Mauritius is often said to be an ideal tourist spot thanks to its excellent weather, its fair share of absolutely fantastic beaches, and its great lifestyle. If you’re considering a trip to this beautiful country, then you are probably wondering where to stay in Mauritius!
There are many great options. The number of tourists traveling to Mauritius each year is always quite large and there is a booming tourist industry across the whole island.
While the island itself is very small and is in fact only slightly larger than London, there are still many places to choose for your accommodation. Here we look at the different regions of Mauritius, as well as the best hotels Mauritius has to offer.
If you’re interested in tours and activities for your Mauritius vacation, consider some of the following top-rated ones:
- Full-Day Cruise to Ile aux Cerfs with BBQ Lunch Included – sail on a catamaran, snorkel, and try delicious barbecue including a crayfish option
- Wild South West Full Day Tour – Explore the southwest coast of Mauritius on a shared group or private tour to Chamarel Waterfall, 7-Colored Earth, La Rhumerie de Chamarel, Grand Bassin, Trou aux Cerfs and the ship model factory in Curepipe.
- Private Tour of the South West with Lunch – see the Chamarel Waterfall, 7-Colored Earth, Alexandra falls, black river valley, Grand Bassin, and Trou aux Cerfs.
- Blue Bay: Half-Day Snorkeling Trip with Creole Picnic Lunch – ride on a glass-bottomed boat and snorkel at a nearby shipwreck
Where to Stay in Mauritius
Unsurprisingly, the best hotels and resorts are located near the coast since the majority of tourists will want to be able to spend most of their time at the beach. Hotels are often located close to each other as many sites in Mauritius have been identified as a much better fit for tourism.
Additionally, as a hotel establishes itself in an area, other hotels start appearing in the same area, leading to the latter eventually becoming more developed. With so many areas you could choose from, it can be difficult determining which region is the best.
Below are the top four best areas to stay when traveling to Mauritius.
The city of Balaclava is widely considered as the best part of Mauritius to stay. Balaclava is located to the north of the island, which is also arguably the most beautiful part of Mauritius. It is extremely close to Pereybere, the best public beach in Mauritius. Not that it matters, though, as most of the hotels found in Balaclava also have their private beaches which are as good as the public ones.
It is also only a few miles from Grand Baie, a town that exclusively caters to tourists and is known for its thrilling nightlife where restaurants, pubs, and casinos will entertain you all night long.
Balaclava often ranks as the #1 best places to stay in Mauritius.
Popular Hotel: The Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa, Rated 8.3 out of 10
The Westin features panoramic views of the beautiful Indian Ocean. It’s kid-friendly and has a pool, fitness center, and tennis courts for your enjoyment. Parents will appreciating babysitting services, and diver’s will love their dive center! Best of all, every room has a patio or balcony.
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Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is another city that caters a lot to tourists, albeit not as much as Balaclava, and is located off the west coast. It is known for boasting the most popular beach in Mauritius, known as Mont Choisy, which is the longest beach in the island.
Due to the presence of this beach, it is not surprising that many hotels have thus decided to open up in this area. Additionally, Flic en Flac is pretty much a self-contained town. You could stick entirely to Flic en Flac while visiting Mauritius and still have the greatest time of your life.
Popular Hotel: Sugar Reef West Coast, Rated 7.6 out of 10
Only 300 feet from the beach! Sugar Reef is also walking distance from the Flic en Flac nightlife, as well as restaurants and supermarkets. The resort features self-catering apartments with a fully-equipped kitchen, as well as balconies or a rooftop terrace.
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches is also located in the north of Mauritius, but is actually a bit further from the coast than Balaclava. It is also next to a great beach, albeit a fairly small one but nevertheless an extremely beautiful one that seems to have a cult following among certain parts of the Mauritius population.
If you are on a budget, you may want to stick to finding a hotel in Trou aux Biches as it is considerably cheaper than both Balaclava and Flic en Flac but still provides excellent accommodation for those wishing to stay in Mauritius.
