Mauritius is one of the world’s hidden wonders. This volcanic island is astounding and packed full of attractions and activities to allow travelers to get the most out of this remote paradise. Whether you want to explore mystical waterfalls hidden inland or admire breathtaking sunsets from the balcony of your 5 star hotel, Mauritius will certainly provide all the romance and serenity you could possibly hope for on a vacation to this unique island.
Hotels in Mauritius: Our top picks for where to stay in paradise
Port Louis & Surrounding: Spots to Hit near the Mauritian Capital
Your first port of call will be the island’s capital and largest city Port Louis. Sitting in the shadow of the Moka Mountain Range, Port Louis plays host to plenty of historic sites. A former French colony, Port Louis is worth exploring before moving on to the island’s breathtaking coastline. As well as its expansive harbor, history enthusiasts will love exploring La Place D’Armes in the historical center as well as the imposing Fort Adelaide which once protected the city. This city is also a good base for several exciting day trips inland. While most hotels on Mauritius overlook the ocean with exceptional access to the shore, the heart of the island should not be overlooked. From Port Louis you can travel to the breathtaking Chamarel Waterfall. Surrounded by lush vegetation this is a natural wonder not to be missed. Another exceptional site to the southwest of the island is the Seven Coloured Earth sand dunes. These dunes seem to shimmer with pink, blue, yellow and purple hues thanks to their volcanic creation.
Exceptional Luxury on the Northern Shore
If you decide to stay in a luxury 5 star hotel on Mauritius’s northern shore then look no further than Grand Baie. If you don’t plan on traveling around the island, then this village has everything you need for the perfect beach vacation. The small streets which run parallel to the water offer a variety of bars and restaurants. The area also has two exceptional beaches, including the tucked away La Cuvette. Unwind on golden sand or pick up a snorkel and explore the translucent water for tropical fish and coral. Further exceptional beaches can be found at Trou aux Biches and Mont Choisy. The area is also a great spot for active individuals looking to try their hand at windsurfing, deep sea diving or sailing. Yacht excursions can be organized through most hotels, or from Grand Bay’s harbor, and you can even explore the lesser traveled waters around the uninhabited island of Gunner’s Quoin or disembark for a picnic and swim on Flat Island. Back on dry land; take the time to sample some local delicacies. Influenced by the island’s European, Indian and Creole population, Mauritian cuisine includes sumptuous fresh fish and exceptional tomato-based curries served with steamed rice and a freshly baked roti.
Discover the Wild Southern Coast
Hotels on Mauritius’ south coast are just as lovely as those located on its northern shore; however those in the south are arguably situated among some of the island’s most impressive scenery. Sugar cane fields dominate the landscape and rub up against cascading cliffs and beaches of powder-soft sand. It truly is a paradise down here. Book a hotel in Mahebourg to gain access to a small but historical city. For sweeping views over the Grand Port Mountains and Ile aux Aigrettes nature reserve, head to Pointe Canon. Every February the area erupts in color as the city celebrates the abolition of slavery. The annual regatta sees traditional pirogues with colorful sails take to the water in this not-to-be-missed event. Surfers should head to Rivière des Galets to catch some of the best waves on the island, while honeymooners should seek Gris Gris beach for romantic walks along the sand.