Culture and Stunning Views Collide on a Mauritius Honeymoon
You've heard about the Maldives a million times and, while they're certainly a fantastic honeymoon destination, if you're looking for an island that's a little less well-known, it's time you considered a Mauritius honeymoon.
Volcanic mountains, lush forests and fragrant sugarcane fields await on this island off the coast of Madagascar. You'll give your sweetie an excited squeeze when you arrive and see the luxury beachfront resorts and boutique hotels that are perched right on the picturesque waters, waiting for you to enjoy a spot of snorkeling or scuba diving.
While you could spend an entire honeymoon here simply enjoying the beaches and your resort's amenities, Mauritius offers so much more, which is part of the reason why it stands apart among other Indian Ocean island destinations.
Ready to discover everything Mauritius could offer you and your partner? Here's what to expect as you begin planning your Mauritius honeymoon.
Is Mauritius Good for a Honeymoon?
Pros of a Mauritius Honeymoon
Mauritius is a great island destination for those who want a luxury resort experience or resort honeymoon package, but can't see themselves spending 10 to 14 days simply sunbathing and swimming. For those who need a little more on their itineraries, Mauritius provides plenty of entertainment options.
Cons of a Mauritius Honeymoon
Mauritius is a little difficult to get to if you're coming from the US. You'll likely have multiple connecting flights. Additionally, honeymooning in Mauritius is more on the expensive side—similar to other nearby honeymoon destinations like Seychelles and Dubai.
The Best Times of Year to Go on a Mauritius Honeymoon for Good Weather
Mauritius' tropical climate offers spectacular weather, with hardly any bad time to visit based on temperature and rainfall alone. Even the coldest month of the year is quite agreeable, at a 70-degree average in July. The hottest average temperatures don't climb up much past 80 degrees. The water temperatures offshore are equally agreeable, with water temps in the 70s and low 80s.
The rainiest months are December through April, but even in December, you can only expect about seven days of the month to be rainy.
Things to Do During a Mauritius Honeymoon
Take in the Nature
Mauritius offers so much for honeymooners to explore beyond simply the beautiful beaches.
One of the island's top activities is the Colored Earth of Chamarel, a small geological attraction that features ridges of sand colored over millions of years to create a symphony of rainbow hues.
Another top spot is Le Morne Brabant, a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts not only great views of the island (if you're willing to sweat a little), but also an interesting history as a colonial hideaway for escaped slaves.
To cool off, visit Blue Bay Marine Park, where you can strap on your snorkeling gear and check out the colorful tropical fish and coral reefs. Nature-loving newlyweds will also want to visit Black River Gorges National Park, where flora and fauna range from giant fruit bats to exotic flowers.
Stroll Port Louis
Port Louis is Mauritius' capital city, and it's definitely worth at least an afternoon (or even an entire day) of exploration. Stroll hand in hand with your loved one as you take in the gorgeous French architecture, marketplace, charming boutiques and restaurants. You'll find plenty of photo ops wherever you look. Be sure to take your time and really soak in all the culture and history; maybe grabbing a bite to eat (Creole-inspired cuisine is popular here) or visiting some of the Port Louis museums.
Visit a Private Island
While Mauritius' main island offers plenty of picturesque beaches and natural beauty, who wouldn't want to visit a private island? Ile aux Cerfs, or Deer Island, is a private island situated in a lagoon. Accessible via private tour, you can dock along one of the remote white sand beaches to enjoy the sand and surf in near-solitude. Booking a private tour also allows you to customize the experience to fit your preferences, so it can be as luxurious, romantic or low-key as you'd like.
Best Hotels and Resorts in Mauritius for a Honeymoon
Easily one of the most romantic and luxurious resorts on Mauritius, One&Only Le Saint Géran boasts a secluded location on a private peninsula. The property provides your arrival vehicle at the airport, with a choice between a private helicopter and a luxury car. Once you've arrived, you can kick back and enjoy long stretches of lagoon beach, a five-star spa (perfect for post-wedding spa treatments) and loads of water sports at your fingertips, from paddle-boarding and deep sea fishing to snorkeling and kayaking.
A well-known luxury hotel brand, this Oberoi outpost sits on a marine park and features 20 acres of landscaped gardens, beachfront views and thatched-roof villas. The property puts an emphasis on introducing visitors to the local culture, which it does through locally inspired dining options and daily cultural and mindfulness activities. Book a villa for endless views, ample outdoor space and your very own private pool.
The JW Marriott property on Mauritius sits on a perfectly secluded beach. The luxury amenities are near-endless here; choose from a range of high-end room options, from spa villas to beach-access suites. The resort also features its own private cinema and library, but we have a feeling you'll have plenty to do as you explore the island from this well-situated base camp.
What to Pack for a Mauritius Honeymoon
Make sure to bring your normal resort wear—swimsuits, cover-ups and resort casual clothing for wearing around the property—as well as a few nice outfits for dinners both on and off the property. If you plan on hiking or seeing any of the nature attractions during your Mauritian getaway, be sure to bring sunscreen, bug spray and hiking-appropriate shoes. For a more complete packing list, check out our full guide of what to pack for a tropical honeymoon.