GETTING THERE:

The writer flew from Heathrow to Mauritius with Virgin Atlantic (08705 747 747; www.virgin-atlantic.com). Mauritius is also served by British Airways (0844 493 0787; www.ba. com) and Air Mauritius (020-7434 4375; www.airmauritius.com) from Heathrow.

It's a one-hour drive from Sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam International to Le Prince Maurice, or 15 minutes by helicopter: £360 for a couple.

The writer travelled with Virgin Holidays (0844 557 3861; www.virginholidays.com), which offers a week in Mauritius from £1,829 per person, with seven nights' half board at Constance Le Prince Maurice, return flights and transfers.

Buy Abta carbon "offsets" on 020-7637 2444 or www.reducemyfootprint.travel.

STAYING THERE:

Constance Le Prince Maurice, Poste de Flacq, Mauritius (001 230 402 3636; www.leprincemaurice.com). Suites are available from €€512 (£396), half board.

MORE INFORMATION:

Mauritius Tourism: 020-7584 3666; www.tourism-mauritius.mu






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