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Although the luxurious resorts and gorgeous beaches claim a sizable share of the limelight, Mauritius offers more than a simple fly-and-flop break. It’s also home to an array of flora and fauna, and the best place to discover the natural side of the island is at Black River Gorges National Park, in the south west. Here you'll be able to spot uncommon Mauritian birds, including the pink pigeon, Mauritius kestrel and the echo parakeet. In addition to the wildlife, you can marvel at huge waterfalls and hike the trails that criss-cross the forest.
Likewise located in the south west is the pretty village of Chamerel, renowned for its idyllic scenery. Visitors often come to this part of the island to enjoy Chamerel, but often stop at Seven Coloured Earths, an unusual area of stripy sand dunes which resembles something from a fantasy movie. The Pamplemousses Botanical Gardens are another place to witness Mauritius's beauty, with plants such as giant water lilies and lotus flowers being a particular highlight.
Of course, a holiday to Mauritius must include a good dose of rest and relaxation, so where better to rest than on one of the island’s picture perfect beaches? For escapism, try La Cuvette. It doesn’t have the facilities of some other beaches, but if all you need is sun, sand, sea and a good book, you’ll love La Cuvette. The beaches at Mont Choisy and Pereybere are livelier, particularly at the weekends as they’re popular spots with Mauritian families, too.
Whether you’re happy to get up close to the sea life by diving or snorkelling, or prefer to admire it from a distance in a glass-bottom boat, the chance to see the wildlife beneath the waves is unmissable. The waters around Mauritius are teeming with colourful fish swimming alongside turtles among beautiful coral reefs.
After days filled with exploring this island haven's natural beauty, you can return to any number of exceptional hotels to savour the warm welcome of Mauritian hospitality.
Nestled on the beach, this Trou d'Eau Douce hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Ile aux Cerfs Beach, Le Touessrok Beach and Silver Beach. Palmar Beach and Ile aux Cerfs Golf Club are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This Chemin Grenier resort is on the beach, 3 mi (4.9 km) from La Vallee des Couleurs, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Rochester Falls and Gris Gris Beach. Heritage Golf Club and Frederica Nature Reserve are also within 6 miles (10 km).
This family-friendly Port Louis hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 10-minute walk of Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolan Botanic Garden and Caudan Waterfront. Immigration Depot is 2 mi (3.3 km) away.
Nestled on the beach, this Calodyne resort is within 3 mi (5 km) of The Red Roof Chapel, Cap Malheureux Beach and Bain Boeuf Beach. Grand Bay Beach and Pereybere Beach are also within 6 miles (10 km).
Located in the heart of Port Louis, this luxury hotel is steps from Blue Penny Museum and Caudan Waterfront. Immigration Depot is 2.3 mi (3.7 km) away.
Located in Ebene Cyber City, this spa hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of Ebene Commercial Centre and University of Mauritius. Active Waves and Quatre Bornes Central Market are also within 3 miles (5 km).
Located in Wolmar, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course, 2.7 mi (4.3 km) from Flic-en-Flac Beach, and within 6 mi (10 km) of Diverland Mauritius and Cascavelle Shopping Mall. Tamarina Golf Club and Casela World of Adventures are also within 9 miles (15 km).
Located in Belle Mare, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Belle Mare Beach, Palmar Beach and One and Only Le Saint Geran. Belle Mare Plage Golf Club - The Links is 2.9 mi (4.7 km) away.