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Mauritius Resort and Self-Catering Accommodation

Mauritius is a fascinating, world-in-one-island slice of paradise. Its very name of conjures up images of tropical luxury and stupendous extravagance. While in many destinations famed for cobalt-blue seas, white sandy beaches and luxury hotels, you may eventually find yourself wishing for something to do besides sunbathing and swimming, it’s often hard to know what to do next in Mauritius. The island is loaded with historic sights, cultural diversity, geographic variation and almost limitless activities to distract you from the daily grind of beach and pool. But perhaps its single biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.

couple beach pool

East Mauritius

Lacking a Flic en Flac or a Grand Baie around which infinite numbers of postcard stands, takeaways and souvenir shops can grow up, the east coast of Mauritius feels enviably untouched by mass tourism, which is fantastic as the island’s very best beaches are to be found here – both long stretches of deserted public beach and equally impressive sands behind the elegant gates of five-star hotels. East Mauritius is definitely the most exclusive side of the island and the congregation of luxury hotels around Belle Mare attracts the kind of crowd likely to take a helicopter transfer from the airport when they arrive. However, relaxed Trou d’Eau Douce has retained the feel of a sleepy fishing village despite rubbing shoulders with grand hotels and being the starting point for the country’s favourite boat excursion – the Île aux Cerfs. Trou d’Eau Douce also provides the only good source of budget accommodation in the area, and is a good place to base yourself, with plenty of eating, sleeping and activity options.

Flic en Flac & Around

The wonderfully named town of Flic en Flac marks the beginning of a superb stretch of beachy coastline that runs down on and off to the very southern Le Morne Peninsula. However, unless you’re staying in one of the many high-end hotels, you may feel a little cheated of the tropical paradise promised by the postcards. Development here is in overdrive with the result today being that Flic en Flac has lost its charming village feel and is threatening to become one long strip of hotels, expensive restaurants and souvenir shops. The beach, while gorgeous, can be litter-strewn in places and heaving at weekends when it plays host to throngs of locals from the central highlands who descend en masse for picnics by the sea.

reading kids umbrella

Grand Baie

Grand Baie was once called De Bogt Zonder Eyndt (Bay Without End) by the Dutch in the 17th century.
Now frequently referred to as a resort and famous for its nightlife, Grand Baie is actually a surprisingly cosmopolitan and classy town, and although it’s the centre of northern Mauritius’ tourism industry, it can hardly be written off as a mere resort.
Indeed, its beach is mediocre and its eponymous bay crowded with fishing boats. But despite this, many people prefer to eat, shop and go out in Grand Baie itself for the variety and quality on offer, and make day trips instead to the surrounding villages to enjoy good beaches.

North Mauritius

Northern Mauritius offers a huge amount to visitors; while its spectacular beaches have inevitably lead to heavy development it’s never hard to get away from it all and discover areas that remain largely untouched by mass tourism. Grand Baie is the centre of the country’s travel industry (although it’s increasingly finding itself challenged for that status by Flic en Flac) and boasts Mauritius’ best nightlife, some of its most excellent restaurants and shopping. The small villages around Grand Baie, Trou aux Biches, Mont Choisy and Pereybère are growing at an incredible pace and all have wonderful beaches to enjoy, making them other obvious attractions in the region. The lagoon, sheltered from the prevailing winds, offers a host of water sports and is particularly good for snorkelling and diving.

turtle restaurant swim

Port Louis

With its spectacular setting beneath the impressive mountain peaks of Le Pouce and Pieter Both, Port Louis makes an impression on anyone arriving on the main road from the airport – descending from the Central Plateau into the hectic city centre with the Indian Ocean spread out in a perspective-defying frieze above the city is a wonderful experience.

Despite being the national capital, the main economic hub and the biggest city in the country, Port Louis occupies a rather strange place in the psyche of modern Mauritius. Its low-lying position has historically made it an undesirable locale, with disease in the 18th and 19th centuries frequently devastating it, meaning that the professional classes have traditionally lived outside the city, particularly in the Central Plateau towns of Rose Hill, Moka, Vacoas and Quatre Bornes. This trend continues today, to the extent that Port Louis (the final s is usually silent, although many Mauritians pronounce it when speaking English) can sometimes seem like a city without a middle class, without a centre and a ghost town after dark.

West Mauritius

The dramatic mountain outcrops that suddenly shoot up along the otherwise flat landscape as you head south along the western coast of Mauritius are home to one of the fastest-growing regions for tourism in the country. Flic en Flac, which is currently experiencing the biggest building boom of anywhere on the island, will be giving Grand Baie a run for its money very soon as Mauritius’ tourism capital.

Maurituis Resort Accommodation

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