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Mauritius is part of the Mascarene island group and situated in the south-western Indian Ocean just over 1000 miles east of the African continent and some 500 hundred miles east of Madagascar.
Covering an area of around 720 square miles, the island is almost entirely surrounded by coral reefs. The resulting lagoons are full of marine life making it a superb location for diving and with its world renowned fine, white sand beaches it is the perfect destination for a truly tropical holiday experience.
Mauritius is the most accessible island in the Indian Ocean, boasting as much tropical paradise as Maui or Martinique and importantly offering it at a more affordable price. Though nestling alongside Africa, its influences are more from its British and French ties and a large Indian workforce.
In tandem with the diverse and captivating landscapes you will experience here, you can enjoy a diversity of cultures that are perhaps best reflected by its eclectic cuisine – that may range from a dish of curried chickpeas to an (almost) authentic Yorkshire pudding! Both of which can be taken on the terrace of a typically French style café, accompanied by a glass of imported wine or a thick malted ale while listening to Créole music and the conversation of locals in any number of intriguingly different dialects.
Beloved by golfers, spa lovers, adventurers or those simply seeking an exclusive getaway in paradise, the island’s stunningly diverse landscapes, history, cuisine and culture combine to create a most memorable holiday experience. Mauritius is also a great destination for luxury family holidays and African honeymoons.
WHEN TO GO
Mauritius is an all-year destination thanks to its subtropical climate. Although it can be enjoyed year round, it is best to visit during the winter months (May – October), with an average temperature of 24˚C. During the summer months (November to April) days are hotter and more humid and coastal temperatures can reach 34˚C. This is the best time for big game fishing, but there is a risk of cyclones between January and March. December is peak season.