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Packing Dilemmas


One of the most challenging things about preparing for a holiday has got to be knowing what to pack. Obviously you want to turn up to Mauritius in style – but at the same time you want to feel comfortable (not too hot, not too cold) and ultimately not stand out like a sore thumb! So here is everything you need to know when it comes to what to wear in Mauritius.


You will never have too much swimwear and beachwear. There is no doubt about it, you’ll spend most of your holiday wearing swimwear, shorts, t-shirts, kaftans, sun hats and sunglasses. A two-piece is more than okay to wear but just remember to pack a kaftan or sarong to add a bit of ‘glam’ where you need it (going for lunch etc) and whatever you do, don’t forget the suncream. The sun during the day can get intense, so it’s essential that a high factor is worn to avoid any unsightly and painful sunburn.

Day excursions

Knowing what to wear on day excursions is important if you are visiting religious or spiritual sites. This usually means covering your shoulders, and wearing longer length shorts or trousers. Visitors are requested to dress appropriately (no shorts mini-skirts etc.) when visiting religious shrines, and to remove shoes when entering temples and mosques. However check with your hotel on the day if you are unsure on the appropriate dress code. 

Evening wear

Mauritius has a very relaxed dress code which is ideal for the climate. Although most hotels have quite a relaxed dress code, Mauritius is undoubtedly home to some of the finest hotels in the world so it might be an idea to pack some of your best eveningwear. At Beachcomber Hotels, in the restaurants during the evening, we recommend a smart casual dress code. Jackets and ties are not required, but avoid wearing shorts, sleeveless t-shirts and jeans.

it is important to note that although Mauritius is an all year round destination it can be fairly chilly in the evenings and windy in patches, especially between May and September. This means it’s perfect for getting a comfortable night’s sleep! But you’ll need to remember a lightweight cardigan, jumper or jacket to take out in the evening.

Pack for the weather

In the summer (November, December, January, February, March and April) it is still very warm at night, so take your lightest weight clothes in breathable fabrics, like linen or cotton. The winter months of May, June, July, August, September and October are a little cooler by day so you may need a pashmina or light jumper for the evenings. Rainfall varies widely across the island, with the Central Plateau being the wettest region. But before you reach for the raincoat, local showers often pass quickly, meaning rain shouldn’t ruin your holiday.