When most people think of Mauritius, they think of a honeymooner’s paradise. And yes, it is a paradise. Visually stunning, secluded, great food… it’s a fantastic destination to while away the hours and recover post-wedding. It also has a (deserved) reputation for being pricey, making it the kind of “once in a lifetime” destination only a honeymoon deserves.

BUT! There are definitely ways to keep the costs down. And if you can do that, Mauritius becomes a much more accessible destination for families. Air Mauritius has some of the cheapest fares I’ve seen. Eat locally, shop at the supermarket and hire a car, and you’ve already saved a bunch of money. This way, you’ll experience more of the island’s scenery, history, and culture, and still be able to splurge on the good stuff… Like an absolutely gorgeous resort.

So here are my fave family-friendly resorts in Mauritius, tested not only by me but many of my lovely clients too. Once you feel you’ve been sufficiently inspired to book a Mauritius holiday read my guide to planning a Mauritius holiday.

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Anahita Golf and Spa Resort, Mauritius

The “Golf” in the Anahita Golf and Spa Resort name refers to the 18-hole Ernie Els-designed course that surrounds the resort, and if my time in Langkawi has taught me anything, these are stunning. Yes, golf isn’t for everyone, but I always think there’s something so luxurious about a well-designed course with a dramatic mountain backdrop like Langkawi or, indeed, Mauritius. You’ll find the Anahita in Beau Champ, on the East coast south of Belle Mare.

If golf isn’t your thing, have no fear – there are so many other activities you could try. Or, you could just sit back and relax in your tropical island paradise… that’s fine too. Anahita has access to a private beach on Ile aux Cerfs too (my favourite place in the whole of Mauritius).

For the kids, there’s a well-designed kids club taking babies from eight months (yes you read that right!) and a separate teens club for the older ones. We all know kids make friends easily, but it’s always wonderful to give teens the same opportunity. The kids will also benefit from taking part in the various outdoor activities such as sailing, and there’s the Domaine de l’Etoile leisure park nearby. Here, you’ll find quad-biking, horse-riding, and all sorts of other activities and there’s a kids village set up for little ones over the age of three. Personal coaching in various sports is available for the whole family too.

There are no standard rooms at the Anahita – it’s all suites or if you’re feeling like a splurge, villas. Prices start at approximately 330USD / 475 AUD for a Junior Suite. You can book the Anahita Golf Resort & Spa here.

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Club Med La Pointe Aux Canonniers

You’re always guaranteed a fun-filled, action-packed stay at any Club Med resort, and Pointe aux Cannoniers is no exception. Settled on the tiny peninsula of Pointe aux Cannoniers, you’re a stones-throw away from the nightlife and foodie scene of Grand Baie.

If you want to learn a sport, Club Med is the place to do it. Improve your tennis backhand, take up sailing or scuba diving, practice your archery aim or even water-ski and wakeboard. These are all on offer each day. Once you’ve worked up an appetite, the creole restaurant is a great option (equipped with baby corner for heating up baby food and preparing bottles) while the Alma Beach Lounge’s rum and wine cellar will quench your thirst (why not access the babysitting services for this one).

Club Med is the ultimate destination for kids, as they tailor their programs specifically to certain age ranges. Baby Club Med, the 0-2 club, includes sensory play and specially-qualified carers. There’s also a 2-3 club, a 4-10 club, and 11-17 club. Kids under four also stay free of charge.

Club Med also makes it really easy to book interconnecting rooms if needed. Gone are the days where you had to request them and then desperately hope for the best – you can book them as their own room type on the Club Med website.

Rooms start from approximately 180USD / 260AUD per night for a Superior Room. Don’t forget, Club Med rates are all-inclusive! You can book a Club Med holiday here.

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Constance Belle Mare Plage

I absolutely love the area around Belle Mare, on the north-east coast of the island. From Poste Lafayette, around the bay to Poste de Flacq is a calm little spot perfect for lying on the beach and daydreaming. You’ll find the Constance Belle Mare just by Poste de Flacq, while the actual Belle Mare region is a little further south (and just as gorgeous). It’s not a busy part of the island, but there are a few resorts, public beaches, and cool picnic spots.

The Constance Belle Mare is well set up for romantic luxury holidays, but also for families. It’s inclusive and the staff work hard to make sure every holiday-maker at the resort has the perfect experience, tailored just-so to their specific needs. Aquaventure Mauritius is close by, and if you’re into golf there are two championship courses in the vicinity.

The kids club takes junior travelers aged four to eleven. There’s a dedicated, fenced outdoor play area that includes a wading pool, and staff offer a range of activities from local crafts, to cooking, to imaginary play spaces for four to six-year-olds. Paid babysitting services are available on-site, as well as baby gear hire facilities (car seats, strollers, etc). Everything is taken care of so you and the kids can just enjoy yourselves.

You’ll also find Constance properties in the Seychelles, Madagascar, Maldives, and Zanzibar, so Indian Ocean hideaways really are their specialty.

Rooms start from approximately 330USD / 480AUD per night for a Prestige Double room. You can book the Constance Belle Mare here.

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Le Meridien Ile Maurice

You can pretty much guarantee a Le Meridien property would be on my list if previous lists are anything to go by. (Read here for confirmation!) Why? Because Le Meridien is a hotel brand that really gets the intersection between five-star and affordability just right. The standard rate of Le Meridien Ile Maurice is up to half that of other properties on this list, and yet you still know what to expect: fresh, modern decor, great food, staff who go out of their way to help and the ever important swimming pool.

