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Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016
Luxury Travel: The Editor’s Edit 2016
Peter Browne, Senior Editor of Condé Nast Traveller

Why to visit Mauritius in 2016 by Peter Browne, Senior Editor of Condé Nast Traveller magazine.

I adore Mauritius unconditionally. I know this love should be tempered by the knowledge that a lot of others feel the same way, and that there is barely a scrap of beachfront not already appropriated by a lovely hotel with an army of expert sand-rakers, but it makes not one jot of difference to me. The island is the perfect size: manageable and easily negotiated but also big enough to get lost on. It is made for three or four days’ exploration – hiking in the brooding Black River Gorges National Park; strolling through the shady botanical gardens on dozy afternoons; tackling the market madness in Port Louis. And, between bouts of unremitting self-indulgence, staring glassy eyed out at a sea the colour of robin’s eggs; fine-sand beaches the colour of spun sugar, and always the rumble of waves reaching a reef where the snorkelling is sensational. Mauritius is an enchanting place, but thankfully not without bite and character.

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Mauritius /Itineraries

Sabi Sand, MauritiusSouth Africa and Mauritius

Appreciate the romance of a safari and beach experience on this perfect honeymoon combination. Enjoy an exhilarating few days on a Big 5 safari, staying in a beautifully romantic lodge in one of South Africa’s premier reserves followed by a lazy week or two on a paradisiacal Indian Ocean island in ...

Dubai, MauritiusMauritius & Dubai

The vibrant buzz of modern Dubai with its modern skyscrapers, bustling souks, shops brimming with designer brands and the timeless desert, create an exciting twin centre combination with the tropical harmony and island charm of Mauritius, synonymous with luxury and elegance, a wonderful blend of ...

Sabi Sand, Cape Town, MauritiusFebruary 2017 half term availability: South Africa and Mauritius

With this itinerary, families can enjoy culture, wildlife and beach life in one trip. Start at the vibrant Victoria & Alfred Waterfront for a stay at Cape Grace, an ideally located Cape Town hotel complete with the brilliant Kids @Cape Grace club. Next, hear to Ulusaba Private Game Reserve. Daily ...

Africa & Indian OceanSouth Africa & Mauritius

South Africa is home to many spectacular sights, few of them as spectacular as the Kruger National Park, where the Sabi Sands Game Reserve never fails to thrill even the most seasoned safari-goers with its up-close wildlife encounters. Heading for the Cape explore the world-class vineyards, or take ...

Mauritius /Best Experiences

  • Experience the thrill of big game fishing off the coast of Mauritius
  • Take a private cruise across the turquoise lagoons, perfect for dolphin watching and snorkelling
  • Enjoy a helicopter flight over the spectacular waterfalls and landscapes of the island
  • Try your hand at kite surfing- the southwest coast of Mauritius is renowned for its excellent     conditions 

Mauritius /When is the best time to visit Mauritius

Mauritius is a year round destination and experiences a warm subtropical climate, with relatively little seasonal variation in temperatures year round. May to October is dry with comfortable temperatures ranging between 18°C and 24°C with cooling tradewinds coming in from the southeast. Visitors during these dates will often benefit from excellent offers from the hotels. November to April is much warmer and humid with average temperatures ranging between 25°C to 33°C with an increase in rainfall. January and February tend to be the wettest months with the possibility of tropical storms although this is a rarity.

Mauritius /Reviews

Mauritius is never far from my heart; not least because the country is where my mother hails from. But, in my opinion – which is only slightly tinged with bias – this little gem in the glistening Indian Ocean is the quintessential tropical escape. ... more

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Approximate flight times
London to Mauritius 11 hours 50 minutes
Time Difference
GMT + 4 hours

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Visas are provided free of charge on arrival for British passport holders.

Multi-centre Options

Mauritius combines perfectly with Dubai or South Africa. With frequent flights from Johannesburg the island is the ideal finale to safari.

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