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The hazards of Mauritius for ill-informed tourists

  • 09/11/2023

Mauritius, a paradise Mauritius is an island of natural beauty and cultural diversity. Its white sandy beaches, fringed with palm trees, offer an idyllic setting in which to relax. The crystal-clear waters are teeming with marine life. The island is also rich in history, with a unique cultural diversity. Mauritian cuisine is a feast for the taste buds, combining spices and exotic flavors. The warm welcome of the locals and the picturesque landscapes make Mauritius an unforgettable destination.  A paradise that can hide many dangers Mauritius may seem idyllic with its white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters, but for the unwary visitor some hazards do exist. As with any exotic country, water and food require special attention. Sea currents can be strong on some beaches in Mauritius, which can make swimming dangerous, especially for inexperienced swimmers. Marine life can also be hazardous. Stonefish, jellyfish and coral can cause serious injury if touched. Animals and insects such as snakes and spiders are not dangerous on the island. However, outdoor activities such as hiking in nature parks should also be undertaken with caution, as the paths can be slippery and weather conditions can change rapidly. So be prepared for any adventure activities. Poverty, rooted in this heavenly setting, can lead to a certain form of criminality.Water and food There are potential food and water hazards for unwary travellers. Tap water, although treated, is not always recommended for direct consumption due to variations in the quality of the supply. Bottled water, available everywhere, is recommended to avoid gastrointestinal problems. When it comes to food, some uninformed tourists may be surprised by strong spices that are unusual for their stomachs. We recommend opting for milder dishes at first and gradually exploring the local cuisine. Street stalls can be tempting, but it’s best to stick to restaurants with a reputation for hygiene.  Diseases Mauritius is generally free of many serious diseases. Although no vaccinations (such as yellow fever or typhoid) are required, travelers should ensure that they are up to date with common vaccinations such as tetanus. As far as local diseases are concerned, dengue fever is prevalent on the island. To protect yourself, it is essential to use mosquito repellent, wear long-sleeved clothing and stay in air-conditioned or mosquito-screened accommodation. Climate hazards Mauritius is regularly confronted with a series of climatic hazards, including the cyclone season, which runs from November to April. These violent tropical storms generate devastating winds, torrential rainfall and flooding. Other climatic variations, such as localized and very intense torrential rains that cause a sudden rise in the water level, also affect Mauritius.  Poverty Poverty in Mauritius remains an intricate reality that affects several social classes despite the country’s economic development. Although the island is often regarded as a luxury tourist destination, a wide socio-economic disparity persists. This not only impacts on the economic well-being of individuals, but also on health, education and security. People living in poverty have poorer access to quality healthcare and adequate education, and are more exposed to criminal activity which is an alarming situation for the country. Drugs are widespread and lead to opportunistic delinquency. Travel light, without expensive jewelry or watches, and do not leave your belongings unattended on the beach if you are going swimming. Hotels and residences are equipped with cameras and offer a permanent security service.  How to protect yourself from some of the hazards Mauritius is a tropical paradise, but like anywhere else, there are risks to be aware of. First of all, safety at sea is paramount. Make sure you keep to the safety flags on the beaches. Avoid strong currents and beware of jellyfish and stonefish. Do not touch the corals, as they are fragile and can cause injury. When hiking, take water and food with you, and let someone else know where you’re heading. Avoid leaving valuables in your vehicle to prevent theft. Finally, keep an eye on your personal belongings and avoid venturing into poorly lit areas at night. Respect local customs and laws to ensure a safe and enjoyable stay in Mauritius.    Useful contacts In the event of medical emergency assistance or services, dial 114 or go to the nearest hospital. Visitors can also access a wide choice of private clinics offering expensive but high-quality services.  For situations involving law enforcement, contact the police by dialing 999. If you need consular assistance as a visitor, contact your embassy or consulate. The diplomatic representations of many nations are located in the capital, Port Louis. Finally, visitors are advised to take out travel and repatriation flexible insurance to cover any potential risks.   The comfort and safety provided by your resort Mythic Suites & Villas and Marguery Villas in Mauritius stand for ultimate comfort and safety. Our renowned establishments provide an unforgettable experience for all their visitors. Our spacious, fully fenced-in suites and villas are designed with your comfort in mind. Security is a top priority at Mythic Suites and Marguery Villas. The property is equipped with state-of-the-art security systems, monitoring cameras and access controls to give you complete peace of mind. Mythic Suites and Marguery Villas are the perfect place to relax, rejuvenate and experience unforgettable moments in the enchanting surroundings of Mauritius. Enjoy our resorts, where comfort and security combine harmoniously to create precious memories. Just keep in mind our travel warnings for an unforgettable experience in Mauritius.


