Hotels in Mauritius

The 17-foot-high beach tepee is decked out with beads, streaming ribbons, and embroidered patches—a look designer Alice Temperley likens to “a jewelry box that glistens in the sand.” One & Only offers cookouts by the tent—marshmallows included—served by a liveried butler.

A resort halfway around the world had better offer something spectacular, and the Four Seasons Mauritius does just that on an island already known for its five-star hotels.

A Moorish-style two-bedroom villa built a century ago by British governor Hesketh Bell. Play castaway on deserted beaches, go for a ride in the crewed speedboat, ask the 24-hour butler for a poolside lobster lunch or tandoori chicken and grilled marlin served in the marble dining room.