An authentic rugged destination offering unique experiences
Sundowners and candle-lit dinners, relaxation, fun in the sea and on forest trails, shopping and island exploring, there is something for everyone.
Lush, beautiful Mauritius is a piece of paradise in the Indian Ocean surrounded by calm, warm water (on average, a lovely 23°C / 73°F), white sand beaches that go on for days, and coral reefs perfect for snorkelling and diving.
One is spoilt for choice by the number of luxurious resorts offered on the island, most complete with swimming pools, spas, a wide array of water sports and other activities, and above all, world-class service, accommodation, and catering.
Also special about the island is that it has “something for everyone” whether it is a family holiday, or a romantic honeymoon retreat that someone is after. Mauritius boasts a wide selection of fun activities like waterskiing and windsurfing for the more adventurous, leisure activities including spa treatments or simply lounging at the side of the hotel pool, golf, hiking, birding, horse-riding, shopping for curios and holiday reminders, and dancing the night away in one of the island’s vibrant nightclubs to name but a few. Hotels also generally offer professional babysitting services and kids clubs so parents can have a break while the kids are entertained and have a ball!
One can really do as much or as little as you want in Mauritius, all of course depending on what kind of holiday makes you tick. The North and West of the island are busier and have more tourist attractions, whereas the East and South are more chilled. A fun idea is to rent a car for the day and explore the whole island which one can do considering it is so small, and that way you get to see more and gain a more general idea of this island jewel.
Grand Baie is a resort town on the North coast of the island. It’s about 25 km North of Port Louis (the capital of Mauritius) and lies between the villages of Pereybère and Trou aux Biches. It offers shopping, water sports, and a vibrant nightlife.
Very close by is the peninsular of Pointe aux Cannoniers which boasts a long stretch of pristine sandy beaches that run all the way down the island’s West coast.
Flic En Flac is a seaside village on the West coast of the island, South of Port Louis, in the Black River district. The name most likely comes from an old Dutch phrase, “Fried Landt Flaak,” meaning free, flat land. This is where one will find the longest sandy white beach on the island.
Chamarel is situated inland and is mainly recognised for its beautiful, scenic locations and nature attractions like the striped, “seven coloured earth” sand dunes, the Chamarel Falls, Ebony Forest Chamarel, and the Black River Gorges National Park. Locally grown coffee is grown in the surrounding areas which this part of the island is known for too.
Hiking and abseiling are two very popular pursuits here. Another place worth a visit is the picturesque Jardin des Pamplemousses’ botanical gardens.
South Coast is less busy, and a very tranquil part of the island with unspoilt stretches of sand in a lush green setting. The scenery is dramatic complete with high cliffs, and it is all very wild, beautiful, and authentic. Blue Bay Marine Park is a must-visit for this part of the island, featuring rich coral reefs (fifty different species of coral) and as a result excellent snorkelling and diving. Other places of interest here include the Mahebourg market for some island trading, Bel Ombre, and Ile Aigrettes nature reserve.