When you think of Indian Ocean holidays, postcard-worthy white sands, impossibly blue ocean waters and gently swaying palm trees are sure to come to mind. And while this part of the world is without a doubt the ultimate in barefoot luxury holidaying, it’s also a destination of diversity that goes beyond your simple sun-and-sea escape.
Step off your seaplane in the Maldives onto a private island and you’ll soon discover there’s so much more to do than spend blissed-out days on the beach (though there is plenty of those too!) Here there is everything from underwater dining and open-air beach cinemas to on-island golf courses.
And when you explore beyond Mauritius’ exceptional coastline – home to the world’s third-largest coral reef – you can find yourself quad biking through nature reserves, dancing to the rhythm of sega and taking part in authentic cultural experiences with the local population.
With a collection of 115 islands scattered across the Indian Ocean, the Seychelles is one of the world’s least populated countries and makes for a secluded holiday destination popular with honeymooners – but there is adventure to be found as well with dramatic hikes and extraordinary snorkelling. Finally, there’s Sri Lanka, one of the best places for wildlife encounters and cultural wonders. Mix your beach stay with a tour around the island, exploring ancient cities, hilltop citadels, timeless ruins and heading into the national parks to spot elephants and leopards.
Whether you are travelling as a family, planning the perfect honeymoon or simply looking to escape the mundane with friends, one of our Indian Ocean holidays will cater for you. Browse our collection below and book with confidence in the knowledge that we are ABTA and ATOL protected and everything from flights to accommodations included in the overall price.