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Where to stay in Mauritius

Best places to stay in Mauritius in 2018 [for honeymoon, family and more]


Last updated on August 31st, 2018 at 05:45 pm

It’s that time in your life when you decide to make your dream come true, you take a vacation in Paradise. This is how I felt the first time in Mauritius. From the moment I saw the turquoise water from the aeroplane.

I experienced the inland as well as the coast. What are the best places to stay in Mauritius for a honeymoon or just an amazing and unique trip?

Well, there are a few based on the month you visit and the kind of vacation you want to do, just relax and beach time or also some activities like kite surfing or some trekking.

And this is the beauty of this island, it offers all you want although the jewel is most definitely the combination of the beautiful white beaches together with the turquoise water.

Then you add the beautiful resorts scattered around and you have the full package.

My personal suggestion is to try to also add some short trips to fully experience the island.

You can rent your car if you want to be independent, however, keep in mind that driving is on the left side (British way) and traffic can be chaotic, but not busy, except around the capital at business hours.

The alternative is to join one of the many tour trips, I will suggest a few later otherwise just ask your resort and they will organise all for you (it may be more expensive though)

One interesting thing of Mauritius is that most people speak 3 languages because the media, the official documents and the everyday street language is usually different. So you can hear English, French or Creole in the street.

Local magazine and newspapers are usually in French although you can find some in English. I suggest Mauritius Times, especially the entertainment section if you want to know what’s happening on the island during your stay

Where to stay in Mauritius – the short answer

If you have only 30 seconds spare and you want to know where to stay in Mauritius then this list should help with a quick decision.

Seasons are important. Temperatures in “winter” (between May and October) can go up to 30 degrees. The big difference with summer is that you will experience more wind and rain, especially in the south and east coast. The north tends to be always sunny.

  • Best place to stay for honeymoon: Trou-aux Biches in the north in “winter”. Le Morne, in the south, or Belle Mare, on the east coast, in summer.
  • Best resorts in Mauritius for families: Flic en Flac, on the west coast is a great destination, a nice town with family activities. The alternative is to stay close to the airport, on the east coast (I would avoid it in “winter” when you will be likely to experience a daily afternoon rain)
  • Best locations to stay with a partner: beside Trou-aux Biches and Le Morne I also suggest Grand Baie, because of the many bars and restaurants, and the best nightlife in Mauritius.
  • Place to be as a single: most definitely Grand Baie, because of the few clubs and bars open till late (rare in Mauritius)
  • Best tours to catch in the island: A full-day catamaran trip to the Ile aux Cerfs  (“the paradise”), great for snorkelling. A Catamaran Cruise to Gabriel Island (to discover the north in style) and hiking through the waterfalls.

Price for the “paradise” Ile aux Cerfs    Check Gabriel Island   The waterfalls hike    

I personally suggest to keep reading, as in the next 4 minutes you will learn so much about this island that you can finally book your hotel or resort without any kind of hesitation.

Best area to stay in Mauritius

Let’s see where to stay in Mauritius analysing quickly the five macro areas

  • The North, Grand Baie and the fun zone: this area is more for a fun looking traveller. Lots of pubs, bars and restaurants around the hotels in Grand Baie that will keep you busy till the early hours of the morning, if this is what you are looking for. However, the resorts are quiet and mostly facing some amazing white beaches. Here you will find more of a youngish crowd that prefers to spend some time outside the resort, having a drink, a nice meal and a few activities nearby.
  • The South of Mauritius, for nature and sea : this side is probably the most underdeveloped part of the island but still it offers some of the most magnificent natural attractions as, most probably, the best snorkelling in Blue Bay, the unique beaches of Le Morne, the rough coast of Gris Gris and the Black River Gorges National Park with its beautiful waterfalls
  • The East, for honeymoon and luxury: this part of the island has probably the most beautiful resorts, perfect for a memorable honeymoon in Mauritius. The hotels have usually the own white beach facing a lagoon with the reef just enough away to enjoy the turquoise sea but still close enough to have some snorkelling. Indeed, all-inclusive resorts are quite common here and there is not much outside the hotels and that is why the tourism in the east is more on a quiet side, looking for a private time, a break from the busy life.
  • The West, a bit of fun a bit of low key: the hotels on the west coast are a bit less pretentious. There is still some amazing resort with all inclusive packages but you can also find many other options as bed & breakfast and small family run hotels. Flic en Flac is the most popular town, with few bars, restaurants and nightlife options. There are however other interesting villages as Black River with the beach facing the Le Morne promontory.
  • Port Louis, the capital: this is not a typical city, just a big town with a wide port. I would not suggest staying here unless you have a business related trip. There is no beach and it gets empty after business hours. In saying that I would definitely suggest a visit to the local market (one of the most beautiful I have ever seen, and I did visit many). Also, the Jummah Masjid mosque is an interesting place to put in the bucket list as well as the small ChinatownChamps de Mars on a horse racing day, the Caudan waterfront and the amazing Port Louis Viewpoint at the end of the Signal Mountain Road

Mauritius Attractions and Excursions

If you are still asking yourself where to stay in Mauritius, north or south, then I give you another important tip about the winterly winds coming from the south-east.

