Why is Mauritius on every family wish list these days? The Indian Ocean is strewn with mysterious and lovely islands, you can’t move without bumping into an archipelago, and great chunks of the world’s mightiest continents sit with their toes in these blue-green waters. But, if you think it’s all about sun and sea, you might be surprised.

Obviously a coastline that’s 150km round, scattered with sugary white beaches and protected by the world’s third largest coral reef, has plenty of appeal. But, according to the family travel experts at Away Holidays, the island’s lush, jungle-y interior is just as much of a draw; not to mention its astonishing volcanic mountains, fascinating history and Creole culture; pretty towns and villages, heaps of fun activities and the undeniable attraction of size: you can drive north to south on Mauritius in just under two hours.

It’s also one of the easiest Indian Ocean islands to reach, with Air Mauritius who operate four direct flights per week from London Heathrow departing on either Wednesday, Friday, Saturday or Sunday. With Air Mauritius you can pre-book your seats, once your booking is confirmed. This is free of charge and very useful when travelling with a family.  They also offer a range of onboard entertainment, a choice of delicious food and amenity packs onboard for both economy and business class passengers plus children’s activity packs.

So that gives you a hint of why you keep hearing about how perfect Mauritius is for families. But if you need more convincing, have a look at another few of Away Holidays very persuasive reasons for putting this particular Indian Ocean island high on your own holiday wish list.

1/4  Mauritian beaches really are amazing

There isn’t a single stretch of coast on Mauritius without a beach to brag about. From the long shores of legendary Flic-en-Flac in the west to Belle-Mare’s powdery, sugar-white coves to the west or Morne Brabant’s southern surfing legends, only the island’s optical-illusion lagoons are more spectacular than its beaches.

Naturally, some spots are better than others, and that prize is almost always claimed by the beautiful north, which also just happens to be where you’ll find Grand Baie: liveliest resort town on Mauritius and the one families love best of all.

Stay in Grand Baie at Mauricia Beachcomber Resort & Spa; close to gorgeous beaches like Mont Choisy, wonderful for water sports and outdoor activities, and just 20 minutes from Turtle Bay Marine Reserve.