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
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