The Indian Ocean offers some of the most stunning scenery in the world. From tiny islands in the Maldives to lush tropical jungles in the Seychelles and also the endless beaches that you’ll find in Mauritius. The Indian Ocean really offers something for everyone. All our travel specialists have seen each and every one of the properties we recommend on these beautiful islands so you can be sure they’ll pick the right property for you. To give you a taste of what we offer, we’ve picked a few of our favorites below.
African Indian Ocean
The African Indian Ocean offers something to suit every taste. With diverse islands ranging from rocky outcrops to beautiful deserted white sandy beaches each one is unique! Stay in a wonderfully romantic beach banda to an incredible villa. You can move from the hustle and bustle of Zanzibar and some of the larger islands having immersed yourself in the local culture to the Robinson Crusoe kick your shoes off attitude of the Quirimbas where you can dive, swim, sail or just relax with a fabulous book!
Fundu Lagoon is a barefoot luxury lodge lying on the remote island of Pemba, part of the Zanzibar archipelago. The spacious thatched and tented rooms, including 6 suites with private plunge pools, really are the epitome of shabby chic. At high tide, the white sand beach is perfect for swimming, while at low tide the reef is exposed and one can explore miles of unspoiled seashore. The rarely dived waters around Pemba are among the richest and provide some of the most exhilarating diving in East Africa.
Mnemba Island Lodge
Mnemba Island is a tiny atoll off the east coast of Zanzibar, with unparalleled exclusivity. With just 10 secluded bandas hidden in the shady palms beside pristine beach, these rustic and simple bungalows exude the luxury of absolute privacy. Food at Mnemba is out of this world, with delicious fresh seafood and local Zanzibari and Italian specialties served daily. Days are spent swimming in the crystal clear waters giving you the opportunity to enjoy the magnificent protected coral reefs, marvel at the giant turtles, ghost crabs and many other incredible under water delights.
Vamizi Island Lodge
Vamizi Island Lodge lies off the north coast of Mozambique in the Quirimbas Archipelago. This lodge isn't about the usual five star luxury and all mod cons. It's about the more rarified pleasures of exclusive island life and as the only lodge on the island, it has the space to spread wide, so each of the 16 villas amply commands its own part of the beach. Rooms have king-size 4 poster beds with billowing muslin mosquito nets and Egyptian cotton sheets. Each villa has a private verandah and lounge area equipped with squashy sofas and sun loungers - the perfect place to curl up with a book or have a siesta!
As you arrive in the Maldives by air you’ll be utterly blown away; tiny specks of blinding white sand dotted across huge expanses of crystal clear waters which make up this republic of over 1,900 islands spread across 26 atolls. From tiny islands with only a handful of villas to larger islands with lots to do, perfect for families, there’s an island that’s perfect for you.
Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Those looking to get away from it all should look no further than The Park Hyatt Hadahaa. Reached by a short flight and speedboat transfer, the resort is miles from the nearest island and is perfect for those looking to get away from it all in total style. Each villa is really spacious and contemporary with huge floor to ceiling windows offering amazing views of the lagoon and their private terraces are the perfect spot to enjoy a sun downer.
The perfect option for families looking for their own Robinson Crusoe vacation, Reethi Rah has something for everyone. With huge villas, many with 2 bedrooms and also duplex options as well as their renowned KidsOnly children’s program, all the family will be exceptionally well looked after. For you, there’s a fabulous spa offering an array of treatments, excellent restaurants, a house reef and of course their stunning picture perfect beach.
Experience barefoot luxury when staying at two of the Maldives most exclusive properties. Soneva Gili offers guests over-water living in huge bungalows, with fabulous ocean views. From Gili, travel north to Soneva Fushi, for a completely different experience. All the huge villas here are dotted throughout the jungle and offer complete privacy. With their own stretch of private beach and private pools, this combination is the epitome of barefoot luxury.
Mauritius is a lush volcanic island of white sand beaches, crystal clear waters, beautiful lagoons, waterfalls and virgin forests. It is located in the Indian Ocean to the east of Madagascar and is one of the Mascarene Islands. The coast is fringed with coral reefs so Mauritius is a fantastic diving destination.
The Oberoi Mauritius
Experience the tranquillity and exquisite surroundings of this beautiful hotel on the West Coast of Mauritius, either with a cocktail watching the magnificent sunset, or in the sanctuary that is the Spa, to embrace complete harmony and wellbeing. Relax in a sunken marble bath in your Luxury Pavilion. Take part in a unique program of "Touching Senses" activities, which include sculpture classes, henna painting, and even star gazing, to add an extra touch of romance on a moonlit night.
Constance Le Prince Maurice
Located amidst rare and luxuriant vegetation on an isolated peninsula, Le Prince Maurice evokes the splendour of the distant era of the spice trade. The spacious Junior Suites have thatched roofs and some are on stilts above a natural fish reserve. One of the hotel’s features is the unique floating restaurant, Le Barachois, which is entered via a snaking gangplank through the mangrove trees. Enjoy a romantic dinner of Mauritian delicacies in a spectacular setting on the lagoon with panoramic views.
Situated alongside a mile-long stretch of immaculate white sandy beach, this chic and colonial style hotel is the perfect destination for families and couples. Each room and suite, with calming neutral tones, is assigned a butler, with service worthy of the colonial palaces of yesteryear. Enjoy a spectacular seafood buffet in the oceanfront setting of the Plantation restaurant. Children are well catered for at the Planter’s Kids Club, with activities to suit all ages. The idyllic and relaxed atmosphere is enhanced by the fragrance of Ylang Ylang around the hotel and by your bedside.
Off the east coast of Africa is where you’ll find the 115 granite and coral islands that make up the Seychelles. Renowned for their natural beauty, the Seychelles are a great destination for island-hopping, from the cultural melting pot of the inner islands such as Mahe and Praslin, to the more secluded and supremely luxurious outer islands such as North Island and Fregate. Whether you’re after an action packed family vacation or a wildly romantic honeymoon, the Seychelles offers something for everyone.
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles
Opened in 2009, the Four Seasons has already established itself as one of the most luxurious hotels in the Seychelles. The legendary Four Seasons' service, combined with the resort's beautiful setting, ensures the ultimate luxury hideaway. The private villas are stylish and chic featuring private pools and a spacious decking with a double day-bed. There are two restaurants, a dive center on site and they have a gorgeous hilltop spa with fantastic views over the sparkling Indian Ocean below. For younger guests there is a children’s club and a host of activities, including sailing, windsurfing and volleyball.
Sainte Anne Resort & Spa
The island of St Anne has pristine beaches and is located in a marine park with perfect waters for snorkeling and diving. With 87 private villas, some with plunge pools and direct beach access, a fabulous Clarins Spa, sauna and Hammam as well as a huge range of leisure activities, you definitely won’t be short of things to fill your day with. The resort is all inclusive and there are 5 restaurants providing a wide variety of culinary delights from which to choose.
Denis Island offers the ultimate in barefoot luxury. Located on one of the outer islands of the Seychelles, Denis Island has 25 individual cottages located just steps away from the Indian Ocean. All rooms are beautifully appointed with spacious bathrooms and outdoor showers. The restaurant has exceptional food, some of the finest in the Seychelles and all meals and drinks are included in the price. This is a great place for fishing, diving, snorkeling and really getting away from it all.
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