Tropical Mauritius

The Indian Ocean destination offers great selling possibilities for agents, due to its beaches, natural attractions, melting pot culture and new daily direct flights

Why sell it

With an ever-growing list of luxurious hotels, and new direct daily flights with Air Mauritius, Mauritius has fast become one of the most sought after long-haul destinations, ranking third in Lonely Planet’s ‘Best in Travel’ list 2022.

A tropical year-round climate makes for a popular winter sun destination whilst a distinct mix of Indian, Chinese, African and European cultures set it apart from other Indian Ocean islands.

“As the new season approaches, the new direct flight from London-Gatwick offers greater opportunity for UK travellers to experience the island’s natural beauty, incredible culinary offerings and our renowned warm hospitality,” said Arvind Bundhun, Director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority.

Who to sell to

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New championship golf course at Radisson Blu Azuri

Its creamy sand beaches and romantic sunsets place Mauritius on the wish list for many couples seeking a location for a wedding or honeymoon. Many resorts have an adult-only policy with add-ons such as sunset cruises or candle lit dinners.

Beyond the beaches, soaring peaks and national parks offer adventures for the whole family, including quad biking, ziplining and guided nature walks. The island is also popular with divers due to being almost entirely encircled by the world’s third-largest coral reef.

Foodies are treated to a vibrant street food scene featuring dumplings and noodles as well as fine dining in luxury hotels and resorts.

Mauritius is also a superb destination for golfers, with several championship courses.

What to book

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Waterside dining at Sunlife’s La Pirogue

Nature is at the core of this island and many hotels and resorts offer guided nature walks or boat trips. Four-star hotel La Pirogue has its own coral farming programme at La Pirogue Marine Centre which encourages rapid growth of new coral, with healing happening 25-40 times faster. Children at the Sunlife Kids Club have the chance to join educational workshops with the marine biologist to learn more.

Keen twitchers are invited by The Residence Mauritius to embark on a journey through the island’s rainforest to spot the endangered pink kestrel pigeon.

Mauritius has expansive wellness offerings that include everything from rejuvenating spa treatments to dedicated yoga retreats.

Heritage Resorts specialises in solo wellness trips which include hiking along nature trails and forest bathing in the Bel Ombre Nature Reserve to diving and dolphin-watching excursions.

Honeymooners can spend the night under the stars in a bubble lodge on Ile Aux Cerf, a private island set in a lagoon a five-minute boat ride away. The three eco-lodges each have a luxury bedroom, lounge, bathroom and outdoor heated shower.

The island has 10 golf courses, with many hotels offering complimentary green fees. Radisson Blu Azuri Resort & Spa recently added a nine-hole par-three course at Azuri Ocean & Golf Village. Guests staying at the resort are entitled to free green fees daily.

How to sell

Mauritius can be sold as a standalone holiday but it also twins well with Middle Eastern destinations such as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. Packages are also available pairing Mauritius and South Africa for clients that want a beach and safari combination.

Recommend clients spend some time in the south-west of the island which is great for diving and swimming with dolphins in their natural habitat, then visit the west, seeking out the waterfalls of the Black River Gorge National Park, spend time in the markets of Port Louis and Pamplemousses Botanical Garden before finishing with some prime beach time in the north.

What’s new

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Instagrammable spots at LUX* Grand Baie

LUX* Belle Mare will reopen on the island’s east coast on October 1, 2023. The resort will unveil a refreshed look after more than a year of extensive renovations and will offer 174 suites and 12 villas. Highlights include five restaurants, and ‘Royce Street’, where a vintage 1933 Hooper Limousine Rolls Royce will serve Southeast Asian cuisine. It will also offer a collection of ‘Extraordinary Experiences’ that give back to the local community. luxresorts.com

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Veranda Grand Baie has a range of accommodation options

Veranda Grand Baie reopened on July 1 2023 following a refurbishment, including the addition of an infinity pool and new beach bar overlooking Grand Bay. To celebrate the opening, the four-star hotel is offering a 50% discount on all stays until October 31 2023 and 40% from November 2023 onwards. Rates start from £155 per night with breakfast. veranda-resorts.com

Air Mauritius will introduce daily direct flights from London-Gatwick to Mauritius from October 29, 2023. airmauritius.com

Heritage Golf Club will open La Réserve Golf Links – the Indian Ocean’s first and only ‘contemporary links’ course – in December 2023. heritageresorts.mu

Lakaz Chamarel Exclusive Lodge has introduced four luxury private villas. lakazchamarel.com