Two major hotel brands debut on Mauritius and Bali

Cosseting offerings from Shangri-La and Ritz-Carlton

An 11th-century temple in the vicinity of Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali
An 11th-century temple in the vicinity of Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve, Bali

The islands of the Indian Ocean are replete with luxury resort options, and of them Mauritius is among the most generously endowed. So it’s news here when a major brand raises its flag over an iconic independent hotel. But changes to Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa (www.shangri-la.com; introductory rates from 490, second picture) all appear to be for the better – the more cosseting ones at least. The hanging lanterns and island-village layout remain, but interiors have been amped up with Asian touches.

A suite at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius
A suite at Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius

Meanwhile, on Indonesia’s island of the gods, Ritz-Carlton has debuted the fourth of its ultra-luxe Reserves. In a crowded market – among the formidable competition here in Ubud on Bali are the Como Shambhala Estate and Amandari – the villas at Mandapa, A Ritz-Carlton Reserve (www.ritzcarlton.com; from £350, first picture) distinguish themselves by their sheer vastness (the smallest clocks in at 430sq m) and their broad vistas (a full 280-degree outlook over the rice terraces towards the bluffs on the other side of the river). The sumptuous design alternates teak cladding and hand-painted silk panels, bathtubs are cut from single slabs of black marble, and three-metre windows suffuse interiors with light.

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