Mauritius

Sitting in the Indian Ocean off the east coast of Madagascar, this tropical paradise is the place for romance, adventure and genuine hospitality.   This volcanic island offers world-class diving, suburb hiking, gorgeous beaches and diverse cultural experiences.  Daily flights from South Africa make Mauritius an ideal extension to your safari.

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Mauritius Highlights

Accommodations

Tourism is king here, so you’ll find that there are many places to consider staying including the five-star Four Seasons, the Oberoi and One & Only.  There are private hideaways for honeymooners and also all-inclusive family resorts.  Here are just a few of our other favorites. 

East Coast

This side of the island is quieter with secluded coves and beaches, and more exclusive properties.

Photo: Constance Le Prince Maurice

Constance Le Prince Maurice

This tranquil hotel is surrounded by a coral sand beach, a private lagoon, and lush tropical greenery. Whether looking for a romantic getaway or a family escape, there is something for everyone with 64 junior suites, 12 family suites, 12 villas or the luxurious Princely Villa at Constance Le Prince Maurice. Fine dining, an infinity pool, and spa are some of the amenities sure to wow you. 

Photo: The Residence

The Residence

A modern gem set along a mile long stretch of pearl-white sand provides incredible island experiences. Located on the eastern side of Mauritius, The Residence is an idyllic spot for relaxation for couples and families with a spa, swimming pool, and a kid’s club.  Guests can choose from a wide variety of rooms ensuring they have exactly what they want. 

Photo: Lux Belle Mare

Lux Belle Mare

The island’s largest swimming pool is the center of this luxurious, freshly designed hotel located just next door to The Residence. It is all about the crystal blue waters, coconut palms, talcum sand beaches and service at the touch of an iPad. Guests are met with traditional Mauritian hospitality in addition to a large range of activities including a spa, horseback riding on the beach, sunrise salutations, golf, and fine dining.  You can also pull up a chair at The Beer Academy for a tasting of local crafted brews.

Photo: The Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort

The Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort

This chic five-star beach resort is a great option for families and couples looking for plenty of activity choices.  There are three swimming pools, free water sports including kayaks, snorkeling, waterskiing and windsurfing, golf, beach volleyball and four floodlit tennis courts.  Long Beach Golf & Spa Resort also delivers on relaxing with yoga, comfy loungers on the beach and a full service spa.  There are 255 spacious sea-facing rooms with contemporary décor.

North Coast

This is the where you’ll find many restaurants, clubs for music and dancing and shopping.  A variety of hotels and nice beaches can be found.   Mauritius' tourism hub is focused on the Northside around Grand Baie, which has the greatest concentration and variety of hotels, beaches, entertainment and shopping. 

Photo: 20 Degres Sud

20 Degres Sud

This was the first boutique hotel on the island, built on a little coconut grove on the north-west coast of Mauritius. This hotel is best suited to honeymooners and couples looking for a child-free break (no kids under 12 years accepted here). Ideal for those who value a discreet, stylish ambience rather than a resort atmosphere. There is a free shuttle a few times each day to Grand Baie, which is not far away.

West Coast

The West side of Mauritius has flat golden sand beaches, shallow water and the best sunsets. Le Morne beach on the south-west tip of the island is a peninsula in the shadow of the dramatic rock of Le Morne Brabant Mountain which once sheltered runaway slaves, has the most dramatic backdrop on the island. It's also a hotspot for kite surfers.

Photo: The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

This elegant resort is set against the backdrop of the iconic Le Morne Mountain in south-west Mauritius and edges on to one of the most scenic shorelines on the island.  The St. Regis provides guests with old-world glamour and elegance, uncompromising service and an endless list of activities.  

South Coast

The "green" South Coast is the island’s wilder side with clutches of hotels nestled in calm coves between pounding surf and cliff top walks. Hiking enthusiasts will enjoy a day trip to Black River Gorges National Park in the south-west.

Photo: Lakaz Chamarel

Lakaz Chamarel

Set in the south-west of Mauritius at an altitude of 400 metres, this exclusive lodge is surrounded by the natural heritage site of the Black River Gorges and the Chamarel Mountains. Best for nature lovers and those wanting complete peace and tranquility without TVs and resort facilities.Children over six are accepted, but there is a distinctly adult vibe at this eco-lodge where cooking lessons, yoga and meditation are on offer.

Photo: Shanti Maurice

Shanti Maurice

A picturesque location of 36 acres, nestled between sugar cane fields and the Indian Ocean is this family-run boutique property. Spa-enthusiasts and couples looking for peace and quiet will enjoy this elegant escape. Ocean facing suites and villas accompany private gardens, courtyards, and terraces.  A range of leisurely activities encourages guests to do everything or absolutely nothing but enjoy.

Travel Information

When to go to Mauritius

Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate although the southeast trade winds help mitigate the humidity.  The best time to visit is the dry season from May to early December when temperatures are a little cooler.  Avoid January and February which are peak cyclone months and not good for diving.  July and August can get windy especially on the east coast.

Passport & Visa for Mauritius

Your passport must be valid from the period of the intended stay until arrival back in the holder’s country of origin/residence.  Travelers must make sure that their passport contains at least one blank page for visa and immigration stamps.  Tourist visas are required and issued at the point of entry with proof of onward/return ticket, local accommodation, and sufficient funds.

For further information:  The Embassy of the Republic of Maurituis in Washington, D.C. & U.S State Department

Medical Information for Mauritius

Before traveling to the Mauritius, please consult with your physician. No mandatory vaccinations are required to visit Mauritius.

For further information:  Centers for Disease Control and Prevention-Mauritius