The rooms are large and most incorporate a sitting area as well as a balcony. Family rooms are also available to give you extra space.

The main pool features a swim-up bar (always important) and a babies pool too… But if you get the chance, the Nirvana infinity pool is adults-only. The kids club gets great reviews and the restaurants cater really well for children.

Rooms start from approximately 285USD / 410AUD per night for a Deluxe Room. You can book the Le Meridien Ile Maurice here.

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Long Beach Mauritius

Another stylish offering in the gorgeous Belle Mare, if the beach is your thing, Long Beach lives up to its name. The beach is over a kilometer long and with 750 beach loungers, you won’t have to fight anyone off for the perfect spot. So while away the days reading a good book, or engage in one of the fantastic activities on offer (parasailing, anyone?). If the beach isn’t your thing, one of the four pools should keep you occupied.

Long Beach’s sleek, modern styling gives the feeling of being on some kind of retreat… but the kind where cocktails are A-OK. The piazza is where all the action happens, from dining to mixology sessions (yes!) and various social activities.

The kids club takes kids from the age of two which is fantastic for families with younger kids. The kids program even offers sports coaching. The other awesome aspect? Kids under 12 stay at Long Beach for free.

Long Beach is an all-suite resort so you’re guaranteed plenty of space.

Rooms start from approximately 380USD / 485AUD per night for a Junior Suite. You can book the Long Beach Mauritius here.

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LUX* Belle Mare, Mauritius

Another property on the white sands of the North-East coast, LUX* is one of my favourites because of its hip, beach club vibe. Boasting one of the biggest pools in Mauritius, LUX* is visually impressive no matter where you look.

The kids club is open until 10 pm, which is great for parents wishing to try the amazing Indian restaurant without being interrupted, or hang out at the K-Club beer lounge (yes, LUX* has its own microbrewery!). Or how does this sound – eating tapas under the stars and sipping champagne in your own personal dugout beach lounge.

One child under 12 can stay free of charge with you, and between May and September, you can bring two kids under 12 free of charge. LUX* also has some fantastic longer-stay deals. All rooms are suites, which are spacious and sleek, and there are villas on the property for those wanting more space and privacy.

Rooms start from approximately 400USD / 570AUD per night for a Junior Suite. You can book the LUX* Belle Mare here.

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Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort

The Outrigger is perfect for people who are always on the go – you’ll find a host of free activities down on the beach such as snorkeling, glass-bottom boat rides, windsurfing, and stand-up paddle-boarding. For a fee, you can also take sailing lessons, do a quad bike tour or go scuba diving.

The kids club has a host of daily activities and its own pool, and children are well catered for in the rooms and at meal times. Most room types will fit the kids in but there’s a Family Room for more space.

Rooms start from approximately 290USD / 420AUD per night for a Deluxe Double or Twin room. You can book the Outrigger Mauritius Beach Resort here.

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Radisson Blu Azuri Beach Resort and Spa Mauritius

Take a sailing lesson, go kayaking, show off your skills in a game of beach volleyball, or join a tour to the Flacq markets – these are all everyday options at the Radisson Blu Azuri Beach.

Located in Rivière du Rempart, on Mauritius’ North-East coast south of Poste Lafayette, you can explore the gorgeous mangroves of the area or head further out to explore the coral reefs.

The Radisson’s kids club has so much to offer – cooking lessons, glass-bottom boat tours, fishing, and campfires are just a few options. There’s also a separate program for teens.

One child under 12 can stay for free in your room, and cots are available free of charge. Take advantage of the ample on-site parking and hire a car to get the most out of your stay.

Rooms start from approximately 300USD / 430AUD per night for a Premium Room.

You can book the Radisson Blu Azuri here.

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Sugar Beach Mauritius

There are three Sun Resorts properties in Mauritius, of which Sugar Beach is one. Any of these properties will blow you away but I love the location of Sugar Beach. You’ll find this property in Flic-en-Flac on Mauritius’ West coast, just south of the capital Port Louis and the surprisingly cool town of Quatre Bornes. That means there’s plenty to do close-by if you decide to leave the resort (which will be hard, because Sugar Beach is just gorgeous).

Sugar Beach does have a strong couples focus, but guests with families rave about the Kids Club and the family-friendly service. Rooms are spacious and even the lead-in rooms will easily accommodate two adults and two children. There’s a “quiet pool” for some kid-free time if you need it, separate to the main pool and children’s pool.

Rooms start from approximately 510USD / 730AUD per night for a Double Room. You can book the Sugar Beach Mauritius here.

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Shangri La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

If you’ve stayed at a Shangri La hotel before, you’ll know what to expect. If you haven’t: you’re in for a treat. Shangri La hotels are great for sticking to their brand: refined luxury, a wellness focus, perfect service and completely accommodating for every type of traveller. You’ll find Le Touessrok in Trou d’eau Douce on the East coast.

Various activities are available just off the coast on the exclusive Ilot Mangenie, including bocce games, water sports, and a gorgeous beach bar. A free boat runs back and forth. Hiking and cycling tours are also available as well as snorkeling and scuba diving classes. There’s a separate activities program for teens that includes their own dive classes, as well as water skiing and wakeboarding, beach volleyball and pool tournaments.

There is a well-equipped kids club for children aged 4-11 and a teen club for 12-17-year-olds. Both are free of charge.

A variety of room types are available from the lead-in Deluxe rooms (which are still big enough to accommodate children) to suites. There are three amazing villas on the property too.

Rooms start from approximately 305USD / 440AUD per night for a Double Deluxe Room. You can book the Shangri La Le Touessrok here.

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