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Known by global holidaymakers as a tropical paradise set in the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean; Mauritius offers white sandy beaches, lush green forests and a peaceful, friendly atmosphere - making it the perfect luxury escape for families, couples and friends.

From cultural experiences to complete relaxation on a white sand beach, holidays to Mauritius radiate charm, offer breathtaking views and some of the most picturesque beaches in the world. All year round, families can enjoy outdoor adventure, fun and frolics, as well as plenty of fresh local cuisine. It’s also a favoured location for honeymoons and even dream weddings.

Whether you want to enjoy lazy nights under stunning sunsets or discover refreshing lagoons and waterfalls - Mauritius offers a wealth of variety for guests of any age, so make it the destination for your 2024 or 2025 holidays.

3 Star Mauritius Holidays

Embrace the culture, relaxed vibe and outstanding natural beauty on the island of Mauritius with a stay at one of these fantastic 3-star hotels. Take a look through some of our favourites and find the cheapest deals on Mauritius holidays.

4 Star Mauritius Holidays

Experience the enchanting delights of Mauritius with our impressive range of 4-star holidays. Escape to the idyllic sanctuary of one of the many magnificent resorts hidden away in this exquisite tropical paradise.

5 Star Mauritius Holidays

Sapphire seas, crystal-clear lagoons and long stretches of pearly white sand make Mauritius a jewel of the Indian Ocean. We've put together our top picks for 5-star holidays with a level of luxury beyond your wildest dreams.

Officially known as the ‘Republic of Mauritius’, the country is comprised of the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues, the latter of which is located 350 miles east. The capital Port Louis is located to the north west on the island of Mauritius.

Mauritian Rupee (MUR)
English and French
Time Difference:
GMT +4 hours
Flight Time:
Approximately 12 hours.

Flights: Many airports have flights to Mauritius including Birmingham, Edinburgh, London, Manchester and Newcastle.

Passport/visa requirements: Your passport must be valid for the entire duration of your stay in Mauritius.

Packing essentials: Mauritius is known for beautiful beaches and turquoise waters - try and pack thin, light beachwear and plenty of swimwear options.

The most populated area of the island is Port Louis, which provides some of the best shopping, dining and nightlife for locals and holidaymakers to enjoy.

Overlooking the city is Fort Adelaide, another must-see area for those seeking out the more vibrant parts of Mauritius. Built by the British between 1834 and 1840, it now hosts shows and concerts, alongside offering one of the best vantage points for photos looking out over the capital.

To the north you will find Grand Baie (or Grand Bay), a tourist hotspot that includes two stunning beaches and the beautiful village of Cap Malheureux with its famous red-roofed church. Surround yourself with exotic and indigenous plant life with a stroll around Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden, or discover the biggest Hindu temple in the region at the Maheswarnath Mandir of Triolet. You'll also find the famous Turtle Bay in the north west of Mauritius - if you're looking to stay in this stunning area, we'd recommend The Oberoi Hotel

To the west and south-west you are likely to find an abundance of nature parks and unspoilt scenery. The Black River Gorges National Park covers over 16,000 acres and has 311 species of native flowering plants. It is also home to Piton de la Petite Riviere Noire, which is the highest peak on the island. Le Morne Brabant is another fantastic area to find hotels, golf courses and to try kitesurfing, windsurfing or surfing to the south.

To the south and south-east there are many more nature reserves and areas of cultural significance. They include Cavendish Bridge, Pointe Canon, a small fishing village called Mahebourg and the Battery of Devil’s point.

To the east, tourists will be able explore countless stunning beaches including Roches Noires, Poste Lafayette and Belle Mare, and enjoy swimming, snorkelling and scuba diving. For curious holidaymakers there are also caves in the area at Roches Noires and Pont Bon Dieu that are around 15 metres high and 20 metres wide!

