Mauritius

Mauritius was once the only known home of the dodo, in the days when the island was a stop off for traders sailing to the Orient; the last one was killed in 1681. After the last dodo disappeared, Portuguese, Dutch, French and English colonists all left a remarkable legacy of historic sights and cultural diversity on the island – Mauritius is far more than ‘just’ a beach destination.

A jewel of the Indian Ocean, the island of Mauritius is the epitome of tropical luxury and exotic extravagance. Encircled by a broken ring of mountains, varying in from 300–800 m above sea level, Mauritius’ was formed in the heart of a volcano and – though it’s now dormant – streams and rivers gush down the cracks created by lava flows. The warmth of the tropical weather is equalled and exceeded by the party spirit of the locals.

The beaches of Mauritius are spectacular. The island is surrounded by more than 150 km (93 miles) of white sandy beaches, with tranquil lagoons protected by the world’s third largest coral reef. And nearly 50 uninhabited islands and islets lie just off shore – some of which are used as natural reserves.

If you can tear yourself away from the water, there’s bustle of the mercantile capital Port Louis (Africa’s wealthiest city) to discover, the busy markets of Quatre Bornes and Curepipe in the Central Plateau to browse and barter in, or even the dramatic virgin forests of Black River Gorges National Park to explore.

Located around 1,250 miles off the southeast coast of the Africa, there are direct flights to Mauritius from five UK airports. And there are even more options if you want to stopover and combine a holiday in Mauritius with a safari in Africa, for example. Either way, a tropical villa retreat in Mauritius is guaranteed to be a slice of paradise.

DINING, BARS AND NIGHTLIFE

For hundreds of years, Mauritius has been a melting pot of European, African and Asian cultures – which is deliciously represented in Mauritian cuisine. Leading chefs such as Paul Bocuse, Alain Ducasse and the Troisgros brothers have visited the island and developed menus with local chefs – you can always guarantee a good meal at your villa or resort!

Anahita Golf and Spa Resort

Anahita Golf and Spa Resort

Anahita Golf and Spa Resort, Mauritius

Named after an Iranian goddess, Anahita Golf and Spa Resort is an exquisite 526 acre lifestyle resort set on Mauritius' eastern coastline. Anahita Golf and Spa Resort features two ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-5
  • Maximum Guests: 12
  • Bathrooms: 1-5
  • Location: East coast
Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Mauritius

Constance Le Prince Maurice is an exceptional beach resort situated on the serene east coast of Mauritius. Experience true island bliss in one of 89 romantic villas and stilted sui...

  • Bedrooms: 1-3
  • Maximum Guests: 9
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: East coast
Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa

Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa

Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa, Mauritius

Ranked amongst the best resorts in Mauritius, Dinarobin Hotel Golf and Spa is a five-star luxury spa resort set on the island's Le Morne peninsula. With mountains as a backdrop and...

  • Bedrooms: 1-4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 1-3
  • Location: South west
Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita

Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita

Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita, Mauritius

With four swimming pools, a complimentary 18-hole golf course and one of the best locations on the island, Four Seasons Mauritius at Anahita is a serious contender for Mauritius' f...

  • Bedrooms: 1-5
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 1-5
  • Location: East coast
Heritage The Villas Mauritius

Heritage The Villas Mauritius

Heritage The Villas Mauritius, Mauritius

Heritage The Villas is located on the Domaine de Bel Ombre in the unspoilt South of Mauritius and offers guests the privacy and seclusion of a villa holiday but still access to fi...

  • Bedrooms: 2-4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 2-4
  • Location: Domaine de Bel Ombre, south coast
LUX* Belle Mare

LUX* Belle Mare

LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius

LUX* Belle Mare is a renowned luxury resort in Mauritius, offering a wide range of family-friendly amenities and comforts in a prime location on the island's eastern coast. From a ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 4
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
Maradiva Villas Resort

Maradiva Villas Resort

Maradiva Villas Resort, Mauritius

Maradiva Villas Resort is a sumptuous five-star resort set within the renowned seaside village of Flic en Flac in Mauritius. This family-owned hotel is nestled amidst 27 acres of l...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 5
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: West coast
Marguery Villas

Marguery Villas

Marguery Villas, Mauritius

Marguery Villas Resort is located at the heart of Fisherman's Village of Black River and offers a collection of one - four bedroom pool villas. Three Bedroom Superior Vi...

  • Bedrooms: 4
  • Maximum Guests: 8
  • Bathrooms: 4
  • Location: Fisherman’s Village
One&Only Le Saint Géran

One&Only Le Saint Géran

One&Only Le Saint Géran, Mauritius

One&Only Le Saint Géran is situated on its very own private peninsula located on Mauritius' eastern shoreline. Manicured gardens, crystalline pools and white sand beaches set ...

  • Bedrooms: 1-2
  • Maximum Guests: 6
  • Bathrooms: 1-2
  • Location: East coast
Paradis Hotel and Golf Club

Paradis Hotel and Golf Club

Paradis Hotel and Golf Club, Mauritius

Paradis is one of the island's most popular luxury leisure resorts, offering guests the combined benefits of a prime beachfront location on the island's south-western tip and a wid...

  • Bedrooms: 1-4
  • Maximum Guests: 10
  • Bathrooms: 1-4
  • Location: South west coast

GETTING THERE

British Airways fly directly to Mauritius or alternatively there is a number of airlines that fly from the UK via destination hubs.

Capital: Port Louis
Flying time: 12-14 hours
Language: English, French, Mauritian Creole
Country Size: The island of Mauritius is 65 km long and 45 km wide, covering an area of 2,040 km2 (787 square miles)
Time Difference from UK: + 4 hours winter / + 3 hours summer
Currency: Mauritian rupee (MUR)
Voltage: 240 volts
Driving: Left hand side of the road
Airport: Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport
Entry Requirements: British citizens do not require a visa
Drink the Water: Bottled water is advised
Beaches: Mauritius’ beaches are one of its most attractive features – whether you plan on relaxing or being more active with watersports
Health and Safety: No inoculations are needed to travel to Mauritius. It is advised to pack your mosquito repellant.

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Mauritius has a tropical climate, with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures, and generally pleasant and sunny all year round. The warm and dry season runs from May to while November to April is hot, humid and more prone to rain.