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Holiday Type / Indian Ocean

Far-flung atolls, exotic tropical interiors, beautiful beaches; this part of the world boasts more than its fair share of island enclaves. Exquisite glass-floored overwater bungalows and expansive butler-serviced beach villas promise blissful relaxation in the Maldives, whilst a verdant interior backdrop of jagged peaks and the colonial sugar plantations and fields of Mauritius make for a striking, yet beautiful contrast. Teeming with exotic wildlife and quiet beaches, escape to the Seychelles for the ultimate barefoot luxury experience. For inspiration for your next luxury holiday, we have curated a round of up the best Indian Ocean islands and resorts to visit. 

 

One&Only Reethi Rah

Located on one of the largest islands in the North Malé Atoll, the octopus-shaped One&Only Reethi Rah, Maldives encompasses an extraordinary six kilometres of coastline. Here, in beautiful landscaping by the turquoise bays, lie discreetly placed villas, each with their own secluded piece of sugar white shore or private deck with direct access to the lagoon, boasting high, airy ceilings and generous exterior space some with private pools. Keynote for dining is island-chic. At Reethi Restaurant floor-to ceiling glass screens reveal the open-conce...

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Conrad Maldives Rangali Island

A paradise on earth, or more accurately on water. The superlatives flow easily when the location is as stunning as Conrad Maldives Rangali Island, spanning two idyllic islands. On the main island of Rangalifinolhu, beach villas stand by a pristine white coral sand beach, whilst across the bridge on Rangali Island guests stay in enchanting water villas built on stilts over the lagoon. For true romantics the two Sunset Water Villas, with their glass-floored lounges and pool on the sundeck, provide a never-to-be-forgotten experience. Two spas offe...

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Amilla Fushi

The flight in by seaplane provides glorious views of the Baa Atoll in a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, recognised for its unique harmony between man and nature. At Amilla Fushi – which literally translates as ‘My Island Home’ - guests will experience a luxurious ‘homecoming’ feeling the moment they set foot on the island’s pristine white sands. Here, it’s all about maximising on space and privacy with 67 contemporary accommodations sympathetically constructed in idyllic locations. Choose from water villas overlooking the turquoise blue lagoon ...

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Kuda Huraa

Set on a colourful garden island, Four Seasons Kuda Huraa is an international resort, reflecting all the charm and intimacy of a traditional Maldivian village. Beach and Water Bungalows fringe the island, with restaurants and recreational facilities arranged around a central promenade lined with borders of bougainvillaea, frangipani and hibiscus flowers. All accommodation comes with your own private pool, including the new all-villa overwater option. The Island Spa sits on its own island just a minute’s sail away by dhoni and features seven ove...

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Four Seasons Resort Maldives at Landaa Giraavaru

A scenic seaplane flight brings you to the remote Baa Atoll, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, where Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru is a hideaway offering unspoilt privacy in a pristine environment; the island’s 44 acre interior is flanked by white sand beaches and a two kilometre lagoon. Contemporary thatched accommodations are located here or on the beach: features include spacious gardens, private pools, outdoor living rooms and sea-viewing lofts. There are also dedicated Family Bungalows and Villas. Water Villas offer spellbinding views of t...

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Baros Maldives

It takes little more than ten minutes to complete a circuit of reef-fringed Baros, Maldives. Welcoming staff lead the way along shady paths lined with hibiscus and bougainvillaea to a choice of serene accommodations. Beachfront Pool Villas feature a private plunge pool and outdoor garden shower, whilst Deluxe Water Villas line a curving boardwalk – perfect for dipping directly into the glistening lagoon. Beautifully appointed, each has a television concealed in an ottoman and a cushion-strewn daybed on the expansive deck. Two ultra-spacious Pre...

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Huvafen Fushi

A long-time Maldives favourite, and for good reason; Huvafen Fushi does island escapology well. So much so that it is consistently voted one of the best island paradises in the world, mostly due to its ridiculously beautiful beaches and delectable dining options (a must is ‘On the Rock’). It is a barefoot paradise set within its own lagoon, sensitively developed to sustain the island’s unique ecosystems. Accommodation at Huvafen Fushi, Maldives is provided in enchanting contemporary bungalows and pavilions, all air-conditioned, with seven foot ...

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Niyama Private Islands

One destination spread languidly across two islands, Niyama gives the luxury Maldives holiday an exciting twist. Recent stellar upgrades have given the resort more of everything that makes a getaway so special, from new culinary attractions to a poolside ice cream bar, photo studio and children’s club. Relax as never before in ultra-chic accommodation encompassing sleek suites, water studios and beach pavilions, the Crescent comprising five villas with private Thakuru butlers. No fewer than eight restaurants now tempt the taste buds; new BLU fe...

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort and Spa

Suffused with an air of romance, this idyllic destination is the first luxury resort south of the equator in the Maldives – a pristine retreat encompassing nearly two kilometres of sugar white beach. It’s a location known for its incredible corals and dive sites – Manta Point and Turtle Point being aptly named for viewing these species in large numbers. Enchanting accommodation comes in seven distinct styles, including the Pool Villas which feature a pool terrace nestled in lush, tropical foliage; family friendly Beach Villas set in a garden wi...

