Other last minute holiday destinations
It’s not only Mauritius that has great last minute holiday deals, for more quick getaways check out Mexico, Malta and the famously sunny Caribbean. But if the stunning shores of Mauritius are still calling your name, have a look at our travel guide for more information. While you’re at it here’s a list of some of our top last minute hotels.
The best time of year to book your last minute holiday
If you’re thinking about going on a last minute holiday to Mauritius, make sure you book no earlier than eight weeks in advance. This constitutes a last minute holiday, so you’ll have a better chance of finding all the great last minute deals.
Mauritius’ Indian Ocean location means its high season is between November and April, with December and January being the most popular time to travel for tourists. Their winter season goes from April to October and is substantially less busy, meaning it’s a great time to visit if you’d like to stay away from the crowds and you don’t mind some cooler days, averaging around 25°C.
With tropical beaches and a laid back vibe, Mauritius is the ideal last minute holiday
In the middle of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius is a beach lover’s dream come true, and flights from the UK will get you here in just 12 hours.
Located right on the west coast of Mauritius is the fishing-village-turned-tourism-resort of Flic en Flac. Here you’ll find fantastic hotels dotted along the white beaches, plus watersport enthusiasts and beach lovers who want to make the most of this region’s eight-kilometre beach. Just outside Flic en Flac is one of the island’s largest sugar estates, The Medine. For something different, spend the afternoon on a guided tour to see how they cut and produce sugar.
Another popular spot for last minute holidays is Belle Mare. Not only does it have its own stretch of picture-perfect sands, it also has a coral protected lagoon. Diving is a big activity here so if you’re not squeamish around sea life, you can join in and check out some of the underwater locals like eagle rays, barracudas and the elusive bull shark. Belle Mare is also home to two championship golf courses, making practising your putting game a breeze.
If you’re looking for a chilled out island vibe, look no further than Grand Gaube. This secluded gem is all about relaxation and rejuvenation. You’ll be on the northern tip of the island here, with hotels nestled on patches of white sand with a backdrop of cane fields and palm trees. Last minute holidays in Grand Gaube focus on the beach and the natural beauty of this quiet fishing village.
It's all about the beach at Riu Creole Hotel. This last minute getaway is located right on Le Morne's white sand beach with Mont Brabant setting the stage behind it. The beach is edged by a reef-sheltered lagoon and is ideal for snorkelling, windsurfing and kayaking enthusiasts. This hotel has everything taken care of for your holiday, including two pools and three restaurants with Indian and Asian cuisine.
For complete comfort and relaxation head to the secluded Zilwa Attitude hotel. This great last minute choice is located right on the beachfront – in fact, it has four sandy beaches to choose from as well as a pair of private islands. The hotel itself is full of fantastic amenities like five restaurants and three pools. In the evenings you've got hotel theme nights to entertain you or you can sit back and watch the sunset on the sand.
Overlooking a tropical lagoon is this perfect last minute hotel. Its got it all, with three pools including an infinity pool as well as five top-class restaurants to taste your way through. Your hotel room will be decked out with king-sized beds, huge flatscreen TVs and iPod docks. If you're in the mood to be pampered there's no need to go anywhere. This 5* hotel has its own secluded spa, with 12 treatment rooms including body wraps and couples' massages.
Everything is right at your finger tips in Sugar Beach Resort, including Mauritius' longest stretch of white sand. This 5* hotel has everything you need for a perfect last minute holiday, including two pools and a pair of beachfront restaurants. There's also a ton of activities included in your stay, from volleyball and windsurfing to snorkelling and glass-bottom boat trips. In the evenings, you can relax and listen to the beach bars live music as you watch the sun set behind the waves.