Mauritius is one of the most popular destinations for us here at Greatest Africa, both with our South African clients who are looking for an affordable, family-friendly break and also our international clients keen for some winter sun, turquoise waters and five star luxury. Here are the things you need to know about visiting Mauritius and booking that once-in-a-lifetime trip.
What time of year should we go?
Luckily there isn’t really a bad time to go to Mauritius with its tropical climate and year-round sunshine. The best time to go is from May to December. Peak season is from October to April but you can expect a higher risk of cyclones from January to March.
Where should we stay?
One of the most incredible things about staying in Mauritius is the five star, all-inclusive hotels where food, drinks and entertainment are all included in your price. Our clients often love the hotels so much that they don’t feel the need to leave and explore the island. Here are five of our favourites:
- Le Paradis – recently refurbished, Le Paradis Hotel lies on the picturesque Le Morne peninsula, with the majestic Le Morne Mountain as a dramatic backdrop. One of the most beautiful locations in Mauritius, and home to the islands largest lagoon, Le Paradis promises an unforgettable luxury resort vacation. It’s also one of the very best options if you are travelling with your family or you love golf.
- Dinarobin is a five star haven of peace and tranquility. Sweeping views over white sandy beaches, swaying palms and crystal waters all in a tropical setting, this is where you will be able to rejuvenate body and mind.
- Le Canonnier is known as one of the top family resorts on the island. Set against the breath-taking coastline, along a historic peninsula, Le Canonnier is surrounded by the sparkling Indian Ocean, cascading pools, and a lush 17-acre tropical garden.
What should we do there?
Each hotel will have a huge range of activities every day and for all members of the family. If you are travelling with kids, ask whether there is a kids club and what the weekly programme looks like. Popular activities for all the family include:
- Catamaran trips to desert islands
- Diving – Mauritius offers some of the best diving in the world. You can also complete your diving course there or, if you already have your qualification, you can ask for a refresher course before you take the plunge.
- Snorkeling – you don’t have to go far or deep to see what’s under the sea in Mauritius. Snorkeling can be a great fun for the whole family.
- Glass-bottom boats – with a few drinks on board, glass-bottom boats may be right up your alley if you are travelling with young ones of the grandparents.
- Watersports – most hotels offer a range of watersports from kayaking to paragliding and wind-surfing, there is something for everyone.
- Fishing – if deep-sea fishing is your thing, book yourself on a boat and experience the deep blue.
- Eat like a king – the food in Mauritius is worth writing home about. Most hotels have a huge range on offer and there are often over three restaurants to choose from. Many of the big hotels that cater for kids will offer babysitting.
- Visit the local markets. Get a taste for the culture of Mauritius by visiting the local markets.
Booking early can often save you money in the long-run. Prices hike somewhat over Christmas and also for those last-minute breaks. If you don’t have to stick to school holidays, ask when the best time is to visit as prices can come down significantly out of peak season. If you are travelling with a large group, you may be in line for a special group rate or discount.
Keen to book that trip to Mauritius? Get in touch, we would love to help.