Mauritius is a tropical playground set in the Indian Ocean, ringed by coral reefs, white sand beaches and clear calm water. World-class holiday resorts are scattered along the island's coastline offering enormous swimming pools, endless water sports and shaded sun loungers a few steps from the sea. The service at these resorts is superb, the facilities excellent and all tastes are catered for: that’s the beauty of a Mauritius holiday - it’s easy and stress-free with everything conveniently close at hand.
These sunny shores have been a firm favourite for family holidays for years and you couldn’t really ask for a better setting. Splash about in the warm shallow ocean and pick adventures – snorkelling, water skiing, parasailing or windsurfing - from the bucketfuls of activities offered at your accommodation. Many Mauritius holiday resorts feature an on-site kids club which means that you can slip away to dive coral reefs or play a round of golf, confident that your youngsters are having a great time under professional supervision.
It’s not just families who have all the fun though: this beautiful little island has a romantic side too. Away from the large resorts are secluded coves and quiet beaches, home to some of our favourite honeymoon retreats and luxury villas. Nothing is too much trouble for the “no problem” attitude of the Mauritian staff, and if sunset cocktails and candlelit beach dinners don’t soothe away any lingering post-wedding stress, then a massage at a spa surely will!
With all this sun, sea and sand, it’s easy to understand why most visitors on vacation in Mauritius don’t venture any further than the nearest beach, but we'd recommend setting aside a morning to explore the hiking and horse riding trails that wind through the island’s forested hills. You could also go shopping at the Port Louis or Grand Baie markets and pick up a few colourful reminders of your Mauritian island holiday.
Quick links to travel advice
- Planning an African island getaway but not sure which indian Ocean destination to choose? Read our comparison "Mauritius vs. Seychelles - Which is Best?"