Welcome to paradise on earth: the stunning island of Mauritius, located in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar. I bet it has always been your dream to spend your holiday here, who wouldn’t? And if you plan it ahead, you can definitely make your dream come true!
The island has many different areas to choose from when deciding where to stay. And surprisingly, each one offers different weather during the year (yes, that’s right!) as well as hotels for different price ranges.
Grand Bay is the best place to stay in Mauritius for first-timers but can be a bit busy for some. Alternatively, Flic en Flac is a good choice for families, Trou aux Biches caters to honeymooners, Belle Mare has the best beaches, Le Morne is top of the list for luxury, and Blue Bay if you want to stay close to the airport.
So as you can see it is very important to know where to stay in Mauritius… that’s why I decided to help you with this guide with the best areas (and hotels) based on your budget, interests, and month of your visit.
Make yourself comfortable with a tropical cocktail to get in the mood and let’s go through all the best towns. But once you find the perfect hotel for your holiday, make sure you book it right away: everyone wants a spot in paradise… and you don’t wanna lose it!
- If you are in a hurry
- 1. Grand Bay / Grand Baie – best for first-time visitors
- 2. Flic en Flac – best side of Mauritius to stay for families
- 3. Trou aux Biches – where to sleep in Mauritius on your honeymoon
- 4. Belle Mare – for the best beaches in Mauritius
- 5. Le Morne – where to stay in Mauritius for luxury
- 6. Blue Bay – where to stay in Mauritius close to the airport
- Frequently asked questions about Mauritius lodging
If you are in a hurry
You don’t have time to read the whole post and you need to book immediately? Check this quick list with the best hotels in Mauritius, located in the area of Grand Baie:
Here’s a map to give you have a mental image of the top neighborhoods in Mauritius that you will discover through the post:
1. Grand Bay / Grand Baie – best for first-time visitors
Located on the north coast of the island, Grand Baie is Mauritius’ tourist hub. In this village, you’ll find all the best hotels, shopping centers and restaurants, a beautiful coastal beach and especially the best nightlife!
In fact, with all its fun bars and pubs, Grand Baie will keep you entertained at any hour of the day… but if you’re not looking for parties and young crowds you may want to avoid this part of the island!
However, if you want to enjoy some tranquility and relaxation, you can still find some quiet resorts right on the beautiful beaches. Otherwise, Grand Baie hosts the most various accommodations, from holiday apartments and villas to budget or luxurious hotels!
Grand Baie is also only a 40 minutes drive from Port Louis, the capital, which has no beach but a beautiful local market which is definitely worth a visit! This area is blessed with warm weather all year round, so you don’t have to worry about that: any month is perfect to enjoy white sandy beaches and calm waters.
This amazing hotel offers intimate luxury accommodation on a private beach, right at the mouth of Grand Baie. Here you have everything you need for a relaxing holiday: a spa & wellness center, a swimming pool, and 3 restaurants where you can eat fresh seafood or delicious meat. You can choose to stay in elegant suites with a private plunge pool and a spa bath, or in rooms with a terrace and sea views! Amazing right?
Other accommodation options in Grand Baie
This hotel has an amazing location in Grand Baie, within walking distance from the beach, overlooking the bay
This is the best hotel to stay on a budget on the island, offering free wi-fi and easy access to the beach
Enjoy this luxury and quiet oceanfront apartment with direct access to the sea and the golden sandy beach
Things to do in Grand Baie
- Have the best seafood barbecue at Le Capitaine!
- Dance the night away at the Banana Beach Club!
- Check out Mauritius’ best natural landmarks in this private tour!
- Go crazy shopping at the gorgeous mall La Croisette
- Buy some souvenirs at the Port Louis local market
- Capture some cool shots on an Instagram Tour
- Visit 3 Northern Islands while whale watching on this adventure cruise
2. Flic en Flac – best side of Mauritius to stay for families
Flic en Flac, located on the west coast (south of Port Louis) is the best town if you’re coming to Mauritius with the whole family, offering a wide range of activities for all ages and one of the best beaches in the whole island!
