just as likely to find yourself feasting on coq au vin as a spicy chicken curry with roti and Indian flatbread. Fresh seafood is a prominent fixture on Mauritian menus – try vindaye, a pickled octopus, or fish dish served hot or cold over rice.

Best time to go Mauritius

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Average weather in January

Best travel weather

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Mauritius
28ºC
228mm

Average weather in February

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Mauritius
28ºC
228mm

Average weather in March

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Mauritius
28ºC
178mm
  • National Day Celebrations occur on the 13th March. A public holiday on the island, shops, restaurants and homes proudly display their huge colourful flag.

Average weather in April

Best travel weather

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Mauritius
27ºC
178mm

Average weather in May

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Mauritius
26ºC
101mm

Average weather in June

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Mauritius
24ºC
76mm

Average weather in July

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Mauritius
23ºC
76mm

Average weather in August

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Mauritius
23ºC
76mm
  • Tour de Maurice takes hold this month with international cyclists joining Mauritius in this event.

Average weather in September

Good travel weather

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Mauritius
24ºC
50mm
  • Ganesh Chaturthi is the celebration of Ganesh, the God of wisdoms' birthday. Large processions and pilgrimages with large statues of Ganesh immersed in water with street parades and celebrations.

Average weather in October

Good travel weather

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Mauritius
25ºC
50mm

Average weather in November

Good travel weather

Avg. temp
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Mauritius
27ºC
50mm
  • Head to Bel Ombre and watch the AfrAsia Mauritius Golf Open

Average weather in December

Best travel weather

Avg. temp
Avg. rainfall
Mauritius
28ºC
152mm
  • Porlwi by Light sees the capital city, Port Louis illuminated the first week of December. Cultural artists and performers line the streets.
  • Omkar

    Destination Specialist

    “The best way to discover Mauritius is either by bicycle or foot. Don’t confine yourself to your resort when vibrant streets, hidden waterfalls and local markets are waiting to be discovered.”

  • Charlotte, Destination Specialist

    Charlotte

    Destination Specialist

    "Visit Grand Baie. Enjoy a variety of tasty street food cooked right in front of you, before heading for a drink and live entertainment at local spot – Banana Beach Club.”

  • Tejal, Destination Specialist

    Tina

    Destination Specialist

    “Combine your stay on Mauritius with a few days on the neighbouring island of Reunion. Visit one of the world’s most active volcanoes - Piton de la Fournaise.”

Our Mauritius destinations

Frederica Nature Reserve

Mauritius

Bel Ombre

Bel Ombre
Paradise Cove headland

Mauritius

Anse La Raie

Anse La Raie
Red roof church

Mauritius

Cap Malheureux

Cap Malheureux
Beach

Mauritius

Grand Baie

Grand Baie
Beach

Mauritius

Grand Gaube

Grand Gaube
Frangipani

Mauritius

Flic en Flac

Flic en Flac
Le Morne

Mauritius

Le Morne

Le Morne

Mauritius

Pointe aux Pimentes

Pointe aux Pimentes

Mauritius

Trou d'Eau Douce

Trou d'Eau Douce
Lagoon View

Mauritius

Pointe Jerome

Pointe Jerome
Lux* Belle Mare beach

Mauritius

Belle Mare

Belle Mare
Beach

Mauritius

Blue Bay

Blue Bay

Mauritius

Turtle Bay

Turtle Bay
Sailing

Mauritius

Balaclava

Balaclava

Types of Mauritius holidays

Le Morne

Mauritius Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

Flights to Mauritius take around 11 hours and 55 minutes. There are currently daily direct flights from London Heathrow with Air Mauritius and three to five direct flights a week from Gatwick Airport with British Airways. There are also indirect options from other UK airports with Emirates, Air France, and KLM.

Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean, around 1,200 miles off the southeast coast of Africa and around 700 miles east of Madagascar. It’s around 226 miles north east of Reunion Island. 

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