How to Holiday in the Indian Ocean
Maldives, Seychelles, Mauritius and Reunion Island Holidays
Luxury holidays to the Indian Ocean conjure up images of postcard-worthy white sands, impossibly blue ocean waters and gently swaying palm trees. While this part of the world is without a doubt the ultimate in barefoot luxury, it is also a destination of diversity that goes beyond your simple sea-and-sun escape. Whether you’re looking for a once-in-a-lifetime adventure, a luxury beach getaway, a romantic honeymoon or a multi-centre extravaganza, the island paradises of the Indian Ocean are incredibly versatile and offer holidays to suit everyone.
Luxury Beach Holidays in Maldives and Seychelles
If you are dreaming of your next luxury beach holiday and longing for the sensation of soft sand between your toes and the warm sun on your back, then look no further than the Maldives. With countless private islands fringed by crystal-blue waters lapping pristine and white-sand shores, it is undoubtedly one of the world’s most exclusive beach destinations and the perfect place for a luxury beach holiday. With clear warm waters, excellent visibility, dazzling coral reefs and exceptional marine life, Maldives offers some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world. Just below the surface, schools of vibrantly coloured tropical fish await you whilst further off-shore you can expect to encounter manta rays, turtles, and sharks. Diving and snorkelling aside, there are plenty of other water-based activities to enjoy including jet-skiing, wakeboarding, catamaran cruises and marine safaris.
The definitive unspoilt tropical paradise, where lush hills, swaying palm trees and rugged boulders frame exquisite ribbons of sugar-white sand and luminous, cyan-blue waters, Seychelles is another incredible destination for luxury beach holidays. Spellbinding beaches are its main attraction, from postcard-perfect Anse Lazio on Praslin Island to Anse Source d’Argent on La Digue (famed for being one of the most photographed beaches on the planet). Whether you want to spend the day hopping between sandy coves and palm-shrouded islets on a catamaran trip, explore the aquatic treasure trove of whale sharks, manta rays, turtles and exotic reef fish or simply lounge on the shore with a refreshing cocktail in hand, all of the above are possible on luxury holidays to Seychelles.
Multi-destination holidays are becoming increasingly popular and given its proximity to Africa and the United Arab Emirates, we love to combine luxury holidays to the Indian Ocean with Dubai, South Africa, Zanzibar, and Madagascar. Experience the glitz and glamour of the ever-evolving Dubai, exploring its vibrant, futuristic city and searing desert landscape before revelling in the luxurious tranquillity of Maldives or Seychelles with their endless stretches of white-sand beaches, swaying palms, and turquoise lagoons. Combining Mauritius with South Africa, embark on a thrilling safari, marvelling at the Big Five in Kruger National Park and Madikwe Game Reserve on daily game drives before departing for the pristine shores of Mauritius where you can enjoy a range of activities including swimming with dolphins, kayaking and horse riding. Perfectly situated off the east coast of Africa, Seychelles is a wonderful embarkation point for luxury cruises to neighbouring destinations like Madagascar and Zanzibar.
Indian Ocean Honeymoons
The island paradises of the Indian Ocean are undeniably some of the most romantic places in the world, making them the perfect destination for an all-out luxurious honeymoon. Wherever you choose to spend your luxury honeymoon, whether its in the Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles or Reunion Island, there’s an island to suit every couple and honeymoon type.
Renowned for its sapphire waters, powder-white beaches, and ultra-deluxe resorts, Mauritius is the ideal destination for a bespoke beach honeymoon. From basking in the sun and snorkelling its vibrant coral seascapes, to kayaking through hidden mangroves and exploring the lush mountainous interior, the opportunities for adventure and relaxation are endless. For the ultimate romantic, barefoot luxury escape, Maldives ticks all the boxes. Exclusive and secluded, each resort sits on its own island. Glittering turquoise lagoons, colourful coral reefs and palm-fringed beaches come as standard, while private candlelit dinners under starry skies, personalised spa treatments and bespoke experiences add an extra-special touch to married life.
Famed for its breathtaking natural beauty, tranquillity and exceptional biodiversity, Seychelles is the definition of tropical paradise. From the lush green rainforests to the crystalline turquoise waters, home to some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna, it is the perfect destination for nature-loving couples. On a luxury honeymoon to the Seychelles, enjoy snorkelling trips and diving excursions in Silhouette Marine National Park or navigate the pristine coastlines on a paddleboard or in a glass-bottom kayak. Adventurous couples looking for a luxury honeymoon with a difference should consider Reunion Island. A pint-sized paradise, the tiny island bursts with natural drama. Misty waterfalls tumble down emerald-wrapped volcanic peaks, a carpet of dense forest hides a rich array of wildlife and golden and black sand beaches are a wild alternative to the Indian Ocean’s dazzling white sands. The island’s highlight is undoubtedly the majestic Piton de la Fournaise, a highly active volcano, and one of the world’s most accessible. Combine thrilling activities (such as mountain-biking, canyoning and helicopter rides) with cultural visits and beachside relaxation for the ultimate luxurious adventure honeymoon.
If you want to go all out on your luxury holidays to the Indian Ocean, consider staying in an overwater villa on your next getaway. The epitome of luxurious accommodation, they ensure a one-of-a kind barefoot luxury experience, providing guests with breathtaking views as well as complete privacy and serenity. Synonymous with the Maldives, overwater villas are the paragon of island living. Spend blissful days marvelling at the endless Indian Ocean views, soaking up the sun in an overwater hammock, cooling off in the infinity edge pool or discovering the rich coral life in the warm, turquoise waters that surround your villa.
Indian Ocean Cruise Holidays
A luxury cruise holiday is another wonderful way to explore the island paradises of the Indian Ocean. There are few better ways to immerse yourself in the boundless natural beauty of the Seychelles than on a luxury cruise, gliding through the azure waters surrounded by lush palms, gargantuan boulders, and idyllic sands. Aboard a luxurious Ponant cruise ship, set out on a discovery of Seychelles’ marine parks, crystalline lagoons, and pristine atolls. Throughout your trip, enjoy guided Zodiac excursions, snorkelling trips and PADI dive expeditions.
Adventure Holidays in Reunion Island
A place of cinematic dreams, Reunion Island is a scenically magical island that enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. From dramatic volcanic peaks and lush tropical wilderness to vast craters and deeps gorges that plunge down into pristine natural pools fed by free-flowing waterfalls, it is a joy to explore. Home to one of the world’s most accessible volcanoes, the majestic Piton de la Fournaise, it is a dream destination for outdoor enthusiasts. Whether hiking, paragliding, canyoning, mountain-biking, rafting, diving, whale watching, horse riding, or exploring the island on a self-driving excursion, luxury Reunion Island holidays are perfect for adventure seekers looking for a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime trip.