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The island of Mauritius is a classic destination for year-round sun, and caters for every possible holiday wish in its wide variety of resorts. We visited two of the best, which offer very different ways to experience the island

inged with glorious beaches and blessed with a warm and sultry climate, the Indian Ocean nation of Mauritius is as close as it gets to the perfect tropical island. As one of the first winter sun destinations to open up last autumn, Mauritius is currently enjoying a well-deserved boom in tourism, as visitors from Europe and beyond surge back to the resorts that cluster along the island’s coast. But how to choose from this bewildering array of hotels, which offer every level and kind of luxury imaginable?

A good first port of call is The Lux Collective, which runs six hotels on the island. In December, the group added a glamorous new hotel to their portfolio, LUX* Grand Baie on the north-west coast of the island, in addition to their other LUX* Resorts at Le Morne, on the south-western tip of Mauritius, Grand Gaube, Belle Mare, adults-only SALT of Palmar and the all-inclusive hotel Tamassa. We visited two, Grand Baie and Le Morne, each of which offer a very different kind of luxury and style of holiday, while maintaining a unified ethos of smart, stylish comfort and friendly service.

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