Mauritius has long been a go-to for honeymooners, but this retreat makes it just as perfect for those with a brood (it's also malaria-free, so no need for jabs). Colonial in style, The Residence feels wonderfully grand. As you enter the atrium, look out to the distant reef and just breathe. Stylishly decorated rooms are vast and come with a butler, who'll offer to unpack for you, leaving you free to explore. Located on the eastern side of the island, the hotel has a fantastic beach - soft white sand sweeps around a bay of shallow waters, great for paddling, swimming, sailing and waterskiing.
The army of staff at the Planters Kids Club will ensure you have a relaxing time, with a schedule of activities for children that might even make you jealous and long to join in. What this means, of course, is you're both left to soak up the sun sans guilt. Explore the reef, flop on your luxurious daybed or simply just enjoy your freedom. We recommend you get up early and bag a beach sunbed - the view is to-die-for.
WOW FACTOR: The serenity (at least once the kids have gone to bed). You'll hear nothing but the sound of waves crashing on the reef in the distance.
GO: The Turquoise Holiday Company (www.turquoiseholidays.co.uk) offers seven nights from £1,349 per person, half board. Includes flights and transfers
FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours
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What sets apart this paradise-island retreat is its ambience of elegant colonial living. Unlike its thatched-roof rivals, the hotel has the style and feel of a 19th-century plantation house.
Walking into its remarkable reception, with vaulted ceiling, oriental antiques, and views of the sapphire pool and palm-lined beach beyond, prompts a genuine intake of breath. Suites fulfil the romantic ideal, with four-posters draped in gauzy white netting. Despite the nostalgic decor, the facilities belong firmly in the 21st century, with three restaurants - don't miss the ocean-front Plantation for the delicately spiced seared tuna - a gym and two pools. Had enough of exploring? Find yourself a balmy spot on the veranda and relax with a rum punch cocktail.
WOW FACTOR Make use of the butler service - they'll run you a blissful petal-filled bubble bath, complete with romantic candles and champagne.
GO Rainbow Tours www.rainbowtours.co.uk offers seven nights from £2,095 per person, half board. Includes flights and transfers
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With its colonial-inspired architecture and interiors, pristine white sandy beach, three must-visit restaurants and all-inclusive watersports, The Residence Mauritius is the epitome of Indian Ocean luxury.
The rooms - and especially the suites, which have a four-poster bed swathed in netting and two bathrooms - are elegantly decorated, with quirky 1930s details. There are colonial touches throughout the hotel, plus fascinating photographs of early island settlers.
But what really sets The Residence apart is its impeccable service - friendly and incredibly smooth running, so your every wish is thought of before you've even had a chance to think of it. If you dream of a romantic beach holiday with good food and relaxing spa treatments, this is the place for you.
Wow factor: Go wild - walk
with lions at the island's Casela Nature & Leisure Park.
Flight time: From 12 hours.