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Rising from the turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean, this heavenly isle is sure to delight

Fringed with palms, garlanded by white sandy beaches and blessed by year-round sunshine, Mauritius certainly knows how to treat its guests.

Elegant resorts take full advantage of their front row seats, with pristine grounds stretching to the waters' edge. The tropical interior is home to a fabulous array of wildlife, from soaring kestrels to giant tortoise, while the balmy waters are alive with colourful coral reefs, dolphins and even the odd whale.

The cuisine in Mauritius offers yet another joy with French, Indian, Chinese and Creole cooks all working their magic on an abundant supply of fresh seafood and tropical flavours.

Experiences

For our all-inclusive holidays to Mauritius we’ve chosen some of the top beach resorts and hotels for you. You’ll be treated to excellent cuisine, luxury settings and impeccable service, whether you book one of our Stay & Relax holidays or a more active trip taking in the nearby islands of Madagascar and Reunion too.

As well as beach and poolside lounging you’ll get out and tour Mauritius, admiring grand Creole mansions, tasting rum direct from the distillery and walking with lions in Casela Nature Park.

Meet Shiva (or rather his statue) at the holy lake of Grand Bassin, wander the verdant paths of the Black River Gorges National Park and go plant spotting at the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens - some of the oldest in the world.

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Relax on a pristine palm-fringed beach in a luxurious all-inclusive resort on the island of Mauritius.

With its impressive setting on the south Mauritian coast, the Tamassa, An All Inclusive Resort seamlessly blends contemporary elegance with stylish facilities and excellent service to create the perfect retreat.

This unforgettable tour goes in search of Madagascar’s unusual wildlife, reveals the spectacular scenery of the island of Réunion and offers the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches of Mauritius.

Explore and relax on this idyllic Indian Ocean island tour.

This unforgettable tour goes in search of Madagascar’s unusual wildlife, reveals the spectacular scenery of the island of Réunion and offers the chance to relax on the beautiful beaches of Mauritius.

See the Seychelles and the Comoros Islands, home to rare and unusual wildlife, call at the coast of Madagascar and enjoy a taste of France on Reunion Island as you ply the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean.

See the Seychelles and the Comoros Islands, home to rare and unusual wildlife, call at the coast of Madagascar and enjoy a taste of France on Reunion Island as you ply the balmy waters of the Indian Ocean.

Explore and relax on this idyllic Indian Ocean island tour in the company of other solo travellers

From the coast of Spain to the Islands of the Indian Ocean, this cruise takes you on an adventure through the Suez Canal and down the eastern coast of Africa to a host of tropical islands.

Combine the exotic islands and glorious weather of the Indian Ocean with the festive atmosphere of Christmas aboard Boudicca.

Language

French,English -

Mauritius’ two official languages are French and English, so you shouldn’t encounter many language barriers, although a number of other languages are spoken on the island too – these include Creole, Hindi, Bhojpuri, Urdu and Chinese.

Tipping

Tipping isn’t compulsory in Mauritius but a 10% tip is always well received if you’ve received particularly good service. Hotels usually have a tip box when you can put your tip at the end of your stay, but you’re free to tip the staff yourself if you wish.

Population and size

The population is around 1.3 million, slightly less than that of Switzerland.

This small nation occupies around 2,040 square kilometres, making it just over half the size of the county of Hampshire! It lies around 2,000 kilometres east of Madagascar in the Indian Ocean.

Currency

Rupee - The currency is the Mauritian rupee, divided into 100 cents.

Culture

This multicultural island effortlessly blends British, French, African and Indian influences along with its own Mauritian flavour to create an eclectic place quite unlike any other.

The mixture of religions on the island includes Hinduism, Christianity and Islam.

The handshake is the common greeting, although the multicultural nature of the island means that the local customs may vary. Many of the people on the island descend from the European and Indian settlers, African slaves and Chinese traders who once made their homes here, resulting in today's eclectic culture where the locals identify by their Mauritian nationality rather than their racial ethnicity.

This rich culture has especially influenced the food on the island - its close ties to France mean that you can expect delicious French-style cuisine with a Mauritian twist, along with lots of Asian inspired dishes and flavoursome seafood, which is unsurprisingly abundant. Had it not become extinct so soon, you might also have enjoyed fresh dodo on your plate - this unfortunate bird was endemic to the island and was a popular meal for sailors.

It is thought that the first human visitors to Mauritius were Arab sailors around the 10th century – prior to this the island was the sole domain of the animal kingdom (including the unfortunate dodo). In the 15th and 16th centuries Mauritius was visited by Portuguese explorers, but it wasn't until 1598 that the island was claimed by the Dutch and named after their head of state - Prince Maurice. However, their attempts at colonisation faltered and the Dutch withdrew a mere decade later.

The next claimants were the traders of the French East India Company who founded the capital Port Louis as a strategic base in the early 18th century. They sold the island to the French government in 1767, but in 1810 the British attacked and took control. Although the British abolished slavery, they brought in thousands of Indian workers throughout the 19th century under a system of indentured labour. These workers were employed on the sugar plantations and conditions left a lot to be desired.

Unrest ensued and throughout the 20th century workers demanded both more rights and more respect. In 1958 a new constitution gave all adults the vote and in 1968 Mauritius gained its independence from Britain.

Timezone

Mauritius is four hours ahead of GMT.

Electricity

UK-style three-pin plugs can be found in hotels, but two-pin continental-style sockets are also used, so best bring an adaptor just in case. Mains voltage is 220 volts (50 cycles).

Climate

Mauritius has a tropical climate with little variation between the seasons, of which there are a mere two – winter and summer. The temperatures generally stay in the twenties year round, and the best time to visit is winter (which coincides with our summer) when the temperatures are milder and it’s less likely to rain.

Health

As health information can change at any time, we’d advise you to consult your GP at least 12 weeks before departure.

Country-specific information and advice on possible health risks is also published by the National Travel Health Network and Centre and The British Foreign and Commonwealth Travel Advice Unit provides important health and safety information for British nationals travelling abroad.

Passports and visas

You’ll need a passport valid for the duration of your stay, but British nationals don’t require a visa.


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