Mauritius is a beautiful island situated just off the southwest coast of Africa. The island’s sandy beaches have earned it an international reputation as a haven for beach lovers. As it is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands and has a wealth of luxury resorts, Mauritius is one of the best luxury holiday destinations in the world.
Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate which means that temperatures vary little from season to season. Winter in Mauritius runs from May to October and the climate is still warm and dry. After winter, summer runs until April and is characterised by hot and humid weather. In addition, there is an increased chance of rain during this season.
The main international airport in Mauritius is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) which is situated 48km from the capital, Port Louis. On average, a flight from London to Mauritius will take 11 hours and 30 minutes and there are 8 flights a week. For most of the year a return flight from London to Mauritius will cost around £600. However, from May to July a return flight will cost between £680 and £750.
What to Do in Mauritius
Although many struggle venture beyond the walls of their luxury resort, there are plenty of fantastic things to and sights to see whilst on holiday in Mauritius. Some of the best beaches of the island are situated in the north of Mauritius. Here you will find the relaxed Trou aux Biches which is a beautiful casuarina lined stretch of coast that can be followed all the way to Mont Choisy.
Black River Gorges National Park is the island’s best national park and is a great day trip for all nature lovers visiting Mauritius. Here you will find some of the last forest in Mauritius and an impressive range of flora. You will also encounter some of Mauritius’s unique birds here, such as the pink pigeon and the echo parakeet.
Eureka is perhaps the best historical attraction on the island. This stunning Creole mansion dates back to the early Nineteenth Century and has been transformed into a museum which offers a valuable insight into the colonial history of the island.
Mauritius Hotels & Accommodation Options
Resorts and large hotels are the most common type of accommodation in Mauritius. These tend to be situated in close proximity to the sandy coast, the island’s main attraction. If you are looking for the ultimate luxury retreat, you will find that most high-end resorts and unique boutique resorts are situated in the north of the island. However, as Mauritius is home to the highest density of 5-star hotels on the planet, there are plenty of excellent hotels to choose from.
If you are looking for a budget accommodation option, there are a number of cheap accommodation options in Mauritius. Small, family-run chambres d’hôtes (bed and breakfasts) provide cheap and friendly accommodation which is significantly superior to their English counterparts! If you plan on staying in Mauritius for some time or would just like an accommodation option with more space, why not check out Mauritius’s range of holiday rentals? From apartments to villas, there are plenty of accommodation rentals to choose from and there are loads of markets and supermarkets around for supplies.