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Mauritius is a rainbow island – a mix of both eastern and western cultures living together on a verdant tropical island of colour and contrast. The demand for sugar cane and its relative proximity to India drew colonial interest with the Dutch, French and English all having a turn at controlling the island.
The attraction of this balmy island, chattering with bird calls and cascading waterfalls, is as apparent today as it has always been, drawing glamorous visitors from around the globe. The airy colonial homes of a bygone era have been replaced by an offering of sophisticated resort hotels which set standards the world over. But there is more to the island that just self contained resorts. For the beach connoisseur the island is a treasure but between the shores of dazzling sand and blue seas is a scenic island; extinct volcanoes, lakes, waterfalls, forests and botanical gardens.
The north of the island tends to host the most inviting beaches. Grand Baie is certainly one of the finest and its small town provides some wonderful bars and restaurants, creating a very cosmopolitan feel. Other excellent beaches are found on the east and west coast but, as the island becomes more rugged to the south, the beaches diminish. The mountains, however, provide some impressive scenery with magnificent views from the top of Black River Canyon looking out across the densely forested gorge to the coastal plain beyond.
With a good ‘motorway’ running across and around the island it is easy to explore and the number of points of interest should certainly keep the inquisitive traveller busy. The multitude of races and religions living side by side on the island, resulting in a year-round schedule of festivals, adds a level of vibrancy, colour and impetus to get up and explore.
Mauritius definitely appeals to a wide range of clients:- honeymooners can stay in lovely hotels, relax on wonderful beaches, enjoy superb levels of service and be pampered in the finest Spa’s whilst enjoying plenty of romantic elements; for families there are many world-class resorts with quality kid’s clubs and an amazing array of facilities to keep everyone entertained; golfers can play on top class courses and watersports enthusiasts will find it a playground of opportunities with all resorts offering free non-motorised watersports and most including water-skiing. Activity seekers can enjoy 4×4 excursions, canyoning, hiking, rock-climbing, quad-biking, karting, kite surfing, cycling, horse-riding and much more! The island also offers some decent shopping opportunities for those craving a retail fix!


Spread over a generous 27 acres of lush tropical gardens, it’s also one of the island’s most private, with a focus on romance, gastronomy and wellness. Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa, in Mauritius, is a five star hideaway on the west coast with private pool villas, great food and an ayurvedic spa.
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This romantic, luxury hotel boasts a tropical garden with bushes of multicoloured hibiscus and fragrant frangipani. As an adult only hotel it is perfect for couples, especially honeymooners looking for privacy and exclusivity.
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This multi-centre holiday is as dramatic as it is luxurious. Stay 3 nights in the beautiful city of Cape Town, enjoy an awesome 3 night safari experience in the Malaria-Free Welgevonden Game Reserve, 1 night in Johannesburg and then finish with 7 nights on the idyllic island of Mauritius.
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Constance Le Prince Maurice is a luxury all-suite resort that is located in the north-east coast of Mauritius. The resort is set in over 150 acres of unspoilt private land, sheltered from the prevailing winds, with tropical gardens, a calm turquoise lagoon and a wonderful stretch of brilliant white sand beach.
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One&Only Le St Geran is a sophisticated and stylish hotel which has become revered as a bolt-hole for those seeking the very highest of standards; every aspect of the property breathes luxury.
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This boutique hotel in located in north Mauritius, close to Grand Baie, is exclusively for adults only. This intimate hideaway is set in 10 acres of peaceful and landscaped prize-winning gardens and offers a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and romantic views over one of the largest lagoons in Mauritius.
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The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is a five-star luxury resort located in the South West of Mauritius. Set on the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach, with spectacular views over the Indian Ocean Waters, The St. Regis Mauritius Resort is truly breathtaking.
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The Oberoi is a luxury resort that is located in an ideal position in Turtle Bay, on the north-west coast of Mauritius. Set in over 20 acres of subtropical gardens, this quality resort fronts a 600-metre white-sand beach, between verdant mountains and the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean.
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Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa is a 5-star all-villa resort located on the west coast of Mauritius in tranquil Tamarin Bay on Wolmar Beach, Flic en Flac. The resort occupies an enviable position on a long stretch of pristine beach, bordering the azure waters of the Indian Ocean.
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The Residence is a luxury resort nestled between tropical gardens and a kilometre-long beach of powdery white sand in Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius and is a successful combination of bygone charm and modern comfort.
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LUX Belle Mare is a lavish all-suite resort located on the exquisite East Coast of Mauritius. The property sits in a stunning natural environment between lush tropical vegetation and sloping sand banks, which gently disappear into the aqua sea, creating a reef-protected lagoon.
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The Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita is a spacious, secluded and stylish resort, providing superb accommodation across its luxury villas and residences. Cocooned by a private sanctuary, the resort embraces boundless views of blue waters and green-blanketed mountains.
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      • Flight Time:Approx 12 hours
          • Time Difference: GMT +4 hours
              • Language: Mauritian Creole, French, English & other Bourbonnais dialects
                  • Currency: Mauritian Rupee
                      • Area: 787 sq miles
                          • Total coastline: 110 miles
                              • Population: Approx 1.3 million
                                  • Capital: Port Louis

    Mauritius is a tropical island and is not far from the Capricorn, meaning the sun is at its highest here. The Summer months (Nov-Apr) enjoy average temperatures of 26-32°C, whilst Winter (May-Oct) is slightly cooler. Rain tends to occur more in Summer but Mauritius does have a micro-climate, so whilst it may rain in one area in could well be dry and sunny in another part of the island!
    Mauritius is a tropical island with just two seasons and is basically a year-round destination with a pleasant temperature throughout the year. The highest temperatures and the highest levels of humidity occur during their summer months of November through March but these months also get the most rainfall. The winter months of April to October are cooler but still very good and this is a much cheaper time to travel with some exceptional deals on offer! Scuba diving and deep sea fishing are best during the summer months, whilst families will enjoy the milder winter months as will golfers. Honeymooners will find Mauritius a good option year round.

    Health & Vaccinations

    We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. You will also need a Yellow Fever vaccination if visiting a Yellow Fever area before entering Mauritius (for example if combining with Kenya or Tanzania on a two-centre itinerary). Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.

    Passport & Visa

    British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Mauritius.

    Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel about holidays or honeymoons to Mauritius. Call 01778 382764