A Quick Guide to Mauritius
A Quick Guide to Mauritius
A quick guide to Mauritius will help you collect the most important information regarding the island. Mauritius is a wonderful island with so many amazing things to offer. Officially the Republic of Mauritius, is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2,000 kilometers off the southeast coast of the African continent. The diversity of the island will impress you. For example, you can enjoy a ride through the incredible landscape, relax on one of the beautiful white beaches, wander around the National Parks or experience different cuisines from around the world.
How to get there
Mauritius is a relatively small island and you can get there by airplane from most of the cities in the world. Once you are there, you can rent a car and drive to different parts of the island. Most of the roads are in pretty good condition.
When to visit
The island has a classic tropical climate with warm weather year-round. Even in winter, from May to October, the temperature drops from hot to warm. During summer, from November to April, the days are hot and humid. We don’t recommend visiting Mauritius during the wet cyclone season, from January to March, and avoid the east coast in July and August, when the wind is at its strongest. The best time to visit Mauritius is from May to December when the weather is cool, dry and sunny.
What to do
Drive Around the Island
If you are asking yourself how to get around in Mauritius, the best thing would be renting a car. The island has an extensive motorway and widespread coastal roads, so you can easily drive around.
Explore Chamarel and Seven Colored Earth
The Little village of Chamarel is one of the most famous Mauritian attractions. It is known for the wonder of the Seven Colored Earth. Purple, yellow, orange, brown and red colors combined to form an uneven volcanic surface.
Explore the Beaches
Mauritius has some of the finest beaches in the world. Some of the favorites include the Belle Mare Beach on the East side, La Cuvette beach in the North, Grand Baie on the Westside and the rugged beaches of the South, especially Le Morne, with spectacular views. If you love kite-surfing, Le Morne is the place for you.
Try Unique Water Sports
Visit the Island Ile Aux Cerfs
A Mauritius attraction you just cannot afford to miss is the Ile aux Cerfs, an island located off the East coast. Popularly known as the Treasure Island, this picturesque getaway is famous for its spectacular white sandy beaches, palm trees, and turquoise blue water.
Where to stay
The Residence Mauritius (EAST COAST)
The Residence Mauritius ranks amongst the finest hotels in the Indian Ocean. It is situated on the east coast of Mauritius 48km from the airport. The east coast is dotted with several lagoons and tiny cove beaches, ensuring shelter from the cool southeast trade winds, as well as the stunning long stretch of beach named Belle Mare. The hotel itself is nestled on a mile-long beach among hundreds of palm trees and lush tropical gardens with scenic views of azure Indian Ocean. It is inspired by the classic colonial style with the chic and nostalgic decor. Guest rooms are luxurious, featuring a living area, marble bathroom, a large terrace, and a private butler service. There are lots of activities from complimentary water sports to fitness facilities and tennis courts. You can relax by the pool or enjoy one of their signature spa treatments. And in the evenings, the list of culinary possibilities includes international cuisine in The Dining Room and Creole fare or fresh seafood in The Plantation.
Maradiva Villas & Spa Mauritius (WEST COAST)
Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is the only five-star luxury all-villa resort situated on the West Coast of Mauritius. This part of the island is called Flic en Flac and its famous for its amazing sunset and its dry and warm climate. The resort is enriched with a long stretch of pristine beach that provides spectacular views of the Le Morne Mountain. You can enjoy the serene ambiance or partake in a variety of activities like kayaking, windsurfing and water skiing. The Maradiva Villas & Spa is a privately owned luxury five-star resort, with 65 spacious villas and more than 27 lush acres of land. Their guiding principle is exclusivity, elegance, privacy, authenticity, discretion and highest quality service. It is the entire experience that comes together to create the magic of Maradiva.
InterContinental Mauritius (WEST COAST)
InterContinental Mauritius is a stunning five-star hotel located on the West Coast of the island, just 15-minute drive from the main tourist region of Grand Baie. The hotel is positioned directly on the white-sand beach overlooking the Bay of Balaclava. It has amazing restaurants, beautiful rooms and offers plenty activities for children and adults. InterContinental Mauritius Resort Balaclava Fort enjoys a spectacular natural setting. It is surrounded by gardens of native trees and flowers, with spectacular views of the Indian Ocean. With idyllic coastline, sparkling blue seas and a backdrop of lush mountain peaks it is the ideal setting for a tropical vacation. The hotel offers five restaurants, fitness, spa with wellness treatments, water activities, meeting facilities and they help you plan a perfect wedding day.
LUX Le Morne (SOUTH COAST)
Sheltered at the foot of rugged, majestic Le Morne, this is where to tune in with nature. Wildlife is all around, as is the most dramatic of backdrops—and it’s only a few steps from bed to relaxing under a palm tree by the sea. Set on one of Mauritius’ most attractive lagoon-facing spots, this five-star hotel is on the wilder UNESCO-protected south-west side of the island, with a lookout celebrated for the spectacular sunsets.
LUX Grand Gaube (NORTH COAST)
Amongst lush tropical gardens, LUX* Grand Gaube is enveloped by undulating coves, the calmest of lagoons and is blessed with two tranquil beaches and three spectacular swimming pools. From generously proportioned rooms with balconies or terraces to romantic junior suites and showstopper villas with private pools and gardens – all come complete with Indian Ocean vistas and our legendary LUX* hospitality. You can even take a seaplane ride from the resort.
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