Where to stay in Mauritius: the best areas, and which hotels and resorts to book

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You are planning a holiday in Mauritius and you want to know what the best areas to stay on the island? Mauritius is a beautiful island and every area or location allows you to spend a pleasant holiday.

On the other hand, certainly there are better areas and places to stay, because they offer more beautiful beaches, better services, a wider choice of restaurants and hotels, but especially more activities and things to do to make a wonderful and complete vacation.


In this mini-guide you will find useful tips on which are the best areas to stay and all the information to build a DIY vacation package for Mauritius, saving money and enjoying a wonderful and relaxing holiday.


If you want to save money, it is advisable not to buy a vacation package that already includes flight and hotel, but buy a flight and book a hotel separately, in this way the savings will be ensured.

Most of the holiday packages that can be purchased online or at a travel agency consist of only two services, flight and hotel. Then other services like car rent, transfers and health insurance they must be purchased separately.


Best areas to stay in Mauritius

Now let's see which are the best areas and places to stay in Mauritius based on what they offer. Each area has different strengths and qualities, but in principle certainly the best areas to stay are those in the north of the island, where the most beautiful beaches are located.

Among the places to definitely recommend we find Flic-en-Flac, the tourist area formed by Grand Baie, Pereybère and Trou-aux-Biches, which together form a tourist hub with the largest tourist offer on the island.



Flic-en-Flac: one of the most luxurious areas

Flic-en-Flac beach - Image from Pixabay

Flic-en-Flac is a seaside village on the west coast as well one of the main tourist places to stay in Mauritius. It stretches over 13km of coastline and is where many of the island's luxury hotels are located. Approximately every year half a million tourists stay in the area.

Her public white sand beach is one of the longest and most beautiful on the island, and attracts families, tourists and local visitors throughout the year. The beach is protected by coral reefs that form a quiet lagoon, pleasant for relaxing baths in the sea or long swims.

From the beach you can enjoy one splendid panorama on the Indian Ocean and on the Morne Brabant peninsula, moreover you can easily reach the nearby Tamarin beach which is located a few kilometers away.

One of the main attractions in the area is Casela Bird Park, a park with many orchids, over 140 species of birds and the rare endemic pink pigeon, endangered.

Flic-en-Flac offers un'atmosfera lively both day and night. During the day, in addition to relaxing on the beach or doing one of the many water activities, you can try the delicious street food during the day, such as "DhalPuri" or fried noodles with Mauritian meatballs.

La nightlife it is very lively, especially on weekends, when the locals also go to restaurants and clubs to have fun and party. Flic-en-Flac is one of the most complete holiday resorts on the island and certainly one of the best areas to stay in Mauritius.



Recommended hotels

Sands Suites Resort & Spa - the best resort in the area

L'Oiseau de L'Ocean Tourist Residence - excellent value for money

Manisa Hotel - breakfast, lunch and dinner treatment

Alpha Villa – Studios & Apartment - the best economic solution

Anelia Resort & Spa - for those looking for All Inclusive treatment

Hilton Mauritius Resort & Spa - for those looking for relaxation and a complete range of services

Grand Baie: for a complete vacation

View from the Veranda Grand Baie Hotel

Grand-Baie (or sometimes Grand Bay) is a coastal village as well one of the most famous tourist spots in Mauritius. The city is located on the western side of the northernmost point of the island and owes its popularity toenchanting quality of its emerald waters and the busy life both day and night.

The locality offers the opportunity to carry out various water activities such as swimming, sailing, windsurfing and water skiing. In Grand Baie you can find a wide range and choice of fashion and art shops, but especially hotels and restaurants.

This location is also famous for one bustling nightlife. The area has the best pubs and nightclubs on the island, including the Banana Café, Les Enfants Terribles and Zanzibar.

If you want to spend an eventful holiday, Grand Baie is the right choice, also because it is the starting point for various excursions and activities such as deep sea fishing, helicopter tours of the island and boat trips to visit the islands located in the north of Mauritius: Round Island, Flat Island, Coin de Mire (Gunner's Quoin) and Serpent Island.



Recommended hotels

Azure Beach Boutique Hotel - best quality / price ratio

Ocean Villas Hotel

Veranda Grand Baie Hotel & Spa - for those looking for All Inclusive treatment

Ocean Lake Tourist Residence - the best economic solution

Dzama Hotel

Ocean Lofts & Apartments

Pereybère: frequented by the locals

Pereybère is the name of the tourist area that extends in the east beyond the coast of the Grand Baie in the north of Mauritius. It is one more place suitable for families for Mauritian tourism.

