Situated on what is often billed as the best beach in Mauritius, Beachcomber's Trou aux Biches Resort & Spa has emerged recently from a £60million facelift, with impressive results: six restaurants serve international cuisine (our favourite is the top-notch Indian, Mahiya) and lavish suites are equipped with flat-screen TVs, outdoor showers and free WiFi.

The north-west location is perfect for catching the sunsets, and ideal for exploring the lively seaside village Grand Baie and the culturally diverse capital of Port Louis.

Sporty couples will love the hotel's tennis academy with six floodlit courts. Or step inside the Spa by Clarins, with its two hammams and 17 massage cabins, six of which cater for side-by-side pampering.

WOW FACTOR: That beach - splash out on a Beach Front Suite, where you can hop out of your private pool and scrunch your toes in the sand.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours

WHEN TO GO: Summer, Autumn

GO: Beachcomber Tours ( offers seven nights, full board, in a Junior Suite from £1,995 per person. Includes Air Mauritius flights, transfers and a spa treatment.