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The best time to visit Mauritius

An idyllic winter destination for a tropical dream holiday

Tropical holidays are escapism in their purest form. If you are seeking a paradisiacal holiday in a top tropical vacation spot this winter, Mauritius is a sparkling jewel in the Indian Ocean that oozes charm, culture and beauty. With immense natural splendour, amazing cultural diversity, relaxation bliss and adventure activities galore, it is easy to see why this tropical island is one of the world’s leading luxury holiday destinations. And the best time to visit Mauritius is now, during the dark cold winter months.

Endowed with a striking beauty featuring powdery white sand beaches, azure waters, lush greenery and year-round sunshine, this stunning island does seem to have the makings of nirvana. That Mauritius also has world-class diving, championship golf courses and destination spas in abundance – all of which does little to quell the fantasy. The charming, friendly and incredibly hospitable local people further enhance the magic of the island.

This diverse island can truly be said to have something for everyone, allowing guests to experience refined luxury and indulgence along with endless options for outdoor adventures. Lazy days soaking up the sun on the beach, exploring the stunning interior of the island, enjoying various marine activities and water sports are just some of the attractions awaiting visitors.

Aerial of crystal clear water and mountains in the background in Mauritius

A hypnotic blend of French, African, Indian and Chinese influences has helped create what Mauritius is today. Beautiful Hindu temples, impressive sugar plantation houses, and a mouthwatering variety of cuisine are just some of the delights in store for visitors. A wonderland surrounded by the magnificence of scenic landscapes, here romance is intertwined with adventure and luxury.

From lush landscapes to endless, paradisiacal beaches and crystal blue waters, Mauritius truly is a heaven on earth – it has many unique charms and natural wonders to be discovered on a tropical dream vacation.

With picture-perfect beaches framed by emerald-coloured mountain peaks, ubiquitous sugar cane fields and lush rainforest, the splendorous island of Mauritius is the perfect setting for relaxing tropical holidays. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful coral reefs, the island has warm turquoise waters and glittering lagoons that are a dream to explore.

Mauritius’ beautiful, scenic beaches with crystal-clear water offer myriads of activities for adventurers and outdoor enthusiasts, from the lazy pedal-boats and pristine snorkelling to the more active waterskiing and windsurfing. With breathtaking tropical lagoons, awe-inspiring reef ecosystems and exotic marine life, it is probably little surprise that scuba diving is one of the top water sports in Mauritius. You can also enjoy dolphin and whale watching, kayaking, deep-sea fishing, standup paddleboarding, parasailing, sea karting, kitesurfing, sailing and more.

Aerial of waterfall and rainforest in Mauritius

Mauritius also offers more to do than many other tropical islands, with trekking, mountain climbing and ecotourism playgrounds. From wildlife sanctuary to hiking trails and mesmerising viewpoints, it is also home to a wonderful selection of nature reserves located in the island’s green and mountainous interior. Arguably the most famous of the three national parks of Mauritius, Black River Gorges National Park is an absolute must-visit. Rich in biodiversity, this gorgeous, lush, undulating park is home to a huge section of Mauritius’ rainforest and contains rare species of birds, plants, and animals. Come here to explore picturesque hiking trails, enjoy a picnic in a lush rainforest, cool off under waterfalls, and admire the island’s abundance of tropical plants and wildlife.

Spend an afternoon exploring the exotic collection of tropical plants in Mauritius’ many beautiful botanical gardens scattered across the island. The most famous, Pamplemousses Botanical Garden in Mauritius, is one of the oldest botanical gardens in the southern hemisphere.

From its vibrant historic capital Port Louis to its charming colonial towns and quaint fishing villages, there are also colourful markets to explore, tantalising cuisine to savour and welcoming hospitality at every turn.

As one of the world’s leading island destinations, Mauritius is luxury travel defined and you can argue that the best time to visit Mauritius is any time of the year. However, for the ultimate tropical island holiday, winter is still the best time to visit Mauritius.

Large hotel pool in exclusive hotel in Mauritius

An important part of a dream holiday is to spoil yourself by staying in style. If you prefer lots of space, style and privacy, our partner Villanovo is specializing in luxury villa rentals. Explore a unique selection of some of the best Mauritius villas for rent, including villas on the water, golf villas, villas with staff, luxury villas or more authentic villas.

Alternatively, there is also a very good selection of luxury hotels in Mauritius. At booking.com you will find a choice of small luxury boutique and spa hotels as well as larger 5-star resorts.

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