Things to remember if you want to visit MauritiusSmriti Saxena
What is it? The tropical island of Mauritius is one of the best known for luxury destination om white sand beaches with volcanic mountain backdrops.
Why should you be here? For iconic Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens, spotting rare birds among soaring ebony trees, walk with lions or swim with dolphins. Luxury here is surprisingly affordable. This place has beautiful beaches, plentiful watersports, world class spas, top-flight golf courses and gourmet cuisine.
Must see things: For those who don’t want to be staying inside the hotel, Mauritius has plenty to see and do – from French colonial houses and imaginative animal parks to nature walks, from quad biking to zip-lining and horse riding. Mauritius also has a clear divide between its north and south, the tourism hub is in the north around Grand Baie, which has the greatest concentration of hotels, beaches and entertainment. The east coast is most renowned, with some of the most celebrated hotels and stretches of arguably the most beautiful white sand beaches, while the flat, calm beaches of the west coast are favoured by families. The “green” south is the island’s wilder, but perhaps more interesting side. There are clutches of hotels in the southeast and more to be found squeezed onto calm stretches near pounding surf and clifftop walks in the southwest.
When should you go? Just 20 degrees south of the equator, Mauritius promotes itself as ayear-round destination, although most people associate it with winter sun. The island’s peak season extends from October to April, which is hot, humid and rainy, with a slight risk of cyclones January to March. The island’s winter, from May to September, is warm and dry
What else: The Mauritian rupee (MUR) is the island’s currency. It can be purchased before you visit, but you’ll get a better exchange rate in Mauritius. When visiting religious places make sure you’re not bearing too much flesh and remove your shoes. Women should carry a sarong to double up as a skirt or headscarf when needed.