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Destination Inspiration: Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

Why go?

Gone are the days when Flic-en-Flac was just a little fishing village on Mauritius’ Western coast. Today, its electric blue waters and fine white sands mesmerise visitors from around the world.

Swim and snorkel among tropical fish in crystal-clear waters

Swim and snorkel among tropical fish in crystal-clear waters

Mauritius, once home to the dodo, is known for its exotic wildlife, which includes giant tortoises, pink pigeons and neon-coloured geckos. Scuba diving and snorkelling are popular ways to explore the island’s sea life, while Black River Gorges National Park is just a half-hour’s drive from Flic-en-Flac.

Catch of the day: in Flic-en-Flac, fresh seafood is always on the menu

Catch of the day: in Flic-en-Flac, fresh seafood is always on the menu

The local cuisine is a flavourful blend of Creole, French, Chinese and Indian fare. Think seafood curries, vegetable fritters and dim sum, all served with a generous dollop of chilli. And with many restaurants dotting the coast, a seafood feast with sunset beach views is certainly on the cards.

When to go?

Warm water and strong winds make Mauritius a mecca for kite and windsurfers

Warm water and strong winds make Mauritius a mecca for kite and windsurfers

Located in the midst of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has a tropical climate all year round. January and February are the warmest months, while July and August are slightly cooler, but offer excellent surfing conditions. Wait a little longer, and you’ll find the lowest prices in October and November.

Where to stay?

Villasun Luxury Apartments & Villas, Flic-en-Flac

Villasun Luxury Apartments & Villas, Flic-en-Flac

Villasun Luxury Apartments & Villas – Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

At Villasun Luxury Apartments & Villas, guests enjoy the attentive service and immaculate facilities of a five-star property, without the price tag. The modern villas are ideal for families because they feature fully equipped kitchens. And if you don’t fancy splashing around the on-site pool, a free shuttle takes you straight to the beach and back.

Sands Suites Resort & Spa, Flic-en-Flac

Sands Suites Resort & Spa, Flic-en-Flac

Sands Suites Resort & Spa – Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

Romantic getaways happen at Sands Suites Resort & Spa. With direct beach access, free water sports, three restaurants and a cocktail bar overlooking the bay, there’s not much left for you to worry about – except maybe, which spa treatment you want to indulge in after a hard day of taking it easy.

La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Flic-en-Flac

La Pirogue Resort & Spa, Flic-en-Flac

La Pirogue Resort & Spa – Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

Variety is the spice of life – and the best place to spice up your holiday is at La Pirogue Resort & Spa. As well as a wide range of water sports, guests can try tennis, beach volleyball, golf, mountain biking and archery. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, taste your way through the menu at all four on-site restaurants.

Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa, Flic-en-Flac

Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa, Flic-en-Flac

Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa – Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

Ever dreamed of waking up in a lavish villa with a private plunge pool? Fulfill your fantasy at Maradiva Villas Resort and Spa. Here, you don’t even have to leave your extra-large double bed to enjoy a meal with a view, thanks to a 24-hour concierge and room service.

West Coast View and Spa, Flic-en-Flac

West Coast View and Spa, Flic-en-Flac

West Coast View and Spa – Flic-en-Flac, Mauritius

If you like to explore the island on your own terms, the self-catered West Coast View & Spa studios are a perfect match. At bargain prices, you can stay in a spacious room with a balcony overlooking Flic-en-Flac. The beach is less than 15 minutes’ walk away, and you can also use the complimentary shuttle and rental bikes to traverse the island.