Over water villas and under water reefs: the Maldives is a string of enchanted atolls embraced by a turquoise ocean. Succumb to the gracious charm of Mauritius: an island of iridescent white sand, swaying sugar cane, surrounded by cerulean ocean. The Seychelles are idyllic islands adrift in the Indian Ocean, just waiting for the chance to seduce you. Why not allow us to organise your luxury Indian Ocean holiday?
LVMH Hotel Management swaps the mountains for the beach with the opening of Cheval Blanc Randheli, the tropical instalment of its ritzy namesake in Courchevel. The ultra-glam experience begins as soon as you arrive in Malé, when you’re whisked by private seaplane to this petite 45-villa designer ‘Maison’. Gorgeously-decorated loft-style villas with private infinity pools are sumptuously-appointed; Experience Alchemists have devised a vast list of unforgettable experiences; there’s an innovative Guerlain Spa and a superb dive centre too, while culinary artistry reigns supreme in four outstanding dining venues.
Start your holiday as you mean to go on at Huvafen Fushi, and sit back and relax as you skim across the coral reefs. Thirty minutes later and your speedboat has docked at your own private oasis in the North Malé Atoll. You can choose between an expansive Beach Bungalow set directly on the sandy beach or a breezy Lagoon Bungalow set on decking above the azure water. No wonder this was awarded Best Beach Hotel by Harpers BAZAAR Travel Guide.
A world away from busier resorts and reached only by a stunning seaplane ride, this heartbreakingly-beautiful island presents its discerning guests with peace and seclusion, staggering natural beauty and a hefty dose of indulgence. You’ll find pristine beaches gently lapped by azure waters, coral reefs teeming with aquatic life, and some of the very best service on the planet. Villas are an effortlessly tasteful vision of white muslin drapes and cushion-strewn sofas, while the most spectacular boast immaculate private pools.
Situated on one of the largest islands in North Malé Atoll, this resort is surrounded by powder-soft beaches and turquoise bays. The resort villas are discreetly placed along the shore, with Beach Villas secluded by lush greenery and Water Villas set above the clear, protected waters of the lagoon. All villas have generous exterior spaces and private verandas, while 37 also boast private pools. Many of the activities on offer take advantage of the idyllic setting: think desert island picnics, dolphin watching and world-class diving.
Experience the magic of a charming Maldivian village setting, infused with exceptional Four Seasons service. Kuda Huraa offers luxurious accommodation that fringes the island and features ‘modern tropical’ styling in keeping with the resort’s relaxed vibe. Beach Bungalows and Pavilions each have a plunge pool and garden, whilst Water Bungalows offer views across the Indian Ocean and direct access from private sun decks to the lagoon below.
Four Seasons offers an unforgettable experience here on the enchanting island of Mauritius. Within the sanctuary of Anahita is the Four Seasons Resort Mauritius. A harmonious settlement nestled in the most natural setting, it offers hotel suites and villas, fine dining establishments and full leisure, recreation and relaxation facilities. Set on a small peninsula, its immediate surroundings provide a world of infinite opportunities for pleasure – on land, or on the water.
The resort’s teak and sandstone thatched-roof villas – some lining the crushed-coral sand, some on stilts above the shimmering water – are elegant in design with lovely Maldivian touches.
One&Only Le Saint Géran has entertained enough celebs and royals in its time to have world-beating service down pat. And its experienced staff, many who’ve been with the resort since, well, forever, are specialists in ensuring you’ll enjoy an experience that’s simply second-to-none. Oh, and a word of warning: calorie-counters may want to leave the scales at home; dining here is an absolute gourmet’s dream come true thanks to two Michelin-starred chefs. Whether you’re sampling the finest French, Asian or Creole cuisine in any of the three restaurants, you’re guaranteed memorable meals and great evenings galore.
Barely three years old and with all the modern luxuries to prove it, this is a barefoot idyll that stands out for more reasons than just being drop-dead beautiful. A heady mix of pure luxury and simplicity, Constance Moofushi is the place to relax, enjoy and experience the wonders of the underwater world or the overwater Spa de Constance where pampering is first-class.
This fantastic-looking property, full of plantation house charm, is a brilliant destination for discerning couples and families alike, thanks to its relaxed atmosphere. Mums and dads can soak up the sun while little ones romp round the grounds on organised treasure hunts and pony rides, and actively-inclined adults will find stacks of sports and excursions awaiting them too. Or if you’re looking for an extra dose of romance, check out the Ocean Suites which come complete with breathtaking sea views.
