Teeming with distinct archipelagos blessed with palm fringed beaches and sun-filled days, the Indian Ocean is the epitome of blissful escapism.
This is unabashed barefoot-bliss at its best. Often the finest luxury is choice, and here you will be spoilt for it; from the chic serenity on the island of ‘Chill’ to the excitement and adventure on ‘Play’ – or a bit of both if the mood takes you. Your thakuru (personal butler) can arrange a private boat trip, paddle-boarding or snorkelling and will book an intimate table at one of the nine unique restaurants – all that’s left to do is make your choice; hop on a speedboat to cutting-edge Subsix for the ultimate underwater dining experience.
Surf ’s up
Head offshore and learn to surf with Niyama’s series of tailored courses for every level. Here, there are no crowds and waves are challenging enough for intermediate to advanced surfers, with spots perfect for beginners too. For the truly surf obsessed, there’s even customised surf villas, with surfboard racks and amenities situated on the beach at Play Island’s Surf Corner.
An all-villa resort surrounded by the pristine waters of the Indian Ocean, Raffles Seychelles is the epitome of luxury island living. Located on the north eastern tip of Praslin, this is a blissful sanctuary of tranquillity that allows guests to completely immerse themselves in nature. Relax in your private plunge pool and make use of the 24-hour Raffles Butler service or spend your day island hopping before dining on the beach under the stars.
For a truly romantic occasion, experience a magical evening with a sundowner at Anse Lazio. Relish in a picturesque sunset on one of the world renowned beaches whilst indulging in a picnic with a bottle of champagne and canapés served by your private butler.
With endless sands to wander and limitless Mauritian adventures, families will love this iconic resort that creates a sense of exclusivity on its own private peninsula. The calm waters of the sheltered lagoon make it the ideal aquatic playground with complimentary water sports for all to enjoy. The whole family will love the fitness and wellness programmes offering everything from yoga and zumba, to canyoning and waterskiing. There’s even a junior spa.
Shop, Cook, Eat
Accompanied by the chef, make your way to a vibrant market to select fresh ingredients which you’ll use to prepare a culinary masterpiece back in resort under the chef ’s expert guidance. A Sommelier will also be on hand to help pair your meal with the perfect wine.
Fronted by one of island’s finest white sand beaches, the Indian Ocean’s first St. Regis at the foot of the iconic Le Morne Brabant Mountain provides the perfect setting for aquatic adventures, from snorkelling and glass bottom boat tours to kite-surfing. Families are welcomed with thoughtful touches including child-sized bathrobes, slippers, special nightly turndown service with delectable treats and kids’ menus, all enhanced by the renowned St. Regis Signature butler service.
Into the blue
Take a private speedboat to Tamarin Bay for a close encounter with one of nature’s most beloved wildlife species, the Bottlenose and Spinner Dolphin. Watch the playful personalities of these untamed mammals in awe as they frolic in their natural habitat, creating lasting memories in the heart of families for years to come.
A bohemian paradise, Kanuhura is a fusion of understated luxury and rustic beauty. Ignite your soul with a yoga session at sea during a mesmerising sunset or experience an authentic Maldivian spectacle around a bonfire illuminated by the full moon. Take part in an exotic cooking class on the beach using the freshest ingredients or discover the magical marine life in the tropical waters. This is an oasis for free-spirited adventurers.
For a Robinson Crusoe style excursion, venture to Masleggihura, where you will have the island all to yourself to explore. Spend your day discovering the fascinating gardens and snorkelling by the shore, whilst your chef prepares lunch over a traditional grill.
Set on three stunning beaches, this laid-back, yet uber-luxurious resort has plenty to offer including the indulgent U-Spa by Constance, a turtle sanctuary and the only 18-hole golf course in the Seychelles. Whether you play a round of golf or not, enjoy a sundowner at hole 15 which offers fabulous views of Anse Georgette, consistently listed as one of the best beaches in the world.
Survival of the sea
The surrounding beaches are important nesting sites for endangered hawksbill and green turtles; join the turtle conservation programme for a unique opportunity to monitor the sea turtles, ensure the safety of the nests and view the new hatchlings.
The perfect spot for island living where marine adventures are guaranteed thanks to one of the healthiest house reefs in the Maldives; experience whales breaching, dolphins playing and exciting snorkel explorations. Or, you’d be forgiven for whiling your days away by the balmy seas. Meal times will never be dull with a range of dining experiences to entice all including dreamy sandbank dining.
A spellbinding sundowner
Relax under the Lighthouse’s iconic canvas roof and enjoy a kaleidoscope of colours with the best sunset views on the island. Accompanied by a live band, you’ll be served fine wines, cocktails and canapés in signature Baros style under the twinkling horizon.
Translated as “secret water island” in local Dhivehi, this blissful retreat serves up all the perfect ingredients for a truly remarkable family holiday. Here, activities aren’t limited to relaxing on the diamond white sands of Shaviyani Atoll; discover new flavours with a Maldivian chef, express yourself on canvas in the Art Studio and plant a family tree as a living reminder of your idyllic time here.
A reef encounter
Teeming with 250 species of marine life, younger guests will be overjoyed to spot their favourite characters from Disney’s Finding Nemo whilst exploring the nine-kilometre house reef. Eco-friendly initiatives for the whole family to explore with the resident marine biologists include coral restoration, a turtle release programme and manta ray cleaning stations.
Floating in the North Ari atoll amongst colourful marine life and pristine beaches, Constance Halaveli is shaped like a traditional Maldivian Dhoni boat and is every bit the barefoot luxury resort you would expect. Find the resort’s ‘Hang Loose’, a selected quiet location with a stunning view and take a minute to unwind in your surroundings, or enjoy a signature palate pleasing cocktail at Jing Bar.
Whether you are a beginner or an advanced diver, the TGI Diving Centre will guide you through the tropical waters to some of the best dive sites in the world. Or, practice flying and twisting on the water’s surface on the JetBlade hover board experience.