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.
South Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Honeymoon, Spa, Diving
Shanti Maurice, a luxury retreat set amid exotic gardens on Mauritius’ wild south coast offers an award-winning spa, innovative dining experiences and a range of water sports and outdoor activities that will appeal to families, honeymooners and divers.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
Shanti Maurice is a scenic 40-minute drive from the airport, positioned in a horseshoe-shaped cove on the south coast of Mauritius, where lush tropical gardens with winding paths and pristine white-sand beaches provide a wonderful natural backdrop. The retreat is renowned for its spa facilities and offers a wide selection of water sports.
Shanti Maurice comprises 61 luxury suites and villas, offering spacious living areas, terraces and beach access, with floor-to-ceiling windows delivering uninterrupted ocean views. Rooms are luxurious and comfortable, equipped with modern en-suite bathrooms, TV, Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, outdoor showers and furnished verandas, while Villa guests can enjoy private pools and butler service. A highlight of any stay at Shanti Maurice is the culinary experience, with an eclectic mix of international, Mauritian and Indian Ocean-inspired cuisine on offer in inventive styles and quirky locations, such as Fish Shack, Stars and La Kaze Mama. Each outlet is dedicated to serving the freshest food, with many ingredients coming from the Herb Garden. Red Ginger Pool Bar and Lounge is great for pre-dinner drinks, but we prefer the Rum Shed for its traditional Mauritian barbecues and rum-based cocktails.
Activities at Shanti Maurice include cooking classes, tours of the Herb Garden, nature walks, golf, tennis and water sports such as kite-surfing, paddleboarding, sailing, windsurfing and kayaking. The PADI dive school takes advantage of rich coral reefs, while the standout facility, Shanti Spa, offers an extensive menu of body and beauty treatments, as well as a fitness centre, swimming pool and yoga and meditation sessions. Children can participate in different outdoor activities each day or visit the Kids Club, where they will find a pool table, ping pong, table football, DVDs, computers and games consoles.
Shanti Maurice offers luxurious accommodation, state-of-the-art facilities, innovative culinary experiences and affable hospitality in a paradisiacal setting, where you can explore clear waters that harbour flourishing coral reefs, amble through beautiful tropical gardens or bask on white-sand beaches.
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.
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.