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News / Battle Of the Beaches Indian Ocean v. Far East Round Two

We know all about sun, sea and sand; and continue to unearth some of the world’s most Instagram-worthy hotspots. You might want access to an exclusive beach club, to practice water sports with a pro or just dreaming of remote wilderness on your very own private island. You might need a safe cover for spade-wielding toddlers or water toy galore for a gaggle of teenagers; whatever your beach brief, our sand-savvy staff will find you the perfect match. Here, our favourite resorts in the Indian Ocean and Far East resorts go head to head to fight for your affection. Let battle commence...

Indian Ocean & Arabia /

Whether you are seeking refined luxury or kick off your shoes escapism, some of the world’s leading hotel brands in the Indian Ocean will oblige. Watch dhows drift against colourful sunsets or opt for Arabian beaches set against some of the world’s most ostentatious architectural feats. 

 

Shangri-La's Le Touessrok Resort & Spa, Mauritius / Paradisiacal beach club

Just off the resort’s pristine coastline are two beautiful islands: Ilot Mangénie with a trendy beach club and island butlers providing the perfect Indian Ocean island escape reserved exclusively for Shangri-La guests. Ile aux Cerfs features the spectacular Bernhard Langer-designed 18-hole championship golf course.

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Maradivas Villas Resort & Spa, Mauritius / Romantic evasion

Private pool villas and 24 hour personalised butler service create a luxurious cocoon for couples seeking a hideaway experience. Arrive in style in Maradiva’s own classic Rolls Royce with a glass of chilled champagne in hand.

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Festival of Colour

This year, the Soneva Fushi and Soneva Jani resorts in the Maldives will all play host to a year-long itinerary of exceptional events as part of its vibrant Festival of Colour. Until January 2019, each month will adopt a colour-inspired theme in celebration of their diverse spectrum of unmissable experiences. The calendar will be a harmonious synthesis of sustainability and wonder as Soneva marries eco-sensibility with deluxe recreation.

Astronomers, authors, wellness practitioners, tennis coaches, glass artists and champion free-divers are all included within the tantalising agenda for an all-encompassing hideaway that will stretch both smiles and horizons beyond their boundaries.

Huvafen Fushi, Maldives / Just for grown-ups

The epitome of desert-island decadence and long-time Maldivian favourite, ultra-luxe Huvafen Fushi is now exclusively for adults. This  underwater discovery destination has one of the best house reefs in the Maldives where marine biologists can take you on guided snorkels, next up, the world’s first underwater spa (there’s a direct walkway from you room); watch clown fish and stingrays go about their daily lives from the comfort of your water-mattress-lined spa bed. And there’s more a 6,000 bottle underground wine cellar.

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Shangri-La's Villingili Resort & Spa, Maldives / Authentic island life

Unlike some resorts in the Maldives, Shangri-La’s Villingili Resort & Spa is close to a thriving Maldivian community on the surrounding Addu Atoll, and the hotel takes great care in supporting them. Led by Adduan guides who know it best, cycle through villages discovering mosques, fish markets and local schools for an authentic taste of Maldivian island life. What’ s more, they moved their clocks forward one hour so you have extra time to explore in the sun.

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Seychelles / Preserving Nature

Recently re-certified by Green Globe for their conservation efforts, guests staying at Constance Lemuria between October and February can accompany a marine biologist to observe rare Green Sea and Hawksbill Turtles emerging from the ocean to nest on the resort’s Grand Anse Kerlan beach. Praslin is known as one of the world’s best dive sites around the Seychelles archipelago, beneath the waves, shallow waters are alive with vibrant marine life around exquisite granite reefs.

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Seychelles / New and natural wonders

Following a grand refurbishment, the alluring Desroches Island has opened its pearly gates once more and relaunched the exquisite Four Seasons Resort Seychelles at Desroches Island. Here swap the turbulence of normality for supreme hospitality and you pick from a plethora of incredible experiences for both adults and children looking to learn more about this cherished island. Dedicated marine biologists devote their lives to nurturing new coral reefs making the resort a paradise for diving, fishing and snorkelling. Be sure to leave time for a trip to visit the Giant Tortoise Sanctuary.

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Seychelles / Family matters

Raffles Seychelles is perfect for multi-generational families hankering after some well-earned downtime for the grow-ups and otherworldly activities for younger guests at The Sugar Palm Club. The realms of recreation include kayaking, snorkelling, paddle boarding or a dip in two stunning infinity pools, while a repertoire of diverse restaurants indulge even the most insatiable tastes. The jaw-dropping Vallée de Mai UNESCO World Heritage Site and the heavenly beach of Anse Lazio are also just a stone’s skim away.

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Atlantis, The Palm / Imperial Indulgence

Reward yourself with a host of benefits in the Imperial Club at Atlantis, The Palm, including exclusive access to the Imperial Club Beach, a private sanctuary on the pristine beach at Atlantis with a fully serviced bar and personal attendants to meet your every whim. To maximise your time enjoy check-in and check-out at the dedicated lounge, fast-track entry to Aquaventure Waterpark and The Lost Chambers Aquarium and complimentary morning and afternoon sessions into Atlantis Kids Club whilst teens can receive complimentary Club Rush entry between 3pm – 6pm.

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The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah / Off the beaten track

It’s all about numbers at The Oberoi Beach Resort Al Zorah with an impressive 1.6 kilometre white sand beach, an 85 metre pool all within one million square metres of protected forest. Kayak through the tranquil azure blue lagoons and lush green mangroves home to approximately 60 species of bird. The 18 hole, par 72 Niklaus designed championship golf course will be the envy for any avid golfer.

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Far East /

The Far East provides a cultural feast for the senses. Beyond the bustling cities and ancient temples discover sun-drenched beaches where the sand is pristine and coral reefs flourish. Thailand and Langkawi has some of the world’s most distinctive beaches and unspoilt marine parks encircled by dramatic limestone formations dotted with long-tail fishing boats.

 

 

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Four Seasons Resort Langkawi, Malysia / Beach and jungle fusion

The Geopark Discovery Centre at Four Seasons Resort Langkawi showcases the 550 million-year old wonders of Southeast Asia’s first UNESCO Geopark that lie beyond Langakwi’s beaches. Home to one of the most diverse tropical ecosystems on the planet, explore further by boat with a Four Seasons naturalist along waterways which cut through astonishing limestone outcrops to reach mangrove strongholds abundant in wildlife, ancient salt-water lakes and towering sea stacks.

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Soneva Kiri, Thailand / Masters of innovation

Services of a personal Mr and Mrs Friday will ensure all your wishes are fulfilled at Soneva Kiri. Equally enchanting are the sensory journeys offered in the Six Senses Spa. Try something a little more unsual such as astronomy classes at the Observatoy or unique dining experiences in the Treepod or Soneva’s Mushroom Cave. Chocoholics can indulge with mousses, cookies, drinks and truffles all presented in blends up to 95% cocoa goodness  at “So Chocoholic” whist the renowned ice-cream parlour “So Chilled” features a wall of more than 60 flavours of ice-creams and sorbets.

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Trisara, Phuket / Thai temptations

Snorkelling and diving are a must in the coral reef that surrounds the white sand beaches at Trisara on Phuket’s west coast, likewise the beautiful, lagoons and caves around its coastline is best explored by the resorts luxury boat. Enjoy in an-villa barbecue prepared by your personal chef or head to the sunwashed deck for Sunday Jazz Brunch serving the very best seafood accompanied by live jazz music and a melody of waves. Phuket’s must-do Sunday dining experience.

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