What: A collection of deluxe five star sanctuaries that pays tribute to barefoot luxury.

Where: On the eastern coast of the island of Mauritius, in one of the island's most idyllic spots, looking out over a paradisiacal lagoon, coral reef and the Indian Ocean.

Why: Beyond the pastoral beauty of the island's sugar-cane fields, lush verdant gorges and pristine white sand beaches, Les Villas de Beau Rivage have become favored havens of those who seek to live out their castaway fantasies in style.

Each of the 12 beautifully situated villas, designed by architects Christophe Gébert and Stéphane Fabre, feature indigenous architectural touches, such as roofs thatched from local sugarcane. However, what sets Les Villas de Beau Rivage apart is their versatility. Whether you're planning a family getaway or simply seeking a solitary sojourn, there are accommodations and amenities to suit all. Try to snag one of the two beachfront villas, where one can take in the sublime sunrise and sunset from the comfort of your own bathtub, or step outside for a relaxing massage in the gazebo a veritable altar of wellbeing.

The resort boasts four fantastic restaurants, including IndouChine, which serves up a sumptuous fusion menu, particularly the Saint-Jacques en croute with caramelized figs or tandoori shrimps with mussel risotto and vegetables in a spicy tomato sauce.