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Luxury Mauritius Holidays
Style, romance and blissful relaxation is what you can expect from a Mauritius holiday. A cultural melting pot, Mauritius offers surprisingly good boutique shopping, as well as delicious cuisine.
Our Mauritius holiday collection boasts a fine selection of quality hotels offering sophisticated yet relaxed service, luxurious accommodation, superb beaches and activities, from boutique beach hotels to spiritual spa retreats and family-friendly resorts. Mauritius honeymoons have been popular with couples due to the island boasting pristine white sandy beaches, warm tropical waters and lush greenery. Western & Oriental's Mauritius holidays can be tailor-made to suit you.
If a holiday to Mauritius sounds the Indian Ocean holiday destination for you, contact our expert travel specialists today to tailor-make your dream holiday to Mauritius.
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Mauritius Holidays Travel Guide
Several airlines offer flights to Mauritius and the journey takes around 12 hours from the UK. Air Mauritius is the national airline and operates daily flights from the UK to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport. Upgrades are available on all airlines. The airport is 25 miles outside of the capital of Port Louis and transfers can be easily organised from here to your hotel.
SSR International Airport - Port Louis: 45 mins
SSR International Airport - Grand Baie Beach: 70 mins
SSR International Airport - Black River Gorges National Park: 35 mins
SSR International Airport - Tamarina Golf Estate: 50 mins
SSR International Airport - Veranda Palmar Beach Resort, Belle Mare: 55 mins
SSR International Airport - Ile aux Cerfs: 40 mins
Things to See and Do in Mauritius
Mauritius is a favourite destination for surfers and watersports enthusiasts, with diving schools, windsurfing and kayaking available at most resorts as well as a plethora of other exhilirating activities.
- Get up close and personal with some of Mauritius' four legged citizens at the Crocodile and Giant Tortoises Park and Nature Reserve. Handle the baby crocodiles and witness feeding times as well as see other exotic creatures in the Zoo, or play in the Jungle Adventure playground. A day out for all the family.
- Take a tour of Bois Cheri, the biggest tea producer in Mauritius, with the plantation dating back to the late 1800's. Taje a guided tour around this beautiful area and the factory itself.
- Take a Glass Bottom Boat Trip to Blue Bay, departing every day from the South East Coast, discover all the exotic plantlife and lifeforms that call the waves of the Indian Ocean their home.
- Stroll around Ile aux Aigrettes, a tiny coral island just off the coast and a nature conservation site protected by the Mauritian Wildlife Foundation. Tours take place here on a daily basis and take around 90 minutes.
- Overlooking Port Louis, the harbour and the surrounding mountains, the La Citadelle Fort dates back to the French occupation and guided tours here give you a fascinating insight into the history of Mauritius.
- Studio 44 Mauritius exhibits art by locals, including paintings and photgraphs, as well as handcrafted glass and jewellery - all of which is available to buy.
- Visit one of the markets dotted about the island, a great way to get a taste for the culture here as well as soak up the authentic Mauritian atmosphere.
- Marvel at the Hindu Temple in Poste de Flacq where celebrations take place all year round in honour of the Hindu divinities. Religious festivals here are highly celebrated and this beautiful temple makes a great starting point.
Health and Safety in Mauritius
Although Mauritius is a safe region, petty crime can be quite common so ensure you keep bags and valuable safe when visiting popular tourist areas.
If you are renting a car make sure to have your driving licence on you at all times and be careful when driving at night as pedestrians and unlit motorcyclists are common in many areas.
Food and Drink
Mauritian hotels and resorts offer a huge range of restaurants and bars, serving mutli-cultural cuisine from Chinese buffets, Indian curries and fresh steaks, to Creole influenced dishes like rougaille. Rum, Beer and Coconut milk are popular drinks here, as well as Alouda, an almond flavoured ice milk drink.
British citizens can obtain a visa on arrival, valid for 3 months.
The local currency is Mautirian rupees. ATM's are widely accessible in most towns and at large shopping centres. Visa cards are also accepted by most hotels, restaurants and larger retailers.
UK 3 pin plugs are used throughout Mauritius.
Mauritius has no official language however French and English are the most widely spoken languages.
Customs and Public Holidays
Due to the cultural diversity in Mauritius a mixture of festivals and holidays are celebrated, including Chinese new year, and all Roman Catholic holidays are respected here. Tipping is not compulsory, however 5 - 10% of the bill is usually customary for good service.