The inland and central regions of Mauritius are much cooler. Offering lush forests, stunning lakes and vast plantations to explore. Highlights include hiking the Moka Mountain Range, tracing the “Tea Route” from Domaine des Aubineaux to Domaine Saint Aubin, visiting the Rum Factory at La Rhumerie de Chamarel and hiking the renowned Seven Waterfalls.

Port Louis, the capital of Mauritius is the central business hub of the island but is also home to the stylish Waterfront where some of the best shopping, dining, and nightlife can be enjoyed. Coupled with Fort Adelaide built by the British in 1835, which now hosts shows, concerts and artists, it’s definitely a place to experience. Awash with Caribbean flare, the North Coast and primarily Grand Baie is also home to restaurants, discos and social nightlife as well as a few charming sights such as Botanical Gardens, the Red Roof Chapel at Cape Malheureux and of course the stunning beaches.


Discover emerald lagoons, village life along the coast, and traditional village shopping, including some fantastic wind sports on the Belle Mare Plage Beach. The naval museum in Mahébourg and Vieux Grand Port hold a lot of the history and heritage and there are the protected coral reefs for avid water enthusiasts. From the rum distillery, saltpans and cultural landscapes that have made the UNESCO World Heritage grade, Mauritius holiday makers will be in their element.

From kicking back on one of a number of beautiful white sandy beaches, to hiking through lush forests to discover the Chamarel Waterfall or Tamarind Falls. Mauritius has a great deal to offer tourists visiting the island. Whether you want a relaxing escape or an active adventure, this tropical paradise can offer both in abundance.

Exploring the landscape inland

Hiking is a common pastime for both locals and tourists looking to explore the island of Mauritius. You can enjoy the lush forests of the Black River Gorges National Park or discover the Trou aux Cerfs: a 300 metre crater of a dormant volcano that now includes a lake at its centre.

There is a huge amount to explore inland on the island, including waterfalls such as Rochester, Chamarel and Tamarind, lagoons, plantations and plateaus. Also, the Seven Coloured Earths geological formation is a very picturesque and popular site for tourists.

The unique landscape was formed by volcanic activity, which makes for a hiker’s dream when looking to explore. Just make sure you pack plenty of water to stay hydrated, and your swimsuit so you can take a dip in one of the many lagoons!

Dive into beautiful waters and relax on white sandy beaches

Alongside inland lagoons, lakes and waterfalls, there is the most beautiful coastline to enjoy where tourists can swim in warm turquoise waters and lie back on serene white beaches. While this might seem like a relaxing haven, there are still plenty of thrilling activities to enjoy during your stay.

Visit Grand Baie in the north for a huge range of watersports including parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, yachting, catamaran cruises and deep sea fishing. In addition, there is a Solar Undersea Walk, where you wear a helmet and walk along the sea bed, as well as tandem skydiving available close by.

At Trou aux Biches there is a diving centre for those wanting to snorkel or scuba dive, the dive even includes a visit to a sunken wreck at Water Lily. The private island of Île aux Cerfs offers a huge range of watersports including banana boating, speed boat rides and parasailing. The most famous dive site in the east of the island is located at Belle Mare Plage and is called The Pass.

Discover lush Botanical Gardens and Nature Parks

For those wanting a more steady pace during the warm days, how about visiting one of the many botanical gardens on the island to discover an array of native and endemic plant species. The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Gardens is also known by the name Pamplemousses and is located near Port Louis, with over 500 plant species for you to discover.

Alongside the aforementioned Black River Gorges National Park, there is also the Bras d’Eau National Park which is home to protected species of birds, exotic trees and a lake. The Casela World of Adventures includes safari tours, while the La Vanille Nature Park has crocodile feeding shows and giant tortoises.

Trace the history of the island

There are countless areas of cultural significance along with many museums on the island to understand the history of Mauritius in a lot more detail. They include the Jummah Mosque, Aapravasi Ghat World Heritage Site, the Blue Penny Museum, Chateau de Labourdonnais (a restored Victorian mansion on a sugar cane plantation), L’Aventure du Sucre (a former sugar factory) and Maheswarnath Mandir (a 19th century Hindu temple).

