From picture-perfect backdrops and rejuvenating couples massages to fine dining and champagne toasts, it's no wonder Mauritius is ranked among the most romantic destinations in the world.
Here are 5 reasons why this island escape is the ultimate honeymoon hotspot.
1. Every backdrop is a photo-op
When you come to a place like Mauritius, it doesn’t matter what you packed in your suitcase. Everything you really need—the sun, sand and surf—is in your own backyard. Whether snapping a selfie from the balcony of your oceanfront villa or snorkeling with camera in tow, the views are unparalleled.
That said, don’t forget to look beyond the beach—there are many architectural details not to be missed. Places like the Shanti Maurice, a Nira Resort, are specifically designed to blend into the natural surroundings, meaning decor is simple yet chic: think neutral color schemes and natural materials such as stone, hand-woven rugs, and African chests.
2. Couples massage treatments are the ultimate indulgence
Weddings are breathtakingly beautiful, but there’s certainly a lot of stress that goes along with planning. So when it’s finally time to kick back and relax, Mauritius is the ultimate retreat.
There’s no shortage of menu item when it comes to indulgent spa treatments. The St. Regis Mauritius Resort offers couples an intimate 120-minute side-by-side Iridium Couples Journey, complete with a full-body exfoliation, customized massage and a hydrating bath with plenty of privacy.
For something a bit more spiritual, opt for a 90-minute Chakra art therapy for couples at Le Méridien Ile Maurice.
3. The food is fresh and flavorful
You don’t have to favor seafood to enjoy Mauritius cuisine, but it certainly helps. Since Mauritius is such a romantic destination, many hotels design their on-site restaurants with couples in mind. Whether it’s a casual beachside lunch spot or an elegant candlelit dining hall, the ocean is never far from view.
If you’re in town for a few days, take advantage of your resort’s collection of restaurants. For example, the Westin Turtle Bay Resort & Spa has six different dining areas, each with a different style of cuisine in a different idyllic setting. One option, Fusion, is exactly as its name suggests—an interpretation of cuisines rich in Mauritian cultural heritage. On the other end of the spectrum is The Retreat, a contemporary yet casual bar where couples can listen to live music while sipping on their favorite cocktails.
4. Adventure is at every turn
Get your feet wet, literally, with an interactive water sport class. Try your hand at kite surfing or test your balance with a stand-up paddleboarding class.
Also take note of your location on the island. Le Morne Peninsula is ideal for scuba diving and kite surfing, while other parts of the island are better for kayaking and water skiing.
For something less active but equally entertaining, tag along on a catamaran cruise or boat trips. You’ll meet other couples while taking in the turquoise water that makes Mauritius so famous.
5. Champagne toasts are an everyday thing
There’s nothing wrong with a little bubbly, and in Mauritius, you’ll have plenty of excuses to toast. It’s not uncommon for resorts to greet guests with a chilled glass of champagne or tropical cocktail upon arrival or send surprise treats to your room, so expect the unexpected. If you’ve snagged an oceanfront villa, there’s extra reason to celebrate, especially come sunset.
If you're feeling adventurous, book a table at the St. Regis’ Mauritius Resort's Diamond Brunch. Their Sunday special Champagne Diamond Package includes a buffet brunch and beverages, including wine and, of course, bottles of bubbly.