If you close your eyes and picture your dream once-in-a-lifetime holiday, it’s likely that images of sprawling, white sandy beaches and colorful reefs will spring to mind. This sums up Mauritius exactly – it’s a picturesque destination sought after by all and a true gem of the Indian Ocean.
But, with so much of this tropical paradise to see and discover, how can you fit all of your bucket list activities into one holiday? In this guide, we’ll share our top tips on how to enjoy a week in Mauritius.
For a Romantic Couples Retreat
If you’re looking for some downtime with your partner, consider heading to the south coast of the island. Here, the landscape gets a little more rugged, and the population a little more sparse – perfect if you appreciate some privacy, or want to inspire romance on your seven days away.
Our top pick for a couples’ activity in this area is a visit to Le Morne. Here, you can spend a day hiking Le Morne Brabant mountain, or take a helicopter ride over the water to see the area’s famous optical illusion of an underwater waterfall.
Ultimately, wherever you find yourself on the island, you’ll be able to have a wonderful time as a pair, as luxury resorts and spas are found both inland and dotted along each stretch of stunning coastline.
For Lone Adventurers
If you’re a solo traveler, it’s worth checking out Grand Baie on the north coast of the island. Here you’ll get all the stunning scenery that the island is renowned for, as well as plenty of bars, pubs, and restaurants – perfect if you’re after a trip with equal parts excitement and relaxation.
Spend your mornings lazing on the beach, and then head out to do some water sports after lunch. Many of the resorts in this area offer activities such as windsurfing, snorkeling, and diving – ideal for an adventure-filled seven days. Each night, head out on the town and link up with some of the island’s other travelers to have a couple of drinks or sample the local cuisine.
For a Family-Friendly Break
When traveling with kids, ease and convenience become a top priority. Consider a visit to the country’s capital of Port Louis for a busy day of exploring with everything you need at your fingertips, including handy transportation links, and plenty of opportunity to refuel throughout the day in local restaurants.
The west coast of Mauritius is another great destination option for a holiday that will please both kids and parents. Here you can spot dolphins on an excursion, or take a wildlife park safari ride to see zebras, lions, and rhinos – after which, you can get back to your hotel in time for a cozy beach dinner or a well-deserved soak in the pool.
Where to Stay / Hotels
Mauritius has some of the best hotels in the world and amazing locations to stay. Le Morne is a great area to stay but might be expensive for some. In that case, we can recommend Grand Bay, perfect for first-timers!
No matter which destinations or activities end up on your Mauritius itinerary, seven days here will never disappoint. The location is one of such outstanding natural beauty, that in truth, you only need a flight and hotel to make it a truly unforgettable, awe-inspiring holiday.