Best places 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
Recommended hotels in North Coast
LUX* Grand Gaube: This chic tropical retreat stands on a peninsula, close to a small pretty fishing village. The LUX is surrounded by tropical greenery and is great for families with children. All the rooms and villas have an outside bathtub. The LUX focuses on wellness and you can stretch out your yoga mat on the beach.
There are two beautiful pools and two beaches, plus six great restaurants showcasing different cuisines including Peruvian, Argentinian and an overwater Turkish restaurant. There is a playground and fun kids’ club with daily programme and activities and outings for teenagers.
Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel: This gorgeous eco-chic boutique hotel lies 10 kilometres from the vibrant town of Grand Baie, with a private beach and stunning views over the Indian Ocean. It is the ideal place to stay for families and couples. The hotel features Mauritian architecture and is surrounded by lush vegetation.
There are sandy- floored restaurants and the Foot Loose bar on the beach. The Seven Colours wellness lounge is great for massages. For children there is a kids’ club and their own pool. For couples, the ‘adults only’ wing has its own restaurant, bar and pool.
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
Recommended hotels in West Coast
Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa: Standing on a white sand beach in Flic en Flac with stunning views over the Indian Ocean, the Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa is the perfect place for couples to stay. The guest rooms are spacious with marble bathrooms and private terraces, offering garden or ocean views.
There are three restaurants, including beachside dining with fresh seafood and Thai cuisine. There is a lagoon-style pool, spa and tennis courts. The Hilton’s water sports centre offers great variety and there is a coral reef nearby for diving.
The St. Regis Mauritius Resort: This stunning Resort is surrounded by lagoon waters with the dramatic backdrop of the UNESCO-listed Le Morne mountain. St Regis with its island-inspired décor is the perfect place for couples to stay. The seaside suites are close to the ocean and others are in the colonial mansion. All feature bathrooms with stone bathtubs.
The restaurants serve African, French and contemporary cuisine while Simply India has a Michelin Chef at the helm. The Resort stands close to one of the world’s top diving and kite surfing sites and the Iridium Spa is for relaxing moments.
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
Recommended hotels in East Coast
Long Beach A Sun Resort Mauritius: Fringed by the famous kilometre long sandy beach at Belle Mare, this luxury Resort is the best place to stay for families. The Resort is modern and contemporarily styled with spacious rooms featuring a private balcony or terrace and many have inter-connecting doors.
There is plenty to do with three pools and the Cinq Mondes Spa & Wellness Retreat. Windsurfing and snorkelling are all available as there is a coral reef close by.. The Resort welcomes children and the best fun Kids’ Club in Mauritius. Under 12s are given free accommodation and food.
Shangri-La Le Touessrok Mauritius: This is the perfect luxury hideaway for couples to stay. It stands on a white sand beach fringed by palm trees and is surrounded by lush tropical gardens. Its rooms and suites are spacious and sophisticated, and guests receive excellent service throughout.
There is much to do with exclusive access to Ilot Managénie with its own butler, two championship 18-hole golf courses and the Chi Spa and fitness centre. Water sports include windsurfing, snorkelling and scuba diving. Shangri-La has two bars and five restaurants serving Japanese, Mediterranean and Indian cuisine.
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
Recommended hotels in South Coast
Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas: Situated overlooking Chaland Beach in Blue Bay and surrounded by sugar cane, this five star resort is the perfect place to stay for couples. The elegant accommodation has an Asian handmade screen behind each bed and thoughtful touches include an espresso machine, bathrobes and free Wi-Fi. With world class service, the Resort offers you colourful Mauritian culture and spectacular natural treasures.
If you feel active, you can rent bikes or go snorkelling. For lazy moments, there is the sun terrace, beach and pool. The Resort’s Turkish hammam – is the only one in Mauritius.
Heritage Awali Golf & Spa Resort: This beautiful five- star resort offers all-inclusive accommodation- and this includes unlimited French Champagne! This is the perfect choice for families to stay. The spacious air-conditioned guest rooms have African inspired décor and private terrace or balcony. There is a baby and kids’ club plus activity program for teenagers.
The Heritage Awali is a good place for couples to stay too as one of its three pools is ‘adults only’, as is Zafarani Indian restaurant. There is free access to the golf club and one complimentary back massage at the Seven Colours Spa.
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