Colours come in HD in Mauritius, from the creamy white-sand beaches and bright turquoise lagoons to the bottle-green jungle that coats the island's mountainous spine. Its waters are teeming with sea life and scattered with shipwrecks, making it spot on for snorkellers and scuba divers. The lagoons, meanwhile, are ideal for trying windsurfing and paddle-boarding.
The jungle isn't the only greenery here. Mauritius is also home to some fantastic (and challenging) golf courses, including the 18 holes on the islet of Ile aux Cerfs, named one of the world's top 10 courses by Golf World Magazine.
The island blends Indian, French, Creole, Chinese and English influences, a reflection of its colourful past. It's most evident in the cuisine, which features everything from spicy samosas cooked up at roadside stalls to plates of coq au vin served in upscale restaurants. This diversity also means that the island's festival calendar is jam-packed. If you're visiting in January or February, look out for processions carrying flower-covered wooden arches and pots of milk for Cavadee. In February or March there's a colourful Hindu festival celebrating Lord Shiva, and in October or November many islanders celebrate Diwali.
When it comes to day trips, you've got plenty to choose from. Explore the bustling markets and chic waterfront area of the capital, Port Louis, tour a sugar cane plantation, or marvel at the giant water lily pads at Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens. The Seven Coloured Earths at Chamarel make a great photo opportunity - the sands here comes in hues of red, orange, purple and grey, thanks to volcanic minerals.
Hotels in Mauritius
Mauritius is an island that's synonymous with luxury, and our portfolio of properties here lives up to that reputation. Take the Maritim Resort and Spa, for example, set within Turtle Bay Marine National Park, or the LUX* Belle Mare, which overlooks a beautiful coral-edged lagoon. The Heritage Le Telfair Golf & Spa Resort, meanwhile, is perched on the foothills of Plaine Champagne mountain and offers unique arts, crafts and environmental excursions in the surrounding countryside.
See our full list of hotels in Mauritius.
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Maritim Resort & Spa
Mauritius, Turtle Bay7 nights All Inclusive
Tue 26 Jan 2016
The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.