A holiday in Mauritius might sounds exciting when you imagine the tropical temperature, sun-soaked beaches, crystal clear waters, blue skies and Creole culture but choosing the right place to stay in the island might be a challenge.
Where to stay in Mauritius? This tropical volcanic island offers a wide range of choices when it comes to choosing the ideal place to stay while on vacation.
To simplify your options we have classified the island in sections notably the North, East, South West and Center. Depending on what you are seeking for during your vacation can make the decision much easier. Besides its splendid white sandy beaches, and turquoise waters, the island offers a real beauty of nature where you will get to witness the greener and wilder part of the island, along with some of the best serene locations. There are places where you can try some amazing sea adventures like kite surfing, snorkeling, jet skiing, parasailing, tube rides and undersea walks, just to mention a few.
Business travellers will undoubtedly consider using their time efficiently and as such, will choose hotels which are not too far from the business venue, ideally in the capital, or near the airport. Important points such as complimentary shuttle services, complimentary access to internet, rendez-vous point for your business meetings will be crucial while choosing your hotel’s location.
For sure there are some locations that are equipped with facilities such as access to the beach, shopping areas, restaurants, pubs, night clubs, sightseeing tours, adventurous activities, and access to public transportation (unless you plan to rent a car/ use taxis).
Consider the different areas of the island below before making your choice:
North of Mauritius
The north of the island is rather tourist oriented, where you can find many hotels, apartments, restaurants, nightlife, shopping malls, and touristy activities. One of the main reasons why tourists prefer this part of the island is due to its warm temperature throughout the year.
Grand Bay – the popular touristy village is the ideal destination for party animals especially during festivities, summer and peak seasons. Here you will experience the Mauritian way of life; the typical local cuisine; while having access to the beaches and to facilities such as shopping malls, and nightclubs.
Finding accommodation is never an issue; you can easily book one of the many hotels, holiday apartments or villas, depending on your preferences. Other places such as Pereybere, Mont Choisy, and Trou aux Biches are also worth considering.
Located some 73 km away from the airport, the lively Grand Bay will amaze you when it comes to its exciting nightlife. It offers warm temperatures, a range of facilities and a number of lodging options to choose; from budget based accommodation to luxurious ones. There are also several restaurants where you can taste the local delicious food. You can check out Le Capitaine, Le Tandoor, Boulette Ti Kouloir, Luigi’s, Happy Rajah, Bistrot de Bacchus, and many other restaurants to delight your tastebuds.
If you wish to do some shopping, then stroll around the wonderful shopping malls at La Croisette, or in the centre of Grand Bay, where you will find a range of enticing products.
You may also find places to buy souvenirs and gifts.
Get adventurous with a panoply of sea and land activities just to make your vacation memorable and thrilling.
You will have the chance to explore the amazing Northern Islets of Mauritius by booking catamaran cruises, yacht trips, and speed boats.
Of course, chances of snorkeling and discovering the fantastic marine life are high especially during summer (November to April).
Pereybere is just 5 minutes away from Grand Bay by vehicle, or a 30 minute walk, where you will find the key highlight of the place to be the beach. Pereybere is very well known for its beautiful beach which is 150 metres long.
Generally visited by people, this little tourist hub offers you some really nice corners to chill, with a good variety of restaurants around, and easy access to facilities such as the ATM/cash points and supermarkets. You will also find beach hawkers, internet cafés, and boutiques in the area.
With the very enticing and remarkably clean Pereybere beach, you can relax during the day, or take a nice stroll in the afternoon, and wait as the sun goes down to enjoy an incredible sunset! If you want to add some fun and adventure to your stay, try some amazing activities such as diving, snorkelling, underwater walking, glass bottom boat rides, or simply enjoy swimming or sunbathing.
Here you will easily find a range options for accommodation from studios to luxuriously appointed hotel accommodations. It is recommended to book early, especially during the peak seasons, generally at the end of year.
Another place to consider is Mont Choisy which is 65 kilometres from the airport. Set in the opposite direction of Grand Bay and Pereybere, Mont Choisy is ideal for those who are seeking a peaceful and intimate getaway.
This part of the island offers you its splendid beach which stretches almost 3 kilometres from Trou aux Biches to Pointe aux Canonniers. It is among the longest beaches on the island and is frequently visited by locals, and tourists.
The beach is flanked by lush green casuarina trees and offers the perfect spot to unwind and chill under the shade of trees. In the afternoon, you can have a relaxing time while contemplating the dusky sunset on the beach.
The beach is usually packed with several snack stands, burger vans, ice-cream trucks and food vendors, especially during weekends, where people spend some quality time with their family.
