The largest of the Mascarene Islands in the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius was once covered in tropical forests and home to weird and wonderful creatures, the most famous being the long extinct Dodo. Having a colourful history of explorers and slave trade, modern day Mauritius is a cultural melting pot of east meets west with the people of the island being a mix of Indian, Chinese, Africa and European. The local language is French, though English is widely spoken.
A 12 hour direct flight from the UK, Mauritius is a great all year round destination for British visitors, being malaria free and not having any visa requirements. We will create your perfect Mauritius holidays and honeymoons for you!
Mauritius does service and style to compete with the best in the world. Luxury hotels such as One & Only St Geran, The Residence and The Oberoi are world class five star. There are hundreds of beautiful hotels and spas, many with private villas and plunge pools, making this a wedding and honeymoon paradise. Some of my personal favourites among the smaller hotels are Le Preskil, which is on a private peninsular near Mahebourg and Paradise Cove, which sits in a sheltered bay with gorgeous north African decor and furnishings in a quiet and beautiful part of the island.
If you are looking for shopping and nightlife, head north to the Grande Baie area where there are plenty of restaurants and clubs to keep you busy. The weather on Mauritius, though warm all year round, tends to stay always a bit warmer in the north, the south taking the brunt of winds from the open ocean, where the reefs are much closer to the rugged shoreline. The west coast is the place to head if you are into surfing or want to see dolphins and there are several great hotels at the foot of La Morne peninsula, a dramatic volcanic outcrop of the headland looming above the sandy beaches.
Most of Mauritius’s interior is taken up by sugar plantations, this being the main produce of the island and the Sugar World museum to the north is well worth a visit, taking you back through the history of the island to the present day. There are various other museums and factories that are worth a day trip to, including a glass recycling factory next to the island’s main bottlers where you can watch glass blowing and buy recycled products.
The cuisine of Mauritius is focused mainly on seafood but there are plenty of fresh fruits and spices – visit the amazing food markets in the capital Port Louis for a feast of sights and smells! Coconut, mango, vanilla and sugary spices feature heavilly on menus here. The food of Mauritius is just as much of a cultural melting pot as the people it comes from! There are fabulous Chinese, Indian and African restaurants and some of the hotels here feature world class chefs showcasing the vibrant and varied food of the Indian Ocean. If you enjoyed the food of Masterchef champion, Shelina Permalloo, take yourself on a foodie holiday to her homeland!
Wild Boar and Deer feature highly on the menus too and is farmed here on private ‘domains’, which are more of a playground for the locals with quad bikes and cycling than havens for indigenous wildlife.
There are a few nature reserves on Mauritius, the Black River Gorges Park being home to the remaining population of highly endangered Mauritius Kestrel, but the best place to go and see some of the islands endemic wildlife is the conservation centre on Iles aux Aigrettes, where the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation has an education centre and will take you on a couple of hours guided nature trails to show you creatures including the Pink Pigeon and Giant Tortoise.
If you want to explore somewhere with fabulous people, food and a laid back air of adventure, add on some time in Rodrigues, the smallest of the Mascerene islands with fabulous diving and snorkelling too.
There are often some special offers for Mauritius hotels, combined with airfare deals from some airlines, so ask us for a quote for a Mauritius holiday or honeymoon a spicy island paradise in the Indian Ocean!