Free attractions in Mauritius Island

Last year, we went on a family holiday to Mauritius. We were longing for the sun, beautiful beaches and an adventure and decided to visit this paradise-like island we had heard so much about. What a wonderful experience it was …. I had read a lot of articles about the island in the Indian Ocean and had seen a few tours with holiday-makers claiming that Mauritius is nothing more but a beach destination. To be honest, I wouldn’t mind spending all day every day on the beach, but it would drive my husband mad, as he needs some activities. So I was curious, and as I like to plan ahead, I did a lot of research and contacted internet users to make sure that I don’t miss any vital information. As you can probably imagine, the holidays were a tremendous success, and we have the fondest of memories of one of our favorite trips. We tried a lot of fantastic and free of charge activities, which I would like to introduce to you in this article.

The Black River Gorges National Park

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Located in the South-West of the island, the biggest national park of Mauritius offers abundant, beautiful vegetation, ideal for walks and hikes among big trees and endemic plants, with spectacular views of the coast line and the islands interior. This activity is ideal for nature lovers and activity addicts alike. We especially enjoyed a refreshing bath in the river halfway through our hike. The walks through this natural paradise offer plenty of photo opportunities of the tropical flora and fauna alike. And to my surprise I had to learn that the forest with its variety of unusual species is one of the few indigenous forests in the world. Follow the bird song and with a bit of luck you will be able to spot the Mauritian kestrel or the Mauritian cardinal and find yourself eye to eye with monkeys or fruit bats.

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The Rochester Falls

In the South of Mauritius, you will find the easily accessible water falls of Rochester falls. The water cascades down from a height of about 10 m into a clear, fresh water rock pool, ideal for a refreshing bath. We loved to explore the less touristy surroundings and beautiful landscapes before climbing up the rock wall to jump off the cliff into the water below. The rock is quite extraordinary, as its unusual shapes are a result of centuries of erosion on basalt rock.

To access the falls, follow the road from Souillac toward Surinam, and then take the indicated dirt road through the sugar cane fields. After about 1 km, you will be able to hear the falls. The basin is surrounded by Mauritian children who show off their acrobatic skills and add to the original flair of this spectacular attraction off the beaten track.

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The high plains of Grand Bassin

Mauritius is a country of many cultures that has developed through the arrival of different peoples. Hence you will find a variety of typical cultural sites which I recommend you visit to better understand the riches of this beautiful island.

The hindu temple of Grand Bassin, Ganga Talao (which means “lake  of Ganges”) is built on a natural crater lake on the high plains of the Savanne area. During the festival of Maha Shivaratri in February each year, the devotees of hindu faith go on a pilgrimage to the lake to honour the Lord Shiva. The colours of the landscape, the lavish arrangements of the offerings and the fascinating hindu culture made for an unforgettable outing.

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The village of Chamarel

To change the culture, we wanted to discover a typical Creole village and returned to the South-West region of the island again, after having already visited the Black River Gorges National Park. We found amazing, picturesque landscapes. The 7 coloured earth at Chamarel is an absolute must-see, and a visit to the neighbouring village had us surrounded by laughing children, who played football in the roads. Mauritians are very friendly and welcoming, and especially adore children, so you will quickly be surrounded by curious villagers who try to engage you in a conversation. Surprisingly, a coffee plantation which we unfortunately did not have the time to explore this time can be found in this area – it will be on our to-do list for our next visit to Mauritius.

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House Euréka in Moka

As Mauritius was visited by numerous colonialists, we wanted to learn more about how Mauritians lived in previous centuries. House Eureka is an impressive colonial manor house with 109 doors, opening up to a travel in time.

 

This list of activities is certainly not complete, there are so many more things to do and to see, such as a hike up Le Morne, one of the first historic sites in Mauritius and classified as a  Unesco World Heritage site, take your masks and snorkels and discover the colourful marine flora and fauna in the lagoons around the island. Open up to this island full of surprises and make some life-long memories.

