Destination Mauritius

MAURITIUS ISLAND

 

Mauritius is an island nation in the Indian Ocean about 2000 km off the southeast coast of Africa. Enjoying a tropical climate all year round, warm sea
waters surrounded by coral reefs, stunning beaches, a rich tropical fauna and flora, Mauritius makes the perfect holiday destination. In addition
to enjoying a stable economy and safe environment, the legendary Mauritian hospitality and the excellence of the hotel industry
have propelled Mauritius to being one of the world’s most sought-after holiday destinations.

 

THE WILD SOUTH

THE WILD SOUTH

Mauritius South coast known as Savane features the island's wildest and most beautiful scenery.

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HISTORY & POPULATION

HISTORY &  POPULATION

A melting pot of cultures from Asia, Africa and Europe.

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WHAT TO DO IN MAURITIUS?

WHAT TO DO IN MAURITIUS?

Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty. 

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The wild south in Mauritius

On the preserved coastline from Le Morne to Souillac, you will find cliffs, sheltered sandy coves and traditional fishing villages. Sugarcane fields and dense forests create a patchwork of vibrant greens going up to the rolling hills and contrasting with the changing colours of the sea. The rugged typography is what preserved this coast from development and makes it the most interesting and beautiful part of the island.

Mauritius history and population

The strategic position of Mauritius on the former “Spice route”, earned it the title of “Star and Key of the Indian Ocean”. The island has been successively colonised by the Arabs, the Dutch, the French and the British making its population a melting pot of Indian, Chinese, African and European lifestyles and traditions.

What to see in Mauritius - Regatta

Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty. The island offers several unique natural features such as the Seven Coloured Earths and the Black River Gorges. For those who want more than a beach holiday there are a number of world-class golf courses, as well as a host of water sports such as kite surfing, deep-sea fishing and scuba diving. Hiking through the lush forest and diring the native endangered species. Exploring villages and markets is a must and offers an insight in a rich colonial history with fascinating local culture and a variety of exotic and colourful religious festivalsscove. Shopping centres sell locally made textiles, jewellery, sugar and local preserves.

  • Practical information

    About Mauritius
     
    Mauritius is a tropical island paradise and one of Africa's wealthiest destination highly ranked for democracy and for economic and political freedom making it one of the world's top luxury tourism destinations. It enjoys a year long tropical climate with clear warm lagoons protected by coral reefs, fantastic beaches, varied tropical fauna and flora with many species endemic to the island complemented by a multi-ethnic and cultural population that is friendly and welcoming. The island is widely known as the only home of the dodo. Mauritius offers a wealth of natural beauty and exciting activities for every traveller.
     
    Culture and languages in Mauritius
     
    The island is a melting pot of cultures with Indian, African, Chinese and French citizens adding to its unique diversity. As a former French and then British colony, the island also shows strong European influences.The island is multiethnic, multi-religious, multicultural and multilingual!
     
    Mauritian Creole, French and English are mostly spoken on the island. While English is the only official language, the lingua franca is Mauritian Creole and the newspapers and television programmes are usually in French.
     
    Geography and climate in Mauritius
     
    Located just off the southeast coast of Africa, some 900km east of Madagascar, is the island nation of Mauritius. Surrounded by the warm Indian Ocean, the island is 2040km2 in size and forms part of the Mascarene Islands, with La Réunion to the southwest and Rodrigues to the northeast. As a Republic, it also includes the islands of Cargados Carajos, Rodrigues and the Agalega Islands, while its capital is the city of Port Louis.
     
    Mauritius enjoys a mild tropical climate all year round. The winter months are typically warm and dry from May to November, while summer is hot and quite humid from December to April.
     
    Coastal temperatures: 22°C in winter to 34°C in summer.
    Sea temperature: 22°C to 27°C.
     
    Money/Currency in Mauritius
     
    The local currency is the Mauritian Rupee (MUR) which is divided into 100 cents. Major credit cards are also accepted at most the points of sale.Banks are generally open between 9am and 3pm from Monday to Thursday and until 5pm on Fridays. They are normally closed on weekends and public holidays.
     
    Transport in Mauritius
     
    The island has a network of well maintained roads, with a main dual-carriage way going across the island from the airport in the south through the capital city of Port Louis in the west and further towards the popular north coast. Driving is on the left and road signs are in English. The speed limit is 40 km/h in town and vehicles can travel at speeds up to 110 km/h on motorways. Multi-coloured buses and taxis are a safe and popular way to get around the island. International licence holders can also rent a car from different rental companies.
     
