This hotel practically demands horizontal lounging. There's the most amazing pool centred around a bar serving cappuccinos and cocktails all day long. Then, just a few lazy steps beyond the pool, protected by a reef, lies the beautiful beach.

Watersports are available (most of them free), but for  the majority of guests, a few minutes' paddling on a pedalo is enough.


When hunger hits, visit Annabella's, which dishes up international brasserie-style food and will become your regular go-to for breakfast. (The birdsong here is well worth setting your alarm for.)

Or, if you are looking for a Mauritian-inspired gourmet treat, book an evening at the imposing Château de Bel Ombre - with its high ceilings and antique furniture, it emanates the charm of  a time gone by.


Set among magnificent gardens, this period property will become a highlight of your stay.

WOW FACTOR: A 4x4 tour of the wild, rugged Frédérica Nature Reserve. Bring your cossie - there's a stop at a lagoon, complete with fairytale waterfall.

GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company ( offers seven nights from £1,449 per person, half board. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours


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Channelling the colonial vibe, Heritage Le Telfair (which re-opened at the end of 2010 after a revamp) has a lot going on under its cool exterior.

With 11 restaurants between it and sister resort Heritage Awali (including waterside Gin'ja serving excellent sushi and indulgent French at Le Chateau), a new spa, an 18-hole golf course and watersports galore, you'll find everything you could wish for on this patch of paradise.

Sip cocktails while your luggage is whisked off to be unpacked.

The 158 rooms and suites are located in 20 plantation-style houses - stately furniture mixes with French-style fabrics. Choose a Senior Suite for a canopied bed. And the 1,300-hectare Frédérica Nature Reserve is on your doorstep.

WOW FACTOR: Watch the sunset at Miami-style C Beach Club, before the vibe cranks up with international DJs and cocktails.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer, Autumn

Go: Book with Turquoise Holidays; call 01494 678 400 or visit for more details or email