After a 12-hour flight to Mauritius, the pristine white sandy beaches and clear waters surrounding Hotel Riu Le Morne might seem like a mirage. But once you've pinched yourself and blinked back the happy tears, indulging in everything this oasis has to offer - like unwinding in a Turkish bath or taking a boat trip to the tiny islet of Ilot Benitiers - will become second nature.
Just a five-minute walk from Jemaa El Fna, Sensimar Medina Gardens is the ideal location to test your bargain-hunting skills. From local craftsmen selling traditional, earthenware tagines to the hypnotic snake charmers beckoning you with their flutes, losing yourself in Marrakech's historic market is an enchanting experience.
Kefalonia's Sensimar Tesoro Blu Resort & Spa exudes style. Flaunting minimalist creamy white concrete, rustic wood and elegant glass, this hotel was given the ultimate nod of fashion approval - by Vogue UK. Head straight for the hotel's knock-out spa - a peaceful enclave basking in candlelight, which offers nirvana-inducing beauty treatments and massages.
Being perched high up on a hillside is a small clue to Hotel Riu Palace Madeira's appeal. Ramblers from all over the world are known to use the hotel as vantage point from which to explore the mountains, valleys and forests of Madeira. And when you get back from a long walk, the hotel's lounge terrace is the perfect spot to sip cocktails while taking in the unobstructed vista of the Atlantic.
Mauritius was made first and then heaven; and heaven was copied after Mauritius.
Author Mark Twain, 1896
With a private Jacuzzi in every room, four-poster daybeds next to the pool and a sexy swathe of sand just begging for a hand-in-hand sunset stroll, Sensimar Seaside Suites & Spa in Mexico is designed to put you in the mood for love. For the ultimate treat, book a couples' massage on the beach - you will not regret it.
Everything about Riu Sri Lanka Riu Sri Lanka is impressive - endless sea views, spacious rooms and a vibrant dining scene - but then again, the island of Sri Lanka seems to specialise in inspiration. Access to the exclusive hideaway is just one of the perks on the Highlights of Sri Lanka tour, which takes you on a three-day trip to unforgettable sights like the Sirigaya Rock Fortress and the famous Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage.
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Planted on a white-sand beach, the Hotel Riu Le Morne has four restaurants and a poolside bar.
TUI SENSIMAR Medina Gardens are a great base for shoppers, with Marrakech’s bustling markets only five minutes’ walk away.
The TUI SENSIMAR El Dorado Seaside Suites & Spa - Palms is on a peaceful swathe of beach. Here, luxuries like whirlpool baths in the rooms and gourmet dining come as standard.
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