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. The number of tourists traveling to Mauritius each year is always quite large and there obviously exists a booming tourist industry in the whole island. While the island itself is very small and is in fact only slightly larger than London, there are still many places a tourist could pick for your accommodation.
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
- Port Louis Street Food Tour – taste delicious local food and learn about the history of Mauritius
- 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 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 three areas where you can elect to stay when traveling to Mauritius.
The city of Balaclava is widely considered as the best place for tourist accommodations in Mauritius. Balaclava is located to the north of the island, which is also arguably the most beautiful part of the island. 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.
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.
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 however known for boasting the most popular beach in Mauritius, which also goes by the name of Flic en Flac and 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. 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.
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.
When to Visit Mauritius?
Mauritius is warm and tropical, and lends itself to year-round visits. The peak travel time 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.