Distinct from its island neighbours in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius offers everything from exotic wildlife and unique topography to sophisticated luxury, popular for honeymoons as well as family holidays. For those wishing to get close to nature, the Black River Gorges National Park in the southwest of the island is a must as it plays host to an abundance of protected native flora and fauna, including the endemic pink pigeon, fruit bat, gecko and orchid. Yet perhaps the image one has of Mauritius is its endless white sandy beaches melting into the warm waters of the Indian Ocean, where over 1000 species of marine life exist amongst the coral reefs which encircle the island. The kaleidoscopic waters make Mauritius particularly rewarding for divers and snorkelers. Mauritius is as much fascinating as it is beautiful - a melting pot of ethnic cultures where India meets Africa and where Hindu, Chinese, Christian and Muslim festivals are celebrated with equal passion. Music, dancing and language - Creole, the Lingua Franca and Sega - are practiced with passion, a result of mixed culture passed down through the ages.

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    Flight time from London
    12 hours
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    Time Zone
    UTC +4
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    Currency
    Mauritius Rupee
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    Average Temperature
    23°C - 28°C

hotels

The Oberoi

£££££
Mauritius

Located in the stunning Baie Aux Tortues, the Oberoi lies within 20 acres of verdant gardens, with 600 metres of powdery white beach one of the best spas on the island.

Mauritius

St Regis recalls the grandeur of Mauritius's historic sugar plantations with contemporary accommodation set amongst verdant palm groves and on the pure white sands.

LUX Belle Mare

££££
Mauritius

Thoughtful touches abound at LUX* Belle Mare, making it one of our first choices in Mauritius for both families and couples looking for a rewarding beach adventure.

20 Degres Sud

£££
Mauritius

A boutique hotel where you wake to the blue lagoon and a world of possibilities for sailing, diving and fishing, while the 'St Tropez of Mauritius', alive with markets and restaurants, is close by.

Itinerary

Boutique Mauritius

8 Days
from £1,345
per person
Mauritius
The best of both Mauritian worlds, with a few days relaxing on the white sands of Grande Baie and a stay in the rugged mountains, exploring the waterfalls and rum distilleries of the Black River Gorges.

CHRIS EVANS

Indian Ocean Specialist

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