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Mauritius for families? Child’s play.

When it comes to tropical getaways, Mauritius has everything you could possibly want. With white sands, crystal-clear waters and adrenaline-filled activities, Mauritius has something for kids – and adults – of all ages. So if you’re after a family holiday with a difference, this place should be on your list.

It’s no secret that this island does honeymoons oh-so well, but Mauritius family holidays are also becoming increasingly popular. With frequent flights from most major UK airports, plus some of the world’s best child-friendly resorts, Mauritius is quickly making its way on to the bucket lists of families looking for an exotic break. The island’s calm waters and powder-soft beaches are ideal for young children or toddlers to potter around, making sandcastles and splashing in the sea. And you’ll have plenty of choice when it comes to accommodation. Mauritius has everything from budget-friendly beach hotels to ultra-luxurious resorts. If you really want to treat yourself, why not book a beach villa or a private suite? Many of the luxury options in Mauritius have their own pools or hot tubs, so you can look forward to the ultimate treat.

The best thing about going on a family holiday to Mauritius is the sheer amount of activities you’ll be able to try – not to mention the never-ending beach options. It can be hard to tear yourself away from the picture-perfect sands but, if you manage it, you might be surprised by what you find. Take the kids zip-lining through tropical jungle, go on a hike to tumbling waterfalls and steep-sided gorges, and be amazed by the natural phenomenon of Mauritius’ multicoloured earth. Of course, if you’d prefer to spend the whole time relaxing, our experts can help you choose the perfect family resort. Play with the kids on your hotel’s private beach, chill out by the pool, and enjoy delicious gourmet dining by the sea.

Beaches

Ocean adventures

Family activities

Family hotels

Beach time

You can’t go to Mauritius on a family holiday without spending some quality time together on a picture-perfect beach. Belle Mare, Ile aux Cerfs and Flic-en-Flac regularly make it on to lists of the world’s best beaches but – let’s be honest – all the beaches in Mauritius are stunning. And, thanks to the island’s incredible range of luxurious beachside resorts and private villas, it’s very easy to wander straight from your room to the sand.

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If you’re planning to spend a lot of time snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing, it’s best time to go on holiday between April and June or September and December, when you can expect warm weather and low humidity. Although you might find that the hot summer months – November to March – are best avoided if you’re travelling with very young children.

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Ocean adventures

Thanks to its Indian Ocean postcode, Mauritius has a tropical climate and warm seas – which means there’s also a huge variety of marine life. See it all for yourself by going out to sea on a snorkelling trip. Or, why not take the kids on an exciting underwater submarine safari? They’ll be able to peek out of the portholes and see an exciting array of coral and multi-coloured fish – it’s the perfect option for toddlers and younger children, if they’re not confident swimmers.

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If you’re travelling with teenagers, why not consider going on a diving trip? Plus, children over the age of five can do an ‘undersea walk’. They simply pop on a special helmet which allows them to breathe underwater, as they walk along the seafloor. They’ll be able to see and feed wild zebrafish and other creatures. Or, get everyone up early and head out on dolphin-watching tip.

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Family activities

Mauritius has a seemingly never-ending list of exciting activities for families to enjoy. If you’re a bunch of thrill-seekers, you won’t be disappointed. You could easily spend an entire week out on the water, trying various watersports. Many resorts offer free snorkelling and non-motorised watersport equipment, so it’s easy for you to get out there and try something new. Lots of resorts also offer water-skiing, kite-surfing and jet skiing. Or, for something completely different, go paragliding and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the island below.

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Back on the ground, you’ll find plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities like quad biking and zip-lining. A lot of these high-octane activities tend to be better suited to teenagers and adults. But little ones aren’t left out – you’ll find that most family-friendly resorts have professionally-run kids' clubs, providing all-day activities and games.

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Mauritius family hotels

Mauritius has some fantastic family-friendly hotels. In the southwest, Heritage La Telfair is perfect for families seeking somewhere private to relax – all the rooms are housed in villas of no more than eight suites. Make the most of the complimentary watersports equipment, including glass-bottomed kayaks and paddle-boards. And, after a busy day, you can take your pick from 12 amazing restaurants.