What is the weather like in Mauritius during my stay?

  • 17/02/2023

One of the world’s favorite holiday destinations, Mauritius benefits from a tropical maritime climate with warm and humid temperatures throughout the year. With two distinct seasons, the hot and humid southern summer from November to April and the cooler and drier southern winter from May to October, along with great sunshine throughout the year, Mauritius offers an ideal and pleasant year-round climate for a successful holiday. Find out which is the best time for you to visit Mauritius in any given month of the year.   The main weather seasons in Mauritius   Even though there are four seasons in Mauritius, the climate is divided into two main ones: the southern summer and its counterpart, the southern winter. The southern summer is generally hot and humid, with temperatures often exceeding 30°C, notably in the capital Port Louis and the west coast due to the position of the sun in the afternoon and a very high humidity level. These are also optimal conditions for the occurrence of tropical cyclones between December and April, which, however, are relatively occasional. The shorter southern winter months correspond to the so-called dry season, with a warm and mostly dry climate (on average 24° Celsius). The days are clear, the sky is very bright and the temperatures cool down in the evening (up to 17°C on the highlands).Seasonal characteristics in Mauritius: Rainfall – Hot weather – Best time of year   During the southern summer, it is very hot and humid with rains that can sometimes be stormy, sudden and very short but which help to avoid the heat with temperatures that can reach 34°. Sea temperatures are very pleasant, with water temperatures of around 27°C, perfect for water sports. The dry season, corresponding to the winter months, runs from May to October. The climate is hot and dry. This is the season of high pressure systems, mainly from the southern currents from Antarctica, which rise towards the warm currents of the Indian Ocean, providing surf, kite and windfoil enthusiasts with optimal conditions to enjoy their sport. – the optimal conditions to indulge their passion.Is there an ideal time to visit Mauritius? The climate is very pleasant all year round and the conditions are ideal for a successful holiday. However, the peak tourist season is mainly over the summer months, so it is often recommended to visit Mauritius during the months of May to December. It all depends on what you are looking for: relaxing in the sun and enjoying the paradisiacal beaches and crystal clear lagoons of Mauritius, exploring the island, practicing board sports…   The weather in Mauritius from January to May   The summer which started in November is in full swing and the weather is ideal for those who wish to bask in the sun and enjoy swimming in the crystal clear waters at 27°. The sunshine is at its maximum, the days are beautiful and warm and the sunsets are just amazing. It is also big game fishing season and the ideal time for boat trips. The risk of cyclonic formation is there but is closely monitored by the meteorological services of the Indian Ocean region. Rainfall can be very high during the first three months, but it is usually limited to the central plateaus and not much to the coasts.The weather from June to September in Mauritius   Escape the scorching heat of Europe for a cooler and more pleasant climate! Mauritius winters are generally mild and dry, with temperatures between 17° and 25°. The sea temperature drops to 20°. This is the low tourist season, so boating, land-based and cultural activities are less frequented. Why not make the most of the humpback whale migration to spot them? The weather from October to December in Mauritius   This is one of the most pleasant periods of the southern summer, with low rainfall, temperatures around 27°, a perfect warm sea, the first summer fruits and magnificent tree blooms, such as the flamboyants.What to do in Mauritius when it rains / What to do in Mauritius when it is too hot? There is plenty to do in Mauritius at any time of the year in terms of activities. But what to do when it rains? It is the perfect opportunity to visit museums and other cultural places to discover the extraordinary cultural mix of the island. What about when it’s too hot? Take a trip to the stunning waterfalls, nature reserves and the Black River Gorges National Park! Mauritius is a great place to visit all year round. Meteorologist or weatherwoman expert? Check out all the latest meteorological activity in Mauritius on the website: https://www.partir.com/Maurice/quand-partir.html 


