If you were asked to picture paradise, you would probably conjure up an image of the Indian Ocean. Unbelievable islands, azure waters, incredible service and easy access make this an unbeatable part of the world.
Paradise Lost? Well, this is certainly the region in which to start looking!
The epitome of refined elegance, the Maldives offer a desert island dream come true, where you can lounge on a tranquil talcum powder beach sipping cocktails while watching the sunset. It’s a mecca for surfers and one of the world’s richest diving areas, with clear warm waters, vivid corals and thousands of fish, from groups of colourful swimmers to magnificent mantas and sharks. The luxury hotels tend to take their inspiration from the Orient or French Polynesia while cuisine is usually an eclectic blend of Asian and Continental with plenty of seafood.
They know all about stunning hotels in Mauritius. The island might well be just a dot in the Indian Ocean but it certainly sets new standards for tropical beach resorts. Almost without exception they manage to be both delightfully exotic and reassuringly luxurious, having taken the best aspects of their Indian, French and Creole heritage and turned them into something quite their own across their architecture, service and cuisine. Yet it would be a pity to come All this way and not explore the island itself. Scenically it offers anything from tranquil lakes to mountain ranges, its coastline dotted with quaint fishing villages and its interior studded with tropical gardens, nature reserves and bird parks.
Few places in the world are as beautiful as the Seychelles. In fact the second largest island in the archipelago is a contender for the Garden of Eden, its unique coco-de-mer tree considered the original ‘tree of knowledge of good and evil’. The Seychelles actually consist of about a hundred different islands, some of them granite and mountainous, others coral and flat, but most of them ringed by breathtaking beaches and crystal clear waters. Birdwatch, beachcomb and scuba-dive to your heart’s content.
Sri Lanka treasure island A teardrop-shaped island 30-miles off the coast of India, Sri Lanka is where the village and beach life of today stands shoulder to shoulder with 2,500 years of recorded history. It’s home to no fewer than seven Unesco-listed world heritage sites which makes it one of the richest treasure troves of natural and man-made wonders in the world.