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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 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.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Mauritius

  • Lakaz Chamerel 20 rooms from £167

    Chamarel, Mauritius

    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.

    Total relaxation
    Beach Life
    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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  • Paradis Hotel and Golf Club 299 rooms from £248

    Mauritius

    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!

    Fishing  -  Paradis can set you up with companies to take you deep sea fishing
    Views  -  Great views from hotel
    Outstanding location
    Seaside  -  Ideal for a seaside holiday.
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  • 20° Sud 35 rooms from £316

    Grande Baie, Mauritius

    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.

    Beach Life
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.
    Sailing  -  The hotel has two yachts for you to use - a Hobie Cat 15 and a Laser
    Diving  -  There are plenty of ship wrecks and a coral reef only 5 mins away
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  • The Oberoi Mauritius 71 rooms from £495

    Mauritius

    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.

    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
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • Constance Le Prince Maurice 89 rooms from £569

    Mauritius

    Luxurious, exquisitely designed villas and suites situated on the edge of a white sand beach with stunning mountain views. The cuisine offers a thoroughly gourmet experience, the kids club is jam-packed with activities and the relaxing spa is ideal especially after intrepid island exploration!

    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
    Recommended by  -  Mr & Mrs Smith
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  • The Royal Palm 69 rooms from £577

    Mauritius

    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.

    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
    Swimming Pool  -  Swimming pool and kids' pool
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