Islands. There’s something strangely comforting about holidaying in ‘splendid isolation’, and while that phrase originally applied to the British Isles, some rather more sunny examples exist in the Indian Ocean.

Why we think you’ll love it

  • While the highest point in the Maldives is a mere 7.9 ft above sea level, the towering Piton des Neiges on Réunion is a more impressive 10,069 ft
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Where to go in Indian Ocean

Maldives

Maldives

Paradise islands don’t come much better than the Maldives.

Maldives
Seychelles

Seychelles

An ideal choice for anybody looking for lower-key beach time than is provided by the glitzier Maldives or Mauritius.

Seychelles
Mauritius

Mauritius

This tiny Indian Ocean island has long set the standard for tropical luxury holidays.

Mauritius
Reunion

Reunion

Neighbour to Mauritius, and perfect either in combination or as a standalone destination.

Reunion

What to do in Indian Ocean

Dive Fregate Island

Dive Fregate Island

Fregate Island is situated on the edge of the inner group of granite islands that lie at the heart of the far-flung Seychelles archipelago.

Dive Fregate Island

Where to stay in Indian Ocean

Niyama, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Niyama

The little sister of one of our favourite Maldivian retreats, Huvafen Fushi, NIYAMA opened its doors in March 2012. It is every bit as luxurious and spoiling, with an added dose of funk and attitude in the form of the world's first underwater nightclub.

Niyama
Pool at W Retreat & Spa Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

W Retreat & Spa

As if choosing where to stay in the Maldives wasn't hard enough, along comes the W Retreat & Spa.

W Retreat & Spa
Anantara Kihavah Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Anantara Kihavah

A serious contender for one our favourite Maldivian hotspots, Anantara Kihavah leaves no stone unturned, with effortless style and a mega dollop of attention to detail.

Anantara Kihavah
Baros Maldives, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Baros Maldives

Baros is an immaculate resort on a private, palm-fringed island surrounded by a shallow lagoon.

Baros Maldives
Pool at Cheval Blanc Randheli, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Cheval Blanc Randheli

Sister property to the contemporary classic Cheval Blanc in Courchevel, Cheval Blanc Randheli caters to a similar audience of high flyers with an innate appreciation of the finer things in life.

Cheval Blanc Randheli
Aerial view of Constance Halaveli Resort, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Constance Halaveli Resort

The new Constance Halaveli Resort has villas either on stilts in a beautiful lagoon or on the pristine beach.

Constance Halaveli Resort
Villas at Cocoa Island, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Cocoa Island

Cocoa Island is located in the less developed South Malé Atoll of the Maldives, reached by a 30-minute private speedboat transfer from the international airport.

Cocoa Island
Dining at Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru

Landaa Giraavaru in Baa Atoll, with its verdant, beach-fringed coral islands, is a quintessential Maldivean paradise.

Four Seasons Landaa Giraavaru
The beach at Gili Lankanfushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives

Formerly Soneva Gili, this luxury hotel and spa occupies a tiny island set in a sparkling lagoon and surrounded by thriving coral reefs, ideally located just twenty minutes’ journey by speedboat from the international airport on Malé.

Gili Lankanfushi, Maldives
Water villa at Huvafen Fushi, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Huvafen Fushi

One of the most luxurious resorts in the Maldives, Huvafen Fushi is located half an hour by speedboat from the international airport.

Huvafen Fushi
Park Hyatt Hadahaa, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Park Hyatt Hadahaa

Sitting on an untouched atoll and boasting one of the best house reefs in the Maldives, the Park Hyatt Hadahaa is a diver’s paradise.

Park Hyatt Hadahaa
Pool Beach at Reethi Rah, luxury hotel in the Maldives

Reethi Rah

Set on one of the largest islands in North Male Atoll, the One&Only at Reethi Rah is one of the finest of the (very fine) hotels in the Maldives.

Reethi Rah
Soneva Fushi

Soneva Fushi

A luxury hideaway on the island of Kunfunadhoo in the Baa Atoll. Reaching the resort involves a half-hour scenic flight by seaplane from the Maldives’ capital of Malé.

Soneva Fushi
Six Senses Laamu

Six Senses Laamu

Located towards the south of the Maldivian archipelago, Six Senses Laamu is designed to offer individual style along with a strong sense of community.

Six Senses Laamu
Soneva in Aqua

Soneva in Aqua

As a member of the Soneva family, this new luxury ultra yacht is set to sail in early 2014 and will offer guests the freedom to cruise to some of the Maldives’ most spectacular reefs and paradise locations.

