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Islands Of The Indian Ocean: A Guide June 19, 2019

The Indian Ocean is home to some of the most idyllic holiday destinations on the planet. If you're considering booking a luxury holiday to the Maldives, Mauritius or the Seychelles, we've rounded up some key facts and recommendations for you.

The Maldives

The Maldives encompasses over 1,200 islands spread across 26 atolls. Holidays here are of the kind dreams are made of; overwater villas perch atop crystal-clear lagoons, white sands melt into emerald island interiors, and private island resorts offer up every luxury imaginable, from world-class spas to exquisite dining options.



What to do

The Maldives is often seen as a ‘fly and flop’ destination, but actually, there’s a magnitude of things to do at the luxury resorts based on idyllic private islands. Some resorts offer the chance to gain your PADI dive certification, and some even have marine biologists on site that guide diving excursions that get you up close to wildlife such as reef sharks and all manner of colourful fish.

Swimming pools, tennis courts, fitness classes, kids’ clubs and excursions off-island will keep you busy between relaxing on white sands, pampering yourself in the spa or enjoying sunset cocktails.

Where to stay

Coco Palm Dhuni Kolhu



Set in a designated UNESCO biosphere reserve, this haven of tropical tranquillity is also a great value all-inclusive option. Villas are tucked into the jungle-like foliage on the island, or out above the lagoon and house reefs. Look out for manta rays, turtles and a mind-boggling amount of fish of all shapes and sizes swimming in the crystalline lagoon.

7 nights from £1,949 per person sharing an Ocean Front Villa on All-Inclusive.

Offer: Save 45% + complimentary All-Inclusive + two kids aged 2 – 11 yrs stay free

Stay: Now - 31 Oct 2019

Book by: At least 45 days prior to arrival

Kanuhura



Kanuhura’s private and secluded Beach Villas and Bungalows open right onto the powdery sand, and Water Villas bring you right into the endless turquoise seascape of the Indian Ocean. There are no less than eight restaurants to choose from here, serving everything from Italian to Asian fusion. And the resort’s not just for foodies – there’s a PADI 5 Gold Palm certified dive centre, comprehensive spa and plenty of entertainment and experiences to enjoy.

7 nights from £2,799 per person sharing a Beach Bungalow on Half Board.

Offer: Save up to 40% + complimentary Half Board

Stay: Now – 28 Sep 2019

Book by: 30 Jun 2019

Mauritius

Mauritius is a multicultural melting pot incorporating influences from Africa, India and Europe, and displaying a rich and varied volcanic landscape where sharp mountain peaks contrast with soft-sand beaches dotted with palm trees.



What to do

If you’re into watersports, you’ll be spoilt for choice here; trade winds create excellent conditions for parasailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, while large parts of the island are surrounded by unbroken coral reef, drawing divers keen on discovering the sheer beauty of the underwater world. Inland, there are biodiverse forests and national parks to explore, which harbour rare birds, wildlife and flowers. There are mountain trails with the promise of majestic views, and golf courses including the Bernhard Langer designed 18-hole Île aux Cerfs, set on its very own island.

Where to stay

Long Beach



Long Beach is set across Mauritius’ famed Belle Mare Beach and has an impressive selection of complimentary activities, with some of the options including Zumba, snorkelling and yoga. Kids will love staying here too, with free-of-charge clubs for all age groups where they can have fun with mini golf, archery, pizza making and even karaoke nights.

7 nights
from £1,929 per person sharing a Junior Suite on Half Board.

Offer: Save 30% + up to two kids under 12 stay free when sharing with parents

Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa



The legendary service of Shangri-La combines with a simply stunning setting, with a choice of six beaches ensuring plenty of space, at this luxurious hideaway. The rooms and suites all benefit from ocean views, and there’s a wide range of facilities including two swimming pools, four floodlit tennis courts, a spa and fitness centre, and complimentary kids’ club. Don’t miss enjoying a day on the resort’s private island, Ilot Mangénie, and book your very own secluded beach cabana with a private butler.

7 nights
from £1,625 per person sharing a Coral Deluxe Room including breakfast.

Offer: Save up to 45% + one free golf green fee per day + up to two kids under 12 stay and eat free

Stay: Now – 21 Sep 2019

Book by: 30 Jun 2019

The Seychelles

Instantly-recognisable beaches, ancient tropical forests and fascinating wildlife including whale sharks and giant tortoises characterise the Seychelles. These 115 isolated islands are a vision of natural beauty and romance. Mahé and Praslin are the two main islands, and they’re draped in lush jungle and lined with sugar-white sands.



What to do

Explore beyond your resort and discover the unique charms of each island, whether you choose to hire a yacht and go island hopping, spend a few blissful days on each, or the whole holiday based on the same one, with easy access to others for daytrips. La Digue Island is famous for its breathtaking beaches, including Anse Source d'Argent, the most photographed beach in the world. Mahé has glorious beaches of its own, but take a walk into its rugged interior, and you’ll be spellbound by the unspoilt splendour of Morne Seychellois National Park.

Where to stay

Raffles Seychelles



The villas here are scattered across the hillside and all include a private deck with outdoor living area, plunge pool and loungers. They also all benefit from a full or partial ocean view so you’ll spend plenty of time there relaxing and taking in the beauty of your surroundings. The soothing Raffles Spa features 12 treatment pavilions, and down on the beach, you’ll be indulged with attentive beach service and be able to take part in all manner of watersports.

7 nights from £3,259 per person sharing a Gardenview Pool Villa on Half Board Dine Around.

Exclusive Offer: Save up to 30% + complimentary Dine Around + room upgrade + kids up to 12 stay free

Stay: Now - 31 Jul & 01 Sep - 25 Dec 2019

Book by: 31 Aug 2019

If you'd like to find out more about The Indian Ocean, or to make an enquiry, give one of our expert travel advisers a call on 020 7751 0660 or fill out the form below.

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