This part of the world is a picture postcard paradise. You are spoilt for choice with desert island luxury in the Maldives and Seychelles, beautiful beaches in Sri Lanka coupled with temples and giant Buddhas, and Mauritius with a great selection of world class hotels
The Maldives have long been a dream destination choice for many travellers and it's easy to see why - near perfect weather, immaculate beaches and fantastic service are just three of the reasons to visit this spectacular area. The Maldives consists of 26 atolls and more than a thousand coral islands each surrounded by a stunning aqua blue sea teaming with exotic tropical sea life.
Being at an Indian Ocean resort means you'll be treated to fresh seafood, the likes of which will leave you coming back for more. Dine indoors or in the open air, or treat yourself to a private candlelit dinner on the beach or in the privacy of your own luxury accommodation - the choice is yours. Many hotels have fine dining restaurants and we particularly recommend the Ithaa Undersea Restaurant set 5 metres below the surface at the outstanding Conrad Maldives Rangali Island.
Situated 2000 km off the southeast coast of Africa, Mauritius offers spectacular scenery, fantastic weather and stunning beaches. For sports lovers there’s even a horse racing track in the island’s capital of Port Louis and golfing is hugely popular with a choice of a dozen courses available.
The Seychelles is made up of over 100 islands scattered throughout the Indian Ocean, with many being uninhabited. The towering granite rocks and world famous beaches make this a place of extraordinary natural beauty. See the rare coco de mer tree, hike through the nature reserves, escape to a deserted island or take to the waters to see the coral reefs, exotic fish, turtles and whale sharks.
For ancient cities, verdant jungles and miles of white sand beaches, visit Sri Lanka - one of the world's most exotic and beautiful islands. Sri Lanka has a wealth of wildlife including monkeys, elephants, dear and buffalo and one of the best ways to explore is with a guide. It's also an ideal destination to twin with a visit to the Maldives, India or Dubai.
Of course, pampering yourself is all part of the dream holiday experience and the hotels often have a top-quality spa where you can choose from a range of indulgent treatments that will leave you feeling like a new person. Some resorts have treatment areas on the beach so you can listen to the waves gently lapping at the shore - absolute bliss!
For pure luxury, a special experience like a honeymoon or wedding or for a dream family holiday, the Indian Ocean is a part of the world which won't disappoint. Designer Travel can build a bespoke itinerary so what you want from your holiday is what you get. Give us your requirements, wish list and budget and we will search out the best options available to you. We can arrange twin centre holidays, find you a perfect luxury hotel, source a boutique hideaway for two or maybe you want a family villa with a private pool... just leave it to us. We have experts that know and love these destinations and, as we are independent, we can offer you a massive range of flights and holidays.
- The crystal clear waters in the Maldives and Mauritius make spotting fish, rays and reef sharks so simple
- You can learn to dive by taking a PADI course
- The colourful house reefs are simply amazing
- We can help you plan your perfect golfing holiday to Mauritius
- Treat yourself to a candlelit dinner on the beach
- Enjoy a relaxing spa treatment in idyllic surroundings
- Wedding, honeymoons and renewal of vows can be arranged
- Consider a multi-centre stay so you can enjoy two different islands in the Indian Ocean
- Sri Lanka is rich in history and boasts a wealth of wildlife plus beautiful beaches too
- Visit Cousin Island Special Reserve in the Seychelles which is one of the best protected sites for nesting Hawksbill turtles
- There are accommodation options that are perfect for couples, honeymooners and families
- Selected hotels offer all-inclusive stays
Flying Time: 11 Hours
Time Difference: GMT +5 hours 30 minutes (Sri Lanka)
We can provide general information about any health formalities required for your trip but you should check with your own doctor for your specific circumstances. Up-to-date travel advice can be obtained from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office website.
The Indian Ocean can be considered as an all year around destination, although there are some areas where certain weather conditions have to be regarded. For example, Sri Lanka has two monsoon seasons.
From May until July it’s the south west monsoon and from October until January it’s the north east monsoon.
Leisure & Activities
Diving and snorkelling
The warm, clear waters of the Maldives makes this destination a wonderful choice for keen divers and snorkellers. Boasting some of the best house reefs in the world, you'll find many hotels offer PADI approved diving instruction and equipment. Don't miss your opportunity to see a Manta ray or a reef shark!
Apart from its beautiful beaches and fantastic scenery, Sri Lanka is steeped in history. The ancient Buddhist citadel, Sigiriya, is definitely worth a visit. Created in the 5th century, a climb to the top of Sigiriya offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside. On the way you pass beautiful frescoes painted on the rock face. Anuradhapura is easily accessible and is the ancient capital of Sri Lanka and was built 2000 years ago.
Mauritius is becoming a hot-pick for golf enthusiasts as it has a dozen golf courses to choose from. There are some 9 hole courses plus some world class 18-hole championship courses too such as Anahita Golf Course and The Legend Golf Course. Many of the courses offer stunning sea views and accommodation options close to the courses are fantastic.