Safari in Africa. Relax on the beach in Mauritius. A fantastic combination.
South Africa and Mauritius couple superbly for a safari and beach holiday or honeymoon. Whilst South Africa offers both world class safari and cosmopolitanism, Mauritius encapsulates the very essence of laid-back island life. Start your adventure on the plains of one of South Africa’s many game rich national parks, spending your days on safari, tracking the Big Five and sipping on sundowners, before exploring the country’s vibrant cities or impressive coastal routes. A short flight to Mauritius takes you to another world of sugar white beaches, kaleidoscopic reefs and a verdant green mountainscapes. There, you can choose to do as little or as much as you like, whether it be soaking up the island’s unique Creole culture or whiling away lazy days under the shade of a leafy palm. The ultimate safari and beach combination for a year-round adventure.
Mauritius is absolutely perfect for honeymoons. Private beaches, good weather and a relaxed atmosphere all contribute but it is the world class service, expertise and understanding from the hotels really make Mauritius a special honeymoon destination.
Home to unrivalled wildlife viewing and one of the world’s most impressive coastlines, there is no better place to combine a beach and safari trip than in Africa.
20 Degres Sud
North Coast, Mauritius
20 Degrés Sud is an intimate boutique hotel located near Grand Baie on the north west coast of Mauritius. Small and elegant, 20 Degrés Sud offers guests a warm and personal service within a haven of refinement and exclusivity.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Concealed behind huge oak doors, in an coconut grove surrounded by private estates, is the hide-away of one of the best kept secrets of Mauritius, hotel 20°Sud (20°South), the first "boutique" hotel on the island; a small haven of luxury in a truly charming environment and tropical setting. It has a privileged position on the waterfront in the north west of the island, overlooking Grand Baie, the little "St Trop" of Mauritius. The decor of this petit bijou property is exclusively by the Belgian interior designer FLAMANT HOME INTERIORS. The rooms have specially selected furnishings and antiques, creating an intimate "home from home" atmosphere. Each bedroom is different, in keeping with the intimacy and exclusivity of the boutique hotel concept. This charm and refinement evokes a feeling of being in a world apart, and inspires a club environment.
Small, charming and refined; it is evident that such hotels exist elsewhere in the world. But not in Mauritius, this is the only one, reminiscent of the Moroccan Riads and certain small hotels in Provence. Hôtel 20°Sud (20°South) has 27 rooms and 2 suites, each has sea view, and some of the beachfront rooms are less than 10 metres from the water. The accommodation is divided into 3 categories, all of which have rooms located on both ground and first floors: Charm Rooms / Beachfront Rooms / Suites. All have air-conditioning and either a beautiful terrace or balcony with views to the sea, on which to relax. The tasteful furniture includes queen size beds, and every room is equipped with flat screen LCD TV, free ADSL WIFI Internet access, minibar, hairdryer, personal room safe and coffee/tea maker. The "beachfront" rooms and the suites are equipped with a Nespresso machine. Each room has en-suite bathroom with stand-alone bath tub, separate double shower and a toilet. The 2 suites have also an external Jacuzzi.The restaurant is 15 metres from the waters edge with a terrace almost touching the beach. Guests dine beside the sea while the night air is filled with sound of soft music emanating from the pianist playing the grand piano in the library.
When to go
Mauritius enjoys a typically tropical climate with year-round heat, although the southeast trade winds help it never to feel too muggy. The summer months are from December to April, when it can nevertheless be extremely humid, and the winter, such as it is, runs from May to November, and is cooler and drier.
The best months to visit Mauritius are May to early December. January and February, the peak cyclone months, are best avoided by water-sports enthusiasts and divers. Cyclones rarely hit Mauritius (although Rodrigues has suffered far more regularly than the mainland) but cyclones way out at sea can bring days of squally rain.
Coastal temperatures range between 25°C and 33°C in summer and between 18°C and 24°C in winter. On the plateau it will be some 5°C cooler. The highlands are also the wettest part of the island – it can rain here at any time of year, and even when it’s not raining the area can be cloaked in low-lying cloud. When the winds are at their strongest in July and August it can be blustery on the east coast, though the breeze brings welcome relief in summer.
Apart from the Christmas-New Year peak, Mauritius doesn’t really have high and low seasons. The situation is more dependent on outside factors (such as the French school holidays, which cause a big increase in demand and prices in August).
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Things to do
Kitesurfing in Mauritius
Kitesurfing is a world-recognised sport, and Mauritius has gained a reputation as a world-class kitesurfing location. With over 300 days of wind a year, and varied beaches, you will be able to kitesurf across the island whatever level of expertise.
Diving in Mauritius
Right in the Indian Ocean, Mauritius provides warm and clear waters, making both snorkelling and scuba diving very popular. From family diving, to reef or wreck diving, it is possible to dive here at all levels of experience.
The Port Louis food market
Located in the Northern part of Mauritius, the capital Port Louis contains an extensive, bustling open-air food market. Spend an hour or two strolling through and experience this lively food shopping experience.
Golfing in Mauritius
Golfing in Mauritius is popular, with seven luxury golf courses there. Mauritius guarantees a five star golfing experience whether you choose the challenging course at Le Tousserok or perfect your technique at The Links course at Belle Mare Plage.
Spend a day on the Ile Aux Cerfs
A trip to Ile Aux Cerfs on the east coast of Mauritius is a great way to experience one of the best beaches in Mauritius. Ile Aux Cerfs presents a variety of watersports, and it is highly recommended to snorkel in these clear waters.
Lady Lisbeth Floating Restaurant
Experience something different during your stay in Mauritius, the Lady Lisbeth floating restaurant. Enjoy a candlelit dinner cruise around the Grand Baie Harbour aboard the restored and refurbished vintage boat.
Enjoying Nightlife in Grand Baie
Venture to the Northern town of Grand Baie in Mauritius, to taste local rums and relax in its comfortable bars. Grand Baie, with lots of intimate bars and restaurants is an interesting alternative to the capital, Port Louis.
Natural wonders of Chamarel
The unique scenery in Chamarel, southern Mauritius, will give you something different to the white sands and blue waters that Mauritius is well-known for.
Browsing the Market in Quarte-Bornes
Take a trip to the town of Quartre-Bornes, located near the west coast of Mauritius and engage in bartering in Quartre-Bornes's market. This market-town is abundant with local and traditional crafts, and is an experience that not to be missed.
Visit the Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens
The Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam Botanical Garden is one of the world's best, a popular tourist attraction in Pamplemousses, near Port Louis. We recommend hiring a local guide to take in all the highlights, particularly the long pond of giant water lilies!
Watersports in Mauritius
Mauritius is the perfect playground if you're looking for an active holiday. With extensive facilities and loads of activities to choose from, there will be plenty to keep you busy if you're looking to do more than relax.