Anna Lisa Stone’s next stop on her BUCKiTDREAM’S #DreamChallenge was Mauritius, and this description of the island will make you add it to your bucket list too …

Mauritius’ pristine beaches and countless five star hotels rank the tiny tropical island among the world’s favourite romantic exotic escapes. But I was arriving stubbornly single and – even better – with my brother.

Forgoing the couples’ massages, we hired a car and spent four days exploring this jewel of country in the middle of the Indian Ocean.

To my delight we discovered meadows of reasons to visit the island – whether you’re with a beau or your bro…

1. The beaches really ARE incredible

Plonk down on any seafront in Mauritius and you’ll feel like you’re sitting in a living Condé Nast poster or any other luxury beach break you’ve seen advertised anywhere ever. White sand slopes into invitingly warm turquoise water; palm-trees sway over thatched umbrellas; a gentle breeze licks the edge off the heat…

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If you’re looking for seaside paradise then look no further than Mauritius

Follow miles of alabaster beach dotted with hotel bar and swimming pools, then head to Flic-en-Flac on the west of the island, where the many exclusive hotels give the ocean a manicured elegance.

For something a little more rugged, try the south shores with its shores of banks of grey pumice stones the size of ostrich eggs.

Our favourites were the hidden bays and coves we discovered in the less developed east coast, where it’s still possible to feel as though you are the only souls on the whole island