    Direct Flights to/from Mauritius
     
    Air Mauritius is the national carrier for the island. It operates a network of routes to the local islands and international destinations in Africa, Australia, Europe and Asia, with daily or weekly flights to most major cities in these destinations. Major other airlines such as Emirates, British Airways, Air France and South African Airways offer regular flights to and from the Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport, in Plaisance. A new state-of the art passenger terminal expands the capacity of the airport while improving passenger comfort.
     
    Time difference
     
    An ideal geographical location virtually in the centre of the Southern Indian Ocean (GMT +4) .
     
    Entry requirements
     
    It is straightforward to obtain a tourist visa to Mauritius. It is necessary to double-check entry requirements with the appropriate embassy, consulate or travel agency before travelling.
     
    The Essentials
     
    Souvenirs shops at Heritage Resorts sell adult and children beachwear and clothes, nappies, suncream etc. A small grocery shop at La Place du Moulin (5 min walk from both hotels) sells the basics and a supermarket is easily accessible by car (approx. 15 min car drive). The island offers malls, pharmacies, banks, private clinics etc

     

WHAT TO VISIT IN MAURITIUS?

CHAMAREL SEVEN COLOURED EARTH

MEET THE DOLPHINS

SCENIC ROUTE TO BAIE DU CAP

Chamarel Seven coloured earth in Mauritius
CHAMAREL SEVEN COLOURED EARTH

 

Keen explorers and geology lovers will be fascinated by this natural phenomenon: the soil of this intriguing site is composed of various shades ranging from orange to purple and ochre! Chamarel is home to the Rastafarian movement in Mauritius and has a reggae influence.

Swim with dolphins in Mauritius
MEET THE DOLPHINS

 

Set off from Bel Ombre and sail to the west coast, one of the best spots to observe dolphins in their natural habitat; playing, resting and feeding. An early start is necessary but is all worth it once you encounter those incredible creatures.

Scenic route to Baie du Cap Mauritius
SCENIC ROUTE TO BAIE DU CAP

 

Offering a dramatic coastal scenery permanently battered by waves, Macondé expresses the wild character and contrasts of the southern part of Mauritius. From this rocky outcrop located between Le Morne and Baie de Cap, enjoy a stunning view of this reef-free stretch of coastline. No wonder the southern coastal road between Le Morne and Bel Ombre was ranked amongst the top 10 in the world, sharing the honour with the legendary Road 66, Pacific Coast Highway and the Sani Pass!

THE DEEP WILD SOUTH

SOUILLAC REVEALED

TEA TIME IN BOIS CHERI

Deep wild south in Mauritius
THE DEEP WILD SOUTH

 

The lagoon is of many shades of green, the rough swell breaks on the coral reef, small fishing villages spread sparsely along the coast, and each corner offers a discovery with hidden plantation estates, jagged southern cliffs, untouched beaches and rolling green hills. Gris Gris, Riambel and Saint Felix, the beaches of the south coast are completely undeveloped, with a true Robinson Crusoe feel.

 
Trip to Pont Naturel Souillac Mauritius
SOUILLAC REVEALED

 

Souillac is a village close to the southernmost point of Mauritius and was named after the Vicomte de Souillac, the island's governor from 1779-1787. Once a fishermen village, the Souillac region has a lot to offer: "La Roche qui pleure" (The crying rock) in Gris Gris where the constant crash of the waves give the impression the cliff is crying. Le Batelage, the old port of Souillac where sugar was once stocked which has been restored and is worth the visit. Do not miss the "Souffleur", a half formed grotto on the side of a cliff which spouts a geyser-like fountain up to to 20 m high!

Tea time in Bois Cheri
TEA TIME IN BOIS CHERI

Explore the passion of Mauritians for tea by following the Tea Route at the Bois Cheri tea plantation – a culinary and cultural journey into the history of tea production in Mauritius. The first large-scale Mauritian tea plantation, Bois Cheri was established at the end of the 19th century and the 250 hectares of land now produce up to 700 tonnes of tea every year.

