It’s famously written that Mark Twain once wrote, “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius” and we can’t disagree. You won’t regret a Mauritius honeymoon! Irresistible beaches with azure warm lagoons lapping against white sand beaches and a rainforest interior for land exploration. Spectacular snorkelling and diving, delightful spas, magical sunrise hikes through the pristine rainforest – a heavenly island experience!
If you’re planning a honeymoon in Mauritius, you might be wondering, is Mauritius good for honeymoon? what is the best time to go to Mauritius? How do you get there? How do you get around? Where to stay in Mauritius? What are the best things to do in Mauritius? We’ve got all the essential information you need with our Ultimate Mauritius Honeymoon Guide!
- Good to know
- When to go
- How to get there
- What to pack
- Where to stay
- How to get around
- Dining & Nightlife
- Things to do
- What to buy
- Where to tag on
Good to Know
Time Zone: GMT + 4
Language: Mauritian Creole | English | French
Capital: Port Louis
Population: 1.3 million
Currency: Mauritian Rupee MUR
A few phrases in Creole:
Please: S’il vous plait
Thank you: Merci
Visa Required: Most nationalities do not need a visa for Mauritius. You may need 6 months of validity on your passport.
Health: Mauritius is a malaria-free country, but some vaccinations are recommended. We encourage you to visit the Center for Disease Control website for up-to-date travel vaccination recommendations or speak to a Tropical Medicine Specialist.
Mauritius is one of the best honeymoon destinations in the Indian Ocean. Often couples are struggling to choose between Mauritius or Seychelles or Maldives (so we’ve broken down the differences between them on this blog if you’re confused too!).
Mauritius is 1100kms off the coast of Madagascar, off the east coast of Africa. It was, at various times, a colony of the Netherlands, France and Great Britain and, like many former colonies, it has a tragic history of slavery and indentured labour. These days it’s a proud nation with most of the population of Indian heritage with a mix of Creole, Chinese and French, making it a culturally diverse place to visit.
When to go
Mauritius is a tropical destination. Depending on how hot you like your temperatures, you can visit year-round. The country experiences a ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ season. The wettest months are from January to March when you can expect occasional short downpours but plenty of sunshine too. However, during the wet season, occasional cyclones can occur. During the southern hemisphere winter, from June to September, the temperatures can be cooler (average temperature 20°C / 70°F). The best time to visit Mauritius for a honeymoon is from April to May or from September to November.
How to get there
You can fly to Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport in Mauritius (Airport code: MRU) via the Middle East, including the UAE (with Emirates via Dubai – 6 hours) or Turkey (via Istanbul with Turkish Airlines – 9.5 hours). You can also fly from London with British Airways (12 hours) and Air Mauritius and Air France from Paris (11 hours) There are also flights from Nairobi in Kenya (4 hours), Johannesburg in South Africa (4 hours), Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia (7 hours), Perth in Australia (8 hours) and Madagascar (2 hours) with Air Mauritius.
What to pack
Where to stay
The Mauritius coastline is lined with hotels and resorts on dazzling beachfronts. We’ve a bigger list of the best resorts in Mauritius for honeymoon here, including guide prices. Whether you want an intimate boutique hotel, a local bolthole or a large resort, there is a honeymoon hotel for every taste. You won’t find overwater villas similar to the Maldives (the closest you’ll find is Constance Prince Maurice’s Junior Suites on Stilts) but you will find an array of stunning villas and suites.
We love the west coast for incredible sunsets. Grand Baie (sometimes Grand Bay) in the northwest is ideal if you want to be close to restaurants and boutiques – we love Hôtel 20 Degrés Sud – Relais & Châteaux. A little further south of Grand Baie is the sleepier and beautiful Trou aux Biches & Baie Aux Tortues aka Turtle Bay – we love The Oberoi Beach Resort. Flic en Flac in the west is one of the best diving spots – we love Maradiva Villas Resort & Spa.
We also love Le Morne, the location of one of the most iconic images of Mauritius, the UNESCO World Heritage Site Le Morne Brabant Mountain and its ‘underwater waterfall’ which you can see on a helicopter tour- we love LUX* Le Morne
Don’t discount the east coast’s Belle Mare area, where many of the most luxurious honeymoon hotels in Mauritius are located – we love Constance Belle Mare Plage. However, if you’re travelling during the winter, in July and August, it can be a little windier on this side of the island. So if you travel during these months, you might want to consider staying on the west coast.
A little further south, closer to the airport, is Blue Bay. Anantara Iko Mauritius Resort & Villas is a gorgeous option here, set back from an untouched, wild beach for those who want to get back to nature.
As Mauritius is also a high-end family-friendly destination, not all hotels are adults-only. However, even resorts that welcome families will usually have some areas set aside for adults only such as adults-only pools and bars – just check before you book.
How to get around
You can drive from the north to the south of Mauritius in just over an hour. However, most couples will stay on the coasts and base themselves at the resort and take excursions. If you want more freedom to do it yourself, Mauritius is not a hard place to drive, so you could hire a car. Mauritians drive on the left.
Dining & Nightlife
Because many holidays/vacations and honeymoons in Mauritius are resort-based, the nightlife in Mauritius is relatively low-key. Couples will dine at their resort a lot of the time, particularly if doing an all-inclusive package. The biggest congregation of restaurants and bars is around Grand Baie. So if you want to explore by night, we’d recommend staying around the north of the island.
The food in Mauritius is wonderful because of diverse peoples that have settled there, Chinese, Indian, French and African. Foodies will love the array of global dishes available. Indian cooking heavily influences the local cuisine with delicious curries (although they’re not as spicy, they’re packed with flavour!). Being an island, it goes without saying that the seafood is outstanding. You’ll find an exquisite array of tropical fruits – particularly in cocktails! We often think about the Mango & Lychee Bellinis and Hibiscus Mojitos at The Oberoi Beach Resort…
While many hotels offer all inclusive as standard, some will only offer bed & breakfast, half board (B&D) or full board (B, L&D) particularly at the ultra-luxury end (you pay for drinks and other meals either as you go or on the bill at the end of your stay).
**B = Breakfast L= Lunch D = Dinner
Things to do
Mauritius is one of the earth’s ultimate beach destinations and we’ve mentioned there is world-class diving and snorkelling. Your hotel can easily organise water sports – kite surfing, water skiing, paddle boarding. Here are some of our other favourite things to do in Mauritius:
Guide prices are in US$ and per person – hit the link to check pries and availablity for your dates
Take a street food tour in Port Louis ($50) and don’t forget to visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site Aapravasi Ghat after.
What to buy
Rum – Tea – Pineapple Jam
Where to tag on
If you’re planning a South Africa honeymoon, then Mauritius is an ideal beach add-on. There is a direct flight to Mauritius from Johannesburg. A South Africa & Mauritius honeymoon is a quintessential African honeymoon adventure!
Want to explore the wildlife of East Africa in Kenya or Tanzania? There is a direct flight from Nairobi creating another option for a dream safari & beach honeymoon. Find out more about choosing between Kenya or Tanzania here.
We would love to hear from you in the comments if you are planning a Mauritius honeymoon! Let us know if this guide was useful or if we left out any essential information!