Sure, a long haul flight to Mauritius is a 12-hour stint of your life that you won't get back, but you'll decide the trip was definitely worth the effort when you set foot in the newly refurbished Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa resort in Trou d'Eau Douce.
Nestled on the east coast overlooking all the dolphins and tropical fish you could wish for, the resort is a recent addition of the Shangri-La franchise and the result of a sparkling new makeover. Perfect for honeymooners - especially those who want to skip across from a South African safari adventure beforehand - you'll find something for everyone, here.
On arrival at the hotel, which is less than 60 minutes from the main airport, you'll find yourself instantly blown away by the hospitality on offer. The hotel staff are so friendly that you'll feel at home immediately, and this is something you'll experience throughout your stay - from the kitchen and gym to the pedalo hiring and private-island chef, each and every representative you'll meet will make you feel like their best friend.
We stayed in a luxurious suite overlooking the Indian Ocean, which meant we had views that easily rivalled those you see in the Maldives. The suite is designed to cater for indulgent privacy that a honeymoon couple might crave. Complete with marble bathrooms and an electronic 'do not disturb' functionality, the room has everything you would expect from a 5* resort.
For anyone wondering if a beach resort takes away the adventure and exploration part of a holiday, you can think again when it comes to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa. By day, you have the option to lounge around in the many beach hotspots or pool areas, but you can also enjoy a boat trip to one of the resort's private islands for a change of scenery. Choose Ilot Mangénie for a day at a trendy beach club with private butlers and azure waters. And you can visit Ile Aux Cerfs for a spot of golfing on the resort's infamous 18-hole championship course, designed by pro-golfer Bernhard Langer.
If you need a break from the sun you can enjoy a well-deserved feast at the resort's Republik beach club, which serves an amazing mahi-mahi burger by day and a delicious seafood buffet by night.
But, don't you go thinking there's only one dinner option at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa... You'll find a host of restaurants throughout your stay, and each one is totally delicious. If you fancy Japanese you can take control and cook your own meat at the chef's table in Kushi, and a traditional Mauritian curry will tantalise your tastebuds at Safran.
The breakfast buffet at Le Bazar is enough to wake anybody up with its endless food stations and freshly made breads, noodles, pancakes, waffles, fruit smoothies and much, much more. But you can work it all off at the swanky gym on site later. Or, you know, put your feet up again and enjoy a couple's massage in the tranquil spa.
Throughout your stay, you'll notice all the little details that have been applied to cater for every guest and every mood. Whether you want to relax in privacy on your personal balcony, or you feel like socialising with some traditional dancing over dinner, the options are endless and there's absolutely no chance you'll be ready to leave when it comes to your last day. I'm still sulking now, to be honest.
Seven nights at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa on the Honeymoon Mauritius package starts at €3000 (roughly £2350) per person. Visit shangri-la.com/mauritius/ for more information and to book.