Mesmerising Mauritius: things to do

By Amy Rosoman

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May 2017

The island gem of Mauritius offers far more than powder-soft sand, azure lagoons and luscious landscape. Lounge beachside, then take your time to explore the beauty of this tropical paradise before watching the sunset across the Indian Ocean. Discover the treasures of this sanctuary, beyond belief.

Adrenaline junkies

The array of exciting, scenic and breath gasping activities will keep you wanting more. Hike through La Vallee Des Couleurs Nature Park, then hop on a zip-line for an adrenaline rush and admire magnificent surroundings. Visit the beautiful Tamarind Falls for astonishing views and a canyoning experience, where you can abseil down waterfalls and jump into gorges. Or make your way to Casela Park and jump in a mud karting buggy, then hit an off-road course to spin about as you speed around and hit the hand brake.

Where to stay: Heritage Awali – to be close to the action and enjoy a choice of three swimming pools after a fun-filled day.

Venture out to the ocean on the South West of Mauritius to go swimming with dolphins and feel overwhelmed as you come face to face with these creatures.

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    Tipples in paradise

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  • Watch out for exotic wildlife. Photo credit: Daniel Kay.

    Birds of a feather

    Explore the beauty of Mauritius and look out for the tropical creatures of this island.£354 pppn

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  • Take a dip in the Heritage Awali pool.

    A pool with a view

    Go for a swim and fall in love with views of the ocean, as you indulge in a touch of heaven.€758 return

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Ocean waves

Dive into the Indian Ocean and find yourself spoilt for choice as you take to the water. Venture out to the ocean on the South West of Mauritius to go swimming with dolphins. As your boat heads deeper into the waters, look out for gigantic whales and be lost for words. Embrace the opportunities on your doorstep, choose from paddle boarding, kayaking or a glass bottom boat ride and soak up the crystal clear waters along the shoreline. Take a catamaran out or unwind on a yacht cruise, with the opportunity to snorkel alongside the reef. Or why not get your diving gear on and explore the underwater world of Mauritius.

Where to stay: Four Seasons Resort at Anahita – to explore the waterfront village and enjoy water sports galore, then cool off under the exotic garden showers.

  • Discover the earth of seven colours. Photo credit: Konstik.

    A natural wonder

    Venture around the island and witness the natural beauty spots which will leave you in awe.€1095 pp

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Beach life

With its cobalt-blue seas and powder-soft white sands, Mauritius beaches are some of the most picturesque in the world. The east and west coasts boast simply stunning bays, while the shallow lagoons to the south are terrific for snorkelling, the rugged north coast offers tranquillity on the secluded beaches. The pristine beach of Belle Mare Plage boasts 10km of gorgeous sands and azure waters for those perfect lazy days. Visit Le Morne peninsula, for your chance to try out some kite-surfing or to ride along the beaches on horseback, before taking your horse for a swim in the turquoise oceans. Or simply sit back, relax and take in the views with a tantalising cocktail.

Where to stay: Lux* le Morne – to bask on the best beaches, right on your doorstep and lose yourself under the stars as you stroll the white sands at night.

  • Adore the reefs and beaches in a tropical haven. Photo credit: Jan-Otto.

    Make friends with the fishes

    Mauritius is home to an underwater world like no other, snorkel next to the glistening coral and swim alongside tropical fish.€1095 pp

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  • Find cascading waterfalls on the exotic island. Photo credit: Tamara Malesevic / EyeEm.
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    Find your drive

    With a selection of championship golf courses on the island, find your spot for that hole in one.€758 return

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Feeling fresh

What better excuse to enjoy a spot of spa time, than staying on an island which prides itself in using natural ingredients in their oils, masks and skincare. Sit in the sauna, immerse yourself in warm Jacuzzi waters and let your mind relax as you enjoy a massage. From tropical treatments to well-being and state of mind therapy, there is something for everyone. Rejuvenate your body and treat yourself to a couple’s spa package. Experience perfected pampering in elegant spa treatment rooms or go alfresco and enjoy a massage by the waves of the ocean.

Where to stay: Constance Le Prince Maurice – to indulge in the Luxe Sisley Spa for wonderful treatments and massages, or even an in-room manicure and pedicure.

Golfing greens

Mauritius is a top destination for a spot of golf, from the changes of the landscape, to the gorgeous year-round weather, you’ll want to test out your drive every day of your trip away. The beautifully manicured gardens of the 9-hole courses, to the championship grounds of the 18-hole courses, be sure to book yourself in well in advance to make the most of golfing in paradise. Benefit from the brilliant green fares and choose from the many golf courses dotted across the land. Admire the scenery around you as you play, just be sure to watch your shots more than the views, your golf balls could be making a splash in the water hazards otherwise.

Where to stay: The Anahita Resort – to frolic in the 213 hectares of luscious gardens and make a swing on the 18-hole golf course, designed by Ernie Els.