Lush emerald-coloured canopies, powder soft white sandy beaches and turquoise-hue lagoons are the signature of Mauritius, a beautifully picturesque island in the Indian Ocean, home to many of our finest five-star resorts. In 2018, Mauritius is celebrating 50 years of independence with a year of celebration.
As one of the only luxury tour operators to have an office on the island, we are able to keep our clients informed of all that is taking place while arranging the perfect tailor-made trip, including bespoke elements as individual as our clients. Since becoming independent, tourism has enabled Mauritius to thrive and therefore, there is no better time to visit Mauritius, especially after the return of One&Only Le Saint Géran earlier this year, and we hope to give you some inspiration for how to spend your days in paradise.
1. Climb Le Morne
Though it is undoubtedly a struggle to prise yourself from the beguiling beaches of this idyllic island, there is a wealth of natural beauty awaiting your discovery. The statuesque peak Le Morne is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents deep cultural significance for the island. It was recently announced authorised guided tours will be allowed to scale Le Morne, to enjoy spectacular and breath taking views of Mauritius and beyond. For active travellers, this is a privileged opportunity to experience the island from a different perspective.
2. Glorious Golf
Mauritius is a golfer’s paradise, awash with championship courses which boast some of the most exceptional views, and gratifying challenges, in the game. Many of our luxury resorts in Mauritius enjoy their own golf facilities but those seeking to explore a variety of courses during their stay can organise excursions across the island with our expert concierge team. If you’re seeking to sharpen your game in a favourable climate, this much-loved golf destination par excellence is an ideal setting.
3. Helicopter Tours
Mauritius is best viewed from above in order to fully appreciate the wonder of this gorgeous, gem-like island. Our concierge team are able to arrange a private helicopter tour, upon request.
4. Snorkelling and Scuba Diving
The crystal-clear waters surrounding Mauritius are brimming with multi-coloured marine life and superstars of so-called ‘sea safaris’ including Spinner and Bottlenose dolphins and sea turtles. Many of our luxury hotels provide complimentary snorkelling equipment and the shallow waters are ideal for a leisurely exploration with many brightly coloured and impressive marine animals to be found. Of course, many sea creatures enjoy deeper depths and can only be seen by scuba divers. Fortunately, we are able to arrange diving tours and expert tuition to ensure you can get up close with Mauritius’ incredible underwater kingdom.
5. Underwater Exploring
Aside from snorkelling and scuba diving there are a variety of ways to explore the inviting waters which surround the island. The Blue Safari Submarine keeps guests dry as they explore the many fascinating sights and hidden treasures off the coast of Mauritius, including shipwrecks and tropical marine life. Alternatively, innovative and unforgettable experiences such as the sub-scooter, undersea exploring and sea kart options allow you to set the pace and embrace the spirit of discovery as never before.
6. Zip Lining
For those seeking an adrenaline rush, Mauritius has a variety of zip lines across the island, giving you a vast choice of heights, distances and experiences. For families there are smaller, child-friendly options while the adult-only options allow you to take in the many valleys and mountains that make Mauritius one of the more exciting islands in the Indian Ocean.
7. Sunset Cruises
The essence of romance, a sunset cruise is an exquisite way to appreciate the beauty of Mauritius. If you’re celebrating a particularly special event, such as an anniversary or engagement, the genteel pace of a private cruise at sunset, complete with champagne and a picture-perfect setting is the ideal way to savour the occasion and create memories to treasure.
8. Adventure Trails
Combine the thrill of off-roading with an immersion in the island’s unique culture by enjoying an expertly-designed adventure trail. You’ll tour Mauritius’ incredible, undulating landscapes before visiting local villages to soak up the authentic way of life and traditions before ending your tour at one of Mauritius’ most impressive natural wonders, the Tamarind Falls.
9. Animal Magic
Mauritius is home to many exotic and impressive animals, many of which can be viewed at Caslea World of Adventure, one of the island’s most popular attractions. Walk with lions, feed giraffes or zip line over the sprawling park to add the thrill factor to your stay. The park offers guests the chance to interact and observe animals in unique and enjoyable ways, including Segway safaris or quad-bike safaris.
10. Sublime Spas
The serene setting and back-to-nature beauty of Mauritius provide instant relaxation, but our impeccable selection of resorts go further in pursuit of rejuvenation. All of our luxury hotels feature decadent spas with world-class teams of therapists, on hand to address any health issues or help you achieve your wellness goals. Where better to tend to your health and wellbeing than surrounded by nature on an idyllic island in the Indian Ocean?
To book your perfect luxury beach holiday to Mauritius, or for further information about any of these excursions, please visit elegantresorts.co.uk or call our expert Travel Consultants on 01244 897 578.