Mauritius is located in the Indian Ocean about 800km east of Madagascar and 2,000 kilometres off the nearest point of the African mainland. The Oberoi, Mauritius lies along the Baie aux Tortues or Turtle Bay on the island's curvaceous north -west Coast in over 20 acres of beautiful, subtropical gardens and with an impressive 600 metres of beachfront spanning three crescents of white sand between the mountains and the turquoise water of the Indian Ocean. The hotel is 15 kilometres away from the capital city of Port Louis and near the buzzing small town of Grand Baie.
Location & Access
Mauritius is served by the Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after the former Prime Minister who is acknowledged as the Father of the Nation. The airport is a 55 minute drive from the hotel. Mauritius is well connected to international cities with daily flights operated by Air Mauritius and other leading airlines including Air France, British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor and Emirates Airlines.
Driving Directions from Airport to The Oberoi, Mauritius
Upon exiting the airport, please engage in the motorway leading to Port-Louis, the Capital city of Mauritius.
From Port-Louis pass the Caudan water front which will be on your left hand side. Drive straight and pass the first three red lights. At the third red light, drive towards the round about.
Drive straight until you reach the seventh round about (Terre Rouge roundabout). At the Terre Rouge turn left towards Arsenal Village.
At the (second) traffic signal turn left, and continue straight till Arsenal Shopping Mall and petrol station. After the petrol station, turn left and drive until you reach the Balaclava Bridge. After the bridge, turn left at the sign location for the hotel. The Oberoi, Mauritius is located at the end of this road.
Other Travel Information
Mauritius is served by the Sir Sewoosagar Ramgoolam International Airport, named after the former Prime Minister who is acknowledged as the Father of the Nation, about one hour drive from Port Louis.
All travellers to Mauritius must possess a valid passport and a return or onward ticket. A visitor's visa is granted normally for one month, but can be renewed for a further period upon request. All visitors need to have an outward bound ticket and proof of sufficient funds to support their stay. Passports are required by all and must have at least 6 months to the expiry date. Visas may be obtained from Mauritian Embassies and High Commissions.
Passengers of 18 years of age and over may import certain duty free goods. All plants must be declared to Customs immediately on arrival and are subject to examination. It is prohibited, by law, to introduce sugar cane and parts thereof, soil micro-organisms and invertebrate animals.
The official unit of currency in Mauritius is the Rupee. All major credit cards and Traveller's Checks are widely accepted. In general, cash is better than traveller's checks. Cash can be easier and quicker to exchange and command a higher rate or the commission can be lower. In some places, the larger the denomination of bills, the better the exchange rate.
The climate in Mauritius is comfortable over the whole year in which the months April till July and September till October are the most pleasant. During these months it rains less and the temperatures aren't too high. The central part of the island experiences an average maximum day time temperature of 20°C in August to about 26°C in February. Along coastal areas, the temperatures are generally 3 to 5 degrees higher. The western and northern regions are warmer and relatively drier than the East and South. Tropical storms are frequent during the cyclone season from December to March.
The best way to dress in Mauritius is to go informal. Light clothing (remember to carry plenty of spares to change into during the day) like bikinis, halter-neck tops, shorts and mini skirts are ideal for women on the beach, while shorts with singlets should suit men. A jacket and tie are required for official calls or for more formal occasions. Long sleeved shirts are acceptable for evening functions. For ladies, dresses, blouses, and long pants are appropriate. You could travel light, as there is usually a wide range of beachwear available in Mauritius. Sandals are the most comfortable form of footwear.
The official language is English - but most widely spread is French and the local dialect, Creole. Most Mauritians also speak their native languages such as Creole, Hindi, Chinese, Urdu, etc.