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.
Safari in Africa. Relax on the beach in Mauritius. A fantastic combination.
Lose yourself in luxury on this indulgent itinerary, relaxing in this beautiful and secluded bay of the Indian Ocean Island of Mauritius.
LUX Belle Mare
East Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Beach, Family, Diving
LUX Belle Mare is a lovely beach resort on Mauritius’s East Coast. Ideal for families, LUX Belle Mare has a relaxed and understated elegance, and boasts two children’s clubs, a spectacular pool, a wide variety of activities and fabulous dining.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
LUX* Belle Mare is a five star hotel located on the spectacular beach at Belle Mare on the east coast of Mauritius. Blending inconspicuously into the surrounding gardens, its thatch-roofed villas and attractive Mauritian architecture create a warm and immediately relaxing atmosphere. The luxurious yet relaxed ambience is reflected in the elegantly decorated accommodation.
The 174 rooms and suites are air-conditioned, and all have marble bathrooms, round-the-clock room service and terraces or balconies with ocean views. The suites also have a private Jacuzzi. The turquoise lagoon, sheltered from the ocean by a coral reef, is a safe haven for watersports and swimming, and the stretch of beach directly in front of the hotel is dotted with thatched parasols and sun loungers. Immediately set back from the beach is a magnificent 2,000 sq. m swimming pool, which includes a kids section. There are two children’s clubs with qualified hostesses to entertain youngsters.
Complimentary recreational facilities include water-skiing, windsurfing, kayaking, snorkeling, floodlit tennis, beach volleyball and use of a gym and sauna. Massages, mountain bikes, powerboat tours, big-game fishing and PADI approved scuba diving are all available at a nominal charge. Dining choices include the table d'hôte selections, buffets and gala dinners at the 'Rive Gauche' restaurant, supplemented by various à la carte venues serving seafood, Mediterranean or Indian-Chinese cuisine.
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
LUX Resorts, Mauritius - Honeymoon or Anniversary Offer
Benefit from a special package when you book your honeymoon or anniversary at LUX Belle Mare, LUX Le Morne or LUX Grande Gaube. Terms and conditions apply. Subject to availability. Please speak to one of our specialists for more information.
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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.
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.