Meet our Indian Ocean specialists. They share a passion for these picture perfect islands and would love to share their enthusiasm and experience with you.
My favorite place in the entire world has to be the Maldives. Despite visiting over 5 times now I will never get bored! The views from the seaplane as you fly over the atolls still amaze me, the crystal clear waters are home to the most colorful fish where you can spend hours snorkeling and the service and quality of cuisine is exceptional! Further to the west, watersports are complimentary in Mauritius, making it a great spot for those wanting an adrenaline rush and for those wanting to chill but perhaps wanting a bit of an island hop, go to the Seychelles - a true bucket list destination!
The Indian Ocean has not only some of the clearest waters and idyllic white sand beaches also some of the world’s best spas and golf courses. For that idyllic private island getaway, you cannot beat the stunning Maldives. If you seek a little more than pristine beaches and want to experience a destination fully, then Mauritius will not disappoint. With incredible scenery, world class golf courses and a whole host of activities and experiences you will be sure to have as active or relaxing time as you wish.
I have been visiting the Maldives since beginning my career in travel and despite initial reservations that it would be too quiet I am drawn back again and again. I think partly, it is that every island has its own identity which makes it fun finding the right island for each of my guests. I also specialize in Mauritius which offers a great alternative to the Maldives especially for those who like to explore. With such interesting history and landscape it is perfect for those wanting to be more active.
What’s not to like about the Indian Ocean?! Before I visited, I had such a strong picture in my mind of a vacation spent lying on a soft, white, sandy beach, dipping my toes in turquoise waters, watching gently swaying palm trees in an incredible sunset with an ice cold Piña Colada in my hand and it did not disappoint! The Maldives has quickly become a firm favorite of mine, and somewhere I will happily return to again and again. For me a vacation really is a time to switch off from everything and escape reality for a few days, and I couldn’t think of a better place than the Indian Ocean to do so.
I was 16 years old when I first visited the Indian Ocean – on a family diving vacation in Mauritius. Since then, I have explored many parts of this stunning tropical region. One of my favorite destinations in the world has to be the Seychelles. It is the perfect choice for a romantic honeymoon or an island-hopping adventure. The islands are simply beautiful with the most amazingly soft powder sand beaches, lush green tropical rainforests and a welcoming Creole charm. What makes this country distinct from other Indian Ocean islands is the unique geology – these islands are the only oceanic islands in the world formed of granite. The granite boulders and sheer cliff faces are spectacular and offer plenty of photo opportunities!
I’m a relative newcomer to the world of the Indian Ocean, having first visited Mauritius in March 2014 where I fell in love! Since then I am lucky enough to have also visited the Maldives, and will shortly be heading for the Seychelles to tick off the hat trick! My favorite so far has to be Six Senses Laamu. I adore the barefoot luxury of the island, and it has the bonus of a world class surf break to keep my husband happy! As Mum to a five year old, NIYAMA has to be up there too with what I think is the best children’s club I have ever seen!
The Maldives is a truly unique destination. The sea plane is an experience in itself seeing all of the atolls below. The snorkeling is like being in an underwater aquarium. You don’t even have to be in the water to see the wide array of marine life you can spot them from your over water bungalow and you can see the baby black tip reef sharks swimming along the shore line. The service is impeccable and the food delicious you will not want to leave.
The Indian Ocean is a picture perfect paradise. My favorite place in the world by a long stretch. I have been lucky enough during my time at Scott Dunn to visit both the Maldives and Mauritius. From the moment you arrive, it’s hard not to lose all sense of time and completely absorb yourself in the laid back island life. Enjoy sipping on cocktails whilst watching the most incredible sunsets, snorkel in the bluest of waters with an array of tropical marine life and feel completely at home in the unrivalled hospitality of the Indian Ocean. The Maldives completely captured my heart and I cannot wait to plan my next visit!
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