Mauritius is leading the way in villa living, popular with both couples and families.
Belle Mare Plage was one of the first hotels to build 20 two to three-bedroom villas, with private pools, in 2001. The same year, The Oberoi opened as Mauritius’s first all-villa hotel.
Last year, Beachcomber added Le Mauricia Village, with 27 contemporary family apartments in the grounds of the hotel.
With foreigners now able to own a property, Anahita is the first hotel to offer one to three-bedroom managed private residences.
Paradis Hotel and Golf Club
Paradis Hotel and Golf Club has added four executive villas to its presidential villa.
With three bedrooms and two bathrooms, these are perfect for families and come with day beds, tables for private dining and a fully equipped kitchen with valet and in-house chef.
Villas feature plasma screen TV, home cinema, DVD and CD player and Internet access.
Price: Rack rates are from £1,249 per night for up to four adults and four kids, with breakfast.
Naïade Resorts’ five-star flagship hotel on the east coast will open 12 new thatched villas with contemporary interiors on the beach in December.
These will comprise two prestige villas with two double bedrooms, two beachfront villas and eight ocean view villas. All have a private heated pool, garden, lounge, dining room, kitchen, gazebo (for spa treatments and outside dining) and 24-hour butler service.
Price: Rack rates starts at £536 per one-bedroom ocean view villa, with breakfast.
Le Touessrok Hotel
Three new contemporary ocean view villas opened here in 2004. Each has three bedrooms, an outside shower, infinity pool, a private entrance and private gardens.
All have a lounge and dining area, private butler and kitchen in-house chef.
Price: Rack rates start at £2,939 per villa (which sleeps six), including breakfast.
Taj Exotica Resort and Spa
The Taj Exotica’s 57 colonial-style pool villas with modern Indian influences come with their own plunge pool and 24-hour butler service.
Villas comprise an outdoor living area, an oversized bed and a bathroom with large tub and outside shower. All feature a plasma screen TV, surround-sound DVD and music system and Internet access.
Price: Rack rates starts at £340 per person and include breakfast.