Situated in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is an island nation that’s famous for its gorgeous scenery and relaxing atmosphere. It was first visited by the Arabs in the Middle Ages, and then again by the Portuguese in 1498 before being colonised by the French and British. Mauritius became a famous trade route during this time, with many sugar estates popping up around the island.
Today, Mauritius is an exotic destination which many couples, families and groups visit each year. We’ve explored some of the best places to explore and things to do.
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WHEN TO GO?
The summer season is from November to May and it’s typically hot with intermittent heavy rain. From June to September, the weather is cooler and much more comfortable, especially when travelling around the island. It’s only three hours ahead of Ireland and you can fly from Dublin with connecting flights from UK airports.
LUXURY RESORTS FOR EVERYONE
One of the most important parts of booking any holiday is finding the perfect accommodation, but when it comes to hotels in Mauritius you’ll be spoilt for choice. A wide range of hotels and resorts can be found on the island, from intimate retreats to sprawling hotels boasting every facility you can think of.
Heritage le Telfair is a beautiful boutique hotel overlooking the ocean, providing a real gourmet all inclusive experience throughout the 12 restaurants. Enjoy wellness activities in the Château, indulgent spa treatments and play unlimited golf.
The Residence Mauritius is a beachfront paradise set along a stunning stretch of pearl-white sand. This award-winning hotel offers fantastic 5 star value, luxurious suites and contemporary cuisine.
If it’s an adults only retreat that you’re after, Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa is a newly refurbed hotel that has everything you need for an unforgettable stay, including seafront love nests, the dine-around experience and couples massages.
Home to a kaleidoscope of cultures, Mauritian cuisine is truly diverse, with Chinese, Indian and European influences. Many street markets serve such delights as roti, a traditional Indian flatbread, dim sum and heaping bowls of biryani.
It also won’t come as a surprise that Mauritius features plenty of fresh seafood on its menus. From lobster to calamari, you can expect to find all manner of fish dishes cooked in a variety of ways on the island.
When it comes to dining out, you can go as casual or refined as you want, with plenty of food stalls, cafes and amazing hotel restaurants to choose from.
With miles of beautiful coastline at its disposal and warm waters, Mauritius is the perfect destination for watersports.
Whether you’re a first timer or seasoned pro, nature lover or adrenaline junkie, Mauritius has the perfect watersports activity for you. The island’s clear waters lend itself to an unforgettable diving excursion, where you can come face to face with underwater treasures such as glittering coral reefs and tropical marine life.
For something a little livelier, there’s windsurfing, catamaran cruising and water skiing – a brilliant way to enjoy all that Mauritius has to offer whilst getting your heart pumping!
AMAZING WILDLIFE AND NATIONAL PARKS
Once home to the famous dodo, Mauritius is renowned for its incredible wildlife. From exotic birds such as the aptly named pink pigeon, to rare mammals such as the flying fox (picture an extra fluffy big bat!), Mauritius offers countless opportunities to meet rare animals in their natural habitat.
There are plenty of wildlife tours available on the island, not to mention dolphin and whale watching excursions, so you’re sure to catch a glimpse of some amazing creatures on your travels.
Black River Gorges National Park is a must-do. This wild expanse of rolling hills and dense forest covers roughly 2% of the island’s surface and is home to the Mauritius kestrel, the echo parakeet and the pink pigeon. It’s also famous for its waterfalls, panoramic vistas and hiking trails.