Recommended hotels

The Garden Lodge - one of the most characteristic hotels

Seacret Bay (in Grand Baie) - great economical solution

Bleu de Toi Boutique Guesthouse - for those in search of relaxation

Port-Louis: the capital

Port-Louis, the capital of Mauritius - Image from Pixabay

Port-Louis although it is the capital of the island, it is not the main tourist resortAnd. Most tourists prefer the beaches of the island rather than strolling the streets of the capital, but visiting the capital can still be interesting.

There are many historical places and buildings to visit. It is also one of the best places to learn and better appreciate it local culture and traditions of Mauritius.

Recommended hotels

Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel - extra luxury 5-star hotel

Hotel Champ De Mars - the best economic solution

Cocotiers Hotel - Mauritius - best quality / price ratio

Labourdonnais Waterfront Hotel - 4-star luxury hotel

Trou-aux-Biches: for families with children

Trou-aux-Biches, Mauritius - Photo by Istock

 

Once a fishing village, Trou-aux-Biches is now a small but pleasant tourist resort for families, with a two kilometer long public white sand beach shaded by casuarina trees, reefs for snorkeling, various shopping boutiques and a supermarket.

Trou-aux-Biches is among the most famous beaches to watch the sunset of Mauritius, although it remains a less popular location than Grand Baie, also because it still retains the characteristics of a village. The resort was awarded the 2011 World Travel Award as best beach destination in the world.

Many resorts, hotels and shops they are located near the beach, such as the Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa, one of the most luxurious resorts in the area. Inland is the largest Hindu temple on the island, a golf course and the aquarium of Mauritius. The airport and the city are connected by a public bus.

Recommended hotels

Trou aux Biches Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa - the best hotel in the area

Easy Stay Residence - good quality / price ratio

Veranda Pointe Aux Biches Hotel & Spa (in Pointe aux Biches) - for those looking for All Inclusive treatment

Voile Bleue Boutique Hotel (in Pointe aux Biches) - for those looking for peace and relaxation

Le Morne Brabant: for honeymooners 

Le Morne, Mauritius - Foto da Istock

Le Morne Brabant is a peninsula at the southwestern end of the island of Mauritius, in the Indian Ocean, on the windy side of the island. The area is characterized by the namesake basaltic monolith which rises 556 meters above sea level.

The mountain takes its name from the ship that ran aground on its cliffs. This immense rock is surrounded by a lagoon and is one of the most famous tourist attractions in Mauritius. On the steep slopes of the mountain there are many caves. It is also a refuge for two rare plants, the Mandrinette and the Boucle d'Oreille.

The peninsula of Le Morne benefits from a unique microclimate and UNESCO in 2008 entered this wonderful place in the list of world heritage sites. The accommodations in this area are all luxury and extra luxury hotels and resorts with high level services, and with high rates.

Recommended hotels

Dinarobin Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

LUX * Le Morne

The St Regis Mauritius Resort

Paradis Beachcomber Golf Resort & Spa

Blue Bay: the most convenient area to stay in Mauritius

The Blue Bay Marine Park is located between Le Shandrani Hotel, Blue Lagoon Hotel and the international airport Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Airport. The main attraction of the marine park is "Two Cocos Island“, An islet located within the lagoon. A long coral reef protects the island from ocean waves.

Staying in this area of ​​the island is very convenient because it is located there walking distance from the airport, in addition it is a good starting point for visiting the south of the island. Although less developed, it includes some of the wildest or most beautiful landscapes in the country.

Most of the southern coast, although it has no idyllic beaches, it is absolutely not to be missed, especially the coastal stretch that runs from Souillac to Le Morne. Between main attractions: the typical town of Mahébourg, the wonderful Île aux Aigrettes nature reserve and the imposing Lion Mountain.

Recommended Hotels

Villa Bella - excellent value for money

Holiday Inn Mauritius Mon Trésor

Shandrani Beachcomber Resort & Spa - the best resort in the area with All Inclusive treatment

Mascareigne Residence - the best economic solution

Laguna Beach Hotel & Spa (in Grand River) - a good solution for those looking for All Inclusive without spending a lot

Tamarin: a good alternative where to stay in Mauritius

Tamarin is an old fishing village, transformed into a modern residential area and holiday resort. The area is very popular with surfers due to the presence of various areas with good waves. The village is very picturesque, also due to the fact that it is surrounded by various hills.

Tamarin Bay has become a popular tourist destination after the release of the surfing documentary “Forgotten Island of Santosha”. Here you can also visit the most impressive waterfalls on the island. Dolphins are often found in the bay and there are various organized tours that offer excursions for observe and swim with dolphins.

Recommended hotels

Veranda Tamarin Hotel & Spa - the best choice for those looking for an All Inclusive treatment

The happiness cottage - best quality / price ratio

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