Mauritius winter runs from late May to August and sometimes till late September. The southeasterly wind takes some unpredictable weather making the north, and the west, a safer part of the island to enjoy the sunny beaches.

Temperatures in winter are still around 20-25 degree Celsius, sometimes into the 30s, during the hot part of the day. It just gets cloudy and possibly rainy in the late morning or afternoon.

I was on my last trip for 3 weeks in August. I opted to stay in the north and I had the sun on every single day with some clouds coming around 3-4pm. Whenever I drove to the south I had clouds.

I usually find the most reliable and updated weather information and forecast on the Mauritian local weather website.

Best place to stay in Mauritius for honeymoon

This island is seen as the best paradise to spend one of the most special time of our life. And for a good reason, it is so beautiful and unique in the world.

I have organised below some tips that may help you in your booking decision

Mauritius honeymoon tips

What is the best place to stay in Mauritius for honeymoon?

It depends on the time of the year. If you plan to be in Mauritius in July, August and, generally speaking, in the local winter, then I suggest staying in the north. You will be almost sure to have sun every single day with sort of cool nights (around 15-20 degrees Celsius)

Meanwhile, if you plan to fly to Mauritius from November to April then I would probably suggest the east or south coast. There are really some amazing honeymoon lagoons there with the best service to make it a memorable time of your life.

Le Morne, in the south-west, is one of the most beautiful places in Mauritius and usually an all year round destination (it has a sunny micro-climate also in winter)

Would you suggest a full package?

The all inclusive packages tend to work out as a better value for money. And some resorts include also an à la carte option, besides the buffet, with a choice of 3 or 4 restaurants within the same premise, just not to get bored with the “usual” table LOL.

Do we get better deals in honeymoon (or not really)?

Yes, most of the resorts do offer a honeymoon package which usually includes a dedicated unit/villa, welcome pack etc. In fact, it is a good idea to have handy the marriage certificate as they may ask for it.

Can I have the trip after a few months from my wedding?

Usually, the “honeymoon” period lasts 12 months however this may change based on the resort. I was said, the sooner the better

What’s the best tip you can give us for a Mauritius honeymoon?

Book well in advance, ideally over 6 months in advance. Resorts have usually availability, however, the honeymoon package is a bit of a niche offer and they do not have that many rooms dedicated exclusively to honeymoons

Last tip?

Rent a car and explore on your own. I personally explored sites that otherwise would not be possible with a touring company. I even got involved in a Hare Krishnas celebration which I will remember forever.

Favourite Mauritius Honeymoon packages

The first, and surely one of most beautiful resorts in Mauritius for a honeymoon, is in Le Morne, in the south-west coast.

The LUX* Le Morne is the jewel of Mauritius. This resort is surrounded by tropical forest and facing the amazing beach of Le Morne. In the background you have the 550m tall Le Morne monolith that you can even climb with an organised tour.

If you are into some water activities, just have a walk south, on the other side of the peninsula, and you will find wind and a Kite beach.

Excellent food, superb service, awesome architecture, privacy, all you need for a honeymoon, and not only. This is a highly rated resort that probably deserves even a sixth star.

I wouldn’t lie if I say that it is one of the best hotels in Mauritius for honeymoon. It’s great all year round although you may experience some cloudy afternoons from June to August.

Check out LUX* Le Morne

The monolith is actually a World Unesco Heritage  Site. It is usually climbed in the early morning when there is almost no wind. The view to the lagoons is quite spectacular. This is most definitely a great reason to stay in LUX Le Morne.

From Le Morne, you can also easily access the Seven Coloured Earth in Chamarel, a geological formation of a land made of layers in 7 colours (even difficult to describe it LOL). The forest around has also a fantastic waterfall which makes Chamarel a great visit overall.

From June to November you may also be able to do some whale watching. This 3-hour tour leaving from La Preneuse will take you around and, fingers crossed, you will come back with some nice photos. What I like about the tour is the duration enough to enjoy and not too long to get bored in the sea.

