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10 Reasons to Book a Holiday to Mauritius

by Travelbag on 01 May 2019, 14:05PM

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A holiday to Mauritius is a real bucket list dream. This exotic island is renowned for its slice-of-paradise feel – Mark Twain even famously said that God must have created Mauritius first, then copied Heaven from Mauritius. And, when you see the sugary beaches and clear waters, it’s hard to disagree. Mauritius may only cover 720-square miles – it could fit inside the UK 29 times – but this diverse island has plenty to see and do. If you needed any more persuasion, here are 10 reasons why a trip to Mauritius should be on your list.

 

1. The climate is fantastic

Mauritius may be a tropical destination but, unlike most places, there isn’t really a bad time to visit. There are only two seasons – the hot summer runs from November to April, while the pleasant winter stretches from May to October. During summer, you can expect daily temperatures in the mid-twenties, but it can easily reach 30 degrees. July is the coldest month – but even then, you can be sure of balmy 20-degree days. If you’re after not-too-hot sunshine, October is the best time to visit Mauritius.

 

2. You’ll be amazed by the beaches

It’s no secret that Mauritius is home to some truly incredible beaches. You can sunbathe on pure-white sands, read your book in the shade of a swaying palm tree, and go for a dip in bright blue waters. Wherever you’re staying, you’ll never be far from a postcard-worthy beach – Belle Mare, Flic en Flac and Troux aux Biches are all top choices. Or you could take a boat trip to Ile aux Cerfs. Anchored off the east coast, this little islet has tranquil lagoons perfect for swimming.

Mauritius beach

3. The hotels are really luxurious

Mauritius honeymoons are, understandably, incredibly popular – but you don’t need to be newlyweds to enjoy the island’s gorgeous hotels. Mauritius is peppered with five-star retreats, most of which offer a pristine beach, therapeutic spa treatments and gourmet dining. You might recognise the names of some Mauritius resorts like LUX Grand Gaube and Sugar Beach. But if you really want to splash out, take a look at Shangri-La’s jaw-dropping Le Touessrok Resort & Spa.

 

4. You can see a natural phenomenon

Mother Nature clearly decided that, despite its turquoise seas and pearly beaches, Mauritius needed more colour. Tucked away in Chamarel, the Seven Coloured Earths is a must-see natural phenomenon. Over time, the Earth’s minerals have transformed the sands into seven distinct shades of blue, purple, violet, red, brown, green and yellow. Fun fact – if you mixed all the sand together, it would eventually separate into seven separate layers of colour, like a rainbow. 

Mauritius Seven Coloured Earths

5. The diving is incredible

Like the sunshine, sea temperatures in Mauritius are very reliable. If you’re into diving, you’ll be pleased to know that the ocean stays warm all year round, with temperatures floating between 23 and 28 degrees. Once you’re in the water, you can expect to find bright coral reefs and shipwrecks, along with turtles, rays and tropical residents like butterfly fish, parrot fish and clownfish.

 

6. You can swim with wild dolphins

If you’re not a confident diver, don’t worry about missing out on Mauritius’ marine life. Why not take a boat trip to see wild dolphins? You can watch them play in their natural habitat, and you can even get in the water if you want to see these clever creatures up close. Most dolphin-watching tours sail from the west coast, near Flic en Flac or Tamarin Bay. To have the best chance of seeing Flipper and friends, it’s best to set off before sunrise – that early start will be more than worth it.

Mauritius wild dolphins

7. You’ll love Creole cuisine

The food in Mauritius is arguably one of the tastiest in the world. Thanks to Mauritius’ diverse population, Creole dishes have been influenced by French, Indian, African and Asian recipes – so they’re full of flavour. You can drool over freshly-caught seafood, try rich tomato-based stews, and snack on dhal puri – a tangy flatbread served with refreshing chutney.

 

8. The golf courses are world-class

Golf is a big thing in Mauritius. The island’s first course, Mauritius Gymkhana Golf Club, opened in 1902, making it the oldest golf club in the southern hemisphere and the fourth-oldest in the world. Since then, plenty more courses have sprung up. And they’re all immaculate. You can enjoy sea views as you practise your swing – several of Mauritius’ golf courses meander around picturesque lagoons and coastal bays.

Mauritius golf course

9. There are lots of adrenaline-pumping activities

We totally understand if you can’t tear yourself away from the beach. But, if you do fancy something a little more exciting, Mauritius has plenty of things to do for adrenaline junkies. You can go zip-lining through the trees, spotting exotic birds as you go, or abseil down a waterfall at Black River Gorges National Park. Feeling brave? Sign up for skydiving at Anse La Raie or Grand Gaube. From 10,000 feet in the air, you’ll have an incredible view over Mauritius.

 

10. It’s not as expensive as you think

While Mauritius is undoubtedly a luxury holiday destination, it costs less than you think. If you’re looking for a top-class beach holiday, booking a trip to Mauritius will certainly work out cheaper than going to either of its pretty cousins – AKA the Maldives and the Seychelles. Booking an all-inclusive holiday to Mauritius can also really help you stick to your budget, because all your meals, snacks and drinks are already paid for.

 

Tempted? Take a closer look at our Mauritius holidays, or read about the top places to visit while you’re there.


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