Mauritius has a reputation as a luxury tourist destination. It's true that this tiny island, 2,000 kilometres off Africa's southeastern coast, boasts some of the most stylish five-star resorts in the Indian Ocean. There are cheap hotel deals in Mauritius if you know where to look for them, though. Expedia can help you find hotels in Mauritius that will fit your budget. Mauritius hotels were designed with French tourists in mind, so they tend to be comfortable and well appointed. Find Mauritius hotel packages that will also offer you the opportunity to visit Rodrigues if you can.
Travellers come to Mauritius for the surf, the sand, and the golf. The island's best known beach is Belle Mare on the island's east coast. The region around Belle Mare sports a number of lavish resorts with one or two more modestly priced Mauritius hotel deals tucked among them. The protected Belle Mare lagoon is a wonderful place for snorkeling and swimming.
The area also hosts two of the best golf course in Mauritius: the Legend Belle Mare Plage designed by Ernie Els, and the Links Belle Mare Plage designed by Hugh Balocchi.
Trou aux Biches on the island's northwest coast is another slice of tropical paradise where you can swim, snorkel, kayak, and water ski in relatively calm and shallow waters. The nearby resort village of Grand Baie has cafes and bars to duck into when you've had enough of the sun.
The Casella Nature and Leisure Park in Cascavelle allows visitors a rare opportunity to interact with lions and cheetahs as they tour the 25-acre preserve with experienced guides. The park offers other activities as well, such as canyon swims and thrilling rides along zip line network strung along the top of the park's hills. Cascaville's other large attraction is the biggest modern shopping mall.
Although the island of Rodrigues is 500 kilometres north of Mauritius, it's officially part of the Republic of Mauritius. Rodrigues is entirely surrounded by coral reefs, which makes the diving on this island spectacular. The government is actively promoting Rodrigues as an eco-tourism destination, so in many ways it's a better place to locate a cheap Mauritius hotel deal than the mainland. Port Mathurin, the island's largest town, has a terrific market where you'll discover local handicrafts to bring back home as gifts. Although Port Mathurin has its share of upscale hotels, it's also a good place to hunt down rooms at special discount rates and book reservations at great prices.
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