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Further north, The Ravenala Attitude is just a 30-minute drive from St Louis – but you might not ever want to leave the hotel. Little ones can play at Ayo Le Dodo Kids’ Club, while older children can chill out at Teens’ Republic Club. This resort also boasts a PADI dive centre, a range of watersports and a whopping 15 places to eat.

On the northeast tip of Mauritius, near the popular Grand Gaube area, Zilwa Attitude is another option. With four pools – including one right on the beach – watersports and a games room, this place caters for all ages. The kids’ club has a daily programme of activities, and there are seven bars and restaurants for you to work your way through.

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Beaches

Beach time

You can’t go to Mauritius on a family holiday without spending some quality time together on a picture-perfect beach. Belle Mare, Ile aux Cerfs and Flic-en-Flac regularly make it on to lists of the world’s best beaches but – let’s be honest – all the beaches in Mauritius are stunning. And, thanks to the island’s incredible range of luxurious beachside resorts and private villas, it’s very easy to wander straight from your room to the sand.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re planning to spend a lot of time snorkelling, swimming and sunbathing, it’s best time to go on holiday between April and June or September and December, when you can expect warm weather and low humidity. Although you might find that the hot summer months – November to March – are best avoided if you’re travelling with very young children.

Show More
Show Less

Ocean adventures

Ocean adventures

Thanks to its Indian Ocean postcode, Mauritius has a tropical climate and warm seas – which means there’s also a huge variety of marine life. See it all for yourself by going out to sea on a snorkelling trip. Or, why not take the kids on an exciting underwater submarine safari? They’ll be able to peek out of the portholes and see an exciting array of coral and multi-coloured fish – it’s the perfect option for toddlers and younger children, if they’re not confident swimmers.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re travelling with teenagers, why not consider going on a diving trip? Plus, children over the age of five can do an ‘undersea walk’. They simply pop on a special helmet which allows them to breathe underwater, as they walk along the seafloor. They’ll be able to see and feed wild zebrafish and other creatures. Or, get everyone up early and head out on dolphin-watching tip.

Show More
Show Less

Family activities

Family activities

Mauritius has a seemingly never-ending list of exciting activities for families to enjoy. If you’re a bunch of thrill-seekers, you won’t be disappointed. You could easily spend an entire week out on the water, trying various watersports. Many resorts offer free snorkelling and non-motorised watersport equipment, so it’s easy for you to get out there and try something new. Lots of resorts also offer water-skiing, kite-surfing and jet skiing. Or, for something completely different, go paragliding and enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the island below.

Show More
Show Less

Back on the ground, you’ll find plenty of adrenaline-pumping activities like quad biking and zip-lining. A lot of these high-octane activities tend to be better suited to teenagers and adults. But little ones aren’t left out – you’ll find that most family-friendly resorts have professionally-run kids' clubs, providing all-day activities and games.

Show More
Show Less

Family hotels

Mauritius family hotels

Mauritius has some fantastic family-friendly hotels. In the southwest, Heritage La Telfair is perfect for families seeking somewhere private to relax – all the rooms are housed in villas of no more than eight suites. Make the most of the complimentary watersports equipment, including glass-bottomed kayaks and paddle-boards. And, after a busy day, you can take your pick from 12 amazing restaurants.

Show More
Show Less

Further north, The Ravenala Attitude is just a 30-minute drive from St Louis – but you might not ever want to leave the hotel. Little ones can play at Ayo Le Dodo Kids’ Club, while older children can chill out at Teens’ Republic Club. This resort also boasts a PADI dive centre, a range of watersports and a whopping 15 places to eat.

On the northeast tip of Mauritius, near the popular Grand Gaube area, Zilwa Attitude is another option. With four pools – including one right on the beach – watersports and a games room, this place caters for all ages. The kids’ club has a daily programme of activities, and there are seven bars and restaurants for you to work your way through.

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