Africa + Indian Ocean Mauritius Lush tropical island, volcanic peaks, stunning beaches, crystal clear waters, watersports If you’re thinking lush, tropical island, you can’t get much lusher or more tropical than Mauritius for a luxury holiday. Its pristine beaches of pale-blonde sand, protected by coral reefs and set against a Bali Hai-style backdrop of jungly volcanic peaks, make it a great, classic beach destination in its own right. But it also serves as the perfect post-safari-pamper add-on. The Mauritian hotels have mastered the art of first class service (not to mention virtually every form of watersport known to man) but there’s a caveat: this is a place where your choice of hotel can make or break the holiday. It’s vital to match your tastes – or your reason for travelling – to the right resort. Honeymoon? Family? Low-key? Glamorous? You get the idea. And once you have picked the hotel, there’s the small matter of which room or suite is going to be right for you. That’s why our experts have been there and checked it out for you – and they go back regularly, to make sure that their advice will be right up to date. Stories Places to Stay Highlights Location Stories As every one of the holidays we create is truly tailor-made, all of our clients come back with different and interesting stories. We love to hear from our clients on their return to find out about their most memorable moments. Our Destination Experts are also always travelling to our extraordinary destinations and every trip allows us to refine and add value to our clients' future experiences. A LUXURY FAMILY HOLIDAY TO MAURITIUS One of our clients took her family to stay at the beautiful and exclusive Le Touessrok and had a fantastic time, it was the perfect choice for the young children as they were looked after in the fantastic children's club giving the chance for the parents to properly relax. Find out more THE SURPRISE OF A MAURITIAN MARKET Hattie Broadhead didn't expect to see much culture when she went on holiday to Mauritius, and expected to be lying on the beach for 90% of her time there. However when her guide picked her up she was introduced and quite surprised to find a multicultural haven. Find out more DISCOVERING A NEW HOBBY Ben, aged 13 wrote to us to tell us about his new passion he discovered whilst in Mauritius. Like any 13 year old boy, lying in the sun is just not fun whilst on holiday, but Ben tried his hand at scuba diving and it became the highlight of his holiday. Find out more Fishing with a twist in Mauritius On a spur of the moment deep sea fishing experience whilst on holiday in Mauritius, Nicole Biddle enjoyed a surprise encounter with a friendly school of whales. Find out more Places to Stay At cazenove+loyd, we have no vested interest in the hotels, lodges, boats, trains and tented camps which we select. We only choose what is right for a particular client. We visit each destination in our three regions on a regular basis and have detailed conversations with our clients on their return so our choices are continually refined. Here are just four c+l reviews. This is by no means a prescriptive list, but hints at what we look for and value in places to stay. Le Saint Geran, East Coast The One & Only Le Saint Geran is situated on a peninsular on The East Coast of Mauritius. It boasts one of the best stretches of white sandy beach on the island and a fantastic sheltered lagoon on the other side where watersport enthusiasts are able to sail, water ski and snorkel, to their heart’s content. Find out more Shanti Maurice, South Coast This family-run hotel appeals to all. Firstly for its position which is unique on Mauritius, alone on the wild South coast of the island with dense forested mountains behind and crystal blue waters and dramatic reef beyond. Secondly, serenity is maintained throughout with no motorised watersports to disturb your sun-bathing and the award-winning Nira Spa which is one of the largest and most holistic in the Indian Ocean. Find out more The Residence, East Coast Families looking for a fantastic place to stay where the children can be kept occupied all day with numerous water-sports and a fantastic Kids Club while parents relax and unwind on the beach – look no further. The Residence really does have it all, three beautiful restaurants that come alive in the evenings with local musicians playing the bar area, an enormous swimming pool and water activities galore. Find out more Le Touessrok, East Coast Set on a beautiful stretch of white-sand coastline overlooking the tranquil Trou d'Eau Douce bay, Le Touessrok has been described as a Mauritian Venice - islets, canals and a breath-taking pool emerging from the crystal clear lagoon set the scene for one of the finest hotels in Mauritius. With talks of refurbishment starting in 2015 we are eager to see what changes Shangri-La have in store for us. Find out more Highlights For over 20 years we have been creating the best luxury tailor-made holidays, we know our countries inside and out and really know how to get under the skin of each one and the best way to experience them. Explore the Sugar Plantations Why do you love the sugar plantations? There’s nothing quite as sweet as this. From tasting it on the stalk to sampling the finished product. Great if you are in need of a break from the exhaustion of sunbathing. What is it? Like a vast green blanket on the landscape, sugar cane makes up 90% of all… Find out more East Coast This side of the island is less touristy and we think has better beaches and hotels. As a client you get a luxurious beach experience with super slick service and the most delicious food – some would say ‘perfection’. Find out more Golfing In Paradise Home to some of the world’s finest golf courses, Mauritius is a golfer’s paradise with 7 courses to suit all abilities and in each case complete with stunning and diverse views to take in on the way round. Find out more Grandma’s Kitchen Learning about cultures different from one’s own is both rewarding and rejuvenating. So the rare opportunity to meet and learn from the wisest local matriarch on the island will inspire and enrich your time in Mauritius. Find out more The Market in Port Louis Take a break from sunbathing and explore the vibrant capital of Mauritius, Port Louis.The market is bustling and vibrant, full of vendors selling colourful Indian fabrics, embroidery and local produce. Find out more Tamarin Falls A visit to Tamarin Falls is the perfect day out away from the beach. Hike up through sugar plantations to witness amazing views and experience this spectacular series of seven waterfalls. Take a refreshing dip in the fresh water plunge pools and enjoy the peace and calm away from the crowds. Find out more Watersports Make the most of the stunning ocean on your luxury Mauritius holiday. There are endless watersport options and you could even find yourself trying out a new hobby. Find out more Île Plate ‘Flat Island’ A day spent on Flat Island is a truly memorable and intimate glimpse of paradise. There can be no better way of immersing yourself in the Indian Ocean than to set sail across the crystal waters and land on a romantic desert island, where you can find your own ‘Robinson Crusoe’ hideaway. Find out more Show All Location We know Mauritius better than most. The possibilities are endless and ever-changing. On the map below, we have plotted some of our current favourite places to stay, some c+l highlights and a few pertinent client stories. And you can see if there is a team member travelling in that particular country and link through to them and what they are up to, so you can get them to call you on their return. Best time to visit Mauritius Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Best time to go Mauritius enjoys a tropical climate with year round heat and daytime temperatures rarely dropping below 23 degrees, peaking at around 32 degrees. The summer months are from December to April when it can be very humid. Peak cyclone months are January and February and although these storms rarely hit the island they can have an effect on the weather bringing overcast skies and occasional heavy rain. Winter, from May to November is warm and drier with low humidity. Sea temperatures range from around 22 degrees in winter to 28 degrees in summer. The East coast can feel quite cool in winter due to the trade winds but many of the best hotels are on this side of the island. 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