The island of Mauritius: sights, sensations, scents and sounds

Mauritius a breath taking tropical island …


Mauritius a perfectly formed island gem and is the most developed of the Mascarene Islands, located in the Indian Ocean, some 2,000 kilometres off the East Coast of Africa.  Its 330-kilometre coastline of sandy beaches is almost entirely surrounded by one of the largest unbroken coral reefs in the world, home to more than a thousand species of fish.  The interior roses to a central plateau, overlooked by mountains reaching up to more than 800 metres of volcanic origin and sheltered by barriers of coral reefs forming natural clear lagoons.


Discover underwater wonderlands. Parasail. Water-ski. Fish. Play sports – in a team or solo. Use award-winning facilities. Treat yourself to world-class health and beauty. Rejuvenate mind, body and spirit.


Try cosmopolitan dishes sprinkled with Creole, Chinese, French, British and Indian flavours. Indulge in exotic Eastern spices. Enjoy gastronomic European masterpieces. Taste mouth-watering local cuisine. Mauritius tastes like paradise.


Experience a rich melting-pot of voices and traditions. Visit the Jardin Botanique de Pamplemousses, the Coloured Earths of Chamarel, the Bird Garden of Casella and explore Grand Baie’s markets.


Between cool green forests and shimmering horizons, you’ll find The Lux Collectives selection of 6 magnificent Mauritius resorts: LUX* Belle Mare Resort & Villas; LUX* Grand Gaube Resort & Villas; LUX* Le Morne Resort; LUX* Grand Baie Resort & Residences (opening 2021), SALT of Palmar and Tamassa All-inclusive Resort.  Visit our private excursion island, Ile des Deux Cocos for a day out in a marine reserve.

Time zone:

Four hours from Johannesburg by airplane, Mauritius is 4 hours ahead of GMT and 2 hours ahead of SA time.

Passports & visas:

SA passport-holders do not require visas.  Confirm your entry requirements and ensure that your passport is valid.


Summer is from November to April with temperatures from 20’C to 33’C with the wettest months being from December to March. The cooler months are from May to October with temperatures from 17’C to 23’C.


Beachwear and informal clothing are ideal, as is smart/casual clothing for dinner.  Sunscreen, sunglasses are recommended and a light jacket for the cooler season evenings.


Electricity is 220/240 volts with a square 3 flat pin plugs (British plug).  SA 2-pin plugs are found in all hotels.


The currency is the Mauritian Rupee and credit cards are widely accepted.  It is advisable to travel with SA Rands, Euros or US Dollars which can be exchanged. Cash can also be drawn from ATM’s.


English is the official language with French and Creole being widely spoken.

Safety & security:

All The Lux Collective resorts have safety boxes in the rooms.