For those who are interested in visiting the island, I recommend the rental of a villa. We had found a beautiful villa in the South-West of Mauritius through the agency Oazure Villa Mauritius. The free-standing villa had a swimming pool, and right from the start, our hostess gave us great advice regarding activities and services.

So what is your favourite free of charge natural attraction in Mauritius?

 

Enjoy your holidays with oazure.com/en 🙂 

An Easter holiday in Mauritius for the whole family!

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Despite what one might think, Mauritius is not just a romantic destination!

With its many landscapes, its tropical climate and a very welcoming multicultural population, Mauritius is a dream destination! Climb on the plane for one night and spend your Easter holidays in Mauritius! By getting there early enough, you can benefit from attractive prices.

 

April: the ideal season for families

 

The temperate climate of this season is ideal for enjoying a tropical trip. With temperatures between 26 and 28 ° C you will be lucky to discover the many beaches that border the island. Ladies and gentlemen kite-surfers and skateboarders, we advise you to favor the East of the island for sessions under the trade winds.

The cyclonic risks end in March, it is then a good assured time that awaits you during the holidays of Easter.

Want to escape from the cold and European greyness? Give yourself a break before the summer and offer your children an unforgettable journey on a paradise island.

 

A destination for all!

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With its tailor-made menu, villa rental is without a doubt the best choice you could make for a relaxing family holiday.

The coast of the island is lined with villas with direct access to the beach, with or without a swimming pool, for architectures combining all the tastes: colonial houses, villas in luxury roofs or luxurious villas of prestige. Choose the holiday home of your dreams and treat yourself to the luxury of being at home!

Because we do not always want to be forced to respect the fixed meal times as in the hotel, we want to let our children have fun without being afraid to annoy our deckchair neighbors or simply Because we like to have the freedom to do what we like on holiday, opt for renting.

Have a look at the site of Oazure Villa Mauritius, they have magnificent villas on all the island, which correspond to all the tastes and all the wallets, just by watching their photo, guaranteed escape …

Want to enjoy your half during this family vacation? Again, the advantage of leasing is that in parallel, you are offered activities and tailor-made services. Baby Sitter for children, cook for delicious meals in local or European colors, kayak to go sailing in front of your villas, massage at home facing the sea … You will find your happiness and satisfy all your desires!

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A country rich in its cultural mix

 

Mauritius is a mix of cultural and religious: Creole, Hindu, Asian, European … so much diversity that make it a rich and unique country. For example, you can go to the bazaar (local market in every town on the island) to buy your sun-drenched vegetables or bring back souvenirs and spices to your friends by bathing in the daily life of the Mauritians.

The official languages are French and English, so you can effortlessly make you understand and exchange with the Mauritians. Open your ears anyway, you will hear singing Creole and Hindi languages at the bend of the streets. And practical side, dear Mom, no worries, you will find everything you need for your little ones in the many supermarkets and pharmacies of the island.

The offer of activities in Mauritius is very large and varied: swimming with dolphins in Tamarin, day in catamaran at the islet Gabrielle, visit the Zoo of Casela or trekking on the Morne, something to delight young and old.

As for culture, for example, give yourself a bit of history by making the route of the tea to know the secrets of its manufacture while visiting typical colonial houses and finishing by a good tasting. We also advise you to make the Adventure of Sugar: a fun discovery of sugar making, from plantations to production!

Finally, to wander at will and stop at the sandstone of your discoveries, rent a car, very interesting and affordable offer on the island, it is even delivered directly to the Villa on your arrival …

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So make the jump, take jerseys, backpacks and take your tribe to Mauritius! Do not forget your camera for memories and shots in tropical colors! And good holidays …

Dream Christmas holidays in Mauritius, to end 2016.

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We arrive at the end of a new year which was again a very long time for some and too short for others, these 366 days have reserved undoubtedly many beautiful surprises but especially the end of a new chapter in our lives that was rich in emotion. It is now time for an update and to find an ideal place for the festive period of the end of the year. For your Christmas holidays opt for a tropical destination, Mauritius is an idyllic place where beaches, turquoise sea and coconut trees will be the backdrop of your vacation dreams.