Unusual accommodation in Mauritius : A truly special night during your stay

  • 26/09/2022

Mauritius is a prime destination for those looking for a relaxing getaway with a luxury twist. From sandy beaches and crystal clear waters to delicious food and exciting activities, this paradise island has it all. There are countless ways to discover Mauritius’ secret charms. For those looking for a unique and unforgettable overnight experience, we recommend three types of unusual accommodation to make the most of this exceptional Mauritius adventure. Glamping, luxury in the wilderness and cabins: an unusual lodging option in Mauritius The word “glamping” is a contraction of glamor and camping. The idea: a smart and glamorous campsite, in the heart of nature, with all the necessary comforts for a romantic or joyful overnight stay with the family. With its stunning landscapes, Mauritius is ideally suited to this type of unique accommodation offer. What if you made the most of your stay in Mauritius by experiencing an unforgettable one-night getaway in exceptional conditions? Let’s have a closer look at three exceptional places.The Bubble Lodge: open sky on luxury and tropical delight The Bubble Lodge is a transparent structure with rounded shapes, nestled in the middle of the wilderness, ideal for playing Robinson in style. The concept behind this new type of unusual and exclusive lodging offers an unforgettable night’s stay. With its transparent roof and openings, the stars for canopy, the soft night sounds for lullaby and its setting on a beach or in the hollow of hundred-year-old trees, this ecological holiday experience promises intimacy and exclusivity. Designed to be entirely renewable, with no environmental footprint and a minimum use of materials and energy, the Bubble lodges meet the expectations of a demanding and eco-friendly clientele.   Barefoot in the sand at Ile aux Cerfs with golden beaches, turquoise lagoon, splendid view over the islands and the golf course as a setting, as well as your personal butler ready to satisfy all your desires, enjoy an unusual night for two on a heavenly islet.  The Bubble is an extraordinary and luxurious place to spend the night in its spacious and tastefully decorated structure. Ideal for a romantic night, the lodge is equipped with a living area, a bedroom and bathroom as well as an outdoor shower. Besides having access to a private beach, the lodge gives you the opportunity to dine either on the beach, in the garden or in the restaurant, and to enjoy a variety of activities such as golf lessons, free green fees, water sports… A memorable experience for nature lovers in a romantic and privileged tropical getaway. https://www.bubble-lodge.com/ile-aux-cerfs/ In a fragrant version in the heart of the trees at Bois-Chéri, this Bubble lodge nestled between towering roots and vines of giant trees,  is an exclusive pond-side experience. Set in the heart of a tea estate, this lodge offers a variety of nature and outdoor excursions and activities. Situated in a natural environment, it is ideal for adventurous families and star gazers. Far from city pollution, surrounded by peace to savor moments of pure relaxation in the heart of nature. Lakaz Chamarel, an exotic haven in the heart of the mountains With its exceptional view of the Black River Gorges and the south-western lagoons of Mauritius, Lakaz Chamarel offers a 100% wilderness and intimate experience with its 20 rooms scattered in a lush tropical garden. Each room is thematically designed and offers a luxurious fusion of Creole, African and contemporary styles in a beautiful living environment. Secluded in a green oasis, indulge in a zen like atmosphere by your private swimming pool or take a hike around the property. The hotel is located near the Chamarel Nature Reserve, where guests can learn about the local flora and fauna on guided hikes or explore the Chamarel waterfalls. You can also visit the unique geological phenomenon of the Seven Coloured Earths of Chamarel. This idyllic accommodation is the perfect place for a romantic overnight stay and also provides excellent dining with local and international cuisine. https://www.lakazchamarel.com/   A tree house, an unusual accommodation in Mauritius Set into the canopy, this lodge, perched in the heart of a century-old tree on the east coast of Mauritius, is designed to be as close to nature as possible to get back to basics and to simplicity. The gentle rustle of the leaves and birdsong are the perfect setting to soothe the mind and soul. Furnished in all simplicity in the heart of a beautiful tropical garden, the lodge serves breakfast in its main house, and has a swimming pool. A wide range of sports and discovery activities are available: nearby Ile aux Cerfs, paddle boarding, cycling to villages, diving, kite surfing… Add an unusual night in an enchanting setting to your stay in one of our resorts with these three exclusive and intimistic addresses. For a romantic night with your partner or a dynamic family experience, contact our concierges for reservations.


