Mauritius a truly island paradise with something for everyone.
Mauritius is a small island situated in the Indian Ocean. Flying time from the UK direct is 12 hours.
In 2018 they celebrated 50 years of independence.
It is a cultural island, The island has some of the best beaches, coastlines hotels and resorts also featuring mountains, stunning scenery, banana plantations and history. Population is roughly 1.2 million people who live in the countryside towns and villages with the Capitol Port Louis inhabitants of 150,000. Language is English, French, Creole and over 49% are Hindus. Chinese, English, French, Asian and descendants from Indian people and are referred to as Indo-Mauritians.
Although Mauritius is an all year round destination with an average temperature of 25 and it still boasts seasons. Best time to travel is September through to November being the hottest months and less rain fall. Janurary through to March is Cyclone season and the airport is sometimes closed. Winter months are June through to August, where the weather is still warm but cloudy.
With the weather in mind West and North parts of the island are the best, as the South and East pick up the tradewinds.
There are 4 sugar plantations and a sugar cane Rhumerie and tea fields are still on the Island.
The food is amazing, fresh fish such as Maki, Nigiri, Tuna, Dorado also beef steak are always on a menu – they fully cater for allergens and their Tea is a must.
The roads are good and you can easily hire a car as they drive on our side of the road. Also You are never to far from anywhere on the island.
Arrived to a warm welcome, the Mauritian people will go out of their way to help you.
The smell and scenery is truly stunning and the hotels are amazing quality ready for relaxation and recharge or if you a watersports/ land sports fan then this island has it all.
From Quad Biking to Zip lining to a visit to the Sacred Hindu lake and Temple, to visiting the interior of the island. This Island has it all.
I was privileged to see and visit:
the Hindu Temple and Lake in Grand Bassan
A restaurant high in the mountain range with views of the Southern part of the Island.
Black River Gorge and waterfalls to learn about the history.
A Rhumerie – the only sugar cane process and tasting.
Seven Colours of the Earth, showing the formation of Mauritius.
2 Hour sunset cruise on board a catermaran
Jean factory and local malls.
Statue of Mary
We were lucky to be see and be apart of the Hundu celebrations of the Ganesh festival 2018
Port Louis cultural tour – started at the La Citadelle, then went into the market area, then walked through the capital down to the craft markets and port side.Shopping is a must for souvenirs here.
The beaches and resorts are out of this world also the attention to detail and friendliness of everyone – will definitely go back
Hotels I stayed and visited
5* Le Heritage Le Telfair + Le Hertiage Awali – 2500 hectares of experiences
Le Telfair – A small luxury hotel of the world – Very colonial set on a 1 km stretch of pristine beach. On arrival you are met with a breathtaking views of the resort, paradise beach, pool and cabanas. This hotel is definitely for couples, quiet, personal and full use of the spa, loads of sports facilities and golf club included. The rooms are large suite room
Awali – A family feel, with 3 rooms types on all inclusive basis. Rooms are in colonial blocks of six and are very spacious. This part of the resort boasts the same beach front location with the beach club and watersports available. The bar area is very welcoming and has evening entertainment. The Awali also has a baby, kids and teen programme with fun for all.
Tuesday nights both hotels offer an truly African Experience- a meal set around a large fire with African dancers drummers fire eaters. It only seats 50 so you would need to book and is an extra cost and worth doing.
As this resort is set in a nature reserve you can take a trip out walking, exploring or quad biking.
This Hotel is certainly set in a lovely tropical setting, ALL the rooms are sea facing and the beach is so clean and shallow for younger people – it has a large and open feel. Although this is a family hotel it feels relax and calm.
The Tamassa offers interconnecting rooms, 3 restaurants, 3 pools, and spa. There are 3 board basis from BB, HB to AI. From here you can drive or taxi to local restaurants.
My Favourite for a family hotel. The facilities and standard are excellent – the smells of tropical lilies hang in the air.
4* LUX Belle Mare
One of 2 LUX resorts on Mauritius. A family, couples concept with something for everyone. Facilities include Beach,sports, watersports, Spa, All rooms are Kelly Hoppen design and the very large and spacious, with stunning 1 or 2 bed beach villas with private pools. This hotel boasts beach front location, kids club 3-11 years teens club 12-17 years,photo studio and workshop and lots more sports activities. The hotel is close to the quaint seaside village of Belle Mare. You can phone home free with the red phone boxes and make a wish on the Tree of Wishes. The Lux smell follows you everywhere and you can even buy it in the shop.
4* Veranda Paul and Virginie
Nestled on the North of the Island this adults only hotel is a romantic boutique hideaway. Very small and personal service, food is excellent. Spa and watersports are free. As this is close to Gran Gaube you would have access to the local village and shops, all in all a luxury personal feel close to getting out and about. All the rooms are bright and have sea views.
5* LUX Grand Gaube
This larger resort lies on the North coast close to Grand Gaube. It boasts 2 tranquil beaches, lush tropical grounds lots of do or relax and recharge. Wellness facility and spa with land and watersports you will have unlimited options. Childrens and teens club with a full day time and evening programme.
The rooms are generous and are in blocks with sea, lagoon or garden views, There is also showstopping villas all designed by Kelly Hoppen.
All board arrangements available with 6 restaurants and 7 bars to choose from.
4* Baystone Boutique Hotel
This hotel only has 21 rooms a real chic boutique adults only spa hotel. Right on the board walk into Grand Baie, or 10 mins by taxi.. Being a small hotel there are two buildings with a track separating the two. We would request main building to guarantee a seaview. The Decor is very contemporary a good base if exploring on your own.
4*+ Sands Suites Resort and Spa
This Elegant relaxed resort is on the West coast over looking the Tamarin Bay. A gorgeous setting. This resort with its infinity pool and well designed suites feature sea views. The hotel is based on Half board basis A luscious tropical feel right on a golden sand beach. With 3 restaurants bar, there is also a gym, spa and abundance of watersports available.
5*+ Luxury Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa
Situated on the West Coast this leading hotels of the world is a all pool villa resort. This Mauritian heritage and hospitality is second to none. The 65 villas are set in over 27 lush acres nestled right on the coastline.
The grounds are stunning and the villas amazing. You walk through the door into an outside lounge area, walking through to the private pool area with day beds and sun beds. Through into the villa a large bedroom area flows into the bathroom with a roll top bath, outside shower and separate toilet. Walk in closet. All designed for full comfort, space and privacy.
The hotel is on half board basis.
Thank you Premier Holidays and the Mauritian tourist board for arranging my trip FOR MORE INFORMATION SPEAK TO OUR MAURITIUS EXPERT JACKIE