In 1968 Mauritius gained its independence and has become home to a multi-cultural society and a booming tourism industry, and with residents that speak English, French and Mauritian Creole, a selection of great all-inclusive hotels and breath-taking sights; it’s no wonder that so many holidaymakers return year after year.
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Being in the southern hemisphere, summers in Mauritius occur during the British winter, but that shouldn’t perturb you from travelling there at any time of the year. Expect average highs to reach the low to mid-twenties from June to October, after which they get closer to 30°C until around April when they begin to cool again.
Please note that these temperatures are average highs for Mauritius and were correct at the time of writing.
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You might have noticed that many holiday brochures and websites for this Indian Ocean Island don’t advertise the cuisine of their all-inclusive hotel restaurants, or alternatively just state that they’re offering a traditional Mauritius menu. The reason for this is that the local cuisine is so varied, taking on influences of Creole, Chinese and French cuisines that complement what is a multicultural society.
Creole itself is such a big blend of different cuisines in and of itself, blending dishes from France, Spain, India, the Caribbean, Portugal, Greece, the Canary Islands, West Africa, Native-America, Germany, Italy and Ireland into existing seafood, chicken and pork based dishes and soups, as well as a few tasty dessert treats.
With so many all-inclusive hotels located on the beach in such an agreeable climate, it’s unsurprising that you don’t have to look far to find one that offers up freshly grilled seafood, as well as a range of traditional barbeque meals and snacks. Of course, with such a warm climate, you’ll be pleased to know that the British holiday favourite of ice cream is usually readily available.
If you prefer a more serene dining atmosphere, you’ll be pleased to know that there are adults-only restaurants available at some of the hotels, as well as private dining experiences for an extra cost, alongside more family friendly restaurants.
Visitors to Mauritius are usually there to take in the natural beauty of the island, so it’s understandable that the all-inclusive activities often take advantage of the local surroundings. Expect to find lots of motorised and non-motorised water sports being offered, as well as sports facilities that you would expect to find at an all-inclusive hotel, such as multi-sports courts and equipment for games.
Because of the warm weather, practically every all-inclusive hotel has a swimming pool, but being that the island is considered to be a bit more upmarket, you’ll also find a few hotels feature an infinity pool.
Mauritius is very popular with golfers, and it’s understandable why. With a great selection of golf courses, some of which are better for amateur golf enthusiasts as well as those designed for the pros, if you fancy teeing off for a few days, check before you book, as some hotels include the golf course as part of their all-inclusive package.
While some areas have an energetic nightlife, most of the local hotels go all-in and have evening entertainment programmes that include nighttime staples of karaoke, DJ sets, live music, discos, nightclubs and more.
If you’re taking younger children with you, you’ll be pleased to know that most of the all-inclusive hotels also provide children’s clubs, providing entertainment for younger children and teens, just in case you want to have a bit of time to yourself.
Most of the beaches in Mauritius are postcard-perfect, and with practically every all-inclusive hotel located either next to or directly on the beach, you won’t have to go far from your hotel room to create that idyllic brochure scene.
With over 160 kilometres of sandy bliss, this awe-inspiring coastline is home to serene lagoons and coral reefs brimming with wildlife, meaning that whether you want to go to the beach to party, unwind or explore, you should be able to find somewhere that is perfect for you.
Who Goes There?
Mauritius is a major tourist destination that appeals to people from all around the world, but despite its modest economy is considered to be more of an upmarket location by holidaymakers. While you can still find a good deal, you’ll find that a holiday here is typically more expensive than one somewhere like Alicante, meaning that you’re more likely to bump into wealthier couples and families.
There are quite a few reliable bus routes available throughout Mauritius, with many people claiming that National Transport Corporation, United Bus Service, Mauritius Bus Transport and Triolet Bus Service are all quite reliable, but there are also a few taxi operators if you require one.
Chat with your holiday representative if you’re unsure of how to spot them, but it’s very important that you only use licensed taxis in Mauritius. Although this will cost you more, you’ll avoid the potentially costly mistake of being held up by a robber. Make sure that your taxi is metered before you get in.
While Mauritius is known for incredible beaches, it’s brimming with exciting and engaging historical locations and markets, as well as some truly stunning natural beauty spots. If you truly want to immerse yourself in Mauritian culture and all that the island has to offer, these are just some of the excursions worth considering.
Great for families and big kids
Go on an adventure at Casela World of Adventures – Covering a staggering 14 hectares, this nature park and the zoo is home to an impressive range of animals, including big cats, rhinos, giraffes, zebras, impalas, waterbucks, rhinos, monkeys and much more. Offering zip-line and quad-bike safaris, Casela World of Adventures can be as adrenaline packed or relaxing as you need it to be..
Get up close with nature at Grande Montagne Nature Reserve – Grande Montagne Nature Reserve in Rodrigues is one of the last remaining forests in the area, and with the support of The Mauritian Wildlife Foundation more native plants have been encouraged to grow and the local eco-system has thrived. Trails make exploring the reserve a lot easier, but it’s worth taking a map or following a guide if you don’t want to get lost.
Experience the Blue Bay Marine Park – The Blue Bay Marine Park in Pointe d’Esny and Blue Bay is home to a rich underwater forest of coral and a bevvy of aquatic wildlife. If you’re feeling adventurous the park can be explored by snorkelling, or alternatively, many excursion operators provide glass-bottomed boat tours.
Visit the La Vanille Zoo – Located on the south coast of Mauritius, La Vanille proudly boasts that they house the largest creep of tortoises of any zoo, as well as providing a home to a number of crocodiles and other exciting animals.
Great for adults and teenagers
Educate yourself at one of the many museums – Mauritius has a rich history, and because of this, there are plenty of museums to check out, including the National History Museum in Mahébourg where you can view Dodo bones, alongside early maps and paintings of the island.
Other museums worth looking into include the Blue Penny Museum and the Mauritius Postal Museum in Port Louis, as well as the Rhumerie de Chamarel rum distillery and museum, and the Curious Corner of Chamarel where you can experience a mind-blowing 200 mirror maze and laser room.
Shop at the markets – Mauritius is home to a great selection of markets, and whether you just want to have an explore or if you need to pick up that essential souvenir, you can’t go wrong at any of the following:
The Monday Market in Mahébourg used to focus on offering textiles and fabrics, but now it’s home to fruit and vegetable sellers, bric-a-brac stalls and street food. The Saturday Market in Port Mathurin also offers food but has a great selection of souvenirs as well, but keep in mind that this is a very busy market. In Port Louis, the Central Market, which was renovated back in 2004, is a great place to get a glimpse into local life in Mauritius, although you’re unlikely to find anything that you can bring home.
Enjoy some Jazz at the Hotel Tamarin – The proprietor of the Hotel Tamarin is a self-professed Jazz fanatic, and it shows by how many of the jazz concerts he not only hosts, but also performs in. Considered to be one of the best live music venues in Mauritius, this is an essential excursion for lovers of music.
Check out a Sega show -Sega performances embody Creole lyrics, dazzling costumes, a rhythmic drum beat and incredible dancing. Many of the all-inclusive hotels in Mauritius offer these as part of their evening entertainment but don’t be afraid to venture to the nearby beaches or even the streets, as anywhere can become a stage for a Sega performance.
*Details correct as of March 2017, however, errors can occur, deals can expire and facilities can change. Please treat this information as a rough guideline. If you notice an obvious error or a better price, let us know and we’ll update this page.