If you're after a post-summer pick-me-up in holiday form, Mauritius is the place to go. From October to November temperatures sit happily between 26 and 28 degrees, the sun is strong and the skies are clear. What's more the hospitality there is second to none. Yes you can swan into a high starred hotel most places in the world and quite rightly expect equally high standards, but Mauritius serves them up with a smile. I've been lucky enough to visit the island twice and both times I've been overwhelmed by the kindness and generosity of the people there, it's a full on happy place. If that doesn't rocket Mauritius right to the top of your must-visit list, then a look at one of its most beautiful five star resorts in Bel Ombre, Heritage Le Telfair, certainly will.
As soon as I walked through the main reception and onto the veranda on my visit in late November, I knew I'd found heaven for the next week. A white-fence-flanked promenade leads your eyes and your feet down past an ornamental pond complete with tropical fish, towards a glorious expanse of pool and sun loungers, and finally on to the white sandy beach. The view was breathtaking.
A brief tour around the resort introduced me to the white villa style rooms, a beautiful variety of restaurants and bars, the well-being centre (more to come on that later), the spot reserved for sunset yoga every evening, the Coconut Shack and the renowned golf course that was to play host to a major tournament only one week later.
Needless to say once by bags were unpacked and my bikini was on, I'd hit the water and grabbed a cocktail from the Coconut Shack. Nothing like being time efficient.
The week played host to a Champagne boat ride at sunset, a fair few water sports, a hell of a lot of yoga and a wealth of sun to name just a few highlights. Stay tuned for details on all.