Mauritius

Mark Twain once wrote that ‘Mauritius was made first and then heaven, heaven being copied after Mauritius’. For the most part, it’s true: Mauritius is rightly famed for its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches and luxury resorts. But there’s so much more attraction to Mauritius than the beach, and it's the kind of place that rewards even the smallest attempts at exploration. There’s hiking in the forested and mountainous interior and world-class diving and snorkelling offshore. There are boat trips to near-perfect islets and excursions to botanical gardens and colonial plantation houses. Mauritius is a fabulous culinary destination with great wildlife watching thrown in. And the real Mauritius away from the beach resorts – a hot curry of different cultures and quiet fishing villages – is never far away.

At first thought, Mauritius conjures images of gently swaying palm trees, whiter than white beaches, crystal clear waters and luxury resorts. While completely true there is much more to be found on this fantastic island with Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens and wonderful wildlife. Remnants of the British colonial era linger such as driving on the left and copious tea plantations. There is a touch of the exotic though that runs throughout Mauritius with dhal puri stalls at markets and hip-wiggling sega performances abound. Visitors are spoilt for choice without even knowing it and those willing to explore are rewarded handsomely. Many of our trip suggestions combine two of Mauritius’s landscapes, pairing the highlands with the beach. We want to make sure you can experience the biodiversity of the island, as well as a touch of its more luxurious side, depending on where your interests lie.

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NZ$ 1556

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20 Degrees SUD

Cloistered in a coconut grove, an adults-only boutique resort 20 Degree Sud has 36 colonial-style rooms and suites by a quiet beach, with some just steps from the water’s edge. The hotel’s informal and intimate style, with bookshelf-lined lounges and their-when-you-need-them staff, lets you daydream that you’re in your own island home. ...

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NZ$ 1,434

Per Person Double

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Sakoa Hotel

Ideal for fun and relaxation, Sakoa Boutique Hotel is located in the Trou aux Biches area of Mauritius Island. Situated only 10 km from the city center, guests are well located to enjoy the town's attractions and activities. With its convenient location, the hotel offers easy access to the city's must-see destinations.

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NZ$ 1,220

Per Person Double

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Anelia Resort & Spa

Anelia from the rustic and traditional thatch and shingle roofing to the chic modern designs, the resort concept conveys the guest into time travel. A family-friendly stay in Flic-en-Flac awaits you at Anelia Resort & Spa. You'll be steps from Flic-en-Flac Beach and 4.1 km (2.5 mi) from Cascavelle Shopping Mall.

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NZ$ 1,877

Per Person Double

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Sand Suites Resort & Spa

Overlooking the turquoise and translucent waters of Tamarin Bay and the legendary Le Morne, Sands Suites Resort & Spa is located on one of the most pristine stretches of Flic en Flac Beach, on the west coast of Mauritius. The resort boasts a spa, a gym and 2 tennis courts. Water sport activities are also available.

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NZ$ 1,815

Per Person Double

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Radisson Blu Poste Lafayette

This remarkable adult-only resort on the eastern shores of Mauritius features breathtaking vistas, while the sand and clear aquamarine waters lie just outside the door. Guests enjoy numerous beach activities as well as proximity to local attractions such as the Grand Bay tourist hub and Flacq market.

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NZ$ 1,749

Per Person Double

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Tamassa Resort

An ALL-INCLUSIVE formula, impeccable service, family friendly resort a heavenly environment, varied and tasty gastronomy, sports and nautical activities galore and well-being service to measure. It is 45 minutes from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport.

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NZ$ 2,133

Per Person Double

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Hotel Outrigger Mauritius

Located on the south west coast of Mauritius, at only 45-minute drive from the International Airport, in the heart of the preserved nature of Bel Ombre, the Outrigger Mauritius Resort & Spa is an authentic paradise perfectly integrated into large sugar cane fields as well as lush vegetation and offers a unique atmosphere....

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NZ$ 2,473

Per Person Double

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Constance Belle Mare Plage

Constance Belle Mare Plage is located in the quiet coastal village of Belle Mare. The backdrop of vivid green fields and teal water is punctuated by hotels and little else. The tranquil area is renowned for its natural beauty, large luxury resorts, and water-sports-friendly lagoon, perfect for kayaking & other water sports....

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NZ$ 1,702

Per Person Double

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Lux Grand Gaube

Overlooking the Indian Ocean, LUX* Grand Gaube sits on a secluded peninsula beside the quiet fishing village of Grand Gaube in the far north of Mauritius. The resort is close to a handful of historic sites, including Château de Labourdonnais museum and Maheswarnath Mandir Hindu temple.

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