The Mauritius is now a major destination for Christmas Family holidays, forget the Christmas holidays near the fireplace to warm you to consider a beautiful beach and a hot sun to warm you during your long days to wade in turquoise water and sunbathe on one of the many beaches of Mauritius.

This small island in the Indian Ocean holds many treasures not only beautiful beaches but also the beautiful mountain scenery and a beautiful culture with a population that will touch your heart with their friendliness and hospitality.

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For your accommodation in Mauritius do not worry, you will have a wide choice with rentals of villas on the beach, apartments and guest houses scattered throughout the coastal region. To guide you in your search for a holiday accommodation on the north coast or the west coast you will find the best property rentals and the best tourist attractions.

For your accommodation in Mauritius, vacation rentals remains the Cartesian solution because several advantages in addition to offering a pleasant living space for the whole family you will also have a private pool, the services of a cleaning lady and exclusive services such as a massage or a chef to cook your traditional dishes directly to your villa.

We strongly recommend a visit to the deer Island during your stay in Mauritius, this little corner of paradise located off the village of Trou d’Eau Douce on the east coast of the island remains a must for all lovers of beautiful beaches. There are small shuttles on site that take you to your little island paradise, you will also find tour operators who offer activities of all kinds around the Ile aux Cerfs

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Mauritius is the promise of a pleasant family stay off the beaten path for the Christmas holidays, unforgettable moments to share with your loved ones.

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Vacation rental ideal option for your holidays in Mauritius

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The property rental in Mauritius is the best way for an authentic immersion in a new culture, proximity to Islanders and a virtually unlimited freedom of action. Add to this contemporary architecture and quality services at very affordable price and you would be quickly won over by the holiday rentals in Mauritius. All its assets will make you definitely opted for a holiday accommodation on the beach.

Luxury villas, apartments with services worthy of the big hotels or holiday homes at competitive prices for your stay on the Island. Villas in Mauritius offer beautiful Balinese pools with private parking, Jacuzzi, air conditioning, contemporary architectural design and modern furnishings, among others. Some villas are located in tourist villages to make your life easier, you will find shopping centers nearby for your trading currencies, craft shops, unique attractions and most beautiful beaches. You can easily access the beach for a little tanning session or a swim in the turquoise water or you can just walk a few meters to enjoy the white sandy beaches.

But if you want to be disconnected with the world for vacation and relaxing away from the stress you can choose a luxury villa on a private beach away from mass tourism. You will find in Mauritius of beautiful private villa in a quiet peaceful environment. The villas of this type are highly coveted and can be hard to get, we recommend if you want to opt for holidays in peace do not hesitate and book your accommodations a year in advance and choose your accommodation in south or east known for their calm and relaxing atmosphere.

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These exceptional villas are often located on a secluded area overlooking breathtaking scenery where you can enjoy stunning views of the lush vegetation. You can enjoy your holiday at your own pace without worrying about niceties as this type of accommodation was designed to make your life easier, sauna, gym and self catering services delivered directly to your villa. A professional house staff who will remain discreet, your private pool surrounded by tropical gardens and stunning views of nature’s bounty

The luxurious villas offer services directly to your accommodation such as massages, a fitness session or a yoga session those are premium services for your holiday in Mauritius.

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Catamaran cruises in Mauritius

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Mauritius is full of islands that can be visited, regardless of the side on which you are. The ideal method to make the most of these little paradise is definitely to go on a cruise on a catamaran.

Discover the islands around Mauritius

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Hop aboard a catamaran, families, couples or friends. Then let the crew take care of everything for maximum comfort. According to the chosen destination, the program is different. For example, if you want to visit the North of Mauritius: Coin de Mire, Flat Island and Ilot Gabriel, you can enjoy a small navigation morning, if you’re lucky according to season , dolphins will even accompany you for a few minutes: an incredible experience for the lucky ones. Once on one of the islands, you will discover a paradise of turquoise waters and white sand islands where nature lives in its most wild.

While walking on the island as a Robinson Crusoe. The catamaran trips also offer a taste of the Mauritian barbecue flavors. You can also request a lobster supplement for the greedy!

