The Elegant Resorts & Villas Collection
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A tear-shaped drop in the Indian Ocean often described as paradise.
A beautiful volcanic island surrounded by a coastline boasting creamy sands fringed by casuarinas and lapped by the azure waters of the Indian Ocean. The offshore reefs surrounding much of Mauritius create placid lagoons that are ideal for sunning, swimming and an array of water sports available from your resort.
The island interior is swathed in lush fields of sugar cane, punctuated by jagged peaks broken here and there and dotted with volcanic craters.
Each of the island’s four corners has its unique charm. The north is home to lively Grand Baie which curls around a deep, oyster-shaped, yacht-filled bay where the concentration of resorts is at its greatest. A short drive away is the island’s famous Pamplemousses botanical gardens. The colourful and bustling capital Port Louis is on the west coast whilst the International airport is on the East.
Sheltered by the mountains that dominate the south-western corner of the island, Mauritius’s sunset coast is also its driest. Resorts lie in two clusters; at Flic en Flac and Le Morne. Le Morne, on the island’s south-western tip, is an imposing, sheer-sided rock towering over another superb reef-protected beach. The setting is stunning and very private. The deep-sea fishing here is outstanding and the island’s wildest scenery is an easy drive.
A cluster of resorts and a wonderful golf course is located on the less developed south coast, on the former sugar estate of Bel Ombre. It is also beautiful, close to nature reserves, mountains and waterfalls.
The east coast, with idyllic bays, sandy beaches backed by Casuarina woods and little fishing villages, is the most seductive on the island. The gated resorts are strung along the beach front, all with easy access to top-class golf courses. Whilst being exposed to the south-east trade winds, this coast is wetter and windier than the north or west, although in the summer months the breeze can be pleasantly cooling. The islands’ climate is tropical with a warm dry winter from May to November and a hot, wet, and humid summer from November to May.
An intriguing cultural mélange of Indians and Creoles, Hindus and Muslims, with legacies from their French and British colonial past, makes for a colourful and friendly Mauritian community. You’ll discover Hindu and Tamil temples, mosques and brightly painted pretty red-roofed timber churches as you explore the island. Hence also today, amazing festivals, fabulous cuisine and outstanding service.
Also integral to the Mauritian culture is Créole séga, the sultry dance of African origin. Dating back to 18th century African slavery, the séga involves foot-shuffling and hip swaying and is generally performed on the beach to the rhythm of Latin American, Caribbean and African pop. No need to venture out as a séga show is on the entertainment schedule of most resorts.
The resorts are enticing, set in large tropical gardens fringed by pristine sandy beaches. The cuisine is of a high quality and the service attentive. With romantic settings, impressive kids’ clubs and great golf courses, Mauritius has a magical appeal to all seeking an idyllic island escape.
All resorts are within a 30-minute to 60-minute transfer from the airport, which is located on the southeast coast.
Upon arrival at the International airport, Elegant Resorts & Villas will have you met and seamlessly transferred by private vehicle to your resort. The island is small and getting around is reasonably easy. One major highway runs from the north to the south. The driving time from one end of the island to the other is approximately one hour. Drive time to any part of the island from the capital Port Louis is approximately 45 minutes.
Mauritius enjoys a perennially sunny climate; in general midwinter is June & July with midday temperatures of 25C on the coast and 19C on the plateau.
Midsummer is January & February with midday temperatures around 25C on the plateau and 31C on the coast.
High Season is May to November.
Language: Most Mauritians are bilingual being equally ﬂuent in English and French. Creole and French are spoken in their everyday conversation.
Currency: The Mauritian currency is the Rupee. Major currencies are widely accepted as are most credit cards in the resorts, restaurants and tourist shops.
Tipping: Common but not compulsory.
Local Time: GMT+4 hours. “Summer Time” is from the end of October until the end of March and is GMT+5.
Business Hours: Generally 0900 to 1600 Monday to Friday. Shopping hours are 0930 to 1930 Monday to Saturday.
Mobiles, Laptops & Blackberry’s: Mauritius has a sophisticated communications system. IDD facilities are available at resorts and yes, mobiles, laptops and Blackberry’s all work.
Electricity: 230 Volts –AC. The most common electrical plug is the UK 3-pin plug. Major resorts have adaptors available.
Packing: Dress is generally casual during the day. As some resorts enforce a dress code at their more formal restaurants and bars in the evening, pack “island chic”. Ladies, pack a wrap or pashmina. Nudity is not permitted and topless bathing is not welcome on public beaches. Shopping can be limited so pack everything that you may require for your Island escape.
Elegant Resorts & Villas
332 Kent St, Sydney NSW 2000, Australia
P: 1800 079 965 or +61 2 8270 4850