Facilities are generally provided by the hotels, or villas with excellent services, and dining options providing an array of options to eat. There are also luxurious villas which are set in this beautiful place to accommodate for the discerning clients.You can definitely find affordable self-catering lodging to luxurious accommodation in Mont Choisy.
Trou aux Biches
Trou aux Biches village is 64 kilometres away from the airport, and is located in the northern part of the island. The village is a quiet place for tourists to stay and hang out. You can easily find supermarkets, shopping centres, pharmacies, and ATMs. Accommodation ranges from simple apartments, to luxurious villas and hotels with golf courses. You will most probably find restaurants offering different cuisines, particularly influenced by Asian and Mauritian flavours.
One of its key highlights is the fine, white sandy beaches with the lush green tropical gardens around.
The magnificent beach complements the place, where it serves as a perfect romantic hideaway for couples coming for vacation.
The coral reef at Trou aux Biches is only 250m from the beach, and is one of the best snorkelling locations in Mauritius.
Inhabited by diverse marine species, the reef can be easily be reached by swimming through shallow water.
Whether you prefer diving or snorkelling, you will be amazed while discovering the wonderful, underwater ecosystems.
East of Mauritius
The isolated and serene Eastern part of Mauritius offers you a rather tranquil and peaceful vacation in one of the most luxurious parts of the island. With its beautiful and less crowded beaches, this part of the island is ideal for visitors who are yearning for some quiet moments.
The eastern coast is much breezier due to its South East Trade Winds-a region mostly visited by kite surfing enthusiasts. The wind blows constantly- mostly onshore over the lagoon which is safe and perfect for beginners. Fishing enthusiasts can enjoy deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin and mako shark which are pretty much popular in this part of the island.
One of the main tourist attractions in this region is Ile aux Cerfs Island which is 10 minutes by boat from the fishing village of Trou D’eau Douce. The island has virgin beaches including the luxurious Touessrok hotel. You will have the chance to enjoy watersports like parasailing, underwater walk, water-skiing and many more. Belle Mare is the ideal place to stay in this region which is located some 10 minutes away from Trou D’eau Douce. It also serves as a convenient base camp for a trek to the 1,575-ft high, Lion Mountain, where sweeping views reward those who make the challenging hike to its peak.
Just about an hour’s drive from the airport, Belle Mare is conveniently protected by the coral reef; the beach stretches for several kilometres from the Palmar beach in the south to the Emeraude Hotel in the north, encompassing the world famous luxurious LUX resort.
This part of the island provides a perfect relaxing hideaway where you can find top-end resorts and villas which attract many tourists all year round. Here you will enjoy the shallow bay with fine sand, and crystal clear water. You can relax, sunbathe or swim in the southern part of the beach, where you can practice a range of water activities such as snorkelling.
West of the Mauritius
The western part of the island is another popular attraction where you can choose to spend your time. Along with a close proximity to major tourists attractions such as the Black River Gorges National Park, Casela Nature Park and Chamarel, just to name a few.
Less breezier and quieter, the region offers the best spots with long sandy beaches.
You will mostly find some really comfy, luxurious and even budget based accommodations which are found along the coastlines.
Beaches like Flic en Flac are a great way to meet the locals and musicians.
Apart from Flic en Flac, there is the Tamarin beach along the western shoreline which offers some thrilling sea adventures and activities.
Famous among the surfers, the waves of the Tamarin beach are suitable to practice surfing and bodyboarding.
Flic en Flac
Flic en Flac is a great option for fun vacations, highly recommended for party goers, and holidaymakers. This fishing village is located on the Western Coast of the island.
Whether you want to enjoy your vacation with family, friends, or with your partner, Flic en Flac can cater for everyone. You will surely find some facilities such as apartment complexes, souvenir shops, and money changers. Find high-end, luxury resorts in the Wolmar area outside the town, and fantastic diving spots to enjoy the area’s marine ecosystem.
The main highlight of the place is the 3 km stretch of sublime white sandy beaches, and emerald-blue, reef-protected waters, backed by casuarina trees, shopping centres, banks and casinos.
Discover the Bali inspired cocktails bars, sports pub and restaurants, some of which present local entertainment such as reggae bands and traditional Sega dancing. For night entertainment, there are vibrant, side by side nightclubs pulsing with dance music till dawn.
Tamarin, a fishing village, is becoming an interesting place to stay during your vacation. The village has recently developed into a residential area and a moderated holiday resort. Widely popular among the surfers, Tamarin also provides many facilities such as new commercial centres, leisure areas, and sports clubs. There is also the Tamarin Bay where you can learn surfing and spot some amazing dolphins!
South of Mauritius
The wild South Coast of Mauritius offers you some of the best panoramic views of the island. Secluded, serene and green, this part of the island is reserved for people looking for natural wilderness. You will mostly be exposed to the beaches and lush nature reserves such as the Black River Gorges National Park, Chamarel or the Ile aux Aigrettes islet where you can find some endangered species.
