10 Warm-Weather Destinations

From the Caribbean to Africa to Mexico, our recent favorite hot spots all provide much more than simply a rise in temperature.

Courtesy of The St Regis Mauritius Resort
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Mauritius

Not for nothing have the French harbored decades of affection for this mountainous island republic 600 miles east of Madagascar. It has golf, tennis, Michelin-star dining and gorgeous beaches. And with its now-frequent access from Johannesburg and Nairobi (both four-hour flights), it’s more easily paired with a safari than ever before. The place to stay is the year-old St. Regis Mauritius Resort (rooms, from $440; Le Morne Peninsula; 230-403-9000; stregismauritius.com) on the photogenic Le Morne beach. Decor at the 172-room property is in inviolate good taste, with floors of travertine and oak parquet, ornately carved joinery and custom-designed toiles de Jouy. There are six restaurants representing four continents, a full-service spa, a 16,000-square-foot pool and a four-bedroom villa. —Maria Shollenbarger