Our footprint extends to 6 Indian Ocean Islands through a Collective of synergy partners.
A tiny, remote and otherwise little-known Indian Ocean paradise featuring unrivalled luxury, the Maldives is home to perhaps the best beaches in the world. They’re on almost every one of the country’s nearly 1200 islands, and are so consistently perfect with whiter-than-white powder sand and luminous cyan-blue water, that it’s hard not to become blasé about them. With some of the best diving and snorkelling in the world, the clear waters of the Maldives are a magnet for anyone with an interest in marine life. The richness and variety is astonishing, with dazzling coral walls, magnificent caves and schools of brightly coloured tropical fish. In deeper waters lurk manta rays, turtles, sharks and even the world’s largest fish, the whale shark.
Unremittingly beautiful, Mauritius is a fascinating Indian Ocean island paradise, with a hypnotic blend of Indian, African and European influences. Its very name conjures up images of tropical extravagance, famed for cobalt-blue seas, powder-white sandy beaches, a massive coral reef with bountiful marine life and luxury hotels. In Mauritius you are spoilt for choice, with a wide variety of island activities jam-packed with historic sights, distinct cultural diversity and geographic variation. Synonymous with luxury beach breaks, the island will dazzle even the most discerning traveller, but perhaps the country’s biggest asset is the relaxed charm of its warm and welcoming people.
Dubbed the “Pearl of the Indian Ocean,” Mozambique beckons with its 2 500km coastline and swaying palms, its traditions, its cultures, its vibe and its opportunities for adventure. This enigmatic country is well off most travellers’ maps, but it has much to offer those who venture here: long, dune-fringed beaches, turquoise waters abounding in shoals of colourful fish, well-preserved corals, remote archipelagos in the north, pounding surf in the south and graceful dhows with billowing sails. And while the question of where to go often comes down to which beach or island best suits your sandy-toed dream destination, away from the coastline you’ll also find colonial-style architecture, a fascinating cultural mix and vast tracts of bush.
Jutting out of the ocean like a basaltic shield cloaked in green, the French island of Réunion is a scenically magical destination that enjoys a truly astonishing diversity of landscapes. The island is bursting with awesome mountains, emerald forests, lush, majestic calderas scattered with shimmering waterfalls, soul-stirring panoramas and a sprinkling of peculiar black-sand beaches – not to mention the formidable Piton de la Fournaise, one of the world’s most accessible active volcanoes. With its extraordinarily varied terrain, Réunion is a dream destination for lovers of the outdoors, but it’s not all about nature, landscapes and adrenaline – there are cultural gems as well, including stunning Creole architecture in cute-as-can-be villages.
The Seychelles is a fabled paradise made up of 115 tropical islands scattered across the Indian Ocean. Spellbinding beaches are the main attraction, with exquisite ribbons of sand lapped by turquoise waters and backed by lush hills, palm trees and dramatic boulders. Beyond the beach, diving and snorkelling are brilliant in the warm waters amid abundant marine life, while few places on the planet do ocean-side luxury quite like the Seychelles. Mahé is the largest island and entry point to the country, with glorious Praslin and La Digue a short boat ride away. Even further out, there are real lost-world islands to be found, where more adventurous travellers can have secluded beaches all to themselves.
Zanzibar is a jewel in the ocean, where shoals of luminous fish graze over nearby coral gardens and pods of dolphins frolic offshore. The island’s allure is legendary, and as one of East Africa’s great trading centres, the archipelago has been for centuries a crossroads of culture, a melting pot of influences where Africa, India and Arabia meet. A top attraction is Stone Town, with its whitewashed, coral-rag houses, quaint shops, bazaars, mosques, courtyards and squares. The other draw card is of course Zanzibar’s coastline, edged by white-sand beaches and spectacular diving and snorkelling. Although the main island of Unguja feels untouched by the rest of the world, nearby Pemba and Mnemba offer retreats that are even more remote.