Mauritius, Indian Ocean
The enchanting island of Mauritius represents all that tropical dreams are made of; endless stretches of stunning white sandy beaches, lapped by azure seas rich with marine life, set against a backdrop of swaying palms and mountainous forest.
A warm welcome will be assured from the local people, a blend of diverse cultures and religions drawn from their ancestral homes, a rich heritage that is also reflected in the cuisine – a tantalising blend of Chinese, Indian, French and African fare.
The protection of a coral reef encircling the island creates gentle warm seas suitable for all abilities and ages of swimmers and a perfect environment for a host of watersports from scuba-diving to water-skiing.
Activities are not just focused off the 200 mile coastline however. A lush, volcanic interior also beckons for exploration, such as The Black River Gorges National Park which is a haven of native rainforest, diverse flora and fauna. Whilst giant waterlilies may be a feature at The Botanical Gardens, it is free-roaming tortoises of an extraordinary large size that attract visitors to the Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes.
Many world-class Golf courses such as the Isle au Cerfs, situated on its own tropical island, whilst for those just looking to relax, there are some heavenly Spa’s at many of the luxurious hotels we feature.
when to go
Mauritius follows a reverse weather pattern to Europe. In Winter (May - September), temperatures should be warm, but not hot, however rainfall is low. We recommend choosing a hotel on the more sheltered West coast, or in a bay on the East, to avoid a stiff breeze! The hotels run excellent deals at this time of year so that travelling to Mauritius in July / August can be cheaper than an equivalent resort in Europe even taking the long haul flights in to account. The rainy season is December - March but typically rainfall is in concentrated periods during the afternoon. However, Cyclones are a possibility at this time of year, typically disrupting weather for 48 - 72 hours. Easter and October / November are the ideal time to travel from a weather perspective.
Flights: BA operate several flights from London Gatwick to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport near Port Louis each week, with a flight time of just under 12 hours, both directions are overnight. Alternatively Air Mauritius also offer a direct service, flying outbound overnight and overnight or day time return. A variety of European and Middle Eastern Airlines also fly non-direct via their hubs.
Time Zone: GMT+4 hours
FCO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/mauritius
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