Embrace Your Holiday in Mauritius in the Rain
March 11 2020
March 11 2020
With long, white beaches, jungle-like interiors, ample hiking trails, temperate sapphire-blue lagoons and luxury beachside resorts, it’s no wonder Mauritius has become known for outdoor island holidays in the African sun. While the phenomenal tropical climate and typically-warm weather is a huge drawcard of the destination, there are occasionally rainy spells in between the stunning sun-filled days.
In a nutshell, Mauritius has two seasons; summer and winter. Summer runs from November to April and winter is from May to October. The average temperature during the mild Mauritian winters sits at around 22ºC (which would be considered summer temperatures in some parts of the world). The winter months are usually dry and temperatures are cooler than in summer, which makes it a fabulous time for adventurers — keen to embrace the wealth of outdoor activities on offer — to visit.
The gorgeous Mauritian summer is characterised by average temperatures of 27ºC, long daylight hours and warm humid days, with the hottest months generally being December, January and February. Summer is technically also the rainy season, with gentle rains occurring mostly on the cooler central plateau and the occasional cyclone along the shore. Full cyclones only hit the mainland every five years as they generally pass the island by, but when they do, you can rest-assured that Mauritius is very well-prepared for them. The wettest months in Mauritius are usually February and March.
While Mauritius’ tropical weather is typically quite glorious throughout the year, you could find yourself faced with a rainy or windy day (or afternoon) or even a cyclone (again, this is very rare). When that happens, it'll be difficult to make the most of the fabled Mauritius beaches, but you can still have an incredible time here. Interested to find out more? Here’s how you can enjoy your holiday in Mauritius in the rain:
Indulge in an afternoon of reading
How often in life do you actually get to take the opportunity to indulge in a good book? If you are the type of person to let FOMO get the best of you and you would prefer to immerse yourself in incredible activities outdoors when the weather is nice, then rainy weather makes for the ultimate reading time.
Not only will you not worry about “missing out”, but you can cosy up to your significant other or a loved one, snuggle under blankets, make the most of your luxury rooms (especially if you're staying at one of the sensational Sun Resorts hotels) and read to your heart’s content. Dust off that novel you just haven’t had time for yet and make the most of the rainy weather and the relaxation time. Don’t have a book? Don’t worry, many of the Sun Resorts hotels offer reading materials, like at Ambre where there is a self-service library.
Discover the Mauritian culture and history
When beach days are a no-go, there’s practically no better time to delve into the island’s rich history, culture and art scene. Head to one of the many museums scattered across the island or head directly to Port Louis, where many of them are located, for an unforgettable cultural journey of Mauritius. The Natural History Museum of Port Louis, Aapravasi Ghat and The Blue Penny Museum are three of our must-see museums in the city itself, but we also love the Chateau Labourdonnais and Maison Eureka for a taste of old-world charm. If you do head to the capital city, however, be sure to pop by Chinatown when the hunger pangs hit and indulge in the huge variety of incredible street food!
Embrace the wonders of a luxury spa
Apart from its gorgeous dazzling shores, another thing Mauritius is known for is its signature hospitality and a wide array of hotels, which like those in the Sun Resorts portfolio, boast exceptional spas. Use the downtime to savour some serious pampering in the most tranquil surrounds of one of our Cinq Mondes Spas or the Tropical Spa at Ambre when it’s raining.
Create your own half or full-day spa package, treat yourself to a relaxing massage or facial and make the most of the complimentary refreshments, relaxation areas and spa facilities (which could be anything from a hammam to a private pool or Jacuzzi). If you have kids, you can still enjoy your spa day fully because the Sun Resorts kids clubs are absolutely fantastic. With jam-packed, age-appropriate activity programmes filled with wondrous things to do, your little ones are sure to have a whale of a time with the expert kids club councillors as well as their new friends!
Rainy weather makes for a perfect opportunity to get a solid dose of spa indulgence — you’re on holiday, so why not?
Partake in an exciting class (or two)
Each of the sublime Sun Resorts hotels offers a range of unique classes for their guests to enhance their holiday, especially on rainy days when the entertainment team efficiently tweaks the programme to the weather if needs be.
Try your hand at rum-cocktail making at the Rum Academy at Long Beach, indulge in a Mauritian Creole language or cooking class (which could mean being able to treat your friends back home to a taste of Mauritius) or partake in one of the many fitness classes offered (which include everything from yoga and Pilates to Zumba, Bodyblade, aqua gym and more). You can also hire the services of one of the on-site fitness coaches to maximise your time indoors! Long Beach, in particular, is known for their wide variety of novel classes. In the past, there have been art, DJ and mixology classes as well as famous fitness trainers’ classes and special spa sessions with celebrity facialists!
Interested in utilising your indoor time in the best ways? Simply check out your resort’s daily programme, pick the class that most resonates with you and uncover a newfound interest, hobby or talent!
Go on a shopping spree
Mauritius is known for its plethora of excellent textiles (many of which have caught the attention of global brands over the years who outsource their manufacturing to Mauritius) and authentic local goods (from vanilla teas and Mauritian sugar-based consumables like rum to beautiful crafts), so it’s a heaven for avid shoppers.
Ask the locals about the best places to stop for epic deals on fine textiles, meander through Central Market in Port Louis for some authentic trinkets to take home or check out the fabulous high-end boutiques at the Caudan Waterfront for something really special. Rainy days in Mauritius don’t need to be days wasted!
Make the most of the culinary offerings
For epicures and bon vivants, it’s not a real holiday without a little gourmet indulgence, is it? Why not take the opportunity of a rainy day to fully rest and relax in the pure luxury of your home away from home and make the most of the sensational culinary delights on offer at the amazing Sun Resorts establishments?
From establishments that include the ever-trendy Buddha-Bar Beach and the newly-renovated Citronella’s with its chic Meditteranean flair at Sugar Beach to the fine-dining Hasu at Long Beach, the Van der Stel Wine Bar at La Pirogue and the seaside La Plage at Ambre (to name but a few), there is no shortage of extraordinary ways to tantalise your taste buds during rainy days at Sun Resorts.
Interested to head to the dreamlike paradise of Mauritius come rain or shine? Then book your stay at one of the dazzling Sun Resorts properties. With us, along the phenomenal east or west coast of Mauritius, you are bound to have the holiday of a lifetime, no matter the weather.