The majestic Le Morne Brabant is the emblem of the area located at extreme south western tip of the island. It is a UNESCO World Heritage site appreciated for its cultural and historical legacy with a summit of 556 metres (1,824 ft) above sea level, complementing the beauty of this region.
You may also find it interesting to head to the South Eastern Coast of Mauritius where you will get to learn more about the history of the country. Mahebourg, a fishing village, was founded in 1804 by the French Governor Charles Decaen where the Napoleonic Naval war was witnessed. You can visit the National Naval and Historical Museum for more insight about the event.
Another highlight of this area is the island of Blue Bay which is located closer to Mahebourg. The place is very renowned for its incredibly serene ambiance, shimmering emerald waters, sandy beaches, and it’s preserved marine ecosystem.
Located in the South Western part of Mauritius, Le Morne is the place for those who are looking to rejuvenate in a secluded and pristine nature. Le Morne is the place which will certainly leave you in awe with its scenic natural views such as the beaches, the tropical lush green vegetations, and the local rustic fishing villages.
Beaches over here are ideal for swimming as the water is shallow and suitable for children and even for non-swimmers. The reef in front of the beach makes the area popular for snorkelling. You may also practice kitesurfing, as lessons are provided in the area.
People living in this remote area are very friendly and welcoming. Get a taste of the local typical food at the numerous street food stalls or restaurants.
You will not get disappointed by the various options of accommodation such as apartments, studios, villas and hotels, which are exclusively available at Le Morne. Most of the luxurious hotels are nestled on the beautiful beaches, offering quality accommodations with a sophisticated ambiance such as LUX Le Morne, St Regis, Paradis Resort Golf & Spa, and Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa.
Situated in the South East of Mauritius, just close to Mahebourg, Blue Bay is an ideal place to stay in Mauritius. It is very renowned for its incredibly serene ambiance, shimmering emerald Blue Bay beach, and it’s best preserved marine ecosystem.
Just a 15-minute drive from the international airport, this beautiful village offers a stunning view on Ile aux Deux Cocos.
Head to the Blue Bay beach where you can visit the Blue Bay Marine Park
A protected marine area, which offers a great spot for glass bottom boat tours, diving and snorkeling.
You can also explore the rare beauty of the striking aquatic species, as the bay is a shallow haven of coral and colourful fish in all shapes and forms.
You can definitely practice windsurfing since the weather conditions and the calm water altogether make it possible.
The Blue Bay beach can be sometimes packed with many people picnicking during weekends, providing you a chance to mingle with the friendly locals. In addition, you will find plenty of snack stands offering tasty local food, or if you are craving for some other kind of cuisines, then there are many nearby restaurants available.
But if you want some lone and tranquil time, then you can also visit the gorgeous Pointe Désny beach, where you can sunbathe and relax away from the crowd. As for accommodation, you have many guest houses, beautiful beach bungalows, luxurious hotels, resorts, and top notch villas.
Centre of Mauritius
The centre of Mauritius is the country’s most developed areas, and the capital city is where most of the institutions, governmental bodies, banks, and offices are located. Ideal for business travellers, the centre of the island is where you will find yourself with facilities like conference rooms, luxurious business hotels, lounges, team building workshops and other convenient midpoint meeting destinations where you could also get the chance to discover the local culture.
Depending on the location of your business venues, it is wise to take several factors into consideration while choosing the place to stay. It is worth noting that one should pay attention to the facilities, services and comfort when choosing your hotel.
The capital city is where most of the businesses operate. The bustling city is equipped with all the facilities you can look for. There are many business hotels ideal for business travellers who want to do business in Mauritius, or if you are looking to do a seminar or workshop, this is the place where you can access an audience.
The 4-Star Capital City Resort, Le Suffren Hotel & Marina, and its 5-Star sister hotel Labourdonnais Waterfront are suitable for your business meetings. The Labourdonnais has a fully equipped Business Centre with conference and meeting rooms of varying sizes. The meeting rooms offer flexible seating arrangements and have all the equipment required for a professionally conducted conference or meeting.
The unique atmosphere of the waterfront is an exciting and dramatic backdrop for any product launch or corporate function. The terrace can host up to 200 guests for cocktails while the court yard can cater for 60. Facilities include: Airport transfer in a private car and complimentary water-taxi shuttle between the Labourdonnais and Le Suffren.
In addition, the Hennessy Park is another option for your business trip. This 4-Star business hotel is located in the Hi-Tech Business Park of Ebene Cybercity.
The Hotel offers businessmen a fast and efficient place to do business while the ambience has a real artistic twist. A complimentary daily shuttle service runs between the Hennessy and the Waterfront Hotels in Port Louis.