Hidden away 1240 miles off the coast of Africa, this picture-perfect paradise is a honeymooners’ dream holiday, with luxury 5* resorts peppering the tranquil shores of the Indian Ocean. The island is also fast earning a reputation as a golf destination par excellence with a selection of world-class layouts, including the iconic Ile Aux Cerfs.
Of course, Mauritius isn’t all about pure white sands lapped by crystal clear waters and world-class golf, although both are pretty spectacular.
For a relatively small island the diversity of cultures and landscapes on display is staggering, and whether you board a catamaran along the beautiful east coast, see giant tortoises on Egret Island, or simply unwind on the beautiful beaches, this castaway island is guaranteed to leave you with memories that last a lifetime.
Fly from the UK with Air Mauritius or British Airways in 12 hours, or go with Emirates, which includes a stop-over in Dubai. On arrival at the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, all hotels are located within a one-hour transfer.
The subtropical climate means there are only two seasons - summer and winter – yet with only a four-degree difference in average temperature, it’s a fantastic year-round choice. The best time to visit is from November to March, although the winter months from May to September remain warm and dry.
With world-class golf, gourmet cuisine and exceptional spas, visitors can be forgiven for staying within the confines of their hotel. Venture away from the sandy beaches and you will discover a cultural melting pot, where Hindu temples, French Colonial Mansions and Creole influences stand side by side, particularly in the vibrant and diverse capital Port Louis.
OUR TOP TIP: Take advantage of low-season rates by travelling in May, which has perfect golfing temperatures of 22-25 degress. When visiting, ensure you op for all-inclusive options
While the town is home to fantastic shopping and even an ancient dodo skeleton, most visitors travel to Mauritius to experience its awe-inspiring landscapes. From the indigenous forest in the central highlands to the beautiful reefs and off-shore sandbars, Mauritius is about as close to heaven as it gets. Whether you head to the Black River Gorges National Park, embark on a nature walk in one of the island’s eco-adventure playgrounds or descend on an underwater adventure, you will be treated to a truly extraordinary display by mother nature.
Fringed by spectacular coral reefs, scuba-diving is unsurprisingly high on many visitor’s agendas. Yet to be bleached or damaged by the perilous effects of global warming, the coral reefs surrounding the island continues to thrive and divers will find hundreds of species of marine life flourishing around the reefs and shipwrecks.
Almost entirely encircled by barrier coral reefs, Mauritius is one of the world’s most sought after diving destinations and whether you’re a total beginner or certified instructor you will be able to find a dive that suits you.