If you can pull yourself away from the paradise beaches of this stunning island, you will find plenty to do - here's why you should go to Mauritius...
With a captivating mix of culture and history borrowed from Britain, France, India and China, plus a dash of spicy Creole, holidays in Mauritius are a tasty and fascinating affair and offer more to do than sunbathing on the sugary sands or swimming in the clear turquoise seas - should you wish to do more!
Arrive at the tongue-twisting Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International Airport (MRU) and be whisked away to your resort. You might choose one of the island's eastern resorts, where you can watch the sun rise over the ocean. Pick from Trou d'Eau Douce, Mahébourg, Pointe Jerome, Belle Mare Plage, Grand Gaube, and Blue Bay. If sunsets are your thing, go for a resort in the west. Grand Baie is a popular choice, and other resorts include Pointe aux Piments, the wonderfully named Flic en Flac, Bel Ombre, the Marine National Park of Turtle Bay, and Le Morne.
Wherever you choose to be based for your Mauritius holiday, you are certain to be surrounded by powdery white sands, enchanting coral reefs, crystal clear waters, and an interior that is as lush as it is dramatic.
Active types can get a rush of adrenaline in Mauritius by diving and snorkelling in the ocean, swinging a golf club on one of the island's verdant courses, or by strapping on walking boots and picking out the trails through the mountains (pitons) and sugar plantations.
Fun day trips include the capital of Port Louis, the Black River Gorges National Park, the Sugar Museum, or the lovely Botanical Gardens.
If all that sounds like too much exertion, rest assured that spa hotels in Mauritius could have you pampered from head to toe, before tending to your growling tummy with the highest-quality restaurants.
Families are as welcome as loved-up couples and many hotels offer excellent facilities for the little ones.
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Find out the best time to visit this little slice of paradise to ensure you get the best of the weather and avoid hurricanes...
The weather varies little throughout the year in Mauritius. Daily temperatures hover at around 28C throughout the dry hot months of May until November, while December until April sees humidity rise and the risk of hurricanes increase.
Get involved with local life on holidays to Mauritius by taking part in an event or festival. Find out what will be on when you visit...
Barbé Cup; July: Champ de Mars racecourse is the place to be to feel the thunder of hooves on the lush grass. This annual horse race draws the crowds to one of the oldest racetracks in the Southern Hemisphere.
Beach Rugby; August: Feeling sporty? Get to Bel Ombre beach to catch the action during a hotly contested touch rugby tournament. You'll never witness such amazing scenery while watching rugby!
Kiteival; August: If you've never seen kite surfing prepare to be blown away by the skills of these riders. This fun event, held in stages around the island, is a gob smacking and colourful display - perfect for holiday snaps.
Whether it's lazing on dreamy beaches, hiking through stunning landscape, or sampling local scrumptious dishes, there is plenty to keep you entertained in Mauritius...
Relaxing: The beautiful and isolated island of Rodrigues is the perfect escape for those looking to switch off and re-coup. With its mountainous terrain and sleepy coves, your cares will drift away as you bask in the sun amid stunning landscape.
Active types: Sporty types looking for adventure should don their hiking boots and take a trek in the Black River Gorges National Park. You will be rewarded with wild landscape, dense forest and numerous species of flowers and birds.
Romance: Watch the sun set as you walk hand in hand across white sands at Grand Baie. Afterwards, sample the local cuisine with your other half at one of the resort's restaurants.
Babies & toddlers: Little ones will love a day out at the Les Vanille Reserve des Mascareignes where they'll be fascinated by the range of animals to see including tortoises, crocodiles and long-tailed macaques. There's a jungle adventure playground for the kids to let off steam in and they can even feed and pet the giant tortoises.
Kids & teens: The nearby island of Ile aux Cerfs offers a range of activities for all the family to enjoy. Try watersports or don your snorkels to make the most of the turquoise sea then relax with a picnic in the shade.
Shopping: If shopping is on your to-do list while on holiday, then Mauritius' capital Port Louis won't disappoint. From markets to designer boutiques, you'll have plenty of opportunities to splash your hard-earned cash.