Honey from Rodrigues, the sweetness of a Mauritian island

  • 26/09/2022

A stone’s throw from Mauritius and part of its territory, Rodrigues the authentic is a tiny piece of land with an old-fashioned charm. Surrounded by an immense transparent lagoon, bordered by long deserted beaches and dotted with strings of islets inhabited by seabirds, Rodrigues differs from its elder sister Mauritius by its very dry climate and its nicely undulating landscape. From this particularity, the Rodriguans extract the best. This is the case of the famous Rodrigues honey, tasty and delicately perfumed, which is also sold in Mauritius and which reveals here its numerous therapeutic, healing and beauty virtues.   Rodrigues, between authenticity and relaxed living   Visitors agree that Rodrigues is similar to Mauritius thirty years ago. Mauritius’ little sister has an authentic, wild and proud island charm. If you dream of privacy and beautiful deserted beaches bordering transparent waters, if you like the warm and simple contact of a welcoming and genuine population and enjoy the local seafood Creole cuisine, Rodrigues will seduce you at first sight. The island prides itself on protecting many species of sea birds on its islets and offers magnificent diving sites. Kiteboarders will appreciate the expanse of its beautiful lagoons. Here, all is just peacefulness and delight.   Rodrigues honey, both wild and sweet Well-known in the Indian Ocean area, Rodrigues honey benefits from scattered vegetation spread over a steep ravine landscape or soft shaped valleys. Nature flourishes generously between coastal dryness and the more watered heights, away from any kind of pollution. In Rodrigues, people value quality products, such as honey, which is certified natural and organic: the local people cherish the art of doing things right and health is preferred to productivity. A visit to Victoria’s beekeeper Rodrigues’ favourite honey is produced in the buzzing secluded hives of Bigarade, a small hamlet in the upper part of the island. The only way to discover it is to follow the schoolchildren’s path and embark on an adventure. In the middle of a forest of eucalyptus and “poppy” trees, the main source of honey flower bees relish, looking for the way on winding paths you will find the white beehives of Victoria honey producer. In the heart of this dense vegetation where giant bamboos stretch towards the sky and where a river gently flows, the bees are undoubtedly in optimal conditions to produce the finest amber honey. This human-sized company is dedicated to traditional, environmentally responsible production and, above all, provides work for young adults with disabilities. Another convincing incentive to opt for a truly sustainable product!The many gourmet, wellness and health applications of Victoria honey    Although the many health benefits of honey are well known from the start, this natural and organic product comes in many different varieties and styles in the shop of Bigarade, with its charming typical architecture.   On the sweet side, in addition to honey in jars and honey bread reserved for gourmets, delicious honey sweets are made with the same love, including the tasty ginger honey, which alone is worth the trip, as well as delicate fondants.   Honey delivers all its health benefits in pretty little jars that enhance its renowned healing properties. Rich in antioxidants, it promotes cell regeneration and healing. Its antibacterial and antifungal properties have been known for thousands of years, as have its antibacterial properties when ingested or applied to the skin. Victoria organic honey is also available in the form of soaps, care creams, propolis (a plant resin with numerous therapeutic and antiseptic properties), essential oils with honey wax and “Bee coco cream” (with rehydrating qualities for the body and hair). A successful rejuvenation and well-being cure!  Where to find Rodrigues honey in Mauritius? Products from Rodrigues can be found on stalls in Mauritius, supermarkets and major food stores on the island sell them: just check out the labels in the honey area. Malls regularly host occasional stands selling products from Rodrigues,such as achards (candied vegetables with spices), limons (small limes), jams and marmalades, candied fruits, the famous pineapple pie from Rodrigues including the famous Victoria honey. Local craft shops sometimes sell it as soaps and essential oils. You can also order Victoria honey through the Facebook page and have it delivered to Mauritius. https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100064072417391How to get to Rodrigues during your stay in Mauritius ? Are you on a long stay at Mythic Suites & Villas? What if you took the opportunity of a long weekend to spend two or three nights on this bewitching island? Any travel agency in Mauritius can arrange a short stay ticket and hotel for you. The flight takes an hour and a half and the change of scenery is immediate. Contact our concierge who will recommend our usual travel providers.    Honey from Rodrigues is a typical mirror image of this small unspoilt paradise: wild and profoundly unique. While staying at Mythic Suites & Villas, place your order directly with the manufacturer and have it delivered to the resort.


