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.
One&Only Le Saint Géran
East Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Beach, Family, First time
One&Only Le Saint Géran is one of Mauritius’ best established luxury beach resorts. Ideal for both families and couples, the One&Only Le Saint Géran has a gorgeous natural setting matched only by the superb service and sophisticated accommodation.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Le Saint Géran is nestled in a coconut grove on a sixty acre private peninsular reaching out into the sea midway up the east coast of Mauritius. It is an area of flourishing plants and tropical trees, with white sand beaches lining the peninsula and beautiful views over the azure lagoon. There are 181 butler serviced suites, all air-conditioned with digital televisions, CD and DVD entertainment systems, en-suite bathrooms and a balcony overlooking the ocean or lagoon. The spacious junior suites have a sitting area and large bathroom, whilst the ocean suites have a bedroom and separate sitting room opening onto a private terrace. A two bedroom villa is also available.
There is an eye-catching swimming pool and for some serious indulgence, the luxurious Givenchy Spa offers numerous beauty treatments, massages and therapies. A wealth of sporting activities exist. There are five tennis courts, as well as basketball, badminton, beach volleyball or pony riding. Watersports include kayaking, pedalos, snorkelling and water skiing, and there is PADI approved diving. Completing this 'paradise within a paradise' - is a choice of three outstanding restaurants serving gastronomic delights created by world renowned chefs and a wine cellar that is without doubt the finest on the Island.
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.
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.