20 August 2021
With a two-phase opening, the Indian Ocean paradise of Mauritius is now open to sun-seekers again. The island has ranked among the top countries in the world for its response to the pandemic, thanks to measures including vaccination priority for tourism staff, stringent training in hygiene protocols, temperature checks and other safety expedients for staff on arrival at work every day, digital contact where possible, and rapid isolation of any symptomatic guests.
Fully vaccinated travellers can currently go to Mauritius for a holiday to spend up to 14 days at a certified COVID-safe hotel and enjoy its beach. After two weeks and a negative PCR test, you are then free to stay on and explore the island.
To holiday on Mauritius you’ll need a mandatory negative PCR test at the airport on your day of arrival and a negative PCR test on days 7 and 14, depending on your length of stay. Unvaccinated arrivals have to quarantine for two weeks and take a negative PCR test on day 14.
The island will be fully accessible and open to exploration to fully vaccinated travellers with a negative PCR test taken within the 72 hours prior to boarding. The same rules as in Phase 1 apply to unvaccinated travellers.
“Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius”, pronounced Mark Twain, quoting an islander. But it’s not all about lounging on those famous palm-fringed white-sand beaches here (although no one will stop you if that’s what you want to do!).
Mauritius can be the unrivalled setting for an active holiday, too, with the great outdoors beckoning in the form of diving, snorkelling, swimming, kayaking, glass-bottom boat tours, catamaran sailing and stand-up paddleboard – the beaches are almost entirely encircled by coral reefs to discover, and there are shipwrecks to happen upon, too. Don’t miss a pirogue or kayak trip through the Ile d’Ambre's protected mangrove forests.
Other active pursuits in this outdoor playground include hiking through the mountains and National Parks, cycling along the coast taking in fishing villages nestled in small creeks and seeing the arrival of the day’s catch, and skydiving over this remarkable patchwork of dramatic mountains, waterfalls, sugarcane fields, lagoons, reefs and islets.
One of the most delightful spots is Black River Gorges National Park with its 60km of trails where you can enjoy encounters with endangered native plant and animal species include the Mauritian flying fox, parakeet and cuckoo-shrike. Or hop aboard a catamaran to the Ile aux Cerfs off the east coast, for swimming, snorkelling, waterskiing and a seafood barbecue beneath the swaying coconut palms.
This island also has a rich cultural heritage, having been Dutch, French and English over time, and with Malays, Indian, Chinese, Madagascans and mainland Africans all adding to the population’s beguiling mix. Make time to stroll around the compelling Mauritian capital Port-Louis, spotting its colourful street art and tasting some its wonderful food including alouda (a traditional drink with basil seeds and agar agar), roti rolls, and Chinese cakes and sweets from bakeries in its Chinatown area.
Epicentres of local life, the island’s markets are also a treat for the senses, while the fascinating Aventure du Sucre will take you on an interactive journey through Mauritius’ sugar-industry history in a former sugar factory. There’s also an array of charming colonial mansions, lush gardens (of which the Pamplemousses Gardens are the best known) and beguiling temples to take in.
Terms and Conditions:
Valid until 30/09/21. Subject to availability. Please give me a call for further details. Price based on 2 people sharing.
7 nights from £1,709 per person
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