Mauritius is a beautiful island in the Indian Ocean and a destination favoured by luxury seekers eager to experience its rich heritage, fabulous beaches and abundance of greenery, sugar cane fields and mountains. With French and British heritage as part of its long ancestry, the island offers a fascinating mix of style influence with varied cuisine, dialects used and architecture adopted. Over the years Mauritius has firmly established itself as a hotspot for divine hotels where premium service is delivered to its ever demanding guests.
This is not just a destination for beach dwellers. Whilst you will encounter some truly sensational ones including Trou aux Biches and Ile aux Cerfs, Mauritius offers far more with an intriguing mix of glorious scenery, family attractions including Casela Nature Park and good shopping at both Grand Baie and Port Louis.
Walking with lions might not be the first thing that springs to mind when thinking of Mauritius, but this is precisely what you can do at Casela Nature Park, under the tutelage of trained park rangers. You’ll also find zebras, giraffe and hippos on the mini-safari here. If it’s a magnificent view you seek, head over to the Black River Gorges National Park adorned with hiking trails, a viewing station at the highest point of the island – oh and not forgetting the indigenous macaque monkeys. Domaine de l’Etoile offers a sedate experience in a former sugar estate where karting and zip lining will delight younger visitors. The park itself is clad with orange and cinnamon trees and bicycles can be hired to explore the orchards and botanical routes.
Mauritius is a year round destination where the weather is warm and pleasant throughout. The summer months run from November to May with daily averages reaching 30 degrees on the coast. It is cool, dry and sunny from May to December which makes it a very appealing destination for Winter Sun – with only slightly lower humidity, although it’s worth noting that hurricane season runs from November to April.
Taxis, car hire and buses are widely available in Mauritius – in fact if you are staying for more than a week we would certainly recommend hiring a car to see the key attractions of this fascinating island, as getting taxis regularly can be a little expensive. The minimum driving age for Mauritius is 21. The island is quite large and transfer times to hotels can be up to 30-35 minutes for Le Morne Beach area and 1 hr for Turtle Bay area.