Think Indian Ocean and you can’t help thinking white sand, turquoise lagoons, spectacular over-water villas, and exotic cuisine that combines tropical fruits with freshly caught fish. The clichés are a wonderful reality, but there’s much, much more to the Indian Ocean’s appeal. Dazzling fish, manta rays and dolphins that come out to play with divers in the Maldives, for example. The beachfront hotels in the Seychelles that whisper words like ‘romance’ and ‘honeymoon’. So what are you waiting for? Call us, and dive into the depths of the Indian Ocean.
The Maldives are the most beautiful small islands on Earth. Al resorts in the Maldives are their own island – so choose widely in terms of amenities within the resort. There is no agriculture and no industry and the turquoise lagoons are warm and crystal clear. The Maldives are made up of 26 coral atolls in a chain reaching down to cross the equator. Within those 26 atolls are roughly 1,200 islands and of these around 200 are inhabited and 100 are resorts. The sea planes from Male to your resort are truly breathtaking rides.
The tropical island of Mauritius, is home to stunning beaches, natural attraction, and some of the rarest plants and animals around. It is also best known for luxury hotels on white sand beaches with volcanic mountain backdrops. It is an island for exploring, with Indian temples, colonial houses, botanical gardens, and opportunities to spot rare birds among soaring ebony trees, walk with lions or swim with dolphins. Mauritians, a fusion of French, Indian, Creole and Chinese peoples, are renowned for their hospitality and visitors to the islands generally rave about the service. So kick back, relax and soak up the sand and surf.
Scattered across the Indian Ocean like a trail of crumbs, the 115 islands of the Seychelles are not paradise – they are far more interesting. The Seychelles can deliver the tropical romantic ideal, often to a stupendous degree, but it is not a destination where you should expect to fly in and find heaven waiting in the arrivals hall. It comes only to those who find the right hotel at the right time, depending whether you want to dive, fish, sail or watch birds or turtles – or just walk along the beach holding hands.
hotels we love
north island, seychelles
Set foot on your own private island in the Seychelles. Infinite, exclusive space where the embrace of lush tropical palms and giant granite peaks dwarf your presence with their drama. With just 11 villas, your footprints will be the only evidence on the Island’s vast, untouched beaches. North Island epitomizes the freedom that complete privacy allows, extraordinary experiences, perfectly personally appropriate, and service that is generously big-hearted. The Island’s abundance naturally extends to the luxury of choice that a peerless all-inclusive offering provides. Experience a true barefoot-luxury escape.
fregate island, seychelles
At Fregate Island Private, you will feel at one with the heavenly nature that surrounds you. At four degrees south of the equator, the island is a vision of giant granite boulders, powdery white-sand beaches and some of the world’s rarest flora and fauna, including more than 2,200 Aldabra giant tortoises. The resort welcomes only a select number of guests at a time to its 16 residences and the Banyan Hill Estate, all with large infinity pools and butler service. Practically everything is homegrown here, from the ingredients in your spa treatments to the water you’ll drink and the food you’ll eat at the Plantation House restaurant.
cheval blanc, maldives
Cheval Blanc Randheli’s signature Art de Recevoir welcomes guests with a certain elegance. A seaplane with designer interiors carries you to this paradise north of Malé, where 46 villas take palm-roofed cabana living to a new level. Villas face the horizon for the utmost privacy; admire the views by your infinity pool while your butler sees to your every wish and an Alchemist customizes experiences for your stay. Guerlain-designed treatments are found on the Cheval Blanc Spa island, while fine dining at Le 1947 rivals international gastronomic restaurants. For a most exceptional stay, the Owner’s Villa is an ultra-exclusive retreat.
velaa private island, maldives
Velaa Private Island is so fantastical, snow falls here. At least it does in the Maldives’ only snow room, just one of the ultimate indulgences of this ultra-luxe resort. Privileged guests can relax in luxury at My Blend by Clarins Spa, hone their short game at the Velaa Golf Academy designed by Ryder Cup Captain José María Olazábal, or explore the undersea world with a Seabob, or “Bond-style,” semi-submarine. Polite luxury is the motto here, where all 47 private villas — 18 suspended over water — feature private pools and butler service.
Soneva Fushi inspires the imagination with 61 spacious beachfront villas, ranging in size from one to nine bedrooms, hidden among dense foliage and located within the Baa Atoll UNESCO Biosphere Reserve. Watch classic movies at our outdoor Cinema Paradiso. Choose from nine different dining options, five hundred wines and 11 types of pillow. Unwind at our on-site Six Senses Spa. Nature’s resources are transformed into art at the Glass Studio, while The Den gives children the freedom to live their island dream. Glorious days are spent star-gazing at the Observatory, sampling organic delicacies and exploring the coral reef.
gili lankanfush, maldives
As if in a dream, the tiny coral island of Gili Lankanfushi appears along one of the loveliest lagoons in the Maldives. The 45 stilted villas float surreally above the luminous waters; for total seclusion, seven Crusoe Residences are accessible only by boat or pontoon. There’s a full PADI diving school and plentiful watersports; at the oversea Meera Spa, the lapping waves are as healing as its ages-old therapies. Among the many dining options is an underground wine cellar, accessible by glass staircase, and their signature restaurant By the Sea has a new teppanyaki grill.
STORIES FROM MAURITIUS
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Whether you’re interested in a private-island retreat, the best coral atolls or experiencing genuine island life,
please call us so we can customize the perfect Indian Ocean escape for you.
Looking to extend your trip?
The Indian Ocean destinations tie in perfectly as part of an itinerary featuring a wide variety of experiences to suit any interest. A classic combination is to combine an African safari with a beach stay in either the Seychelles or Mauritius. The easiest connections are from South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya. Sri Lanka combines wonderfully well with the Maldives (only an hour’s flight between the two), and Kerala is also really popular. Many bespoke clients are now tying together Northern India (for example Rajasthan or a Tiger Safari) with the Maldives – the ultimate combination of culture and beach. Oman and the Middle East, such as Dubai combine well with all three destinations due to the many Middle Eastern carriers opening Indian Ocean routes. You can even combine a remote desert experience with a tropical beach to finish! Less common combinations include Turkey and the Maldives, Ethiopia and the Seychelles and IndoChina and the Maldives – whatever combination you want, we will find a way to make it happen!