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7 reasons to stopover in Mauritius

Long haul business travellers know that flying takes its toll on the body and mind, and increasingly, more and more people are adding stopovers into their itinerary. For a few days rest and relaxation between flights, we can’t think of a better stopover destination than Mauritius – so here’s 7 simple reasons why you should consider a flying visit during your next long haul trip…

Experience the tropics

sunshine stopover

Year-round good weather is one of the most obviously appealing reasons to stopover in Mauritius, especially if travelling between cities in more temperate climates. Flying between two far-flung destinations in the depth of winter is exponentially improved by a few days of Indian Ocean sunshine. And what could be better than a few delicious days of warmth before another few months of cold winds and grey skies?

Stay in a luxury hotel


The luxury hotels of Mauritius are an obvious choice for stopover stays. There’s constant connectivity if you need it, but also the chance to switch off, do nothing and completely unwind. High-end properties are used to serving the varied needs of a global clientele, and can tailor their service and offerings to suit your requirements. So whether you’re looking to fit in some golf, try your hand at kitesurfing, or simply catch up on emails by the pool, the island’s luxury resorts will make sure you get what you need.

Enjoy some inter-flight wellness


A gap between long-haul flights is the perfect reason to visit the spa, and as one of the ultimate wellness destinations on the planet, you really will be spoiled for choice. Alongside the more standard treatments, the best Mauritian spas incorporate fitness, nutrition, yoga, meditation, retreats and indigenous rituals into their programmes, so there’s something for every body, mind and soul.

Get a bird’s eye view

aerial view mauritius

Even if your time in transit is seriously limited, you can still explore the island’s lush green landscape and reef-fringed coastline from the comfort of an Air Mauritius helicopter. Our aerial sightseeing tours will help you make the most of your precious few hours, so sit back and gaze upon swirling blue seascapes, swaying sugar cane fields, and the mountainous green forests of the island’s interior.

Discover our finest Creole cuisine

crawfish cooking

Stopping over in Mauritius gives you the chance to experience genuine Creole cuisine in relaxed and authentic surroundings. One of the best destinations on the island is Escale Creole, where guests are encouraged to sample as many traditional Mauritian dishes as they can handle. The restaurant even makes its own spice mixes and eucalyptus honey, which are available to purchase. 

Shop like a boss

silk market

If you’re travelling on business, chances are you won’t have time to indulge in any retail therapy at your eventual destination. Instead, take advantage of a stopover in Mauritius to pick up a unique variety of small, suitcase-friendly souvenirs, like hand-dyed weavings, silk products and batiks, or local vanilla, spices and teas. Our one-stop guide will point you in the direction of the island’s best shopping locales.

Enjoy 1 free night with our ‘Stopover Mauritius’ programme

Travelling from South Africa, Madagascar, Malaysia or Australia? If your flight itinerary means you’ll be spending between 6 and 24 hours in transit in Mauritius, Air Mauritius will make arrangements for you to enjoy one free night’s accommodation, meals and ground transportation.

To qualify, eligible transiting passengers must already hold confirmed onward tickets and be booked on the first available connection departing within 24 hours. However, as a Stopover visitor, you can also enjoy attractive discounts in Mauritius hotels should you wish to stay a bit longer. In addition to the one free night offered, you may purchase a maximum of two further nights at discounted rates. For more details, plus full terms and conditions, visit our website.

Photo: Hotel Tamassa 

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