Boasting the pearly white sands and cerulean waters Mauritius is so famous for, the little village of Belle Mare has relaxed beach holidays sorted. Set on the eastern side of the island, the shores are protected by a reef – the corals are perfect for snorkellers, while the sheltered lagoon they create is spot on for swimming and stand-up paddle boarding. A pair of 18-hole championship golf courses stretch over 140 hectares, while nearby Flacq market (the biggest outdoor market in Mauritius) adds a dash of local colour on Wednesdays and Sundays.
Flight time from the UK to Mauritius is 11 hours 50 minutes.
Transfer time from Mauritius airport to Belle Mare is approximately 1 hour.
Mauritius is a year-round destination, with summer and winter months offering something different. The summer months, from October through to April, are perfect for beach lovers - days are long and temperatures are in the high 20s. There is the odd chance of a cyclone in the south of the island, though. The winter months (during the UK summer) are a little cooler, in the early 20s, so are ideal for hiking and exploring. If you’re planning on diving, the summer months are your best bet – the waters are warmer and (usually) calmer, and there’s more sea life around.
Visas are not required for Mauritius. You will receive a stamp in your passport valid for 60 days.
Tipping in Mauritius is appreciated, but not expected. In restaurants you can leave the small change or round the bill up if you received excellent service. Ensure you give your tip directly to the person whom you wish to receive it.
The official language of Mauritius is English.