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About Mauritius

The beauty of Mauritius is no secret. In Mark Twain's book 'Following the Equator', he wrote: You gather the idea that Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and that heaven was copied from Mauritius. It's hard to say anything more complimentary than that! It's also a philosophy (in terms of creating a heaven for their guests) that most of the best places to stay in Mauritius attempt to adhere to.

What not to miss

  • In addition to the soft, pale, sandy, palm fringed beaches of your best tropical island fantasy, Mauritius also offers a spectacular diversity of plant and animal life, draped gracefully around an extinct volcanic plateau.
  • This is an island for exploring just as much as flopping on. As well as the incredible biodiversity, there are wonderful old colonial buildings - dating from both the French and British periods, ancient Indian temples, colourful markets and animal parks which make it easy to meet the locals.
  • The cultural fusion from the mix of Indian, Creole, Chinese, French and British heritage of the residents means the cuisine is unique. Between the markets and restaurants there is plenty in Mauritius to please foodies.
  • Diving round Mauritius is excellent and varied. As well as volcanic caves and coral reefs, there are also a few wrecks and plenty of marine life to meet, including dolphins.
  • If you fancy an underwater experience but you're not an experienced diver you can do the 'Solar Sea Walk', which involves you suiting up into one of those old diving suits and walking along the bottom of the ocean.
  • Or you could try the Blue Safari Submarine, which means you'll see some of the treasures of the reef without getting wet.

For an island so small, Mauritius has a large number of reserves, and there are numerous opportunities for walkers of all abilities and fitness, from strollers to mountain hikers. There are also horse riding, zip lining and quad biking opportunities. The best places to stay in Mauritius will be able to arrange any of these activities for you.

The Best places to stay in Mauritius

For Families

  • Families will love Bakwa Lodge, a charming beachfront property on Rodriguez Island. There are a handful of suites and a villa which can sleep up to eight — perfect for a holiday with extended family! The accommodation is simple but stylish and there are activities galore for all ages from snorkelling and fishing to visiting a giant tortoise reserve or local markets.

For low key luxury

  • If you're looking for un-fussy luxury, one of the best places to stay on Mauritius is 20° Sud. This boutique hotel, in a coconut grove, is a paradise for divers and sailors. Its beautiful tropical lagoon offers plenty for waterspouts enthusiasts. Also great for foodies as there is a restaurant on the small island and an onboard one, the Lady Lisbeth.

For a tropical hideaway

  • You might wonder why any Mauritian resort would be away from the island's perfect beaches, but the lush, tropical interior is an excellent place for relaxation and exploring as well. If you're looking for an environmentally friendly jungle base, then Lakaz Chamerel is one of the best. The skies above are clear of light pollution and there are open air showers, so you'll really feel as if you're a castaway in the rainforest.

For an apartment or beach house

  • For those seeking some additional privacy, we recommend visiting our online partner Booking.com.

Travel Information

  • International flights into Mauritius land at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (26 miles from the capital St Louis).
  • For those looking to hire a car, we recommend visiting our online partner Rentalcars.
  • The island has a year round temperature that offers perfect beach weather. Cyclones move through the Indian Ocean in January and February, so best to avoid booking a holiday then.

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Best Hotels in Mauritius

  • Bakwa Lodge Port South East, Mauritius 6 rooms from £230

    Families  -  With a choice of suites (which can sleep 4) and a villa for 8 this is perfect family holiday material
    Great walks  -  The island is perfect for exploring on foot and guided hikes are available from the Lodge
    Hideaway  -  A stunning hideaway location an hour and a half's flight from Mauritius
    Beach Life  -  The property is set right on an idyllic stretch of white sandy beach

    A charming beachfront lodge on Rodrigues Island. With just six suites and one villa (sleeps up to 8), this hidden gem is perfect for families or couples who want to escape the everyday. There are activities galore and the accommodation is simple but stylish. Dinners are included in the price. Bliss! See More

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  • Paradis Hotel and Golf Club Mauritius 299 rooms from £142