With a prime diving site on its doorstep, four kilometres of uninterrupted sandy beach and architecture and design by two of the greatest names in the business, this is one of the stars of the Indian Ocean. A spontaneous atmosphere and secret pathways provide delights at every turn, from impromptu cinema screenings on the beach and pop-up musical performances, to a secret honesty bar just awaiting discovery.
On an isolated peninsula surrounded by white sand beaches, just 89 suites and villas await; some overlooking the beach, others stilted above the lagoon. Villas flaunt Jacuzzi bathtubs and walled courtyards with sunken marble baths. Private swimming pools are welcome additions in some, whilst the Princely Suite ranks as the ultimate retreat.
Cocoa Island knows how to indulge its guests: this COMO Shambhala Retreat is dedicated to renewing the body’s energies, overseen by master therapists and a resident yoga teacher.
Award-winning Le Touessrok, a member of the Leading Hotels of the World, is arranged over both the mainland and two nearby islands, Ile aux Cerfs and Ilôt Mangénie, both accessed by private boat. Perfect white sand beaches, calm lagoons and beautifully-landscaped gardens form an idyllic tropical setting. Each room also has its own butler for personal, round-the-clock service.
Ticking every box on the paradise island list with its azure-blue lagoon and palm-fringed white sands, this far-flung outpost of the renowned Viceroy chain is quite simply stunning. Once you’ve found your real-life desert island you may not want to share it with anyone else, which is why each of the 61 villas overlooking the sparkling water delivers a true sense of having escaped from it all.
Picturesquely located on 600 metres of pristine oceanfront at Turtle Bay, 15 minutes from Grand Baie, The Oberoi is committed to providing its guests with privacy, hospitality and, above all, exclusivity.
Stretching along 12 hectares of pristine beachfront on the private peninsula of Anse Louis, this Leading Hotels of the World member offers a sanctuary of peace and relaxation.
A temple to Mauritian chic, this plantation-style hotel has half a kilometre of sandy beach all to itself. Added to that, you’ll also find 12 hectares of tropical gardens, a central Manor House and lagoon-like pool area, more than a handful of restaurants and bars to choose from, plus modern accommodation spread over a series of villas. Guests are also welcome to use the facilities over at nearby La Pirogue.
The Residence’s first foray into the Maldives, the delightful beachfront or overwater villas at this secluded retreat allow for either a ‘toes in the sand’ experience or the chance to slip straight from your deck into the cool, clear waters. And it all comes with The Residence’s signature butler service and spectacular style. Adventure seekers can engage in a selection of exhilarating watersports, while those who wish to savour life at a slower pace can opt for more relaxing activities on land.
Inhabiting a natural private peninsula, the single storey Lagoon Rooms, Deluxe Penthouse and Prestige Cottage all come with serene views. The beach is divine and beach service – blissful!
Overlooking a crescent-shaped, white sand beach and surrounded by an emerald green jungle leading down to the sea below, this resort has truly achieved the sublime. An extension of its stunning surroundings, the resort comprises 67 villas and suites that descend to the secluded Petite Anse beach below. The beautifully-decorated villas have their own infinity-edge plunge pool and open-air shower, designed to make the most of the breathtaking views.
Here, traditional Maldivian hospitality has been shaken up and re-imagined giving stylish, modern interiors. A glorious, sandy retreat with its own reef and shipwreck to explore.
Banyan Tree Seychelles is a luxurious villa resort languishing on beautiful Intendance Bay, surrounded by swaying palms, takamaka trees and the tranquil waters of the Indian Ocean.
Overlooking sugar-soft sands, LUX* Belle Mare is an idyllic property that delivers a picture-perfect mix of elegant architecture, lush green lawns and swaying hammocks strung between palms.
Indulge in calm and relaxation on this island of white talc sand surrounded by cobalt-blue waters, in one of 48 captivating villas cooled by the natural sea breeze of the Indian Ocean. From intimate moments to exciting shared activities, a wide selection of experiences designed for all ages can be found here; from watersports and marine life discoveries, to fabulous spa treatments or sublime dining choices that range from eclectic Maldivian and international cuisine to candlelit dinners under the stars.
