Which should matter more when choosing a honeymoon hotel on Mauritius: 30 years' experience of welcoming guests to the island, or brand new facilities? At the Royal Palm, that's not a choice you need to make.

This well-loved resort has had an overhaul, reducing the sea-view suites (from 84 to 69) but bumping up the luxe factor.

Despite ploughing £10 million into the revamp, the Palm has opted for understated polish rather than flashy touches.

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Our favourite new features are the adults-only 'haven pool' and La Brezza, a trattoria offering hearty Italian fare. The new eatery complements La Goélette, a romantic terrace restaurant overlooking the sea, and the lunchtime-only Le Bar Plage.

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The most spectacular way to arrive at the Royal Palm is by helicopter, but a warning: touch down before the 3pm curfew - nothing is allowed to spoil the evening ambience.

WOW FACTOR: The staff make you feel truly special. This is the type of place where you dress for lunch - but because you'll want to, not because you should.

GO: Elegant Resorts (www.elegantresorts.co.uk) offers seven nights from £2,345 per person. Includes flights and transfers.

FLIGHT TIME: 12 hours.

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