Are you planning your honeymoon? Chances are you have started thinking of Tahiti, Bora Bora or other exclusive islands in the Pacific Ocean. However, you can have a wonderful time with your partner without spending a fortune. With its amazing marine life, stunning beaches, unique scenery and wildlife, Mauritius is one of the best options out there. Here we’ll see what it has to offer and why you should seriously consider it for your honeymoon.
Located nearly 1,150 miles from Madagascar on the southeastern African coast and with more than 1.5 million tourists every year, Mauritius is the most visited island in the Indian Ocean.
Why Honeymoon in Mauritius?
Its diverse culture, crystal clear waters, white sand beaches, and beautiful marine life attracts visitors from all over the world.
Mauritius is famous for its multicultural ethnicity which reflects its history over the centuries. It was first discovered by the Arabs in the 9th century, then found by the Portuguese at the beginning of the 16th century, colonized by the Dutch at the end of the 16th century, disputed by the French and the British empires during the 18th and 19th century until it finally became an independent nation in 1968.
Even though Mauritius enjoys warm temperatures year round, it has a cyclone season from January to March. Most tourists arrive between November and March so if you want fewer crowds, cheaper prices and great weather, the end of April, May, October and beginning of November are the best months to go.
Things To Do During a Mauritius Honeymoon
Mauritius is famous for its turquoise waters, amazing corals, and pristine white sand beaches such as Flic en Flac, Blue Bay, or Mont Choisy. However, it has a lot more to offer.
The island is home to two UNESCO World Heritage Sites: Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis (a building complex where more than 500,000 laborers brought from India during the 19th and 20th century lived), and Le Morne Cultural Landscape (a peninsula located at the southwestern tip of the island that’s said to have served as a refuge for fugitive slaves).
Additionally, with its diverse cultural heritage and varied architecture, Port Louis is not only the capital of the country but also its economic and cultural center. Here you can find the Blue Penny Museum that has history and art exhibitions and is home to the Orange-Red and Deep Blue, two of the rarest stamps in the world, as well as the Champ de Mars Racecourse, which was inaugurated in 1812 and is said to be the second oldest racecourse in the world.
If you like nature, Mauritius also has great options for you with the famous Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens and its 85 varieties of palm trees, the Black River Gorges National Park with its great hiking trails and stunning scenery, and the Casela Nature Park, where you can take a safari, see giraffes, rhinos, tigers, caracals, and even walk with lions!
Regardless of the type of traveler you are, Mauritius has got you covered.
Honeymoon Resorts & Hotels
Tourism is one of Mauritius’ main industries so there are plenty of good hotels and resorts. If you’re looking for a great place to stay during your honeymoon, some of the best options are:
Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort
Located in the nature reserve of Bel Ombre in the south of the island next to the Black River Gorges National Park, this 5-star hotel is the choice for those looking for luxury amidst stunning scenery.
With four swimming pools and three restaurants, Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort offers super spacious rooms (the smallest is 678 square feet) with sea views, air conditioning, and TV.
Apart from buffet breakfast, both local and international dishes, cocktails and refreshments, this resort offers several activities such as kayaking, boat trips and windsurfing. There’s also a spa where you can get massages and beauty treatments.
A room in Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort starts at $340.
Sands Suites Resort & Spa
Located in the famous Flic-en-Flac beach on the southwest coast of the island, Sands Suites Resort & Spa has 90 suites with dazzling views.
All the rooms are very spacious (at least 560 square feet) and they come with a flat-screen TV, mini-bar and air conditioning. Sands Suites Resort has three restaurants, a spa, sauna, gym, and two tennis courts. Additionally, it offers boat cruises and other activities.
A night in this hotel costs approximately $250.
SALT of Palma
SALT of Palma is a beautiful 4-star boutique hotel located on the Palmar beach on the east coast of Mauritius. It features a restaurant that serves local dishes and three bars (one on the roof, one by the pool and one on the beach). The rooms are simple but spacious and have a modern design.
A night in this hotel starts at $130 making it great value for money for those looking for comfort and quality for a reduced price.
Seapoint Boutique Hotel
Located in Pointe aux Canonniers in the north of the island, Seapoint Boutique Hotel is a 4-star hotel with 24 rooms and suites facing the sea, ideal for those looking for an intimate experience.
It features buffet breakfast, a restaurant that serves delicious food, a wellness center, different tours and activities, and high-quality accommodation for $230 per night.
Mauritius, also known as the ‘melting pot of flavors’, has strong Creole heritage and has also been influenced by Asian, European and Indian cultures. Its cuisine is a reflection of its rich and diverse history, and it’s famous for its distinctive combination of spices and flavors that provide visitors with a unique culinary experience.
Apart from the numerous curries and a great selection of seafood, some of the most popular dishes you should try in Mauritius are:
- Dholl puri: popular street food considered for many as the national dish. It’s a thin fried wheat bread stuffed with peas, usually eaten with chutney or curry.
- Mine frite: fried noodles with fried onions, chili, vegetables and sometimes chicken or meat
- Fish vindaye: very popular among fish lovers, it consists of fried fish in a spicy sauce made with onions, mustard, garlic, and chilies.
- Alouda: it’s a refreshing sweet milk beverage that can be combined with different fruits and seeds, and it’s sometimes served with ice on top.
- Millionaire’s salad (or palm heart salad): consists of green leaves, raw palm tree heart, and seafood. It’s called this way because the palm tree hearts can take up to seven years to grow.
Even though Mauritius is famous for its beautiful beaches, its rich history and culture can’t be left behind. This island is a blend of several different cultures after being part of the Dutch, French, and English empires, and has received a lot of Indian immigration. This is reflected in its constitution, which doesn’t mention an official language. Although for many Creole is considered the mother tongue, English and French are also widely spoken.
Ethnically, 68% of the people that live in Mauritius are Indo-Mauritian, 27% are Creole, and the remaining 5% are Sino-Mauritian and Franco-Mauritian.
Regarding its religion, 50% are Hindus, 24% Roman Catholics, 17% Muslims, and 9% follow another type of religion.
Apparently after he visited the island, Mark Twain said: “Mauritius was made first and then heaven, and heaven was copied after Mauritius”. And he was probably right. This island has a great mix of beach, nature, and culture that will make you want to stay longer than you have planned!