OLD-SCHOOL HOTELS found in Mauritius, this small boutique hotel on the island’s north west coast breaks the mould. Friendly staff and a laid-back atmosphere are what it’s made of, but just because it’s petite, that doesn’t mean Le Cardinal skimps on five-star fabulousness. Not at all. You still get all the decadent treats you’d expect, such as petit fours at dinner and a romantic turn-down service at bedtime. Its 13 suites are huge, and shell-throwing distance from the beach, plus for added glamour, you can opt for a penthouse – these come with indoor Jacuzzis and their own private plunge pools.
INSIDER TIP: Spa goddesses will love the hotel’s small pampering nest’ on the rooftop – the views from here are heart-stopping. BOOK IT: 10 nights including half board from 2,169 per person.
This small boutique hotel on the island’s north west coast really breaks the mould June to October are Bora Bora’s driest months. The rainiest months are December to April, so try to avoid them if you can.
SUPER-REMOTE AND ULTRAEXCLUSIVE, BORA BORA IS AS NEAR as it gets to honeymoon utopia. Overwater thatched bungalows are similar to what you might find in the Maldives, but the scenery here is way different. Instead of flat sandy islands circled by coral, in French Polynesia, the landscape looks like something out of Jurassic Park. hink primeval shard-like mountains, glittering lagoons and mysterious volcanic underworlds. Of course, at the Four Seasons, all this comes with a hefty dose of glamour. Journey into the hills and clamber along walkways suspended in the trees or take a naked plunge in crystal-clear dropholes. With surroundings as wild as these, living like a South Sea Islander has never been more fun. INSIDER TIP: For a romantic treat, ask for your breakfast to be delivered in a ceremonial Polynesian canoe.
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