Here below another well know hotel that is right in a 365-days sunny location

Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa has one of the best value for money packages on the island. It is the most popular all-inclusive resort for honeymoons in the north.

Why? There are many good reasons like an amazing location just facing arguably one of the best beaches in Mauritius, the service, 5 stars of course, the tranquillity, the privacy, the lovely food and, if you want, water activities too.

The weather is great all year round, which is a fantastic bonus (my favourite place in July and August as this beach has 365 days of sun). An experience to remember forever.

Did I forget to say that is also a great value for money if you can find a room though 😉

Check the best package at the Beachcomber

Beachcomber Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa - The Beach

In Trou aux Biches I really enjoyed also the local restaurants and food options. Sometimes it is nice to leave the hotel and experience the surrounding.

For a quick and inexpensive Mauritian bite, I suggest Kwan Peng and the foodshed on the opposite side of the street. Get ready to queue up as these two options are really popular with the locals.

For some fresh fish, I highly suggest Cabane du Pecheur. They offer only what they catch. There are only a few tables. Simple however so tasty!!

For the best meat, check out Flame Grill Cafe. This place is run by a South African guy which is a great fun to talk with. I commented on how soft and tender the meat was, he told me that he leaves it in the milk. Was he pulling my leg? LOL

The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, on the south coast (best from October to May, weather may be not great in the other months, cloudy and windy).

This place has a beautiful swimming pool facing the beach (they both have in common the turquoise colour of the water 😉 ). Location is really great, especially if you would like to visit the Black River Gorges National Park (you can see some amazing photos here), or if you are looking for a resort close to the airport (just 1-hour drive).

The golf course is a great bonus and wifi is everywhere available. Quick tip: for the honeymoon try to get the sea view rooms, well worth the extra money.

Best all-inclusive at the Heritage Le Telfair

Take a half-day tour to Grand Bassin (or Ganga Talao), the most important Hindu place of the island, really worth the short trip. You may check with the hotel for a local taxi or guide. 

Alternatively, take a full day tour of the South-West of Mauritius. It’s quite full-on, around 7 hours, however very very informative

Constance Belle Mare Plage, on the east coast (suggested between November and May; in the other months, especially in July and August, it may be windy and cloudy, although still warm).

Belle Mare is probably my favourite beach area to stay in Mauritius. The reef creates beautiful blue lagoons where I could spend the entire day.

This is a place where you will most likely forget about the swimming pool, fabulous by the way, as the beach is really unique, in the world! Many available facilities like a gym, golf course etc that will make any stay memorable.

Check the available deals at Constance

For a local experience, I suggest a 15 minutes ride to the Central Market of Centre de Flacq. You will hardly meet any tourist there. It is open on Wednesday and Sunday. 

For a full-day experience, you may go for a catamaran trip to the Ile aux Cerfs, which includes lunch and lots of time for snorkelling and water activities.

All of the above resorts have common things as a great 5-star service, a wide selection of Mauritian and European food, friendly staff and special packages for honeymoons.

In my last trip to Mauritius, I was actually there for a local wedding. It lasted 5 days :o…..and it was fun.

Guess where even the locals go after the wedding?

In one of the Mauritian resort. How lucky they are!!

The friends of mine went to Belle Mare and although it was August and cloudy, still 25-30 degrees, they told me that they had the best experience of a lifetime.

Best resorts in Mauritius for families

When travelling with family I always find quite important to have a resort where I can enjoy the time with my kids. A great pool is mandatory. A great buffet, all-inclusive, make the life easier.

Having a kid club becomes very important because I like to have some private time just with my partner as well, I would like a little break from the kids.

Here below a few resorts that tick all the boxes. Also, in this case, it is important to select the right hotel for the month you visit Mauritius, just to avoid rainy days that can make the trip challenging.

Another thing you may consider is the distance from the Airport. If staying for just 2-3 days it may be convenient to book a hotel on the south-east coast, 30 minutes or so from the airport. In saying that this area in June to August may be affected by the wind and cloudy weather (it’s still warm but not sunny).

Mauritius Attractions and Excursions

If you ask yourself if Mauritius is good for families my only answer is….yes, of course. The beaches are usually with calm water, sometimes even in lagoons. Swimming pools are everywhere. My only tip here is to select a family resort, possibly with kids club. You will be sure that the hotel is dedicated, and let me say devoted, to a kid clientele.

If planning to be in Mauritius for 4 days or more then any area in Mauritius is fine as the longest trip to any resort in the island is below the two hours. Always keep in mind that in winter (June to August, September) the north and west coast provide more sunny days.

