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By far the easiest way to get around under your own steam is to hire a car (from £35 per day). There’s also a fairly reliable bus network – the National Transport Authority has details of routes (fares from 30p).

Where to stay
Pointe d’Esny has a great selection of guesthouses, and L’Oiseau du Paradis is the pick of the bunch. Rooms are painted in a tropical palette and feature an eclectic mix of traditional wooden furniture. Guests have access to the nearby beach via the owner’s private villa over the road (Pointe d’Esny; from £45).

Wickedly stylish without the attendant price tag, the Récif Attitude gives on to a relatively undeveloped stretch of beach, and has plenty of pillow-strewn nooks for lounging away from the sand (Pointe aux Piments; from £100).

La Pirogue is a cluster of hut-villas arranged along 500m of sandy beach. Rooms open out onto a palm-filled grove, and the seaside restaurant hosts regular seafood barbecues and lobster nights (Flic en Flac; from £230 half-board).

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The article ‘Mini guide to coastal Mauritius’ was published in partnership with Lonely Planet Traveller.

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