Mauritius is blessed with the type of desert island beaches, coral reefs and emerald-blue Indian Ocean waters that are worthy of any postcard. This is an undisputed leader as one of the great beach destinations in the world, with a string of five-star hotels and exquisite boutique resorts to ensure that your luxurious trip to Mauritius is even more special.

Often, there is nothing more satisfying or appealing than to simply wander along one of the numerous heavenly bays which characterise this idyllic island nation. Many of the best Mauritius hotels open out directly on to their own stretch of soft white sand, though the beaches of Flic-en-Flac, Grand Baie, Le Morne, Île aux Cerfs and Rodrigues – among others – are particularly impressive. They all offer something slightly different and reflect the versatility of Mauritius, whether the main attraction is nesting sea turtles, playful dolphins, watersports such as kitesurfing and snorkelling, remoteness and isolation or even the sight of the nearby mountain. There’s always a reason to visit, and each trip is as memorable as the next.

However, there is more to this paradise Indian Ocean island than meets the eye, with many cultural attractions to be visited too. In Port Louis, the capital, you will find the Blue Penny and Natural History museums which are both full of interesting exhibits, as well as fantastic shopping outlets, restaurants and beach bars. French colonial influences can also be seen, with several well-preserved countryside mansions now open to the public, some having been constructed to house affluent plantation owners. More history can then be witnessed first-hand in Mahébourg, the island’s original capital city and today a charming port town.

Amongst all of this, the plantations and modern-day success stories, there is an abundance of natural beauty to be seen across Mauritius when the time comes to leave the comforts of your resort behind. The national parks of La Vanille and Black River Gorges, for example, are full of wildlife, they’re rarely visited by tourists and provide endless viewpoints and photo opportunities. You’ll see tropical trees, Giant Tortoises, Monkeys and plentiful bird species darting between the foliage while walking the trails or enjoying it all from a 4x4 vehicle before heading home. And it is home where Mauritius really shines, as the five-star resorts peppered along dreamy coastline have it all: infinity pools overlooking the Indian Ocean, attentive butler service, overwater casitas, Michelin-star food and just about everything you need for a luxury trip like no other.

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