Family resorts all inclusive in Mauritius

Here below a short list of the most popular and famous hotels for families in Mauritius. They all offer an all-inclusive package which works great with the kids as in some cases, and seasons, it comes free of charge.

La Pirogue is one of the most popular all inclusive resorts in Mauritius for families. If you have children you can leave them to the kids club if you need a little break or you just want to enjoy a more relaxed vacation.

You have a choice of a fabulous swimming pool and a typical Mauritian dreamy beach with palms and all you expect from a tropical place. There is a multiple choice of restaurants, just not to get bored with the same menu and table LOL. Tip: cocktails can be expensive in Mauritius, go for the food & drinks all inclusive package, you will save some money at the end 😉

Check the family packages

La Pirogue resort is south of Flic en Flac, an easy 15 minutes walk to the town centre or just a 3 minutes taxi drive. The great thing here is that this town is probably the most family-friendly place in Mauritius. The beach has even a playground and sometimes there are local circus and shows around, just to have a different evening.

The weather is usually sunny for the most part of the year. You may be unlucky and have a few cloudy or rainy days in July and August. Otherwise just the blue sky

I had here my most beautiful street food, at the Roti AKA Vinoda. This is a basic place with a couple making fresh roti, the best I have had on the island so far. You seat at the beach or under the pine forest and you enjoy this amazing real local food. If you make as far Mauritius then you should not miss the roti and this place has the best.

Le Peninsula Bay Beach Resort is probably one of the most economical choices in Mauritius. If you are looking for a fantastic location with a beautiful beach and a kid club with a playground for children then this may be the optimal choice. It’s also just 15 minutes from the airport which makes it even better when you have small kids or in case you are in Mauritius for just a few days.

Try to book a room far away from the swimming pool, the place where most of the activities are organised and therefore a bit noisier than you expect in Mauritius LOL

Check availability at La Peninsula

The resort is also quite close to Mahebourg, a small town with a great local market, probably the best after the one in Port Louis. This part of Mauritius may be cloudy or rainy from June to August (sometimes even in September)

If you are interested to see how Mauritius was before the colonisation then you should not miss a visit to Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve. You can organise the easy trip through the resort or just show up at the small pier and book your visit (you save some money in this way). There is a boat going back and forward, so you will not wait too long. A guide will take you through the island where you will also meet turtles over 150 years old (they are huge)

Another great family resort in Mauritius is the Easy Stay Residence. It’s right in the middle of the Trou Aux Biches beach, very quiet and a great value for money option, hard to beat in the island. It’s right in the north, with 365 days of sun.

It is not a big resort, it’s just a family run place. It has no kids club or infrastructure to talk about however if you are after a chill out beach time with the kids and local food then it’s a great hotel to be.

You are next to a supermarket and many eating options, including an old lady selling local fruit of the day (walk 50m left from the supermarket). Give a try to the spicy apple (the fruit is sliced and mixed with a chilly sauce in a plastic bag).

Due to the very good price, this place is unfortunately quite often booked out. The photos on the booking page do not give justice

Check now availability at the Easy Stay

Where to stay in Mauritius, north or south

This is an important question which I partially answered previously in the post. The north and south of Mauritius are quite different, no question about.

During the months of June, July, August and September I would personally not stay in the south or east coast of Mauritius. The wind, although not cold, brings seldom clouds and rain. 

Le Morne is a bit of an exception. It’s in the south but it’s also the first place on the west coast and somehow protected by an over 550m monolith and the few hills of the Black River Gorges National Park.

In winter I like to stay in the north. Clouds may arrive, but later in the evening, which actually makes a great sunset background. The west coast has also nice weather through the year with more probability of clouds during the afternoon and some rain too, although it’s rare.

Why should I stay in the south of Mauritius?

I think it is more spectacular and there are more attractions to visit too, especially the National Park and the Seven Coloured Earth in Chamarel, beside the Grand Bassin (or Ganga Talao). Also, the coast at some points is really rough and green, a fabulous area for a nice walk in the wild.

In the Mauritian summer (basically almost same temperature as winter but rare winds) I prefer to stay in the south unless I am just after some beach time and in this case, I go for the east coast, where I can find some spectacular lagoons, and Belle Mare is the place to be.


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Andrea
Andrea is the hotel and city areas specialist.
It's not about being in a place or city for few days.
It's about experiencing it, living in it and enjoying it ;)
Many years around the globe and still looking forward to new sites to explore and love.
Life is beautiful, travelling is awesome :D

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