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.
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.