Set on the island's peaceful northern coast on the picture-perfect Grand Sable beach, the Royal Palm is all-suite, all-sea-view, with top-class service to match (no wonder it attracts various heads of state). The vibe is serene and refined, matching the mainly French clientele. Waft from breakfast under the thatched terrace to the Clarins spa to a lounger on the beach. And don't miss La Goélette restaurant, presided over by French chef Michel de Mattéis who brings that Gallic flair for flavour to a fusion of international and local dishes. Walk it off in the fashionable village of Grand Baie with its boutiques. WOW FACTOR: The service is sublime - you'll feel like a high-flying CEO (one is probably on the next sun lounger).