The other advantage of Trou aux Biches is that it is closest to Port Louis, the capital and main city of Mauritius. As such, if you really want to go around a lot and visit the whole of Port Louis, Trou aux Biches is the best spot you could ever pick.
Popular Hotel: Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa, rated 9.0 out of 10!
A luxury resort, the Beachcomber caters to all sorts of vacationers! The golf course is 2 miles away and very popular. The resort itself sits right on the beach, and some of the rooms have a private plunge pool. The villas also include a fully-equipped kitchen. Additionally, there are six restaurants on the property, plus two additional bars. Water sports are available, as well as babysitting and a Teen Club.
Belle Mare Beach Resort
Located on the southeast coast of Mauritius is beautiful stretch of beach and surrounding town known as Belle Mare. Widely considered the most beautiful beach in Mauritius, it is popular with locals and tourists alike. Beachgoers, snorkelers, and divers in particular love this area. You can also participate in sports such as windsurfing, parasailing, horseback riding. and more.
Popular Hotel: The luxury hotel known as LUX* Belle Mare, rated 9.1 out of 10!
LUX* Belle Mare is consistently rated #1 among Mauritius luxury resorts by travelers. Its amenities include a white sand beach on a beautiful lagoon, a beautifully-accommodated swimming pool, immaculately-designed villas, and fantastic food and wine offerings throughout the resort. It’s designed to be family-friendly, but is also perfect for romantic vacations. And of course, it features a world-class spa!
Grand Baie (known to some as Grand Bay) and Mont Choisy, also in the north, are near Trou aux Biches. They are popular for watersports, beaches, and their proximity to Port Louis.
Or head to the extreme south end of Mauritius, where you will find Le Morne, home of the 5-star hotel LUX* Le Morne.
If you find this all a bit overwhelming, you may wish to consider an all-inclusive travel package. There are some amazing TUI Mauritius vacations for those visiting from the United Kingdom. Those in North America may consider packages offered by Indus Travels.
Why Visit Mauritius?
In case we haven’t peaked your interest enough, here are some amazing reasons why you might want to vacation in Mauritius.
Beaches – Mauritius has some of the most beautiful beaches in the world. With white sand and mostly gentle waves, you’ll find yourself in paradise no matter which one you choose. (Or just visit them all!)
Wildlife – There’s a ton of wildlife in Mauritius, some native, some introduced. You can see monkeys, lizards, tortoises, and over 100 species of birds.
Hiking – From dunes to mountains to waterfalls, there are a ton of natural elements to see while hiking in Mauritius.
Sights to See in Mauritius
There are many points of interest to visit in Mauritius, and your choice in activities may influence where you decide to stay on the island.
Black River Gorges National Park is one of the most popular destinations for hikers and wildlife seekers. It is about a 45 minute drive from Flic en Flac. If you would like, you could also book accommodation in Chamarel, which is away from the beaches but closer to the park itself.
Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is another must-see for tourists visiting Mauritius. It is located only about 7 kilometers from Balaclava, making it a short trip from one to the other, and back.
When to Visit Mauritius?
Mauritius is warm and tropical. It lends itself to year-round visits, but the Mauritius weather patterns definitely make part of the year better than the rest.. The peak travel time for Mauritius holidays is May to December. You probably want to avoid the island during January, February, and March, which is prime cyclone season in the Indian Ocean.
Guides to Visit Mauritius
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Popular Mauritius Activities and Tours
Have we helped you determine which part of Mauritius is best to stay? We certainly hope so. This article is intended to showcase the best place to stay in Mauritius, so that you can have the most amazing experience of your life. Mauritius accommodation are varied and special, and making a trip like this (assuming you don’t live close!) deserves the best.
East Africa SafarisAugust 23, 2014 at 9:35 am
Mauritius has one of the best beaches to relax and unwind. You will have plenty of accommodation and places to tour.