Sitting in the middle of the Indian Ocean about 2000km off the south east coast of Africa, Mauritius is a good all year round option with a nice warm climate.
Mauritius has a lot to offer everyone and is popular for honeymoons and family holidays alike. Water sports are popular and the island is surrounded by reefs. There is plenty to explore inland too with tropical forests, hills and hiking, colourful markets and a tasty food culture! Little wonder that Mauritius was voted 'World's Leading Island Destination' in the 2009 World Travel Awards.
Beaches are definitely the big draw card of Mauritius! Clear, warm waters and beautiful sandy beaches make this a tropical idyll. There are large lagoons lined with sand, perfect for enjoying swimming or just sun bathing. There are endless opportunities for water sports, diving and snorkelling.
The North has many water sports such as waterskiing, windsurfing, sailing and deep sea fishing. The West coast has lovely sunsets, great surfing and shallow waters close to shore. The East is wilder and has many nature reserves and shady coves and lagoons. The South East has dramatic high cliffs creating a craggy coastline as the waters break through the reefs from the open sea.
A small, friendly boutique hotel near Grand Baie. Luxury rooms and a quiet location.
Andrea Lodge is located on the south coast of Mauritius, in forested hills overlooking the sea.
Belle Mare Plage is on a stunning 2 kilometre beach on the east coast blending Mauritian design with contemporary styling.
Le Telfair is set in the grounds of a former sugar plantation and offers spacious accommodation and excellent service.
La Hacienda is a collection of 4 self-contained guest houses on Lion Mountain above Old Grand Port, with wonderful mountain and sea views.
A small boutique hotel in a beautiful location at the Black River Gorges National Park in southwest Mauritius.
A small guest house with restaurant, just a 10 minute drive from the airport.
Le Suffren Hotel is in the trendy Le Caudan Waterfront part of Port Louis, comfortable and ideally located.
A gorgeous setting in the forests of southern Mauritius in cosy rooms with good facilities.
A luxury hotel on the west coast at the foot of La Morne.
Maradiva Villas offers all suite accommodation in a stunning setting on the west coast of Mauritius. The perfect spot for relaxation or activity, the choice is yours.
Ocean Villas is an attractive hotel set in tropical gardens with its own private beach and within walking distance of the town of Grand Baie.
A luxury hotel set on the Belle Mare Peninsula, bounded by a sheltered lagoon on one side and the Indian Ocean on the other.
Preskil Beach Resort offers a Mauritian welcome on a private peninsula in the south of the island.
A small, stylish hotel facing the tranquil Grand Bay lagoon, offering watersports and excursions as well as secluded relaxation
Shanti Maurice promises a relaxing and revitalising stay in a peaceful beachfront location in the south of the island of Mauritius.
Time: GMT +4 hours
Direct flights from London are operated by British Airways, Air Mauritius and Virgin (seasonally). Flying time just under 12 hours. Links with Air Mauritius, Kenya Airways or South African Airways to the mainland African continent are possible.
Language: Official language is English. Most widely spoken is Mauritian Creole which has close ties to French. French is also widely spoken.
Not required by UK passport holders.
Malaria free zone and no compulsary vaccinations (except Yellow Fever if arriving from an infected country).