Mauritius is rarely seen as a place where you go to do things. It’s more of a place to go and do absolutely nothing, except relax and get a tan.
Yet for a little island it has an impressive amount to offer. That applies to business as well as tourism, with the country ranked by the World Bank as the best place to do business in Africa. It’s easy to open and run a business, has a good telecoms and IT infrastructure, a well-educated workforce with low unemployment and low tax rates.
For holidaymakers it has beautiful beaches, the warm Indian Ocean, watersports, a mountain for climbing, endless nature reserves to hike, bike, or horse ride through, adventure sports, animal parks, some decent shopping, golf, good restaurants with French and Creole influenced food, and modern, well sign-posted roads. Oh, and the weather is pretty excellent too.
Most tourists head for isolated resorts where sprawling, but tastefully designed hotels have their own beaches, a few restaurants and some daily activities. You don’t need to leave the grounds until you’re heading home, but you’ll be missing a lot, so hire a car or book a shuttle and explore the island.
If you’re partial to a glass of wine or two, book an all-inclusive package, because the booze in these resorts is expensive (or stop at a supermarket on the way and stock up). French-cum-Creole is the language, but most people in business or tourism speak English very well.
Mauritius is GMT +4 hours, with no Daylight Savings Time.
The currency is the Mauritian rupee. You can exchange money in bank, hotels or forex bureaus or withdraw cash from the ATMs, which are commonplace.
The weather is hot and humid from December to February with temperatures touching around 34°C. Rainy season is February to March, April to November gets steadily warmer, while cyclones are a risk from November to April. Stiff sea breezes can blow all year, especially on the east coast. Surfing season is June to August.
Electrical sockets traditionally take the UK style plugs with three square pins. Many hotels have also fitted the European style plugs with two slim round pins. The standard voltage is 220V.
Mauritius offers excellent connectivity. Mobile networks cover the whole island and lots of places offer free wifi.
Taxis are easiest, but not cheap, so if you want to see the sights it’s worth hiring a car. There are a few public buses, but they’re sporadic and most hotels are quite far off the beaten track.