Soneva in Aqua
The Viceroy Maldives

The Viceroy Maldives

The latest addition to the Viceroy Hotel collection, Viceroy Maldives is certainly one to rival its Maldivian neighbours. Located in the remote Shaviyani Atoll, it is an hour’s seaplane flight from the capital Malé.

The Viceroy Maldives
Velaa Private Island

Velaa Private Island

Forget London buses – luxury Maldives resorts seem to be coming along way more than two at a time. The newest of the impossibly fabulous resorts to open (with fabulously sky high room rates to match, predictably) is Velaa Private Island in Noonu Atoll, just 45 minutes by seaplane from the capital Male.

Velaa Private Island
Conrad Maldives Rengali

Conrad Maldives Rengali

Conrad Maldives Rengali is a wonderful resort on a private island surrounded by a marine life Mecca of stunning coral reef, whale sharks, manta rays, dolphins and turtles.

Conrad Maldives Rengali
Constance Moofushi

Constance Moofushi

So many beautiful desert islands, so many beautiful hotels to choose from. The Maldives has got an enviable problem on its hands with quite so much choice, but here at Original Travel we have been to the best of the bunch of hotels, and think Constance Moofushi will appeal.

Constance Moofushi
Maalifushi by COMO

Maalifushi by COMO

Maalifushi by COMO is the group’s second luxury hotel in the Maldives after Cocoa Island, and has recently opened in the more remote south-western Thaa Atoll.

Maalifushi by COMO
Anantara Dhigu

Anantara Dhigu

With such a bewildering choice of resorts in the Maldives every island idyll needs a special something to differentiate from the rest; in the case of Anantara Dhigu it’s simple, this is one of the best – and best value – family hotels in the Maldives, all just 35 minutes by speedboat from the airport.

Anantara Dhigu
 Constance Ephelia Resort

Constance Ephelia Resort

As locations go, this is pretty special. Between two of the most beautiful beaches on the island of Mahé, and overlooking the marine national park of Port Launay, Ephelia Resort is set in 300 acres of lush vegetation.

Constance Ephelia Resort
 Banyan Tree Seychelles

Banyan Tree Seychelles

The hotel occupies a 117 hectare site overlooking the beautiful Intendance Bay, and includes what has been described as one of the ten most beautiful beaches in the world.

Banyan Tree Seychelles
 Cousine Island

Cousine Island

Lying off the west coast of Praslin, and accessible by helicopter from Mahé, Cousine Island offers an exclusive island experience with complete seclusion found in very few other places.

Cousine Island
 Denis Island

Denis Island

Named after Denis de Trobriant, the French explorer who was the first European to discover it in 1773, Denis Island is located some 60 miles north of the main island of Mahé.

Denis Island
Desroches Island Resort

Desroches Island Resort

This remote island, roughly two miles long and half a mile wide, has just this one place to stay on it.

Desroches Island Resort
Four Seasons Seychelles

Four Seasons Seychelles

The Four Seasons group's quest for world domination continues with their first opening in the Seychelles. Expect excellent service and top notch comfort.

Four Seasons Seychelles
Constance Lémuria

Constance Lémuria

Praslin is the second largest of the Seychelles islands, and a short hop by light aircraft from the main island of Mahé.

Constance Lémuria
Maia Resort & Spa

Maia Resort & Spa

Maia is a luxurious beach resort overlooking the turquoise waters and golden sands of Anse Louis on the southeast coast of Mahé, the main island of the Seychelles.

Maia Resort & Spa
North Island

North Island

This small, private island - just a mile long by half a mile across - was abandoned in the 1970s following the collapse of the coconut industry.

North Island

Details for Indian Ocean

A little more info

INDIAN OCEAN ISLANDS

There are certainly plenty to choose from, ranging from atolls of thousands of tiny palm-fringed coral islands in the Maldives to the more substantial (and considerably more vertical) volcanic outcrops of Mauritius and neighbouring Réunion and the granitic gems of the Seychelles.

LUXURY INDIAN OCEAN HOLIDAYS

All of the above are perfect for honeymoons, with some of the world's finest hotels in situ, but the appeal is far broader than just for those in the first flush of post-wedded bliss. Families will adore the slick service for all ages at the resorts of Mauritius, while divers can enjoy some of the very best diving in the Maldives. Meanwhile the Seychelles islands are just downright spectacular, and our new favourite, Réunion, offers the chance to trek, surf, paraglide and canyon in, on and over incredibly dramatic landscapes.

Rachel and Rosie are our Indian Ocean experts and as seasoned travellers they have the inside track on the most memorable adventures.

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