A taste of paradise on the stunning island of Mauritius
Direct flights from the UK to Mauritius take just under 12 hours, giving you ample time to relax and watch a few movies before you touch down on the idyllic island.
Renowned for its white sand beaches, brilliant blue lagoons and mountainous interior, the spectacular landscape is the perfect backdrop for a luxurious break. Indulgent resorts are dotted along the coastline offering everything from swim-up suites and beachside waiter service to a la carte dining and private whirlpools.
For the sporty types, many high-end resorts come equipped with excellent golf courses and flood-lit tennis courts, and you’ll find a number of 18-hole courses across the island too. Those seeking a little pampering will have an array of world class spas to choose from featuring signature treatments and well-being classes amid serene tropical gardens.
Living the high life in Mauritius
Home to the longest stretch of white sand on the island, Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius is adorned with 4* and 5* resorts. Explore the enchanting coral protected lagoon on a glass-bottom boat ride, play a round of golf at a world-renowned championship course and enjoy exquisite dining with views of the Indian Ocean in one of the chic restaurants along the beachfront.
Up on the north coast, Anse La Raie and Grand Gaube offer a cluster of top-end resorts boasting private beaches, rolling out into the tranquil lagoon. Soak up the wild scenery and Mauritian sun from the pool side, indulge in an outdoor massage and explore international culinary delights from your hotel’s gourmet kitchen.
Another superb stretch of sand sits in the small town of Flic en Flac on the southwest coast, which boasts high-end hotels and an eclectic mix of elegant restaurants and bars. Visitors are invited to board luxurious catamarans and sail across the vast blue lagoons spotting dolphins along the way, or simply soak up the sun and dramatic landscapes from the brilliant white sands.
Other luxury holidays to take a look at
If you’re still undecided on your luxury holiday destination, there are plenty of other options to look at. For an unforgettable island getaway, check out the Maldives and escape to a luxurious waterfront resort on an exclusive island. For those looking to combine balmy, beach days with action packed excursions Sri Lanka‘s activities include exploring national parks and rainforests to wandering the bustling streets of the colonial capital. A little closer to home, the breathtaking, Greek island of Santorini is home to the charming village of Oia and has been featured in many film. Indulge in world famous sunsets, tuck into gourmet cuisine amid the clifftops and lose yourself among the maze of white washed buildings.
If your heart’s set on Mauritius, take a look at our travel guide and some of our favourite hotels below.
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This adults-only resort ticks all the boxes. Nestled behind a sweeping stretch of white sand dotted with palm trees, two elegant swimming pools sit beside manicured gardens looking out to the Indian Ocean. Take to the inviting waters and try your hand at a spot of water-skiing or snorkelling around the coral filled lagoon or enjoy a game of tennis or a yoga class back on dry land. The Tropical Spa at this 4* resort boasts an outdoor area where guests can soak up the breathtaking sea views alongside their rejuvenating treatment, before relaxing in the sauna, steam room and whirlpool. Choose from Mauritian, Creole, Indian, Chinese and Mediterranean cuisines across the resort's three cosmopolitan restaurants.
With nearly a kilometre of sugary, white sand as its backyard, five speciality restaurants, a cocktail bar, nightclub and secluded spa, this fashionably elegant 5* resort feels like a deluxe village. King size beds, huge flatscreen TVs, iPod docking stations and all important sea views come as standard in the hotel's designer rooms, the perfect place to unwind after a day of activities. Fitness classes and watersports rule the roost here with everything from thrilling banana boat rides, a climbing wall and relaxing yoga classes on offer and an adults-only infinity pool overlooking the ocean.
Nestled between the dramatic foothills and the island's longest beach on the sun-drenched west coast, the 5* Sugar Beach Resort is one of Mauritius' original luxury resorts. Styled like an old sugar plantation, a grand manor house sits in the centre of the landscaped gardens and features two elegant swimming pools overlooking the calm Indian Ocean. Kayaking, snorkelling and glass bottom boat trips await in the tranquil lagoon steps from your immaculate villa, and complimentary access to the unique Tamarina Golf Club is included in your stay. The original, main restaurant fuses a contemporary twist on Creole favourites and, after dark, the beach bar will keep you entertained with live music and resident DJs.