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Mauritius in December: Live the fairytale of Christmas in paradise

Written on : 17 July 2024
By : Alexis Steinman
Mauritius in December: Live the fairytale of Christmas in paradise

Mauritius, the pearl of the Indian Ocean, seduces with its white sandy beaches, crystal-clear waters and rich Creole culture. Ideal for escaping the winter chill, this tropical paradise transforms into a festive oasis at Christmas, with decorations, craft markets, concerts, gourmet dinners and fireworks. Western traditions mingle with local customs, creating a unique atmosphere. From water sports to holiday festivities, Christmas in Mauritius is an unforgettable experience, guaranteed.

Why choose Mauritius for your luxury tropical Christmas? 

Why choose Mauritius for your luxury tropical Christmas? 

Mauritius offers a unique experience for an unforgettable Christmas. The island's idyllic setting of white-sand beaches, turquoise waters and lush vegetation offers a magical and relaxing backdrop for the Christmas holidays. The island's tropical climate ensures mild, sunny weather, making it the perfect place for visitors seeking warmth and sunshine during the Northern Hemisphere's chilly winter months.

Mauritius celebrates Christmas with infectious energy and joy, uniquely blending Western traditions with local customs. Visitors can enjoy lively Christmas markets, traditional dance performances, festive activities and entertainment for the whole family during this festive period.

Mauritius' cultural diversity is mirrored in its Christmas celebrations, giving visitors an authentic and enriching experience. Whether taking part in religious processions, discovering local crafts at Christmas markets, or enjoying traditional music and dance, every moment spent on the island during Christmas promises to be filled with joy, warmth and unforgettable memories.

Lastly, Villanovo's sumptuous villas in every corner of Mauritius are fantastic places to stay. They offer you the luxury of having everything at your doorstep: golf courses, spas, tennis courts and, of course, heavenly beaches. Our villas are ideal for families looking for an intimate December getaway.

Villanovo also offers luxury services such as personal chefs, poolside massages, and private yoga classes on your terrace. Our attentive concierges are on hand to cater to your every need.  They can book exclusive experiences such as sunset catamaran cruises, swimming with dolphins or candlelight dinners prepared by a private chef.

What are the unforgettable things to do with your family on a December holiday in Mauritius? 

Swim with dolphins

Swimming with dolphins in Mauritius is a magical experience to remember. Often organised off the west coast, particularly at Tamarin and Rivière Noire, you can swim alongside wild dolphins in their natural habitat, a unique opportunity to see these friendly creatures up close!

Try snorkelling and scuba diving 

Explore the magnificent coral reefs in Mauritius to discover their colourful and diverse marine life. The Indian Ocean's clear, warm waters are the ideal conditions for this activity for young and old alike!

Mauritius in December: Live the fairytale of Christmas in paradise

Take a sunset catamaran or boat cruise 

Enjoy a relaxing cruise on calm waters while admiring a spectacular sunset over the horizon. It's even possible to organise an excursion with a gourmet dinner on board, a great idea for a romantic evening with your sweetheart or with your family.

Go on a hike in the mountains or at nature reserves 

Explore picturesque hiking trails in Mauritius and discover its unspoilt natural beauty. Places like Black River Gorges or the Black River Gorges National Park are home to breathtaking scenery and unique flora and fauna.

Mauritius in December: Live the fairytale of Christmas in paradise

Have a picnic on the beach

Ask your Villanovo concierge to prepare a picnic with local specialities to spend a lovely day on one of Mauritius' many white-sand beaches. Enjoy the sun, swimming, and the tranquillity of this heavenly setting.

Enjoy Christmas markets and local festivals 

Soak up the festive atmosphere of Christmas by exploring the local craft markets, where you can find unique gifts, Christmas decorations and local produce. People also like attending the cultural and musical festivals that animate the island's streets during the festive season.

Discover Mauritian cuisine 

Don't miss the chance to sample delicious Mauritian cuisine, a blend of culinary influences like Indian, Chinese, Creole and European cuisine. Dishes such as fish curry, mines frites (fried noodles) and gâteaux piments (chilli fritters) are musts to try during your stay.

