Best Areas to stay in Mauritius
The North Coast of Mauritius trail blazed tourism path for holidaymakers and from the start, it was a true winner sporting the island’s best beaches and soft, white sand. Initially, the northern parts were the closest thing visitors had to a resort town. Until today, its bursting at it seems with bars, restaurants and off-site shops.
Grand Baie is where it’s happening and your stay will not be complete without having experienced top evening entertainment, island dining and world-class diving spots. Despite the continual expansion and development, there is a tranquility and ease that calls as soon as your toes reach the waters of the Indian Ocean.
Once you’ve had your fair share of water activities, you’ll find plenty to do and see offshore. The North Coast is home to botanical gardens, historical ruins, waterfront bazaars, sugar cane fields and museums. Be sure to visit the Bazaar of Port Louis, where local vendors and craftsmen gather to sell their wares.
Hotels in North Coast
Most visitors will agree that the West Coast is probably the most popular location for a stay on the island – unbeatable beaches ranging from the fine white sands of Trou aux Biches in the far north, to the calm, isolated Le Morne Peninsula on the southwestern tip of the island. Le Morne is where honeymooners meet a truly romantic setting: a long stretch of sand, a reef-protected lagoon and mesmerizing sunsets that falls against the foot of the mountain.
As well as enjoying the most amazing beaches on the world, you are well situated for exploring key attractions like the volcanic lake at Grand Bassin and the waterfalls and ravines of Black River Gorges National Park. Although it lacks nightlife, this lesser-developed coastline is arguably more exotic than its northern cousin.
This region is particularly popular with families and offers great water activities and the opportunity to soak up the sun in a relaxing environment. Trou au Biches does get a bit busy at times, but a short stroll to the neighboring Pointe aux Piments dishes out a quiet stretch of beach and warm waters.
Hotels in West Coast
Along the East Coast, things are turned up a notch. The superb beach at Belle Mare and Ile aux Cerfs are the strongest draw cards of this region. You will find the East Coast to be much more exclusive than the West Coast and boasts with some of the finest luxury hotels and resorts.
This bespoke region is a fantastic spot for kite surfing and by far the most appealing choice for golfers. The East Coast is the windiest on the island, but that only means a welcoming, cooling onshore breeze in the summer and billowing sails for windsurfers and sailors.
Those who want to embark on a real sea adventure should try kayaking – a physical yet doable sport that will take you through the lagoon, among mangroves, around the still preserved island of Ile d’Ambre. If that sounds too much like hard work you can book a trip with to Ile d’Ambre where you can swim, visit the ruins, walk through the forest, relax and have lunch.
Hotels in East Coast
The South Coast, otherwise known as Savanne, serves up some of the island’s wildest and most attractive scenery. Basalt cliffs, sheltered sandy coves, hidden falls and traditional fishing villages shapes the south, but it’s the beautiful beaches and top-rated resorts and hotels, including the area Bel Ombre, that makes this a destination built for all holiday-makers.
This region is most definitely an area known more for its adventure activities, and less for beach lazing and watersports. Hike the luscious mountainous landscapes that overlook the shorelines, or opt for something a bit more adventurous like mountain biking – either way, you will find that there is plenty to do if you are not too bothered with sunbathing.
Mahebourg, also located on the far western side of the South Coast, is one of the main fishing villages of the island. Today it hosts vibrant and energetic markets well worth a visit.
Hotels in South Coast
The pulse of Mauritius lies in the central region and offers cooler weather and rainfall than anywhere else on the island. It’s not a place that rates very high with those who favor sun, sea and sand, but it does give its visitors heaps of cultural insight and impressive natural attractions.
Exploring The National park is a must – it extends deep into green folds and is not too far from Ganga Talao and the tea plantations like Bois Cheri. Surrounding the busting city, you’ll find green fields, blue lakes, stunning viewpoints and cascading waterfalls.
Inland Mauritius is a perfect place to kick off your journey to other regions on the island in no time and it’s also a place to enjoy some authentic Chinese-Mauritian cuisine or traditional Indian food sold by hawkers on the street. It’s a perfect way to ease into life on the island before settling by the beach with your loved ones.
Hotels in Central Mauritius