Mauritius, is a sparkling crystal in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, sheltered from the open sea by the world's third largest coral reef.
Here you have the opportunity to experience unparalleled luxury and a level of refinement that is head and shoulders above that on offer in other tropical destinations.
Mauritius was named after the Dutch Prince Maurice Van Nassau but along with the Dutch the history and culture is influenced by English, French, Indian and other nations. The population of 1.3 million are a melting pot of Hindus, Muslims, Creoles, Chinese, Catholics and Tamils who all live side by side and this cultural diversity and racial harmony is one of the island's main attractions.
English is the official language, but both French and Creole are the most commonly spoken and most Mauritians are generally bilingual.
Winter is May to October and the temperatures range from 17-23 C, in these months light woollen clothing is recommended in the evenings. Summer is November to April 22-30 C, Cyclone season ( Jan Feb March) can be very humid and windy with a rough seas, although weather patterns are unpredictable and can vary. The sun can be fierce so I would recommend plenty of sun cream. The weather tends to be slightly better on the west coasts and the sunsets are spectacular here, the beaches tend to be good on the east coast but the beaches are great in general. All beaches are public, however the locals tend not to go on the ones near the hotels. The hotel staff sweep the beaches in front of the hotels every morning.
The capital is Port Louis which is worth some time exploring, there is a lovely waterfront area with shops and restaurants. The other lively area is Grand Baie with a mix of shopping malls, restaurants, hotels and a marina.
There are over 300 hotels in Mauritius that will cater for everyone, from families to honeymooners, couples and singles. Hotel rooms tend to be large as land was very affordable when a lot of the hotels were originally built. The service level is high as standard and the staff pride themselves on looking after guests to an exceptional standard. Tipping is not expected but appreciated.
The island is not just all about the beaches, there is plenty to see and do, so I would suggest getting out and exploring for at least day or two. There are catamaran trips to see dolphins in their natural habitat, sunset cruises, mountain biking, quad biking, horse riding, golf, deep sea fishing, visits to rum factories and sugar cane plantations and National Parks. Hiring a car is easy, driving is on the left but the roads can be winding, so if you suffer from travel sickness I would suggest taking travel sick pills.
Mark Twain once remarked that God modelled Heaven on Mauritius and after a relaxing holiday filled with days spent on the sandy beaches, trying the water sports, exploring the National Parks and tropical forests and evenings sampling the delicious local sea food and multi-cultural cuisine on offer with a cocktail or a cold local beer or two, you will have to agree.
We offer tailor made holidays to Mauritius in conjunction with a number of tour operators including If Only and Beachcomber