Let our attentive concierges organise these activities to give your whole family the Christmas gift of unforgettable memories.

What is the weather in Mauritius in December? 

Weather in December: Climate and temperatures 

In December, Mauritius has a hot and humid tropical climate. Temperatures in December generally vary between 23°C and 30°C. Days are often warm, with relatively cooler evenings. December marks the start of the rainy season in Mauritius. Showers can be frequent and sometimes intense, but they are often short-lived and followed by periods of sunny weather. The water temperature is a pleasant 27 degrees celsius, which is ideal for water sports and swimming. 

When is the best time to visit Mauritius?

Christmas and New Year are the best time to visit Mauritius. October to February is known as Mauritian summer thanks to its warm weather and sunny days. Since this is high season, it is best to book this popular time at least five months in advance. 

Christmas culinary specialities to taste with family in Mauritius in December

Christmas culinary specialities to taste with family in Mauritius in December

Christmas in Mauritius is a time of culinary celebration, where local traditions are honoured with a festive touch for unforgettable gourmet moments.

Christmas celebrations in Mauritius are gastronomically rich, combining Creole, French, Indian and Chinese influences into a unique and memorable feast. 

Traditional and revamped dishes include Christmas curry, Mauritian biryani, vindaye, venison stew, potato cakes and Yule logs.

For a truly unique culinary experience, you can ask your Villanovo concierge to arrange for a private chef. 

Best places to stay in Mauritius for your Christmas holiday with family, friends, or as a couple

Best places to stay in Mauritius for your Christmas holiday with family, friends, or as a couple

Each region of Mauritius has something unique to offer. Choosing the right region is essential to ensure an enjoyable experience that is well-tailored to the specific needs of families, couples or groups of friends. Here are our recommendations. 

For familles

We offer a vast selection of exceptional villas that are suitable for families

Grand Baie: It's one of the island's most popular areas, with plenty of activities for the whole family, safe beaches and many restaurants and shops.

Trou aux Biches: Known for its calm, shallow beaches that are perfect for children. There are also plenty of family-friendly water sports.

Le Morne: Offers stunning scenery and family-friendly beaches. Activities include kite-surfing, boat trips and cultural visits.

Bel Ombre: A peaceful region with outdoor activities such as hiking in nature reserves.

For Couples

We offer a wide choice of exceptional villas that offer the utmost privacy. 

Belle Mare: Famous for its long, white-sand beaches and turquoise waters, this town is perfect for a romantic escape and enjoying luxury spas.


Trou d'Eau Douce: A picturesque village with boat trips to Île aux Cerfs, a popular romantic destination.

Flacq: Ideal for couples, with its charming local markets, secluded beaches and beautiful landscapes that provide the perfect backdrop for intimate getaways.

Tamarin: Less touristy and quieter, with gorgeous beaches and activities such as surfing and dolphin-watching excursions.

For groups of friends

We offer a large selection of villas that are perfectly-suited for large groups:

Pointe d'Esny: The perfect place for groups, with its vast sandy beaches and turquoise waters that are ideal for group water sports.

Mahébourg: An historic village with authentic charm, home to cultural excursions and outdoor activities. 

Other recommandations 

Rivière Noire: Ideal for nature lovers and groups of friends, with activities like hiking in Black River Gorges, deep-sea fishing and dolphin watching.

So, which region and villa will you choose for a memorable Christmas in Mauritius?

Villanovo in Mauritius: Exceptional stays and luxury concierge service 

Villanovo in Mauritius: Exceptional stays and luxury concierge service 

Our exclusive collection 

Villanovo offers a wide choice of luxury villas in Mauritius. Are you looking for villas with a swimming pool, child-friendly villas, villas in the north of Mauritius or 6-bedroom villas? We have everything you need.

A unique experience

Our attentive concierges take care of all the details so you can concentrate on your holiday. This personalised service adapts each trip to your needs, like booking boat excursions, scuba diving and other water sports, and a private chef. Last but not least? Villanovo offers you a beautiful travel diary for each stay in one of our villas. You'll find all our recommendations and great addresses for restaurants, shops and other experiences to discover in Mauritius.

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