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Constance Moofushi

Lapped by an iridescent coral sea, premium all-inclusive Constance Moofushi, Maldives opened late 2010 to much acclaim. Alabaster white beaches are perfect for barefoot relaxation, a theme that extends into the villas with their rustic chic appeal and extensive in-villa entertainment. Drift off in your Beach Villa hammock, or slip effortlessly into the clear waters from your Water Villa or extra spacious Senior Water Villa – all decorated with a light, individualistic touch. In the sand-floored Manta Restaurant, buffet meals are accompanied by ...

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Six Senses Laamu

Located on privately owned Olhuveli Island in the Laamu Atoll, this impressive resort deftly blends out-and-out luxury with impeccable eco-friendly credentials. A large stretch of beachfront has been left untouched enabling guests to feel close to nature. With the emphasis on natural materials, Beach Villas have a garden and direct beach access, whilst the Water Villas are replete with a sunken bath and roof terrace. Both have a refreshing outdoor rain shower and raised dining deck for romantic meals under the stars. Chill to the relaxed sounds...

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Four Seasons Resort Mauritius at Anahita

A ravishing private escape exuding quintessential Four Seasons style and service, this resort is part of the prestigious Anahita Sanctuary development opposite beautiful Ile aux Cerfs. Spacious villas feature private plunge pools and luxurious bathrooms complete with alfresco shower opportunities. Larger families and multi-generational holidaymakers will appreciate the extremely spacious two to five bedroom Residence Villas, all of which feature private swimming pools and gardens. For those seeking extra privacy, the villas nestled in the mangr...

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Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa

Shangri-La has now very much arrived on the white sands of Trou d’Eau Douce bay, on the beautiful east coast of Mauritius and overlooking the tranquil, crystal blue waters of the Indian Ocean. Freshly re-designed ocean view rooms and suites – many with direct access to the beach and all with large bay windows - now have the stylishly understated Shangri-La look and feel following an extensive six month long renovation and re-brand in 2015. For those seeking seclusion, nearby are three exclusive Beach Villas, each the epitome of cool with a priv...

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The Oberoi Mauritius

An oceanfront position on the north west coast, close to fashionable Grand Baie, is the setting for this luxurious resort. Proudly maintaining the Oberoi tradition of offering deluxe accommodation enhanced by unparalleled hospitality, its seventy one luxury villas and pavilions nestle within sub-tropical gardens which lead down to the beach. Subtle colour schemes and natural fabrics are complemented by every modern comfort; the Luxury Pavilions boast spacious bedrooms with sitting areas and outdoor terraces, whilst the villas have alfresco dini...

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The St. Regis Mauritius Resort

Fanned by sea breezes and fronted by an idyllic white sand beach, the Indian Ocean’s first St.Regis hotel welcomes guests with exceptional amenities and impeccable butler service (the eButler can take care of your every whim at any time). Mauritius’ iconic Le Morne Brabant Mountain provides the backdrop to an escape of pampered refinement, ensconced in exquisitely styled guest rooms lavishly appointed with private terrace, opulent bathroom, ocean views and elegantly draped signature beds. Culinary attractions range from classic French with Maur...

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Constance Prince Maurice

On a sheltered turquoise lagoon on the magnificent north east coast of this tropical island, this acclaimed property was voted one of the ‘Top 25 Hotels in the World’ in the 2017 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice awards. And there is no disputing that it is deserving of such an accolade, with its authentic thatch, stone and timber buildings perfectly complementing the lush tropical surroundings. The oversized suites and villas are positioned directly on the beach, while select Junior Suites and Villas are perched on stilts overlooking the inland l...

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Four Seasons Resort Seychelles

The south west coast of Mahé is the bewitching setting for this 5 star resort on the beautifully isolated Petite Anse beach, often regarded as one of the most swoonworthy bays on the island. Four Seasons Resort Seychelles is a lush castaway sanctuary, offering superior service – a renowned characteristic of Four Seasons resorts – and spellbinding views of the Indian Ocean. Luxury villas and suites spill dramatically down a forested slope towards the ocean, each blending seamlessly into the Seychellois landscape and offering every indulgence fro...

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Maia Luxury Resort & Spa

The beautiful Anse Louis beach in Mahé is the beguiling location for this all-villa luxury resort where an ambience of stress-free seclusion prevails. At Maia Luxury Resort & Spa, the villas nestle within lush scented gardens and boast uninterrupted views of the Indian Ocean, deluxe bathrooms with outdoor sunken baths, private infinity pools and interiors fusing local materials with opulent Thai silks and Balinese inspired teak furniture. Each villa has its own butler who will tend to your every requirement – from child minding arrangements to ...

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Frégate Island Private

Bordered by no fewer than seven spellbinding beaches including the renowned Anse Victorin, and one which can be reserved for exclusive use, this private corner of paradise offers an exceptional eco experience. Guests seeking a true environmentally friendly escape will appreciate the resort’s dedication to the preservation of the unique flora and fauna that flourishes amid the incredible natural surroundings. The spacious residences boast living rooms with antique-style furnishings, bedrooms with four poster beds, two bathrooms with indoor and a...

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North Island

Imagine a Robinson Crusoe luxury paradise like no other, where architects Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens have created a private sanctuary for the environmentally-minded traveller on an island uninhabited for over thirty years. With its four beaches located at each end of the compass, a year-round wonderful tropical beach and island experience is guaranteed. This is North Island, a Relais & Châteaux hideaway like no other – larger than Monte Carlo, yet with just ten exceptional villas and one Villa North Island, hewn into the dramatic granite r...

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