    Golf  -  Paradis has its own wonderful course as well as being affiliated with three others nearby-guests play for reduced rates
    Tennis  -  Work up a sweat as you play on one of their six courts, all of which are also floodlit
    Spa  -  The Paradis spa offers a wide range of treatments to rejuvenate both mind and body.
    Restaurant  -  There are various dining options from fine dining to romantic ocean side evenings
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    The 5* Paradis Hotel and Golf Club is located on Mauritius' Morne Peninsula. A perfect blend of luxury and leisure, the hotel offers chic contemporary accommodation and provides activities for the whole family. Unwind in the extensive spa. Four top restaurants to choose from! A divine coastal spot! See More

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  • Lakaz Chamarel Chamarel, Mauritius 20 rooms from £165

    Beach Life
    Total relaxation
    Great walks  -  Explore the neighbouring national park or cliimb Piton Canot
    Cooking classes  -  The kitchen is open to all who wish to learn!
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    A charming and tranquil ecolodge hidden away in Mauritius’ tropical south-west corner. A truly relaxing experience awaits with wellness options including massage, reflexology and yoga. Great walking too in the Black River Gorges National Park. A wonderful off the beaten track destination. See More

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  • 20° Sud Grande Baie, Mauritius 36 rooms from £340

    Foodies  -  With its gourmet credentials and the chance to go for a gastronomic evening cruise, foodies will not be disappointed
    Beach Life  -  A small private beach and access to some of the best snorkelling and diving make this perfect beach break material
    Romantic Break  -  With is grown up feel, stunning suites, beach front location and superb cuisine, romance is guaranteed!
    On the beach  -  The property has its own small stretch of private sandy beach
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    Blissful low-key luxury with a trio of restaurants and a glorious waterside setting. Four poster beds with billowing canopies and suites with either private hot tubs or private pools. Superb location on the North Coast a paradise for sailors, divers and those who simply want to chill out. See More

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  • The Oberoi Mauritius Mauritius 71 rooms from £503

    Romantic Break  -  Opulent palm-thatched villas within tropical gardens, a heaven for honeymooners seeking beachfront relaxation
    Sailing  -  Parasailing- the thrilling experience of being towed by a motor boat and gliding through the air wearing an open parachute
    Diving  -  Rich in colourful marine life and untouched coral reefs, Turtle Bay will provide an unforgettable scuba diving experience
    Cooking classes  -  Guests can enjoy an al fresco cooking session led by one of the masterchefs
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    The Oberoi group know how to do luxury and this Mauritius addition is no disappointment. Set on the pristine Turtle Bay and surrounded by tropical gardens this is an ideal romantic escape. Rooms boast private terraces and sunken baths and there's a fabulous spa to ease away an aces and pains. See More

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  • Constance Le Prince Maurice Mauritius 89 rooms from £523

    Spa  -  The luxurious Sisley spa has six treatment rooms and two couples’ rooms, built around a small heated thermal swimming pool
    Hideaway  -  For those seeking a calm, discreet and secluded leading hotel which oozes luxury
    Diving  -  From Manta Rays to mighty whale sharks; turtles to dolphins, your encounter with Indian Ocean’s marine life will be memorable
    Swimming Pool  -  The infinity pool is one of the loveliest on the island, with big cabanas; family beach villas have own heated private pool
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    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith

    With top-notch service, a sleek infinity pool gazing out over palm-fringed beaches, the Indian Ocean’s largest wine cellar and a unique floating restaurant, this sophisticated Leading Hotels of the World member is as regal as its name suggests. See More

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  • The Royal Palm Mauritius 69 rooms from £586

    Beach Life  -  A focus on relaxing by the beach (uniformed staff in attendance), lingering lunches at Le Bar Plage and unwinding at the spa
    Great walks  -  Walk around the 'Seven Coloured Earths', a result of a very rare geological phenomenon
    Sights nearby  -  Visit Le Château Labourdonnais, a familial house built in 1777
    Tennis  -  Features three tennis courts and tennis equipment
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    Luxury 5-star thatched hotel resort on a stunning white sand beach. A range of suites offer varying levels of luxury - each slightly more decadent than the next. Delicious gourmet cuisine is served up and there's a sublime spa for total rejuvenation. A beach idyll. See More

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