Language and culture
English is the official language of Mauritius, although Creole and French are the most commonly spoken. Apart from the three main languages, other spoken dialects include Bhojpuri, Hindu, Urdu, Tamil, Telgu, Marathi, Gujerati and Sanskrit. The population is divided into ethnic groups, namely Indo-Mauritians, Creoles (European, Madagascar and African origin) and Chinese Mauritian. The fusion of culture is reflected in the tantalising cuisine and the many festivals celebrated across the island.
Currency and time difference
The Mauritian Rupee is divided into 100 cents, but all major credit cards are accepted and there are a number of ATM machines in the towns and at the airport.
During the UK winter Mauritius is 4 hours ahead and during our summer Mauritius is 3 hours ahead. European Union passport holders do not require visas for Mauritius holidays, anyone not holding an EU passport should speak to your local consulate.
A yellow Fever vaccination is required for travellers coming from infected areas. There is no malaria risk in Mauritius, prior to departure we do suggest that you check with your GP or health worker. Alternatively, you can contact MASTA (Medical Advisory Services for Travellers Abroad) on 0845 600 2236.
If you are carrying personal prescription medication to Mauritius, you must carry a copy if your latest prescription and the drugs should be carried in their original containers bearing the name and address of the dispensing pharmacy.
Further information can be found on the government website https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice or from the Department of Health http://www.dh.gov.uk/.
Power supply in Mauritius is 220 volts, there are two pin and three pin plug points in every room. Adaptors are not required for visitors from the United Kingdom.
Check-in is officially at 3pm, it is not always possible to have your room ready immediately on arrival, although where possible the staff will attempt to prepare your room as quickly as possible. A good tip to remember is ensure your swimwear is easily accessible so when you arrive (especially if it is early morning) you can relax by the pool or on the beach while you wait for your room. Each hotel has somewhere you can change, freshen up and store your luggage while you wait. The official check-out time is 11am however if you would like to keep your room until departure this can be arranged at an additional fee.
Should you need to visit a bank during your stay, opening times are as follows; Monday to Thursday 09:15-13:15, Fridays 09:15-17:15.
If you would like to go shopping, the opening times vary from town to town but are generally open 09:30- 17:30, many are closed on Thursdays and Saturday afternoons. On Sundays and public holidays most are closed.
What to pack for your Mauritius Holiday
Although most of our hotels operate a relaxed dress code, it’s worth considering some of the following points as some hotels enforce a dress code in the restaurants during the evening.
- During the evening smart casual attire is recommended within our restaurants. Jackets and ties are not required but we advise against wearing shorts, sleeveless t-shirts and jeans.
- Swimwear, shorts and t-shirts are perfectly acceptable during the day and during breakfast.
- In the cooler months of May- September a light jumper, cardigan or shawl is advisable for the evenings.
- The weather between June-August can be changeable and maybe chilly or windy during the evenings, its worth bringing some warm clothing with you even if during these months it tends to remain safely in your bags.