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Mauritius Destination Guide

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Your guide from the Luxury Travel Experts


Welcome to the Elegant Resorts Destination Guide for Mauritius , created to help make your choice of luxury holiday as easy as possible. Here, you will find more detailed factual information about the destination you have selected.

If you require further information, not featured on this page, please call one of our Travel Consultants.

Overview+

For a picture-perfect castaway setting combined with the comfort of luxury living, the exquisite island of Mauritius in the Indian Ocean is hard to beat. Pristine sandy beaches, crystal clear turquoise seas and dramatic landscapes combine with a melting pot of cultures and some of the world’s finest hotels to make Mauritius a great all-round destination.

Its clear, warm waters are abundant with fish life and rich coral that make for superb diving and Anahita the Resort Diving Centre offers visits to a varied selection of diving highlights, such as wrecks, drop-off dives, reefs and shark areas. If you prefer to stay above the water, spend your days lazing beside the pool or on the beach experiencing an impressive beach service as supplied by Constance Le Prince Maurice beach staff who’ll deliver iced water, cocktails and snacks whenever requested.

Five-star service, thoughtfully designed resorts and sensational cuisine come as standard here as do sumptuous state-of-the-art spas; if you’re staying at The Residence Mauritius you can follow in the footsteps of Brigitte Bardot and Catherine Denevue and indulge in a Harmonising Massage by Carita in the Sanctuary Spa, alternatively opt for a treatment at Le Touessrok's Givenchy Spa where all the masseurs and beauticians are selected and trained by the Givenchy Paris team, ensuring guests receive the utmost in professional care.

If you prefer to play a round of golf you’ll not be disappointed, in fact the hardest decision you’ll have to make is where to stay and which course to play on. At Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, guests can enjoy complimentary unlimited golf, including a golf cart with GPS on the Ernie Els designed championship course while thanks to a partnership signed between the Paradis Golf Club, the Golf du Château and Tamarina Estate guests of Dinarobin Hotel Golf & Spa have the unique privilege to play on three championship golf courses.
 
A warm welcome awaits all children visiting Mauritius. At the Royal Palm Mini Club children can enjoy anything from cookery lessons to searching for crabs and treasure hunts whilst the specially designed Kids' Club at Shanti Maurice a Nira Resort comes with its own toddlers pool, games room, computers, PlayStations and Wii games. In collaboration with Annabel Karmel, One&Only Le Saint Geran's KidsOnly Club offers well-balanced and delicious food as part of the resort’s Youth Fitness Programme.

Whether it’s a romantic break or an activity-packed family holiday you’re planning, Mauritius certainly has something for everyone. And although its appeal has become far-reaching, it still remains exclusive and attractive to the discerning holidaymaker.

General Information
CapitalPort Louis
LanguageEnglish
Time Difference4 hours
CurrencyMauritian Rupee
Voltage230V

Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risks vary worldwide and you should take health advice about your specific needs as early as possible. We highly recommend that you seek specialist advice from your Doctor and, where recommended, obtain vaccinations or tablets for protection against, for example: Malaria, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid. In some cases, treatments for Malaria should begin well in advance of travel. Travellers may also be required to show Yellow Fever Certificates on arrival in certain destinations ie, some African countries. Please note that you are strongly advised against scuba-diving for 24 hours before travelling by air. We would also like to draw your attention to the risk of DVT (Deep Vein Thrombosis) and recommend that you consult with your doctor before travelling.

Sources of information include: www.fco.gov.uk, www.hpa.org.uk and www.nathnac.org, your General Practitioner or a specialised clinic.


Visa

Visa and Advance Passenger Information

All passengers must ensure they have a valid, acceptable passport, any required visa and any other documentation for both the final destination and any stop-off points en route. Please make sure that Advance Passenger Information is submitted in advance to travel for all destinations. Failure to hold correct documentation or submitting incorrect details with Advance Passenger Information or Visa applications may result in refusal of carriage or entry into a country. Please check with the relevant Embassy regarding visa requirements well in advance of your travel date. Charges may apply for some visas.

Travelling With Children or Without an Adult

Children travelling without both parents should be aware that some countries require documentary evidence of parental responsibility before allowing lone parents to enter the country (for example, South Africa) or, in some cases, before permitting the children to leave the country. Please contact the relevant Embassy for the county you are travelling to for further information.

Passengers not travelling on a British Passport are advised to contact their relevant Foreign & Commonwealth office for individual Visa requirements.

E-ticket Please be advised that all passengers travelling to Mauritius on an e-ticket are required to produce their itinerary as proof of their return journey to the UK. If you fail to do this, you may be delayed at immigration. Passport Validity Please note that a valid passport is required for the proposed duration of stay. Visas for British nationals do not need to be arranged prior to arrival, however anyone intending to travel to South Africa from Mauritius, should be aware that two blank pages in your passport are required with a minimum of 6 months validity.

For up-to-date resort information, visit www.fco.gov.uk

Climate+

Enjoying a subtropical climate, with relatively little seasonal variation in temperature Mauritius offers the perfect holiday weather throughout the year.