 

OUT OF AFRICA (Casela)

RUM & COFFEE

THE SACRED LAND

Walk with lions in Mauritius
OUT OF AFRICA (CASELA)
 

This 14-hectare nature park offers a bewildering range of options in addition to being a zoo with big cats, rhinos and giraffes, Casela offers a giant slide, animal interactions, and a variety of heart-pumping activities like ziplines, canyoning and quad-bike 'safaris'. Ideal for children with a petting zoo, a playground, giant tortoises, fishing and mini golf.

 
La route du rhum in Mauritius
RUM & COFFEE

 

Set among the vast hillside plantations of Chamarel, the Rhumerie is a working rum distillery that doubles as a museum showcasing the rum-making process. Time your visit carefully and carry on your exploration to the nearby restaurant "Le Chamarel", nestled high in the mountains with a splendid view if the south-west coast, from Le Morne to Black River. A culinary treat boasting savoury mauritian cuisine and excellent coffee from the region.

To visit in Mauritius - Grand Bassin
GANGA TALAO SACRED LAND

 

Said to be the most sacred Hindu place in Mauritius, Ganga Talao is a deep crater lake about 550 metres above sea level. On the shoreline sits a temple and small shrines dedicated to Lord Shiva and other gods, and many devotees make an annual pilgrimage here on foot during Maha Shivaratri. Devotees and tourists come to pray, meditate, play with the local monkeys, or simply to walk by the lake and enjoy the views.

LE MORNE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

FREDERICA NATURE RESERVE

To do in Mauritius - Le Morne Cultural landscape
LE MORNE CULTURAL LANDSCAPE

 

Visible from most of southwestern Mauritian coast, the iconic Le Morne Brabant (556m) is a stunning rocky crag which boasts some of the island's best beaches. The coastline along to Baie du Cap is one of the most beautiful in the country and blissfully free of development. Not only a UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE with enormous cultural significance, Le Morne Brabant mountain is also a place of great natural beauty and immense appeal for hikers.

1300 hectares of nature reserve

Frederica offers a selection of themed excursions, enabling visitors to reconnect with nature through extraordinary adventures. Enjoy some beautiful sightseeing and discover the hidden treasures of Mauritian biodiversity in this private nature reserve, spreading over 1300 hectares of hills and forests. Activities available include 4x4 safaris, quad, buggy and trekking.

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DAY 1 - Go coconuts for golf!

Start the day with a breakfast "piedandilo" (feet in the sea in Creole), then tee off on the best golf course in the Indian Ocean and finish the day sipping coconut water or cocktails at the Coco Shack.

 

DAY 2 - A little bit of culture

Set off in a convertible along the Maconde scenic route, which rivals with the legendary Road 66, stop at Le Morne Brabant (UNESCO site) and take in the breathtaking views from the top. Reward yourself with a feast at Le Chateau de Bel Ombre.

DAY 3 - Sea, sea, sea

Paddle, snorkle, kite surf, canoe, paddle… and we could carry on for hours, just enjoy everything the beautiful lagoon has to offer.

DAY 4 - Yogis and Sushis

For the early risers, start with a Yoga session on the beach, continue with a Coco Ritual at the Seven Colours Spa and feast on sushis at one of Mauritius top table, Gin'Ja.

DAY 5 - Out of Africa

Discover the indigenous flora and fauna in a photo safari in the Frederica Nature Reserve with a trained local guide. To keep in theme, enjoy a magical evening under the stars at the Boma.

DAY 6 - Glorious Food

A 2500 hectares domaine is not easy to discover by foot, why not try our Segways and take in the beautiful sights without breaking a sweat. Not to be missed is the colourful Zafarani with its plethora of North Indian flavours.

 

DAY 7 - A day of pure fun!

A holiday in Mauritius is not complete without a swim with the dolphins and an evening of Sega dancing on the beach.

What are you waiting for, come and join us!

BOOK YOUR HOTEL


Tempted by holidays in Mauritius? Book your stay in one of our hotels.

 

    Heritage Awali

    THE BEST 5* ALL INCLUSIVE IN MAURITIUS

    as from 179 € per night / per adult All Inclusive

    Heritage Le Telfair

    Your refined small luxury hotel

    Heritage Le Telfair Golf and Spa Resort - 5 star resort in Mauritius
    as from 129 € per night / per adult Bed & Breakfast

    Heritage The Villas

    YOUR ‘À LA CARTE’ HOLIDAYS

    Heritage The Villas - Private luxury villa rentals in Mauritius
    as from 499 € per villa / per night Villa Only