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.
Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa
North Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Honeymoon, Diving, First time
Paradise Cove Hotel & Spa is a gorgeous boutique spa retreat on Mauritius’ North Coast. Offering superb service, outstanding dining and a variety of water sports, Paradise Cove is ideal for couples and honeymooners wanting an intimate and romantic escape.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Situated on the far northern tip of Mauritius the Paradise Cove has to be the cosiest five star hotel on the island. The hotel has 67 rooms and suites and offers a perfect combination of modern facilities and colourful traditional Mauritian décor – lots of ornately carved wood and full of space and light. Superbly located next to the pretty fishing village of Cap Malheureux at Anse La Raie and three miles away from the fashionable Grand Baie area, the hotel is built around a secluded crescent shaped beach, lapped by the warm Indian Ocean. There are three restaurants serving gourmet cuisine, including one which stands on stilts above the powdery sands of the beach. The accommodation is divided into Deluxe Rooms, Junior Suites, and two Senior Suites. They are elegantly decorated in various styles and have all the trimmings you would expect including air-conditioning, satellite television, in-room safe and fridge. All rooms have access to a balcony or terrace with views to the turquoise sea or the prize-winning gardens.
During the day, holiday guests can indulge in whatever water-sports take their fancy. Catamaran cruises to the five islets in front of the hotel are available at an extra fee, while water-skiing, snorkelling, tennis, windsurfing, pedalos, sailing and kayaking are all complimentary. There is also an amazing chance to go on “Safari in a Submarine”, parascending or scuba diving. The Dive Centre has PADI courses for beginners to advanced – whilst the luxury Cinq Mondes Spa offers massages and beauty treatments. For many however, the focus will be on relaxation – happy to be looked after by the incredibly friendly staff who quietly attend to your every need, slipping fresh towels onto your sun-bed if you summon the energy to use one of the two swimming pools, and asking you at around the same time as you ordered a beer yesterday if you would like one today. Attentive personal service, delicious cuisine and a fine array of leisure facilities most certainly justify the hotel’s claim to be the ‘ultimate intimate hideaway’.
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.
Holiday ideas including a stay in this property
Sabi Sands Reserve, Cape Town, Mauritius North Coast
A fabulous honeymoon inviting you to stay in a combination of stylish and luxurious properties, as you explore Cape Town and experience an unforgettable safari in the Kruger, before flying to Mauritius where you can indulge in some serious relaxation.