Where to stay:
Le Méridien Ile Maurice
The first thing you’ll notice when checking in at this resort is its sheer size. Set on Mauritius’ northern coast and fresh from a $60m renovation, everything here is larger than life, from the vast, open-air lobby to the 1km-long beach. And with each room looking out on the Indian Ocean, rooms feel extra spacious, too. If you’re travelling sans famille, plump for a stay in the ‘Nirvana wing’, where you can make leisurely laps of its adults-only infinity pool, before grazing on reviving snacks by your plush sun-lounger. Water sports here are in abundance – and free of charge for guests. Kayak through frothing surf, snorkel the house reef, try your hand at wind-surfing, or sit back and admire the marine life below from a glass-bottomed boat.
The Westin Turtle Bay Resort and Spa
As the name suggests, this resort is set within Mauritius’ Turtle Bay Marine Park, one of the island’s two protected spaces. Here, keen snorkellers can spot enormous groupers, angelfish and, if you’re lucky, the odd hawksbill turtle gliding languidly within the reef. On the property itself, golf buggies roam between gabled villas, shuttling guests to the beach, the oceanfront restaurants and the spa. It’s a paragon of serenity, offering everything from your standard scrubs, massages and wraps to beach yoga and mandala therapy. Once rejuvenated from an afternoon of self-care, pull up a pew at Japanese eatery Fusion for its flame-filled teppanyaki experience, and have lightly seared strips of Wagyu beef passed to you direct from the skillet.