Offering the soft white sands of Le Morne Beach and a turquoise lagoon that creates a magical setting, here lavishly-appointed accommodation and pampering converge amid the many charms of Mauritius. Choose from relaxing in the sun by a luxurious pool or on the beach, going wind and kite surfing, or indulging in the sublime pleasures of the spa.
This private sanctuary is one of the Seychelles’ 41 inner granitic islands, considered to be the most beautiful on earth. Just 20 minutes by helicopter from Mahé, North Island is perfect for those seeking an unspoilt tropical haven on a large and private isle. With four white sandy beaches located at each end of the compass, North Island is able to offer a year-round tropical beach and island experience that’s the very definition of barefoot luxury.
Cool, contemporary living in a fantasy island concept, enhanced by W’s ‘Whatever/Whenever®’ wish-fulfillment service. Traditional Maldivian exteriors conceal sleeklydesigned interiors with all the modern gadgetry you could possibly need, each set amongst a luxury playground and a wonderland of white sand beaches, turquoise lagoons, and breathtaking reefs.
Hugging the powder-white sands of a picture perfect horseshoe cove, with nothing but vivid green sugar cane fields behind yet close to the charming town of St Felix, is the boutique Shanti Maurice.
Nuzzling the gentle slopes of the Arcadian Praslin Island, 86 villas designed in contemporary style offer blissful accommodation with 24-hour butler service as standard.
The old Halaveli had a great reputation for being a simple, ‘no shoes, no news’ hideaway. And we have to say, the new-look resort is still a laid-back, barefoot island, but with all the modern luxuries you’d expect of a five-star resort. What we like most though, is how great it is for families; the staff go out of their way to make little ones welcome.
Occupying 34 acres of tropical landscaping on the island’s west coast, this hotel’s 90 Buddhist inspired suites and villas feature natural materials, vast, luxurious beds, indoor and outdoor showers, and hot tubs in private gardens which lead down to the white sand beach. The otherworldly serenity continues at the moated, sugarcane-thatched spa, and among sari-wearing staff.
If you’ve ever dreamed of paradise, you’ll find it here on the stunning Anse Kerlan. From the elegant, secluded suites with ocean views and regal villas, the superb R&R on the beautiful beaches and at the soothing spa, to the challenging 18-hole golf course, stunning underwater world, Turtle Club for kids and three world-class restaurants, there is something for everyone.
Madivaru is something really unique, which is hard to find these days with the extraordinary levels of luxury available to canny travellers. Yes, the location is beyond words. Yes, the beaches are as close to perfection as you will find anywhere. And yes, the luxury is off the scale. But the difference is in the accommodation – the most exquisite tented villas you have ever laid eyes on, each hugged by its own private pool, and just a handful of them huddled on an island too lovely for man to have come up with himself.
If you’re looking to escape to your own private retreat, but still hanker after the facilities that only a world class resort can provide, look no further. Tucked away near the Belle Mare Plage’s stunning golf courses are a handful of private beach villas offering the last word in privacy, complete with an ever-attentive maître de villa, while outside the resort’s outstanding facilities await.
A pared-down paradise getaway, you’ll find comfortable rooms and live entertainment here, as well as lovely local cuisine, two magnificent pools and a choice of private beaches nearby.
While it’s just a short seaplane flight away from more developed parts of the Maldivian archipelago, Kanuhura is a resort with an imaginative edge. We couldn’t fail to be blown away by the simply sensational outdoor bathrooms: think water cascading from an urn in place of a shower, and a vast circular bath tub filled with blossoms. Sigh.
A beachfront resort that hums refinement, Heritage Le Telfair consists of a series of handsome, colonial style villas and takes in 15 pristine oceanfront acres, including the glorious Bel Ombre beach.
Nestled amongst lush forest with the beach right there, this is five-star luxury with a choice of hill, lagoon, or sea views from your well-appointed room, and a spectacular signature restaurant.
Snorkelling or surfing? Cooking or dining? Bubble-making or beach volleyball? With more than 100 activities available to bring out the intrepid explorer in you, and a choice of Island Villas, just steps from the beach, or InOcean Villas, an exclusive cluster of overwater villas, positioned at the edge of the reef, you’ll be spoilt for choice here from the moment the seaplane touches down.
A rather lovely hotel bringing echoes of Africa to a perfect Mauritian beach, this family-friendly spot offers contemporary living with fun for all ages, and includes the Heritage Golf Club.
