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  • Overview

    Mark Twain hinted that heaven may have been modelled on Mauritius. With one hundred miles of powder-soft, dazzling, white sand beaches encircling this Indian Ocean island paradise, it’s not hard to see why. Protected from the open sea by the third largest coral reef in the world, the crystalline, sapphire waters which roll onto its palm-fringed coastline are teeming with tropical marine life; an open invitation to indulge in diving and snorkelling that is simply world-class. Beyond coral seascapes framed by dolphins and turtles and dramatic open water dive sites, there are huge swathes of rainforest, mountains, waterfalls, inky lagoons and traditional Creole villages.

    Inland, hiking trails weave through the forested mountains of Chamarel and the Black River Gorges National Park, where there’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the Mauritian flying fox, the only remaining mammal endemic to the island. Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals, and features a diversity of flora and fauna rare in such a small island. Mauritius’ isolation makes it something of a unique biosphere proposition; it remains the only known habitat of the extinct dodo.

    Port Louis is the island’s capital. It's known for its French colonial architecture, botanical gardens and nineteenth century Champ de Mars horse-racing track. Caudan Waterfront is a lively dining and shopping area. Nearby, vendors sell local produce and handicrafts at the huge Central Market. The Blue Penny Museum focuses on the island’s colonial and maritime history, and the Natural History Museum is home to the only complete Dodo skeleton in the world. Beyond the capital smaller villages host busy, spice-laden markets, cosy cafes and plantation houses.

    Harmony is a way of life in Mauritius, and its native population of Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Tamils co-exists peacefully. Differing places of worship, mosques, churches, pagodas and temples, decorate and annotate the streetscape.

    For such a tiny island Mauritius also has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture, infused with Creole, French, Chinese and Indian influences from its past. Blessed with a fertile soil, the local produce is a wonderful array of super-sized vegetables and the sweetest of fruits. Street food is as fine as it is varied. There’s everything from fresh coconut water, chopped fruit covered in chilli and sugar, hot curries topped with chilli and pickles wrapped in buttery breads, and Chinese fried noodles. And away from the street there are quite fabulous restaurants from traditional local eateries with authentic food to gourmet institutions which serve marvellous Mauritian fusion food.

    When to visit

    There are two seasons: a warm, humid summer from November to April, and a cooler dry winter from June to September. The warmest temperatures are in evidence towards the end of the year, from October through to December. But with an enviable subtropical climate that normally brings sun and blue skies, it’s pretty much perfect beach weather all year round.

    The mountainous uplands are luxuriantly green for a reason: they can get rain at any time of year. The remainder of the island normally sees prolonged rain in January and February only. That’s when occasional tropical cyclones roll in from the Indian Ocean to disrupt the weather for about three days, bringing heavy rain.

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Mark Twain hinted that heaven may have been modelled on Mauritius. With one hundred miles of powder-soft, dazzling, white sand beaches encircling this Indian Ocean island paradise, it’s not hard to see why. Protected from the open sea by the third largest coral reef in the world, the crystalline, sapphire waters which roll onto its palm-fringed coastline are teeming with tropical marine life; an open invitation to indulge in diving and snorkelling that is simply world-class. Beyond coral seascapes framed by dolphins and turtles and dramatic open water dive sites, there are huge swathes of rainforest, mountains, waterfalls, inky lagoons and traditional Creole villages.

Inland, hiking trails weave through the forested mountains of Chamarel and the Black River Gorges National Park, where there’s a chance to catch a glimpse of the Mauritian flying fox, the only remaining mammal endemic to the island. Mauritius is home to some of the world’s rarest plants and animals, and features a diversity of flora and fauna rare in such a small island. Mauritius’ isolation makes it something of a unique biosphere proposition; it remains the only known habitat of the extinct dodo.

Port Louis is the island’s capital. It's known for its French colonial architecture, botanical gardens and nineteenth century Champ de Mars horse-racing track. Caudan Waterfront is a lively dining and shopping area. Nearby, vendors sell local produce and handicrafts at the huge Central Market. The Blue Penny Museum focuses on the island’s colonial and maritime history, and the Natural History Museum is home to the only complete Dodo skeleton in the world. Beyond the capital smaller villages host busy, spice-laden markets, cosy cafes and plantation houses.

Harmony is a way of life in Mauritius, and its native population of Muslims, Buddhists, Christians, Hindus and Tamils co-exists peacefully. Differing places of worship, mosques, churches, pagodas and temples, decorate and annotate the streetscape.

For such a tiny island Mauritius also has an incredibly rich and diverse food culture, infused with Creole, French, Chinese and Indian influences from its past. Blessed with a fertile soil, the local produce is a wonderful array of super-sized vegetables and the sweetest of fruits. Street food is as fine as it is varied. There’s everything from fresh coconut water, chopped fruit covered in chilli and sugar, hot curries topped with chilli and pickles wrapped in buttery breads, and Chinese fried noodles. And away from the street there are quite fabulous restaurants from traditional local eateries with authentic food to gourmet institutions which serve marvellous Mauritian fusion food.

When to visit

There are two seasons: a warm, humid summer from November to April, and a cooler dry winter from June to September. The warmest temperatures are in evidence towards the end of the year, from October through to December. But with an enviable subtropical climate that normally brings sun and blue skies, it’s pretty much perfect beach weather all year round.

The mountainous uplands are luxuriantly green for a reason: they can get rain at any time of year. The remainder of the island normally sees prolonged rain in January and February only. That’s when occasional tropical cyclones roll in from the Indian Ocean to disrupt the weather for about three days, bringing heavy rain.

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Featured hotels

Lagoon Attitude

4 star

This adult only property occupies an enviable location by the shore of the vast Anse la Raie lagoon on the protected northern coastline of Mauritius.

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Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

5 star

Tucked away in a secluded cove on the northern coast of the island, the boutique hotel Paradise Cove offers luxury in a romantic setting, perfect for couples seeking an idyllic time away.

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Heritage Le Telfair

5 star

Arrive at Heritage Le Telfair, and alongside one of the warmest welcomes on the island, the elegant, colonial style architecture of the resort creates a magnificent first impression.

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Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

5 star

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is an exclusive, luxury Mauritian hideaway, where privacy and comfort are highly valued alongside attentive, personalised service.

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Featured hotels

Lagoon Attitude

4 star

This adult only property occupies an enviable location by the shore of the vast Anse la Raie lagoon on the protected northern coastline of Mauritius.

Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel

5 star

Tucked away in a secluded cove on the northern coast of the island, the boutique hotel Paradise Cove offers luxury in a romantic setting, perfect for couples seeking an idyllic time away.

Heritage Le Telfair

5 star

Arrive at Heritage Le Telfair, and alongside one of the warmest welcomes on the island, the elegant, colonial style architecture of the resort creates a magnificent first impression.

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa

5 star

Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa is an exclusive, luxury Mauritian hideaway, where privacy and comfort are highly valued alongside attentive, personalised service.

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