Private white-sand bay? Check. Tropical gardens? Check. Huge thatched villas surrounded by the soothing sound of water? Check.

It's all there, but The Oberoi Mauritius does much more than this with its subtle sexiness and grown-up charm. It's one of those places where everything just feels right - from the mojito and a cold towel on arrival to the pressure of your coconut-infused Taillasson massage in the 'Africology' Oberoi Spa.

With only 71 villas, some with pools, the vibe is intimate, the service is attentive and the food well worth writing home about. The black marble infinity pool is hard to leave, but once the sun goes down, you'll have to move fast to bag yourself the best cocktail spot - on the carved Indonesian 'love swing' in the bar.

From there, amble down lantern-lit walkways to the restaurant for creole-tinged dishes by head chef Singh - who also runs cooking classes.

WOW FACTOR: This isn't called Turtle Bay for nothing - so keep your eyes peeled for these magical creatures in the reef in front of the hotel.

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