The Maldives may steal all the headlines when it comes to romantic Indian Ocean islands, but Mauritius is the classic choice for beach-loving honeymooners in search of sun, sand and the option of doing more than just sunbathe.

This is a big island with mountains to climb, towns to visit and scenic countryside to explore - although, of course, sunbathing is more than taken care of with too-many-to-choose-from idyllic white-sand beaches.

Located on a private peninsula on the chic east coast, One&Only Le Saint Geran is arguably one of the most luxurious resorts on an island of luxurious resorts.

It's not flash, it's not cutting-edge; it's a fabulously old-school classic offering hard-to-find glamour and the kind of experience that makes you wish you could come back every year.

Then there's the breathtaking beach, the three fantastic restaurants (including two from Michelin-starred chefs), the Espa spa and the huge rooms overlooking the ocean. If you want to be treated like the most important couple in the world, then this is the place for you.

WOW FACTOR: The service is truly mind-blowing. It's the kind of place where everyone knows your name and what drinks you like, and where your private butler will do all he can to make you happy.

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