Island idyll Mauritius

Mauritius is the stuff of dreams – a true castaway isle in the southern Indian Ocean. Here, the beaches are snow-white and silky soft, shaded by sloping palm trees and lapped by impossibly clear blue waves. If you’re in the market for R&R, this is the place for you. Stays at the isle’s luxury beachfront resorts are made up of pool dips, sumptuous spa treatments, and al fresco dinners beneath the stars.

If you’re looking for more active pursuits, Mauritius delivers. Catch a catamaran to explore offshore islands like Ile aux Cerfs and Benitiers, strap on a snorkel and get up close to the creatures and colours of the isle’s 150-kilometre-long coral reefs, or lace up those hiking boots and head inland, where forested mountain peaks await.

Just a 30-minute plane ride, but a world away from the pace of Mauritius is Reunion island - a French territory sitting in the Indian Ocean. The official language here is French, the currency is the Euro, and with its volcanoes, towering mountains, lush rainforest, and spectacular waterfalls you will soon realise that the island is France’s best-kept secret. Take a twin centre tour of both Mauritius and Reunion and you can compare and contrast both the landscapes and the cultural nuances.

Residents of Mauritius are a blend of European, Indian, Chinese, and African descent, so colonial plantation houses make way for Hindu temples which make way for Creole restaurants. You’ll see this melting pot of cultures most clearly in Port Louis, Mauritius’ capital, and the island’s vibrant heart. Get to know the locals here, along with 18th-century architecture and a smart waterfront.

The flight time from the UK to Mauritius is approximately 12 hours.

You don’t need a visa to visit Mauritius from the UK as long as you stay for less than 60 days. Go to GOV UK for entry requirements to Mauritius or, alternatively, visit CIBT Visas for more information.

Mauritius has a warm year-round tropical climate with hotter summer months lasting from November through to April and cold(ish) winter months during June through to September.

Mauritius is four hours ahead of the UK.

Mauritian Creole is spoken by practically everyone in Mauritius although French and English are widely spoken too.

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