Mauritius hotels have a warmer, more authentic service, not to mention complimentary watersports (many Maldives hotels charge extra) and golf courses. And don’t forget, here there’s a whole island to explore – in the Maldives, there’s just a sandbank, and your hotel. Mauritius has everything from hiking in nature reserves, electric bike rides and whale watching, to visiting plantation homes and doing street food tours.
But the main reason Mauritius outstrips the Maldives? Price. A trip to the Maldives is, on average, two to three times more expensive than an equivalent holiday in Mauritius.
A week in a five-star hotel in Mauritius costs roughly £5,000 per couple – less than a stay in a three-star hotel in the Maldives – while an average five-star Maldives holiday costs £13,000. Factor in return seaplane transfers at £400 per person – versus £180 for a private road transfer anywhere in Mauritius – and it’s a no brainer. Mauritius comes out firmly on top.
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Fit for a royal
On a sheltered northeast coast peninsula, Constance Prince Maurice is the only hotel on the island with overwater suites on stilts, as big as houses. With just 89 of them, this place is small enough to take good care of you, while eager golfers have (free) access to two Championship courses, and premium all-inclusive packages include Champagne and seafood suppers by candlelight at the island’s only floating restaurant.
How to do it: Susie Freeman Travel (01488 668821; susiefreemantravel.com) offers seven nights at Constance Prince Maurice in a junior overwater suite from £5,630 per couple, premium all-inclusive, including wine-tasting and private transfers, but excluding flights.