There are plenty of stunning beaches to discover when visiting Mauritius, with over 160km of white sand in total, giving tourists plenty of options when on holiday. Depending on where you end up staying in Mauritius, you will have options of which beach will be most suitable for you and how you would like to fill your time during your holiday.

Active beaches

Grand Baie is one of the most popular beaches on the island for watersports, with plenty of boats taking sightseers on excursions to the northern islands. Try your hand at parasailing, windsurfing, water skiing, deep sea fishing, yachting or catamaran cruises.

Île aux Cerfs also offers a wide range of water sports and is a private island situated on the east coast of Mauritius. Why not try out banana boat rides or even hire a speed boat to explore the area from the water?

Blue Bay is well known for snorkelling, scuba diving and glass-bottomed boat tours given it is a protected marine park in the south-east. Tamarin Bay on the other hand is known for being the only surf beach open from July to September and has a surf school for those wanting to learn. Located on the west coast of the island, tourists can also swim with dolphins!

Relaxing Luxury beaches

Belle Mare Plage is made up of 10km of beautiful white sandy beaches, and is known for its collection of upmarket restaurants close by, including Laguna Bar at Constance Le Prince Maurice, Poste de Flacq and Barachois, which is a floating bar and restaurant.

Located on the east side of the island, Belle Mare Plage benefits from south-easterly trade winds that will keep you cool on a hot summer day.

Over on the west coast, Flic-en-Flac is a seaside town with a fantastic white sandy beach that stretches for 8km. While the most luxurious portion of the beach is found at Wolmar where all the upmarket hotels are situated, the rest is open to families and locals who are welcome to enjoy the reef and calm waters, or simply lie back on the inviting warm white sand.

All Inclusive Mauritius Holidays

With Mauritius all inclusive holidays you can forget about nervously watching your bank balance and get on with taking in the fabulous sights on this magical island and experiencing true Indian Ocean holiday bliss.

Mauritius holidays in general are all about glorious sunsets, spellbinding beaches, lush tropical landscapes and enchanting azure blue waters. With an all inclusive package you get all this, plus an array of other included treats.

With a Mauritius all-inclusive getaway, all the meals and drinks at your hotel are already paid for, so you can simply get on with having a great time from the moment you arrive. Many of the best all inclusive hotels in Mauritius also offer a range of other extras in their money-saving deals such as free use of sports and leisure facilities or ice creams and treats for the little ones.

The only spending money you’ll need is to pay for your day trips out and other activities on this beautiful island - and, of course, any traditional souvenirs and duty-free goods you wish to take back home.

We have a superb choice of 3-star, 4-star and 5-star all inclusive hotels and resorts to help you find your dream sunny and relaxing all inclusive Mauritius holiday.

Best Time To Visit Mauritius

With a fairly mild climate throughout the year, Mauritius is perfect for families seeking blissful summers on stunning tropical beaches. The most favourable times to visit are considered to be September to December and April to June. Temperatures are in the 20s - making it the ideal time for diving and surfing. The peak summer season is between the months of November and April, when it is relatively hot and humid, with average temperatures in February of 26°C and 29°C on the coast.

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Mauritius Locations & Where To Stay

With Mauritius, you really are spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding where to stay, with a range of awe-inspiring locations right across this dazzling island. Each area has its own character and appeal from the popular beaches of Flic en Flac on the west of the island to the less built up and more exclusive Belle Mare on the east coast. Wherever you choose to stay you'll be astounded by the beauty of Mauritius.

Mauritius Holiday Options

Mauritius is the perfect destination for a spectrum of holiday types, from family holidays to romantic breaks for couples, the beauty of the island lends itself to all.