One of the best and most tranquil white sand beaches provide the setting for fabulous villa accommodation, with stunning mountain or beach views. There are seven restaurants and bars offering everything from Creole to southeast Asian Fusion, leisure activities including watersports, boat trips and jungle nature treks – and then there’s the luxurious Silhouette Spa.
Balanced on two pristine islands in the southwestern atoll of Dhaalu, NIYAMA brings a host of new experiences to this stunning part of the world. Here you might find yourself following a hard day on the beach with a trip to the deli, picking up dinner for the family to be enjoyed under the stars in perfect privacy. Or if you’re after something livelier, check out NIYAMA’s world-first: Subsix, an underwater nightclub that’s the brainchild of the clever folks behind another world-first – the underwater spa at nearby sister retreat, Huvafen Fushi.
Anahita makes for an excellent family resort offering a choice of one to three bedroom apartment-style suites with plunge pools, or three to five bedroom villas, each with their own swimming pools. The hub of the resort is the lively waterfront ‘village’ with its boutiques, personal fitness centre, wellbeing lounge, golf, kids’ club and teens’ club, swimming pool and tennis courts, plus dining that’s divine.
Two of the most beautiful beaches on the paradise island of Mahé play host to this resort, a mecca for anyone looking for the ultimate beach holiday. With seven types of accommodation, from luxury suites to the super Deluxe Hillside Villas atop the northern hills of the resort, the choice here is huge. A Shiseido spa, five restaurants and bars and a kids’ mini club complete this dazzling picture.
After your scenic seaplane flight from Malé, kick off your shoes: you won’t need them until you leave. The Soneva Fushi concept is a luxury version of the ‘Crusoe’ experience; each of its rustic-chic villas are loaded with comforts and conveniences and yet great care has been taken to make the resort environmentally friendly.
This resort boasts a staggering selection of facilities for all meaning you’re guaranteed to find something that’s right up your street. Rooms and suites, recently refurbished, feature classically-elegant styling; the gorgeous Shiseido Spa flaunts an oriental vibe; and the seven top notch eateries cover light bites to delicious gourmet Italian dining and everything in between.
A tropical paradise and ecological haven ideal for couples and families alike, this is your very own private island home. The outstanding beauty of the island is enhanced by a conservation programme which allows guests to share in discovering rare wildlife and indigenous plants. The island’s own plantation guarantees a unique gastronomic experience, with gourmet cuisine served at one of the two restaurants.
For all-inclusive Maldivian luxury that ticks all those dream boxes, look no further. Azure waters, whiter-than-white sand, over-water bungalows, worldclass diving and dining, a pavilion spa and world-class dining under a blanket of stars, modern luxury with old-school service and charm ... they’re all here. The Maldives’ only five-star all-inclusive Platinum Plan resort, means this an affordable luxury paradise.
Long Beach brings something very different to Mauritius: an urban, piazza-style layout that gives the resort a focal point, bringing its restaurants (six in all, including Italian, Japanese and Chinese), shops, bars and nightclub together. The rooms are carefully arranged in crescents so everyone sees the ocean, and there’s plenty to do, including golf and a fabulous spa, plus dedicated clubs for kids and teens too.
Imagine a private island in the breathtaking Seychelles with 14 kilometres of perfect-to-the-touch white sandy beaches, fringed by unspoilt forest and looking out towards crystal waters. Then imagine a series of über-stylish yet sensitively-designed suites and villas brushing the perfect sands; each beautifully rendered in natural woods with mod cons through the roof. This, is Desroches.
Presiding over a Maldivian island just three kilometres long and covered with lush vegetation, Shangri-La’s Villingili is a feast for all the senses. With exciting adventures for young, old and all those in between (lunch on the equator is a must) a spectacular kids’ club and to-die-for dining and CHI spa, the experiences are never ending.
Traditional, modern and clever, the Maritim is a marriage of innovative design and natural wonders, where interlocking pools are your manmade playground, and the talcum sands and Indian Ocean your picture postcard natural Eden. From the smaller, basic rooms to the more impressive Family Villa, via the lovely Château Mon Désir restaurant, Maritim is an elegant choice from which to discover Mauritius.
Hilton has gone back to nature with this resort tucked away on beautiful Mahé. Comprised only of private villas, dotted with secluded coves, and topped off with the Duniye Spa, it’s an idyllic escape.