Stretch out on impossibly white sand. Slip into the aquamarine water from your villa. Take your pick of idyllic islands that define paradise.
The Maldives offers relaxation and luxury like no other country in the world. Scattered across the Indian Ocean like pearls, this string of picture-perfect islands offers a wealth of places to kick back and unwind. Consistently serving up soft white sands, crystal clear water teeming with life and smatterings of palm trees, all you have to do is decide which one is right for you.
Spend your days lounging ocean or poolside, basking in unbroken sun and sipping on refreshing cocktails. The peaceful ocean is ideal for a paddle boarding or kayaking adventure. If you’re looking for something a little faster, jet skis and speedboats are the perfect way to get around.
Head below the surface to discover a colourful world rich with life. Don the scuba gear or simply grab a snorkel and drift alongside manta rays, turtles and if you’re lucky giant whale sharks. It’s easy to spend hours exploring the endless coral with shoals of fish darting around you.
The Maldives is also home to a number of world firsts that you have to tick off your list. With underwater spas and restaurants, you’ll find attractions here like no other.
Explore golden beaches, verdant rainforest and colourful colonial towns. Witness exotic wildlife that calls this nation home. Enter a melting pot of culture and experience it in the cuisine. Many head to Mauritius for idyllic beachside relaxation and luxury. It provides exactly that and so much more.
The coast offers the archetypal paradise. Leave footprints on white sandy beaches, dive into warm azure water and find dappled shade under verdant palm trees. The island is home to some of the finest resorts in the Indian Ocean so find yourself a sun lounger and enjoy being waited on hand and foot.
Mauritius has a diverse blend of cultures and nowhere is it more apparent than the food. Borrowing from French, African, Indian and Asian cuisine, you can find yourself dining on unique creole dishes and fiery fish vindaye (the Mauritian vindaloo).
A thousand miles from anywhere, the Seychelles consist of over a hundred islands scattered across the tropical Indian Ocean, just south of the Equator.
The terrain is varied: beaches lined with granite boulders look other-worldly, while the warm, calm, turquoise waters are a diver’s and snorkeller’s paradise.
However, the Seychelles isn’t just about perfect beaches. It’s also an up-and-coming conservation hot-spot with half of its land set aside as nature reserves. Its lush landscapes feature rainforests and waterfalls and there are tiny frogs, ginormous tortoises and many endemic species of tropical birds.
Some Seychelles islands offer romantic getaways, others remote hideaways. All are perfect for honeymooners or anyone seeking a true sense of seclusion. This is where you’ll find some of the best private islands in the world – push the boat out and stay at North Island if you really want to experience the A-list life or head to Denis Island to fall off grid castaway style.