Mauritius lies off the Eastern coast of Africa and is nestled within the Indian Ocean, which makes it the perfect tropical island destination to visit for a luxury holiday. Everything about this country feels luxurious, from the impressive man-made hotels and resorts to the natural beauty of the sumptuous beaches. Here’s my guide to getting the very best out of Mauritius.
Mauritius has a wealth of luxurious places to stay in and you’re certainly in for an impossible decision when it comes to choosing your accommodation. Luxury resorts are strewn all along the coastline of the island, giving you the opportunity to stay in your own bungalow that opens out directly onto the sand. To me, there couldn’t be any better way to spend my luxury stay here. Great resorts to stay in include the 5 star plus Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort which sits right on the south coast of the island or for a more secluded, romantic stay, there is the Angsana Balaclava which sits on Turtle Bay.
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Of course, the main reason to visit Mauritius is to enjoy the oceanside landscape and you’re certainly in for a treat here. Beaches lined by palm trees, white soft sands and the clearest blue oceans, Mauritius’ vistas look like a picture postcard of a tropical island. This is certainly the holiday that dreams are made of. For families, there is the Trou aux Biches beach which has the benefit of clear, shallow waters for the little ones to enjoy and parents to have peace of mind. There are coral reefs not far from the shoreline which are great for first time snorkelers to try their hand. If you’re looking for a romantic place to enjoy the beach, there aren’t many finer examples than Belle Mare, located on the eastern coast. The beach here feels endless and is perfectly framed by the blue lagoon and lush trees and grasses. Alternatively, visit Mont Choisy on the northern coast to enjoy a beautiful sunset.
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Obviously with so much water around the island, this is a great place to enjoy a whole host of water sports. With so many reefs and lagoons in Mauritius’ waters, diving is a popular activity for anyone visiting here and you’ll even be able to explore sunken wrecks off Trou aux Biches. Head for Grand Baie beach or the island of Ile aux Cerfs which are filled with chances to enjoy the sea, whether by surfboard or by boat. You can even sky dive here if you’re feeling brave.
Enjoy the wildlife by taking a trip out on a glass bottomed boat or for the experience of a lifetime, head for Tamarin Bay for the chance to see dolphins and even swim alongside them. The bay is also a great location to surf.
Away from the beaches, enjoy the tranquility of the island by indulging in some ‘you time’. Many of the resorts offer spa facilities as part of their package and you’d be hard pressed to find a place in the world more relaxing than this. For the boys, there’s a host of golf courses available to while a day away, enjoying the fresh Mauritian air. If you’re feeling a little adventurous, then there are other ways of enjoying the outdoors, including a little sightseeing. Visit Trou aux Cerfs to see the volcano that is thankfully no longer active. Take a car to the park and then make your way up the volcano for a close up view of the crater as well as excellent views across the bay below. Alternatively, take a tour to Chamarel to see Mauritius’ highest waterfalls or to Rochester Falls which are the islands’ widest waterfalls.