Searching for an island paradise? Look no further! The Indian Ocean is chock-full of stunning options for your tropical fix. Powdery sand beaches, crystal-clear waters, and activities galore – all a short flight from the GCC. Here are some of The Luxury Travel Agency’s very favorites:
Indian Ocean: Magical Maldives
The Maldives consistently rank among the world’s best destinations – and for good reason. This is the stuff of Instagram fame: hundreds of islands boasting countless choices of five-star resorts, each with their own array of overwater villas and distinctive style. Self-isolating has never been easier, with each property occupying their own island! And with a flight from Dubai taking just over four hours to arrive, it’s close enough for a long weekend getaway.
There’s plenty to pick from, but few resorts rival Cheval Blanc Randheli. One of the jewels in the brand’s exclusive collection, Randheli is modern French elegance meets tropical bliss. Water Villas start at a massive 240 square meters, with infinity pools overlooking the unbroken horizon – you may find it difficult to ever leave your new home! A little further north, Velaa Private Island is a strong contender for the nation’s best. Villas here are just as large, and their Beach accommodations might be even better than their Overwater counterparts – the most difficult decision you’ll make during your entire trip! The newly opened Waldorf Astoria Maldives Ithaafushi is the hottest name in the Maldives right now, and its proximity to the airport means you’ll be lounging with your feet up in no time. A speedy transfer on the resort’s private yacht has you arriving in style – a feeling that will last throughout each moment of your stay.
Indian Ocean: Scintillating Seychelles
Further south, the Seychelles are a fantastic choice for those who want to venture a little further for their secluded paradise. This collection of islands have all the tropical lustre of the Maldives, with even more stunning topography, such as lush jungles and cliffs that drop onto postcard-worthy beaches. Since this country is so remote, there are no crowds nor competition for space – a perfect place for a romantic escape!
The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a favourite pick for many; villas are perched high in the treetops, with immaculate views of the shimmering blue bay. Its location on the main island of Mahé is also a plus, with a simple road transfer from the airport having you there in mere minutes. Its sister property, The Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island, is a “barefoot luxury” companion. The only property on the island, guests here can expect villas that seem to emerge from the very foliage, the ideal place to unplug and unwind.
Yet when it comes to unparalleled exclusivity in the Seychelles, head to North Island, a Luxury Collection Resort. There are only 11 Villas on this sun-kissed isle, all with direct access to impossibly beautiful beaches and the coral seas beyond. Here, everything is designed around you, offering the feel of your own private island at a fraction of the cost. The Villas are simply massive (450 square meters of open-air rustic opulence), and the head chef’s daily-designed menus are made with your input and consideration for your tastes. Plus, the island maintains a renowned conservation program to protect its local flora and fauna, which you can experience on guided dives or hikes. This is a place where you can feel good about feeling good!
Indian Ocean: Marvelous Mauritius
Off the coast of Madagascar, the island nation of Mauritius has long drawn travelers for adventure and relaxation alike. Unlike the other destinations on this list, Mauritius has much to offer on land as well as aquatically; zip-lining, ATV rides, and hikes to the dramatic peak of Le Morne are just a few of the options to enjoy. Of course, the main draw is the beaches, and those of Mauritius rival any in the world. Their size and frequency make it the perfect destination for all manner of water activities, such as sailing, snorkeling, kayaking and more – or just plain sunning the days away.
The St. Regis Mauritius Resort occupies a prime position on the southwest tip of the island, a peninsula with uninterrupted beachfront and the towering Le Morne as a backdrop. The highlight of the property is ‘The St. Regis Villa’, a four-bedroom enclave with four heated swimming pools, private beach access, a team of dedicated butlers, and more – a true “resort within a resort” experience! On the island’s east coast, Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok Resort & Spa offers a variety of rooms and villas to suit any guest (ask our Advisors about room upgrades!). One of its standout features is exclusive access to Ilot Mangénie, an offshore island just 10 minutes by boat where a resort restaurant, spa, and untouched beaches await. Further north along the coast, the One&Only Le Saint Géran offers bright, airy accommodations and a fantastic selection of dining options (including an overwater pan-Asian tapas restaurant). If you love the property too much to leave, you can actually purchase one of 52 private homes on offer – the beach house you’ve always wanted!
The Indian Ocean is a true year-round destination, and in the era of social distancing, these far-flung islands are as safe as they are spectacular. Contact us at The Luxury Travel Agency today to plan your next amazing getaway!