Stretching for 3 km of white sandy beaches and reef-protected water, Flic en Flac beach even has a playground, and sometimes it hosts a local circus and some cool shows… your kids will go crazy!
The fishing village itself also hosts some shopping centers, cool casinos, and local restaurants (some of them featuring shows of the traditional Sega dancing!) if you want to enjoy a lazy evening after a day spent chilling on the beach.
But if you’re here, make sure you also engage in some outdoor activities: in fact, Flic en Flac is surrounded by natural attractions like the Corps de Garde peak, perfect for hiking.
Regarding the weather, it is sunny for the most part of the year, but between June and August you may experience some wind and cloudy days… so just take it into consideration if you want to book your holiday here.
Enough talking… check out the following family-friendly hotels, and make sure you book them at least some months in advance if you don’t want to lose the best spot:
Located literally 2 minutes walking from the white sand Flic en Flac Beach, this luxurious resort is nestled in tropical gardens with green palm trees. Here you’ll find a fitness center, a spa, and a large infinity pool where you can relax while your kids have fun at the kids club! The property also offers two international restaurants, tennis courts, and facilities for kayaking, sailing, and even windsurfing!
Other accommodation options in Flic en Flac
Enjoy the outdoor pool, free wifi, and bar of this hotel in Flic and Flac, on the west coast of Mauritius island
Check out this affordable hotel offering rooms with air conditioning, free wi-fi, and free parking
Feel at home in this two-bedroom apartment, fully equipped for hosting up to 4 people… great for families!
Things to do in Flic en Flac
- Have the best street food ever at the Roti AKA Vinoda
- Play some golf at the amazing Tamarina Golf course
- Bring your kids to the Flic en Flac beach playground
- Gaze at the Casuarina trees, typical of Mauritius’ west coast
- Venture into the hiking trails of Corps de Garde peak
- Get to know the south-west coast of Mauritius on this full-day tour
3. Trou aux Biches – where to sleep in Mauritius on your honeymoon
Located on the northwest coast of Mauritius, just a 40-minute drive from Port Louis, Trou aux Biches, with its turquoise blue waters, beautiful beach, and green tropical gardens, is THE spot for a romantic getaway with your special one.
In fact, this quiet village is blessed with a very laid-back vibe and a local feeling, perfect for couples who want to enjoy some quietness and privacy.
And with the coral reef only 250m from the beach, this is also one of the best spots for snorkeling in Mauritius… get ready to see the most diverse and colorful marine wildlife!
And to end your day in the best way, this little town hosts some great restaurants offering different cuisines, influenced by Asian and Mauritian flavors… all delicious!
The accommodation here ranges from apartments and villas rentals to luxurious hotels with golf courses… check them out for the months from May to October, when you’ll have the best weather:
Check out this luxurious resort in Trou aux Biches, one of the top destinations on the island! This great hotel has everything you might need for a relaxing holiday: a private beach area, a pool, a piano bar offering exotic cocktails with live music, and free water sports facilities. And I have to talk about its great gourmet restaurant where you can enjoy an á la carte breakfast in the early morning and delicious lunch and dinner during the day!
Other accommodation options in Trou aux Biches
Enjoy this amazing resort overlooking the Mont Choisy beach, offering rooms with lagoon views
This beachfront hotel offers great prices and location within walking distance of restaurants and shops
Enjoy the best sunsets from your apartment located on one of the best swimming beaches in Mauritius
Things to do in Trou aux Biches
- Go to Kwan Peng for an inexpensive Mauritian bite!
- Experience a paradisiac day with this full-day cruise at Île aux Cerfs
- Eat some delicious fresh fish at Cabane du Pecheur
- Spend the day immersed in nature in this hiking trip
- For the best meat, check out Flame Grill Cafe
- Swim in the Mont Choisy beach, one of the longest beaches in Mauritius
4. Belle Mare – for the best beaches in Mauritius
Located on the east coast, Belle Mare is the ultimate spot to enjoy a relaxing beach break, hosting some of the top resorts and one of the best beaches on the island!
