Leaving South Africa behind, it’s time for some Indian Ocean beach bliss. Nestled in 20 acres of sub-tropical gardens but right on the sandy shores of Turtle Bay, the Oberoi Mauritius
is a five-star hotel perfect for spending a few days flopping between the palm-fringed beaches and the exclusive, honey-coloured spa pavilions. Relax together with a couple's massage, have a personal butler set up a ‘bubbles and bliss’ experience in your room, or, if you can still remember them, renew your vows at the private cove, followed by a sunset photoshoot and a secluded dinner on the beach.
You can stretch your legs along the miles of sand, get your PADI open water certificate and go scuba diving to the area’s untouched coral reefs, or take part in a wide range of water sports, from glass-bottomed boat rides and Hobie Cat sailing to sea kayaking and pedalo boating.
If the idea of going home is stressing you out, let the wellness instructor help you with a breathing exercise, tailored to expand the lungs and increase oxygen intake, or with a hatha yoga session. For the inner artist, consider a painting or sculpture class or a visit to the nearby art gallery, and for those interested in learning a skill to take home with them, book the cooking class led by the hotel’s masterchefs.