Mauritius Holidays For Couples
The magical beauty & hypnotic charm of Mauritius make it a great choice for a romantic escape with the love of your life. Romantic meals under the stars, relaxing strolls along the beautiful sandy beaches & thrilling trips to the island’s many attractions have obvious appeal for couples on a luxurious getaway to this glorious Indian Ocean retreat. The island is also a great place to organise a romantic wedding ceremony in idyllic surroundings or for newly-weds to spend their honeymoon together
Mauritius Family Holidays
Mauritius is the perfect family holiday destination, with its amazing natural beauty and huge range of exciting things to see and do - for children and grown-ups alike. Superb sandy beaches, luxurious family-friendly hotels and a host of island attractions make this wonderful Indian Ocean escape a great choice for an unforgettable holiday in the sun.
Luxury Mauritius Holidays
The moment you arrive in Mauritius you’ll be wowed by its luxury, elegance and beauty. From luxurious hotels and fabulous up-market restaurants to jaw-dropping sandy beaches and rolling mountains, Mauritius has it all. This island does everything in style and makes a big impression on every visitor. It really is the ultimate destination for anyone craving a dream holiday in idyllic surroundings

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Where Mauritius is located?

Mauritius is an island nation located in the Indian Ocean, off the south-eastern coast of the African continent. It is located east of Madagascar and southeast of the Seychelles.

What currency is used in Mauritius?

The main currency used in Mauritius is the Mauritian Rupee.

Which language is spoken in Mauritius?

The official language of Mauritius is English, but French and Mauritian Creole are used by the majority of the population.

When is the best time to go to Mauritius?

The best time to visit Mauritius is between October and December when rainfall is usually low. During this time, the weather is generally mild, and the crowds are smaller, making it an ideal time to enjoy the island's natural beauty and outdoor activities.

What is the time difference between the UK and Mauritius?

Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of GMT.

What is the weather like in Mauritius?

Mauritius enjoys warm and relatively humid weather with gentle winds throughout the year. December to February are the warmest months, with temperatures ranging from 25-35°C. In winter months of May to October temperatures are cooler and more comfortable, ranging from 18-28°C.

When is the cheapest time to go to Mauritius?

The cheapest time to visit Mauritius is during the low season, which typically runs from May to September (excluding the peak season of July and August). During this time, hotel rates and airfares tend to be lower.

Can you fly direct to Mauritius?

You can currently find direct flights from London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius.

How long does it take to fly to Mauritius?

A direct flight from London to Mauritius takes approximately 12 hours.

Do I need a visa for Mauritius?

No visa is required for UK passport holders and you are allowed to stay for up to 60 days.

Where is the airport in Mauritius?

The main airport in Mauritius is Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU), which is located in the southeastern part of the island, about 50 kilometers southeast of the capital city, Port Louis.

Can you travel between islands in Mauritius?

Local tourist operators can organise excursions to most of the other islands from Port Louis.

Can you drink alcohol in Mauritius?

Anyone over the age of 18 can drink alcohol in Mauritius, but it is not allowed in public places.

Is Mauritius safe?

Mauritius is generally considered a safe destination for tourists. The country has a low crime rate, and incidents of violent crime are rare.

What is the capital of Mauritius?

The capital and largest city of Mauritius is Port Louis, located on the north-west coast of the island.

Are Mauritius plugs the same as UK plugs?

Some hotels in Mauritius have UK 3-pin plug sockets, but some do not so you are best bringing a travel adapter just in case. Mauritius operates on the same voltage as the UK (230V) so you are able to use your UK appliances.

How expensive is Mauritius?

Mauritius is considered a mid-range to high-end travel destination, with prices being higher than many other destinations in the region.

Does Mauritius get hurricanes?

Yes, Mauritius is located in the southwestern Indian Ocean, which is an area that is prone to tropical cyclones (hurricanes). The hurricane season runs from November to April, with the peak season being between January and March.

Which hotels in Mauritius are all-inclusive?

Many of the best resorts and hotels in Mauritius offer all-inclusive packages which provide access to superb restaurants and bars, including The Ravenala Attitude and Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort. Browse our all-inclusive luxury hotels.

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