In fact, at Belle Mare beach you will enjoy 2 kilometers of fine sand and crystal clear, shallow waters… all protected by the beautiful coral reef.
So get ready to spend your days just splashing, chilling, and sunbathing in this paradise, but don’t forget to go snorkeling. It would be a sin to not do that here!
And if one day you feel like doing some cool activities, you can either enjoy some deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin, and mako shark (very popular in this part of Mauritius) or challenge yourself to trek Lion Mountain peak!
The best time of the year in this part of the island is between December and March.
Check out this 5-star hotel located right on the beach in Belle Mare. You will absolutely love the elegant rooms featuring free Wi-Fi, air conditioning, and a balcony with views over tropical gardens, the ocean, or the lagoon. During the day you can relax in the outdoor swimming pool and spa center, keep yourself in shape in the 3 tennis courts and a fitness center, or join activities like deep-sea fishing, catamaran cruises, and scuba diving.
Other accommodation options in Belle Mare
This adult-only boutique hotel has 5 stars, a big swimming pool, and a wellness center with a relaxing spa
Located 200m from Belle Mare Beach, this hotel offers a shared lounge, free WiFi, and a shared kitchen
Lovely villa with access to a private beach and a turquoise lagoon. Ideal for honeymooners or families!
Things to do in Belle Mare
- Go snorkeling on Belle Mare beach!
- Lay down on the white sandy beach and relax
- Enjoy some deep-sea fishing for tuna, marlin, and mako shark
- Challenge yourself and go trekking in Lion Mountain peak!
- Swim with dolphins in this full-day tour!
5. Le Morne – where to stay in Mauritius for luxury
Le Morne is a dreamy small peninsula located on the southeast coast of Mauritius, offering pristine beaches, shallow waters, and some of the best luxury resorts in Mauritius.
Right in the center of the peninsula, you will find a unique monolith, declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, which you can climb to have spectacular views of the lagoons… but I suggest you do that in the morning when there’s no wind.
In Le Morne there is SO much you can do, from snorkeling close to the reef to kite surfing and exploring incredible natural attractions like the Seven Coloured Earth in Chamarel, a geological formation made of 7 different colors, or the Chamarel waterfall.
The best time to go here is definitely from spring to autumn (from October to June), when the weather is sunny, while between June and September you can have more rain.
As I said already, the area brims with luxurious accommodation options (that’s why below there are 2 midrange options): resorts, apartments, villas, and hotels, most of them nestled on the beautiful beaches of the area!
This 5 stars luxury resort is located right on the beach in Le Morne peninsula, on the southeast coast of Mauritius. Get ready to gaze at breathtaking, panoramic views of the Indian Ocean and Le Morne Brabant Mountain! Here you’ll also enjoy stylish accommodation (choose from rooms, suites, and villas), separate fitness and spa centers, and not one, but 6 restaurants where you can have delicious dishes from all over the world!
Other accommodation options in Le Morne
This luxurious resort offers 5 pools, 3 restaurants, and a spa, plus activities like kite surfing and snorkeling!
Check out another amazing mid-range resort featuring elegant suites surrounded by lush, tropical gardens
This cozy studio is located on a scenic mountain of Le Morne and offers beautiful lagoon views
Things to do in Le Morne
- Climb the famous monolith for the best views of the lagoon!
- See the stunning Alexandra Falls
- Visit the Black River Gorges National Park
- Go snorkeling close to the reef to see the colorful fish
- Try water skiing or kite surfing with one of the schools in the area
- Explore Chamarel Seven Colored Earth Geopark
- Visit the beautiful Chamarel waterfall
6. Blue Bay – where to stay in Mauritius close to the airport
Blue Bay is another stunning area on the southeast coast of Mauritius, only 15 minutes drive from the international airport, perfect if you want to stay close to it and enjoy sandy beaches at the same time.
