Last minute deal: leave winter behind for a luxury holiday in Mauritius.

The One&Only exclusive hotel chain, synonymous with luxury, is offering a 30 per cent saving on accommodation, plus a free upgrade to half-board between the 11th and the 20th of December in its five-star One&Only Le Saint Geran hotel, Mauritius in conjunction with Mauritius Luxury Holidays (020-8441 2818 ; www.mauritiusluxuryholidays.co.uk). Seven nights in a junior suite with dinner and breakfast, a return flight from Heathrow and private transfers cost £2,449 per person, a saving of £1,220, reports the Telegraph.

Suites have stunning private views of the Indian Ocean and the colonial-style resort is located on a private peninsula of white sand bordered by the Ocean on one side and a lagoon on the other, where you can dive, snorkel or water ski. Two Michelin-starred chefs produce wonderful food in the hotel’s extremely stylish restaurant. Foodies will love the local cuisine, a blend of Indian, Creole, Chinese and European. Pamper yourself in the hotel spa while the children are entertained by one of the daily supervised activities.

The climate is tropical, hot and humid at this time of year, so leave the winter chill behind and head for the sun. The island is famed for being the only known habitat of the extinct dodo bird, and for its production of rum. Outside the resort, deep sea fishing, surfing, windsurfing and yacht cruising are amongst the many water based recreations available.

The island is surrounded with coral reef, providing plenty of relatively shallow and calm water. Land-based leisure activities include golf, deer hunting, quad & mountain biking, abseiling, zip lining, horse riding and trekking.

For more information on the island, visit www.mauritius.net

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