Mauritius is an island of jungle covered mountains, tumbling waterfalls, long sandy beaches and shallow lagoons. It’s the perfect retreat for both families and couples due to its pleasant tropical climate and natural beauty.
Extinct volcanoes are dotted around the island, which is surrounded by one of the largest coral reefs in the world, creating a diver’s paradise. The warm, sparkling waters of the Indian Ocean lap at the beautiful coastline. Small coves shaded by casuarina trees can be found in the north with long stretches of golden sand to the east and west.
If you want to do more than soak up the sun, the island offers a range of adrenaline-fuelled watersports from windsurfing to jet skiing. Or have a go at deep sea fishing. Mauritius holds the Marlin World Cup and a catch of over half a ton is not uncommon. There are also challenging golf courses in the most spectacular of settings. The Four Seasons Anahita hosts the Afrasia Golf Masters each year. Designed by Ernie Els, the course showcases the natural beauty of Mauritius with lagoons, sugar cane fields and pristine coastline, while Bernhard Langer’s course, Le Touessrok, is situated on its own tropical island.
Mauritian culture is a mix of African, Indian, European and Oriental influences. Visit the ruins of the early European settlers or Grand Bassin, a crater lake with a 33ft statue of Shiva, held sacred by the Mauritian Hindus. Amongst elegant colonial houses, you’ll find vibrant markets, museums and botanical gardens. Or visit one of a dozen nature reserves. Hike through the Black River Gorges populated by macaque monkeys or sail to the Ile Aux Aigrettes, the last resting place of the dodo.
There are many fine hotels in Mauritius, some catering for families with fabulous children’s clubs, others more suited to honeymoon couples. The standard of accommodation and facilities are high, making Mauritius an ideal holiday setting.
When to go
It is best to visit Mauritius from May to October when the island is dry and temperatures are high. Avoid December to March when heavy rains and cyclones hit.