In fact, here you’ll have access to the shimmering Blue Bay beach, and its Blue Bay Marine Park, a preserved marine area: the perfect spot to snorkel, dive or enjoy glass bottom boat tours!
Close to the beach you also find many street foods stands offering tasty local snacks, or delicious restaurants serving different kinds of cuisines, from the traditional ones to international ones.
This very laid-back area is also located close to the beautiful village of Mahebourg, and it offers the best views on the Ile aux Deux Cocos island: two perfect spots perfect for a day trip!
This part of Mauritius may be cloudy or rainy from June to August (sometimes even in September) but Blue Bay is perfect to visit during the summer months, between December and March!
Located on the beautiful south coast of the island, this resort offers many facilities like a restaurant, a bar, a garden, an outdoor swimming pool, and a fitness center. Here you can wake up with a delicious breakfast and spend your day playing billiards, table tennis, and darts at the resort, or engage in watersports like snorkeling and windsurfing. The property also offers a children’s playground, perfect if you’re traveling with kids!
Other accommodation options in Blue Bay
Check out this hotel in Blue Bay, on Mauritius’ south coast, offering spacious family rooms with free wi-fi!
Located 1 minute’s walk from the beach, this hotel features free WiFi, air conditioning, and a bar!
Beautiful villa for two adults only with a swimming pool and large flower garden… perfect for couples!
Things to do in Blue Bay
- Soak in the beauty of Mauritius on this catamaran cruise!
- Explore the striking aquatic species at Blue Bay Marine park
- Go swimming in the stunning Ile aux Deux Cocos island
- Soak up some sun at Blue Bay Beach
- Visit the beautiful village of Mahebourg
- Practice windsurfing as soon as the wind blows!
- See how Mauritius was before colonization at the Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve
|👑 Luxury price:
|💵 Mid Range:
|💰 Accommodation prices:
|📍 Best area:
|👪 Best area for families:
|Flic and Flac
|🛎️ Best luxury hotel:
|Hôtel 20 Degrés Sud
|💵 Best mid-range hotel:
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Frequently asked questions about Mauritius lodging
📍Which is the best place where to stay in Mauritius?
💑 Where to stay in Mauritius for a honeymoon?
📆 Where to stay in Mauritius in December and January?
🔍 What are the best things to do in Mauritius?
The best things to do on the island are: visiting Mauritius’ Black River Gorges National Park, doing some day trips to the village of Mahebourg or the Ile aux Deux Cocos island, or visiting Port Louis central market!
🏖️ Which side of Mauritius is best for a beach vacation?
For a beach vacation in Mauritius, both sides are excellent. The east coast offers calm lagoons, while the west boasts stunning sunsets and water sports.
🌞 What is the warmest part of Mauritius?
The coastal regions, particularly the northern and western coasts, experience the warmest temperatures in Mauritius due to their proximity to the equator and the Indian Ocean.
🗺️ What are the best areas to stay in Mauritius in April or July?
For a delightful stay in Mauritius in April or July, consider popular regions like Grand Baie, Flic en Flac, or Trou aux Biches for their beautiful beaches and vibrant atmosphere.
Here we are at the end of this incredible journey through the best areas and accommodation ranges in Mauritius, a paradisiac island on the Indian ocean.
We’ve been through so many options for different interests and budgets that by now you should know where to stay in Mauritius for your perfect holiday!
But if you’re still undecided, no worries: here below you find my absolute favorite hotels with great location and value for the price:
- Hôtel 20 Degrés Sud – An amazing luxury hotel featuring intimate accommodation on a private beach, right at the mouth of Grand Baie
- Mauricia Beachcomber – This mid-range hotel has the best location at walking distance from the beach, overlooking the bay
If you like them (or any of the hotels in the post) make sure you book them as soon as you can: places sell out extremely fast in paradise!
I hope you enjoyed reading my guide as much as I did writing it and doing the research for you. And please, if you have any questions or doubts, just leave them in the comments below: I am looking forward to answering you!
Have the best holiday!
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