Collaborative post. I feel incredibly fortunate to have worked in the travel industry for 20+ years. No one day is ever the same and I love helping others to make the most of their precious annual leave. Prior to launching this travel website, whilst on maternity leave with my second son, I worked for a luxury tour operator as an Indian Ocean and Caribbean travel specialist. Talking to clients and creating tailor-made proposals for honeymoons and family holidays to Mauritius, the Maldives, Seychelles and throughout the Caribbean was a dream job. Today I’ve been asked by Mauritius-Villa, the island’s villa specialist, to share the 5 unmissable things to do in Mauritius with kids and to highlight a few of their best family villas in Mauritius.
If you haven’t considered Mauritius as a family holiday destination before I hope this article will help to change your mind for the island has so much to offer for beach and nature lovers, cultural enthusiasts and water sports fans…
5 Unmissable things to do in Mauritius with kids
Head to the beach!
You will not be surprised to hear that Mauritius is a beach lovers paradise. The east coast of Mauritius in particular is known as having some of the island’s most beautiful beaches. One not to miss is Belle Mare beach, popular for both visitors and locals. It’s a pristine white sand coast that stretches over several kilometres.
Get up close to 2,000 Nile crocodiles!
La Vanille Nature Park is the perfect family day out if your child is a Bear Grylls wannabe. Set in an atmospheric rain forest valley, your kids will be fascinated by the crocs being fed by their keepers, learning about the resident Aldabra tortoises and seeing 25,000 species of butterflies fluttering around. If you are feeling particularly adventurous you may even want to try a crocodile burger.
Discover how Mauritius looked 400 years ago
Travel back in time at Ile Aux Aigrettes Nature Reserve to experience how the island looked before the arrival of man. Take a guided tour around the 27 hectares to discover endemic plants and creatures which have been successfully reintroduced since 1965 when the area was declared a nature reserve. Keep your eyes peeled and you’ll see giant tortoises, the Telfair skink (a reptile which helps to keep down the rodent population) and indigenous birds.
Try out a new water sport
No visit to Mauritius is complete without exploring the crystal clear turquoise waters. There is a range of water sports on offer from undersea helmet diving, to swimming with dolphins and whale watching, cruising on a catamaran and even exploring under the water without the need to get wet onboard a submarine. To shelter from the strong winds that Mauritius is known for head to the west coast, which caters particularly well for families.
Explore a sugar factory and taste local goodies
During the 19th century there were over 300 sugar factories on the island of Mauritius now there are just four serving the islands extensive sugar cane fields. The Beau Plan Sugar Factory is a highly interactive museum, where kids can get up close to the original heavy machinery and try local unique jams such as vanilla, pineapple and banana. Older kids will be fascinated by the history of Mauritius including the abolition of slavery in 1835 and parents will enjoy checking out the vanilla, honey and coffee flavoured rum.
Accommodation: Mauritius with kids
There are many family friendly hotels in Mauritius however, if like me and my family, you like privacy whilst on holiday, space to spread out and the option to self cater to save on food and drink costs it’s definitely worth considering hiring a private villa. All the villas offered by Mauritius-Villa.com are inspected before they are listed online, they are then frequently reinspected to make sure that they are well maintained and the level of service is consistent. The travel consultants are highly trained and knowledgable about the island, which is invaluable when booking a holiday. They are also used to working closely with families to match villas with different family needs i.e. private pools with fences and pool toys. They can even organise private chefs to cater for BBQ parties and special meal plans.
What I love about the villas I’ve highlighted below is that they are unique in their style. I also like the fact that I would be giving back to the environment by booking through this company as they plant a tree in Sumatra, Indonesia for every booking made. So far 1,888 trees have been planted, helping to create 7,552 months of oxygen and 1,888 hours of employment!
How picture perfect is this private infinity pool at Villa Lafayette? The five bedrooms and direct beach access onto the gorgeous East coast of Mauritius I think are a winning combination for a family holiday.
I can just imagine relaxing on the terrace with a local rum (and perhaps some dim sum!) whilst watching my boys play around in this pool at Marguery Villa located on the west coast of the island…
I’m pretty sure I would feel like a rock star staying here and I know my kids would love the space provided by this stunning four bedroom, beachfront villa located in the popular area of Grand Baie…
So have I convinced you that there are lots of things to do in Mauritius with kids and wowed you with gorgeous photos of family villas in Mauritius? For more villas check out Mauritius-Villa.
Disclosure – This post has been written in collaboration with Mauritius Villa all words and opinions are, as always, my own.
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