Famed for its luxury hotels on powder white beaches, there’s much more to Mauritius than sipping cocktails from your poolside cabana. If you don’t want to leave your hotel, you’re guaranteed a plethora of watersports, spa treatments, gourmet restaurants and golf courses right there.
But venture outside and you’ll be treated to French colonial houses, Indian temples, animal parks, zip-lining, horseback riding and more. A Mauritius honeymoon is whatever you want it to be.
Where to Go in Mauritius
The tourist area is centred around Grand Baie and Trou Aux Biches in the north, where you’ll find luxury hotels, amazing seafood, and more catamaran trips than you’ll be able to squeeze in.
The capital Port Louis on the west of the island has lots to see and do including the botanic gardens and Eureka plantation. But if a more wild experience is what you’re after, the south of the island is home to their most famous national park and the UNESCO world heritage site of Le Morne Brabant, which you can hike up.
When to Go to Mauritius
Mauritius is a year-round destination, thanks to its delightfully warm tropical climate. Peak season is from October to April and, of these, October is a prime time to go. It's beautifully sunny but not sticky and humid like the later winter months can be.
What to See in Mauritius
Biodiversity and sustainability are directing the tourism industry in Mauritius at the moment. For a chance to see some of their famed rare wildlife, try a nature walk in the Black River Gorges National Park or visit the Casela conservation eco-park. You can swim with dolphins, take a camel safari ride, feed giraffes and meet lions. Just off the coast is the island of Ile aux Aigrettes: an untamed coastal forest isle you’ll need a guide to explore.
If you’re after something a little different, you won’t regret a tasting at the artisanal rum distillery of Rhumerie de Chamarel. This area is famous for the Seven Coloured Earths, a natural phenomenon well worth a visit.
Where to Stay in Mauritius
The Oberoi Mauritius
With an unrivalled position on the shores of Turtle Bay, The Oberoi is blessed with magnificent sunsets on one side and mountain views on the other. The hotel can specially curate a romantic honeymoon holiday for you, including waterfall treks and beach barbeques.
Angsana Balaclava Mauritius
Romance oozes from the very volcanic lava walls here. By the team behind Banyan Tree – so you know the spa will be world-class – this is unashamedly couples-orientated. You can dine by yourselves on a deserted beach or take a private catamaran ride. It's all possible at Angsana Balaclava.
Zilwa means “islander” in Creole and is unique among the luxury Mauritian hotels for giving guests a real taste of the local life. Packed with authentic experiences and seven restaurants including a Creole one, you’ll feel like one of the islanders in no time.
You don’t know glamping until you’ve done it at Bubble Lodge. These transparent eco-bubbles on a tea plantation are actually very luxurious and high-tech, including an app that allows you to see the constellations from bed. Dinner is fine dining Mauritius-style.
Constance Belle Mare Plage
Sporting a championship golf course, seven restaurants, six bars, cooking classes, underwater walks, and catamaran sundowners, there’s something for everyone at Constance Belle Mare Plage. Whatever your idea of the perfect honeymoon is, this all-inclusive resort probably has it.
How to Get to Mauritius
British Airways, Air Mauritius and TUI fly direct to Mauritius from London airports, but plenty of other airlines offer the journey with a stopover. The flight time direct from the UK is 12 hours and you'll arrive at Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, 48km from the capital Port Louis.
You can hire a car here and it's one of the easiest ways to get around the island. You can cross from one side to the other in as little as 90 minutes on the major highways, however, the Mauritians don't have a good record for driving and the road signage is poor so bear that in mind.
No visa is required for entry, but your passport will be stamped on arrival, allowing you up to 60 days in the country. Mak sure your vaccines are up-to-date; a yellow fever vaccination certificate is required.