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.
The Residence Mauritius
East Coast, Mauritius
Best for: Beach, Family, First time
The Residence Mauritius is an elegant luxury beach resort on a beautiful beach on Mauritius’ East Coast. Offering extensive facilities, superb service and cuisine and a fabulous spa, The Residence is perfect for a family holiday or romantic escape.
To start planning your tailor-made holiday, call us on (646) 934-8870
The Residence Mauritius is located amidst twenty-five acres of lush tropical gardens on a beautiful 1km stretch of white sand on the east coast of the island and is renowned for its impeccable service, luxurious accommodation, great food and world class spa. Welcomed on arrival by a refreshing iced tea and a cool towel, The Residence instantly conveys an air of sophistication and understated luxury.
The 135 rooms and 28 suites have an elegant cream and beige decor with crisp white linen. All come with twin or king-size double beds, terrace or balcony, air-conditioning and overhead fans, satellite television, a mini-bar, plus a large marble bathroom with walk in wardrobe. The excellent and extensive holiday facilities at The Residence include a large swimming pool, whirlpool, tennis courts, gymnasium and his and hers steam room and sauna.
A broad selection of complimentary water based activities can be enjoyed in the protected waters of the lagoon - including water-skiing, windsurfing, hobie cat sailing, canoeing and kayaking, snorkeling and glass-bottom boat trips. At a fee, scuba diving, boat rental (offshore and sailing craft) and catamaran cruises are available. For holiday guests more inclined to relaxation - The Sanctuary Spa is a haven of calm and offers an extensive selection of massage, beauty and skincare treatments using the exclusive La Prairie range of cosmetics. Three restaurants serve both European and local specialities throughout the day, and include The Dining Room for elegant a la Carte candle-lit dinners and The Plantation Restaurant situated close to the beach with an inventive Creole menu. The spacious “art deco” bar is filled with comfortable armchairs and sumptuous sofas and is the perfect spot to enjoy an sundowner or pre-dinner cocktail.
The Residence is arguably the best luxury hotel in Mauritius for a family holiday. The 'Planters Kids Club' caters for youngsters from the ages of 3 to 12, is open from 9am - 9pm and is free of charge. An experienced and professional team lead a wide array of fun activities, whilst in the evening the club offers films, fashion shows and plays. Additionally there is a dedicated children’s television channel and, for younger children, a baby-sitting service is available.
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.
Gala Dinner on Christmas Eve
The Christmas Eve Gala Dinner is included in your stay.
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.
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.