The Indian Ocean and its exotic islands are the epitome of beach holiday bliss: satin-soft sands gently lapped by cerulean sea, palm trees swaying in the breeze and a steady stream of cocktails brought to you by a personal butler. It doesn’t get much more idyllic than a luxury Indian Ocean holiday.
There are various secluded islets and archipelagos strewn across these turquoise waters, though our favourite countries have to be the Maldives, Mauritius and the Seychelles. Each collection of islands possesses its own unique character and landscape, from the dramatic mountainous interior of Mauritius to the Granitic boulders of Seychelles’ beaches and coral gardens fringing the Maldives. Life is laidback wherever you go, and for good reason – the sun is shining, and the views are to die for.
Then there are the archetypal Indian Ocean experiences that draw in visitors time and time again. Imagine settling down for a picnic on a tiny spit of sand, watching a cultural show at your resort or floating over the sea on a sunset dhow ride, glass of champagne in hand. There are championship golf courses in the Indian Ocean too, not to mention endless watersports to try and kids’ clubs that’ll have the children entertained for weeks. Active types can explore the underwater world by diving or snorkelling over coral reefs, spotting colourful schools of fish and even turtles.
When you close your eyes and picture the scene, an Indian Ocean escape really is too good to resist – particularly as a winter sun destination. Whether celebrating an unforgettable honeymoon, going away with the family or off on a romantic trip, the Indian Ocean has everything you could possibly want out of a luxury beach holiday.