Summer runs from November to May (high season) with average temperatures reaching 30°C during the day. Cool sea breezes accompany the heat, making it comfortable. May to October is wintertime, with the coldest months being July and August when temperatures average at 20°C to 25°C.

The highlands are the wettest point on the island and cooler than the coast; temperatures in Curepipe city, located on the high plateaus, have been know to drop as low as 15°C - 16°C, which is very cold for Mauritius. There are no rainy seasons or monsoons, but the island may suffer from cyclones – although these are rare.

Temperature Guide

These figures show monthly average maximum temperatures and monthly average rainfall for Mauritius.

  Temp °C Rain mm
January30235
February30242
March30191
April29171
May2797
June2583
July2583
August2576
September2654
October2750
November2966
December29162

Highlights+

Pamplemousses Gardens
These enchanting gardens are home to an impressive collection of indigenous and exotic plants. One of them is the talipot palm, said to flower once every sixty years and then die. You may also see tortoises, some over a hundred years old. Head to Tamarin which sits in the shadow of the Riviere Noire Mountains, for excellent bathing and to surf the impressive two-metre waves created by the big ocean swells.

Fishing
Just off the shore from the mouth of the estuary at Grande Rivière Noire, the ocean bottom falls away to seven hundred metres, providing the perfect environment for jacks and other bait fish which attract the bigger predators such as tuna, shark and marlin perfect for the big game fisherman.

Qatre Borne Clothes Market
Pay a visit to the twice-weekly (Thursday and Sunday) clothes market at Qatre Borne. Popular with the locals who flock here from miles around to rummage the stalls, you may be able to find top-quality garments (with almost imperceptible flaws) at low prices. Check any items you purchase carefully, since quality varies enormously.

Belle-Mare Water Park
Ideal for families, the Water Park in Belle-Mare features waterslides, big swimming-pools, wave-pools, Jacuzzis and heaps more guaranteeing a great day out for children and parents alike.

Golf
A golf course on an island is not that unusual. But, a golf course that can boast its own island, all to itself, now that’s fairly unique. That’s exactly what Le Touessrok golf course can boast, because it’s located on a small island called Ile Aux Cerfs, just a five minute water taxi ride from the mainland of Mauritius. The golf course itself (7,082 yard, par 72, designed by two-time US Masters champion Bernhard Langer) is absolutely breath-taking, with almost half the holes running beside the turquoise blue waters of the Indian Ocean, only white sandy beaches separating golfer from swimmer, whilst the remaining holes play over and around tidal bays filled with mangroves, providing spectacular views of the nearby ‘Cat and Mouse’ mountain and the lush greenery of the Mauritian countryside. No matter how difficult the challenge, the course’s spectacular beauty will linger in the memory.

Pirate History
The small fishing village of Poudre d'Or was a popular hiding place for pirates’ treasure and ever since a Farmer discovered a suitcase filled with gold coins in the 1950s it’s been attracting treasure-hunters from all over the world. It was also the setting for a dramatic maritime disaster in 1744 − the sinking of the Saint Géran which later inspired the romantic novel, Paul et Virginie by the poet Bernardin de Saint-Pierre.

The Dodo
The island's heraldic animal, the dodo, has been extinct since the 17th century (eaten without reserve by the Dutch settlers). The skeleton of a dodo can be seen at the Museum of Natural History, Port Louis.

Getting There+

Flight Information
British Airways direct from London Gatwick; Air Mauritius direct from London Heathrow.
Via Dubai with Emirates from London Heathrow, London Gatwick, Manchester, Birmingham, Newcastle and Glasgow.

Flight Time
From London Gatwick and London Heathrow to Mauritius: 11 hours, 45 minutes.
London Heathrow to Dubai: 7 hours. Onward connecting flight time from Dubai to Mauritius: 6 hours, 30 minutes.

Flight Upgrades
British Airways upgrades start from as £635 per person, each way.


Travel Gems+

Travel Planning
Our Travel Consultants can advise on, arrange and pre-book many things to enhance your holiday. This includes everything from spa reservations and dinner reservations, to a range of special experiences available in our featured resorts that you may not know about.

Weddings & Honeymoons

There is perhaps nothing more romantic than escaping to an island paradise of sublime natural beauty and a barefoot-chic ambience to exchange vows. And the magical service and attention to detail bestowed on all couples ensures a wedding day of memories to be cherished for a lifetime. At Le Touessrok, weddings are hosted in the exquisite Wedding Pavilion in the Hibiscus Garden, on the resort's beaches and gardens, and on the exotic Ile aux Cerfs where the Paul et Virginie restaurant and bar provides a stunning environment. Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita, with its various outdoor spaces, idyllic beach locations and a backdrop nothing short of heavenly, makes for a picture-perfect wedding venue whilst the services of a Four Seasons wedding specialist ensure the bride and groom are guaranteed a relaxing, stress-free experience.

Talk to our Indian Ocean & Arabian Gulf Experts

Our dedicated Indian Ocean & Arabian Gulf Experts are ready to help you design your luxury holiday to Mauritius. Furthermore, we have 28 Travel Consultants who have personally visited Mauritius and can offer you their first-hand knowledge and experience.

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