Extend your summer: 12 hot winter sun destinations

If the impending darker evenings have you desperate for a vitamin D fix, why not escape to warmer climes? From Marrakech to Mauritius, we’ve rounded up the world’s sunniest destinations that will banish the autumn and winter blues

Mauritius: Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort and Spa

Following an exceptional facelift, this Mauritian old-timer is shining once more. Ianthe Butt soaks up the tropical atmosphere

The world’s best beaches 2016: best beaches for wildlife

For those who would rather swap crowds for crocodiles, explore these untouched beaches with flourishing wildlife away from the masses

Mauritius: best beaches, when and where to go

Mauritius is one of the most relaxing and restorative destinations in the world. Here's where (and when) to reap the benefits of the island's healing powers

The hottest hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius: sun, sand, sea and lots of sprawling resorts – right? Well, yes, and many of them heart-stoppingly gorgeous. But there are other ways to ‘do’ the island if you’re looking for something a bit different

Mauritius: LUX* Belle Mare

Powder-white sands, turquoise seas and super attentive service? Tick, tick, tick. But it’s the attention to small details and focus on tailor-made guest experiences that really makes this super luxe island retreat shine, says Kerry Smith

Mauritius: how to make a coral reef

1. Take an unwanted, decrepit, soon-to-be-scrapped ship. 2. Remove all toxins and potential debris. 3. Send it to rest, at last, in cobalt Mauritian waters. 4. Wait. 5. Watch new life bloom and multiply around it

What I pack: the paleontologist

Dr Julian Pender Hume, scientific associate at the Natural History Museum — whose work takes him everywhere from Mauritius to Madagascar — is an expert on extinct species such as the dodo. In our regular series, he shares his travel essentials

Mauritius: Outrigger Beach Resort

On an island teeming with luxury hotels and resorts, Tamara Hinson discovers that this down-to-earth five-star property is a breath of fresh air

Four of the best luxury hotels in Mauritius

Mauritius is groaning with luxury hotels and resorts. We pick a quartet of top-notch accommodation options on the island

Four affordable Mauritius hotels

Mauritius has a surfeit of charming, idiosyncratic accommodation that won't break your budget

Mauritius on a budget

Heaven, claimed Mark Twain, is merely a copy of Mauritius. No wonder the rich flock there. But can you do it on the cheap? Stanley Stewart finds out

Three Indian Ocean escapes

The Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles — three idyllic destinations with an array of marine life that has to be seen to be believed...