There is so much to do that it sometimes seems easier simply to flop down on one of the wide, white beaches than to try and decide what to do next.
Mauritius and luxury beach holidays are synonymous and the island is best known for its large, don’t-life-a-finger resorts featuring exotic entertainment and piled-high buffets. If you are an independent-minded traveller looking to set your own holiday schedule, then our advice is to skip the hotels and resorts, and opt instead for your own Mauritius villa or apartment.
The beauty of Mauritius villa living is that you can enjoy all the benefits and facilities of the island’s renowned resorts but with added privacy and flexibility. Sleep in late without worrying about missing breakfast, spend lazy days on a sandy beach or alongside your villa pool and, in the evenings, rustle up something simple yourself, visit a local restaurant or ask your in-house chef to prepare a private dinner served on your ocean-facing balcony.
Stay in a Mauritius apartment on the island’s ever-popular west coast with its unbeatable beaches and coral reefs a short swim from shore – great for snorkelling! Or how about a luxurious villa close to the town of Grand Baie: shop for simple treasures, sample Mauritian cuisine, and get a feel of local life as you watch old men playing never-ending games of dominoes and children enjoying soccer on the beach at sunset.
Jenieen Van Den Heever
Hire a car - ideally a compact 4x4 - and drive yourself around Mauritius. Leave the highway behind and discover the back roads that wind through jungle-like vegetation, past fields of waving sugarcane and along coastal roads where the sea breeze plays in your hair.
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