Diving among the fish and coral

A catamaran day is also exploring lively seabed by a multitude of fish and coral in bright colors. Long unavailable snorkeling sessions without a boat to take you there will be proposed. Diving into turquoise water and enjoy the beauty of the seabed punctuated by the coming and going of benches of the most beaufiul fish and sea turtles. A very emotional experience!

Mauritian culinary delights, discover the seabed, visits islands and uninhabited islets and protected, that’s what you proposes a catamaran in Mauritius.

Swim with dolphins

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A dream to fulfill? If you want to push even further the experience, some fishing trips in the south west of Mauritius (Flic en Flac Tamarin) offer you to go to meet dolphins and swim with them. An exciting experience! Swim in the middle of hundreds of dolphins.

Some tips before going to sea

If you want to go to sea you will find in all the major coastal cities of the island are companies that will offer catamaran sailing. In high season we advise you to plan ahead and release your book at least 2 weeks in advance. In low season a week or a few days will suffice.

Before planning your day at sea we invite you to check with the company you choose, to know what a day will offer the most favorable conditions for your catamaran: sunny, little wind and calm sea conditions are ideal.

For those who do not have sea legs you should know that the catamarans are relatively stable due to their two hulls and therefore they hardly make you sick. For more sensitive, there are pills against seasickness.

Do not forget to moisturize and protect yourself from the sun because the reflection of the rays on the water can badly burn your skin if you are not protected.

If the catamaran is not the boat that makes you dream, some tour operators offer alternatives: motor boat, speed boat for the more keen on speed and traditional canoe with acoustic guitar for the dreamer … Let’s choose your ship for a day on the waters off Mauritius, to discover breathtaking scenery.

Wellness holiday in a villa in Mauritius

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Mauritius is the ideal place for a wellness holiday in a villa : luxurious vegetation, breathtaking landscapes, white, sandy beaches …. These are all the ingredients to create the calming and relaxing atmosphere of a wellness holiday.

We don’t even have to think twice, this is THE wellness destination we would recommend. In addition, the choice of villas is particularly suitable if you are looking for a holiday destination with relaxation, comfort and wellness in mind.

 

Why would a stay in a villa be particularly beneficial when it comes to wellness?
A stay in a holiday villa offers a few advantages which can transform your holidays into a real break from day-to-day life, thus allowing you to unwind completely and recharge your batteries. The rental of a great number of villas in Mauritius will give you access to a variety of services, some of them included in the rent, all of them aiming at making your stay an oasis of relaxation.

For example, you have the possibility to hire a personal trainer who will come to the villa for your fitness, martial arts, yoga or meditation classes.

Furthermore, you can book relaxing massages and beauty treatments at the villa. We can also recommend benefiting from the preferential rates some of the villa rental agencies offer at the surrounding hotels, allowing you access to the hotel spa, hamman, golf courses etc.

Enjoy the beauty of Mauritius in the close proximity of your villa
It is not necessary to drive a long way to find a relaxing place outside of your villa. You will generally just have to leave the house in order to find yourself surrounded by extraordinary nature. A lot of the villas are located on private beaches, where you can just unwind under a shady casuarina tree, enjoy the breeze and listen to the  rustle in the leaves of the palm trees while sipping on the juice of a freshly cut coconut.
And what could be more relaxing than sailing out to sea? The rental of a villa in Mauritius most of the times gives you access to a half-day a day-long boat rental with a skipper, who will take you to the most unspoiled, magnificent parts of the lagoons, allowing you to explore the marine life of the clear, turquoise waters.
If you prefer to stay on terra firma, you will be able to find a variety of fantastic hikes through the Gorges of Black River, or hire a guide and walk up the mountain “Le Pouce” with its breathtaking views from coast to coast. Surrounded by the beauty of nature, you will be able to unwind and replenish your energy levels.

 

In short, a villa rental in Mauritius is the ideal holiday solution for you if you are planning to dedicate your holidays to wellness. A number of agencies offer different packages which allow you to choose activities according to your personal wellness requirements. And just a note : let yourself be pampered and make the most of these precious moments.