Confidential boat trip to Mauritius

  • 20/08/2022

Ever dreamt of being like Robinson on a private islet, yet fully equipped with all of Mauritius’ luxury amenities? Join us on a journey through this small, unspoilt paradise in the heart of the Blue Bay Marine Reserve for an exceptional day out to be enjoyed to the full with your family.   Ile aux Deux Cocos, Mauritius : A private and unique paradise With turquoise waters, crystal-clear lagoons, colourful fish and coral, if you thought you had experienced everything Mauritius has to offer, there is something unexpected and idyllic in store for you: the island of Deux Cocos, an exclusive site located in the south-east, near the Blue Bay Marine Park. This islet offers crystal-clear, palm-fringed beaches and a real aquarium within snorkeling distance.   The islet was used as a summer residence for former British governors a hundred years ago. A splendid residence, a perfectly maintained luxury villa with Moorish accents, a panoramic swimming pool, elegant Bedouin tents and most importantly, a dedicated team to make sure you have a great day out.   Welcome to the island After enjoying a motorboat or glass-bottom boat ride to start the day, dock at the island’s pier, where our staff greets you with a refreshing drink. The place is exceptionally beautiful and ideal for Instagramming. Make yourself comfortable, take your bearings and dive into the warm waters inhabited by an array of underwater flora and fauna. Once you’ve had a chance to explore, relax on the sun loungers and enjoy the peace and quiet of the lagoon’s extraordinary colours.   Have lunch with feet on the sand Choose to have lunch on the beautiful terrace overlooking the sea or the Moorish style sofa in the white pavilion, as you wish. Our excellent buffet and grilled meats are served with wine, beer or soft drinks. Take a break from sipping on a house rhum and relax in a hammock overlooking the sea. Soak up the song of the wind and birds under the filaos along with the roar of the waves on the rocks.   Time for action Once you have had your time to rest, make the most of the afternoon to join in the fun activities proposed: an exciting game of beach volley, a petanque tournament, a frisbee game or a match of giant chess? Unless you succumb to the ocean’s spell and head back to explore the splendid seabed. The only rule at the Ile aux Deux Cocos is: You come first and your pleasure is our priority!   The Ile aux Deux Cocos is exclusively managed by a private hotel group, so reservations are required. Please enquire at your concierge desk and enjoy this enchanting experience.


What are the top 10 Mauritian souvenirs you should bring back with you?

  • 02/08/2022

Why not bring back exotic and original Mauritian gifts? Whether textile, handicrafts, food or culture, there are plenty of 100% local, handmade and Mauritian know-how souvenirs to choose from.   – A local T-shirt Many brands available include young, ethical, locally made, original and fun T-shirts to choose from for those seeking something different. Street wear, surf wear, beach wear, witty messages… You are spoilt for choice! (Available in malls and trade fairs).   – Spices in Port-Louis market The ideal place to stock up on exotic spices: cinnamon, vanilla, curry powder, cardamom, cumin, saffron… Just bargain or buy them at the supermarket.   – The Ravior HOPE bracelet This bracelet available in several colours bears a universal message in Kreol and English: Lamour, Lespwar, Linité (love, hope, unity). (Available online, at the airport duty-free shop and at Bagatelle shopping mall).   – Fruit pastes by Domaine de Labourdonnais Traditional family recipes made from papaya, mango, guava… savour something sweet from Mauritius. (On sale in all supermarkets in Mauritius).   – A seggae CD This local music mixes Jamaican and Sega styles. Listen to our popular local artists and get a taste of the Mauritian music culture, with no limits. (On sale at the airport shops or in some bookshops)     – A Rhum from Chamarel Rhumery Fine and tasty amber rhums: Whites, aged, Premium, Arranged Rhums & Rum-based liqueurs (available in supermarkets)   – A ship model made by Historic Marine With over 120 different models of teak and camphor boats, ranging from the most ancient to the most contemporary: Historical and contemporary vessels, classic sailing ships, liners, local pirogues, motorboats, and more.   – A comics of Tikoulou’s adventures This is our favourite local comic book hero who goes on many adventures with his friends and solves many mysteries. (On sale in bookshops).   – A pullover to get through winter One of the local favourites, with excellent wool, cashmere or mohair fabrics, confirming the local textile industry’s reputation for quality. (On sale in shopping malls)   – The role-playing game Ti t’Albert A 100% Mauritian board game, based on Les Loupsgarous, a French game for those who like to bluff. On sale on the Atomic Game website.   Fun, stylish, supportive or tasty: bring back some sun and warmth with our selection of 100% original Christmas gifts from Mauritius and please the ones you love.

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