Eco accommodation in Mauritius
Tourist accommodation in Mauritius is no longer the preserve of the luxury hotel industry, as there are now a range of accommodation types to choose from, including many for the eco-conscious traveller.
You can still choose luxury accommodation as an eco-tourist, as there are a number of 4-5 star hotels, beach villas and luxury bungalows that operate sustainably. You can choose a ‘green’ hotel which uses renewable energy for example, or a luxury bungalow or apartment where they employ water saving techniques. Or you may select more rustic accommodation, such as a lodge or guest house set in a secluded natural environment.
Mauritius has many accommodation options that are perfect for eco-tourists that are located mainly in the south and south-east of the island where the natural landscape is richest. There are eco-lodges that offer rustic cabins built from sustainable materials like wood and bamboo, located in the midst of lush forests that offer spectacular hilly panoramas, offer wellness facilities and meals that are made from fresh, locally sourced ingredients. There are other eco-lodges that have been specially built to blend into the ecosystem and offer visitors the opportunity to immerse themselves fully in nature, and others that are close to amazing natural vistas, like waterfalls and lakes. Eco-tents offer another rustic option for reducing your carbon footprint, as the structures are made from recyclable materials and they make optimum use of renewable energy as well as rainwater. For the ultimate off the grid experience you can even stay in a tree lodge…a unique opportunity to truly immerse yourself in nature and look out over the verdant landscape and even glimpse the ocean.
Of course as an eco-traveller you may not want to stay in the midst of nature, but instead absorb more in the culture, perhaps in a town or city, within population hubs, in which case you can choose smaller hotels, or guest houses or bed and breakfasts or choose a self-catering apartment or studio. You should just be aware that there are guest houses in Mauritius that are a bit less salubrious in nature so take care when choosing your accommodation.
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If you are staying in;
- Luxury resorts and hotels - you can expect a range of international cuisine, both a la carte and buffet style
- Self-catering apartment/villas - you have the option of buying from the local market and experimenting, or trying some of the local restaurants and street vendors
- Guest Houses/Lodges - you can generally enjoy local cuisine, that is perhaps more refined or you might be lucky to experience some authentic food from the past
- Bed and Breakfast - while the breakfast might be basic, with bread as a staple, you can explore the local cuisine during your excursions, and try out restaurants and street vendors
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When you stay in a luxury hotel in Mauritius you obviously have the advantages of having your every need taken care of. However there is a tendency in these circumstances to stay within the resort and not experience the country authentically.
Consider trying an alternative accommodation type such as a self-catered villa, a studio apartment or a bed and breakfast by the beach or even an eco-lodge set in the wild South, which will allow you to experience a holiday where you can truly connect to the local environment and the Mauritian culture.
Staying in self-catered accommodation also gives you the freedom to choose sustainable activities that suit your interests and schedule, so you can go for a hike in the Black River National Park at a time that suits you or spend as long as you like at an attraction like the Casela Adventure Park instead of having a timetable imposed on you.
You also have the opportunity to sample local and international cuisine at the variety of restaurants available, or to try your hand at cooking with some of the seasonal produce, like jackfruit, okra and an array of leafy greens from local markets and sample some exotic fruit while you’re there. Sometimes you may even find fishermen selling seafood at the beach! All in all choosing alternative accommodation to a hotel can create a more immersive travel experience not to be missed.
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