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Holiday accommodation – a few tips on how to travel lightly with toddler

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A family holiday is a fantastic project, which can however become a real nightmare if you are travelling with one or more babies.

Before you start the often tedious and time-consuming preparations of your trip, aim to find a suitable solution for your holiday accommodation, which corresponds to the number of persons travelling and to their ages. If you are travelling with a baby, some accommodations are not to be recommended, such as staying with a local or in a guest house, while others such as renting a house, an apartment or a villa are more suitable than a hotel stay.

To choose the right kind of accommodation means to maintain the usual routine for your baby. A hotel stay might be disruptive due to different meal times and other schedules. If you are renting your own holiday home you and your baby’s routine stay the same.

Although we would recommend this kind of accommodation for your holidays, we would however draw your attention to the fact that you need to check the available facilities at your holiday home in order to avoid any bad surprises upon your arrival. Make sure to use a reputable agency that is specialized in the rental of holiday homes instead of renting directly from the home owner, who will try to rent his property at all costs without paying attention to your specific requirements. An agency that is specialized in the rental of holiday accommodation will be able to guide you in your decision making process. Some agency offer tailor-made services which will add a considerable amount of comfort during your holidays when it comes to managing your baby: babysitter, kids club, in-house chef, all-inclusive packages, grocery deliveries before your arrival based on a shopping list that you have completed before your trip etc. If all these services are available for your family’s arrival, make sure that the necessary baby equipment is also available: baby cot, high chair, changing table, bottle warmer etc. In general, you will be able to rent the equipment in addition to your holiday home.

If you are requested to pay an additional amount for the rental of this equipment, just bear in mind that it is much easier to rent everything at your destination rather than bringing it all with you in an additional suitcase (and risk paying surcharges for exceeding your luggage allowance).

Once you have chosen your holiday accommodation, all you have to do is pack your bags. When choosing your clothes and those of your baby, bear in mind that most holiday homes come with a washing machine. To transport your baby, rather opt for a baby carrier than a pushchair (which you can rent on site, if needed).

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The services offered in a luxury villa in Mauritius

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Making the choice to rent a villa with many exclusive services for you vacation in Mauritius is the best way to ensure a stay in the best possible conditions.

Many tour operators in Mauritius offer varied services from accommodation rentals to activities around the island. If you are looking for a luxurious stay, opt for a villa rental in Mauritius, a vacation rentals will offer a wide range of home services: housekeeping, chef, babysitter, car or boat rental …

On arrival in Mauritius
The Mauritius Airport created the Yu Lounge that has a separate terminal, which offers a 5-star welcome on arrival in Mauritius. Make coming to Yu Lounge to start their luxury holiday in Mauritius can be disconnected quickly. A hostess will take care of all your entry, for a stress-free arrival. A transfer from the airport to your villa by helicopter is also possible, to avoid traffic jams and to enjoy the unique landscape of the island.

You also can rent a car for your travel in Mauritius. For peace of mind and to avoid potential stress of driving on unfamiliar territory, take a personal driver who will then load to drop you off or you see fit throughout your stay.
If you want to discover Mauritius another way, you can also rent a boat that can take you on the beach in front of your villa. Enjoy the lagoon of Mauritius and discover the Mauritian coastline and beaches.

Services directly at your villa
To make the most of your holiday, take all the housework to domestic staff: cleaning, laundry, ironing etc. To go further, you can also have the service of a cook at your villa: a great way to discover the typical flavors of Mauritius and enjoy meals worthy of a great restaurant.
Also, if you go on holiday with your children, it may also be wise decision to entrust them to babysitters. They will organized fun activities for your children while you will be able to enjoy a good moment alone with your partners on a paradise Island.

You will quickly understand, that by renting a villa in Mauritius, you can have customized stay that lives up to your expectations and requirements. Mauritius is the destination of luxury, renting a villa will allows you to enjoy all the benefits of a luxury hotel without the inconveniences.

Activities for kids for a holiday in Mauritius

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Mauritius offers such a number and variety of activities that your children could experience a different adventure every day of their holiday.

