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Surrounded by the warm, azure waters of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is the kind of island where people come to truly get away from it all. Step on to the soft, white beach, listen to the palm trees rustling in the breeze and we think you'll know exactly what we mean.
You'll totally switch off when you check into one of our handpicked places to stay: think impeccable service, infinity pools, luxury spas and plush rooms with breathtaking views. Hotels in Mauritius are among the most luxurious in the world and many have access to championship golf courses. With exotic wildlife, duty free shopping, delicious cuisine and water sports galore, Mauritius has plenty to offer its visitors.
The sense of tranquillity and breathtaking tropical scenery make Mauritius a favourite with honeymooners, but it's the perfect retreat for anyone who wants to completely escape.
Mauritius' tropical climate means it's warm all year round, but the best time to visit is between May and November.
The main reason why most visitors come to Mauritius is to totally chill out, but this is an exciting island with lots to discover. As well as world class golf courses, you'll find impressive sports facilities in most hotels. The gorgeous, tropical coastline means an array of water sports to choose from – as well as some of the best dive sites in the world. On dry land, island capital St Louis boasts duty free shops and the local market gives you the chance to buy sumptuous silks, colourful crafts and beautiful jewellery. The Pamplemousses Botanic Gardens are world famous for having some of the most spectacular vegetation you're ever likely to see and the Leisure Village Water Park on the east coast is packed with slides and chutes. Don't miss the giant tortoises, steamy waterfalls and jungle-covered mountains. Mauritius is wonderfully compact, so all of this is within easy reach – no matter where you stay.
Mauritius is home to abundant cultures and cuisines – so you'll have the chance to eat everything from gourmet French dishes to delicious Indian curries. Most of the hotels here are ultra luxurious, meaning top notch food and service to match.
Mauritius holidays are mainly about relaxation, meaning many guests prefer to spend their evenings unwinding by the sea, or enjoying hotel-based entertainment. Still, if you're looking for after hours bars and dancing, there's a lively scene in Grand Baie.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.