There are things to do for all types and ages, and even the parents will enjoy participating in them. Also, these kind of ‘family activities’ offer a good opportunity to discover the island and make for wonderful memories of a successful holiday.

For those interested in an educational outing, the sugar museum is a must-do visit where you will discover the history of Mauritius through the history of the sugar. And then there is also « Curious Corner » at Chamarel, offering a different kind of educational entertainment …

If the children prefer to see animals, a visit to one of the animal parks is to be recommended : Giant tortoises and African animals, bird + safari Park, Crocodile Park or the Nature Reserve at Ile aux Aigrettes.

The discovery of the marine life of the lagoons around Mauritius is also a fantastic adventure for the little ones. They can go on a submarine to explore the seascape, or swim with the dolphins, take a glass bottom boat to see fish and corals or go on a boat trip to one of the little offshore islands in the North or the East of Mauritius.

And finally, for those who love nature … and a little bit of an adrenaline kick, a tour on the zip lines is the activity to choose. Canyoning is also on offer on various sites, and even hiking through the nature reserves and up some of the beautiful mountains with breath-taking views over the island will be a fantastic way to explore the flora and fauna of the Mauritius.

For less adventurous travellers, a playground on the East coast offers activities for young and older visitors : jumping castles, ski boats, pedal carts, giant trampolines, electric carts, a balance circuit and pony rides will keep everybody busy for at least a day.

All parents have to do is to let the hostess who welcomes them in Mauritius take care of organizing these activities and adventures that will leave the whole family exhilarated and will ensure that they all spend an excellent time together.

Some tour operators and agencies have specialized in the organization of family holidays and offer a variety of activities to discover a different Mauritius, off the beaten track. One that has set itself apart from other providers is Oazure with its concierge service which offers the organization of children’s activities from A to Z.

Christmas holidays in a beautiful villa in Mauritius (or why you should choose this option)

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Christmas is only a few weeks away, and you are asking yourself : « where should I spend the festive season with the family this year ?  »

We have been looking at different options for a fabulous family holiday in a paradise-like environment, and our choice is Mauritius, for various reasons : 1- easy to get to (one overnight flight from Europe) 2- hardly any time difference when travelling from Europe (abt. 2 hrs) and 3-  breathtaking landscapes.

The first step to planning your holiday in paradise is to buy tickets well ahead of time in order to be able to benefit from special rates and above all, find available flights for the festive season. Mauritius seems to be one of the favorite destinations for European travellers when it comes to finding the perfect destination for the end-of-year holidays.

Once you have booked your flights to Mauritius, you can start looking for your accommodation, and we have found the best « value for money » solution that will suit any kind of holiday : the rental of a holiday villa, including staff, services, cook, babysitter etc.villas, exceptional villas, beachfront apartments or villas and apartments rentals in residences etc

You will be surprised by the quality and the quantity of services on offer, which will make your holiday in a villa an unforgettable experience. You will be able to enjoy the hospitality « Mauritian style » as the friendly staff will work their magic to make your stay a success. Also, you will get the chance to try the Mauritian cuisine and even learn how to cook typical Mauritian dishes. The dishes prepared by the personnel will allow you to sample authentic Mauritian food which you will struggle to find with the often « internationalized » versions you will get served at a hotel.

Let’s get back to the villas : you will find about 150 of them, scattered across the island, so you can be sure to find your ideal holiday home for your next holidays.

– The North is well known for its variety of restaurants, bars and nightlife

– The East offers unspoiled landscapes and magnificent, quiet beaches.

– The West is characterized by abundant vegetation, nature reserves and beautiful lagoons

– The South offers a breath taking coastline with fantastic lagoons and remote villages, reminding us of what Mauritius was like in the old days.

Christmas time means summer time in Mauritius – and the climate is sunny and hot all over the island.

Please note that more and more travellers choose the « holiday in a villa » option, especially over the Christmas period, and we recommend to start your inquiries for a luxury beach property rentals in Mauritius early in order to avoid disappointment.

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