Home to some of the most famous islands in the world, the Indian Ocean is renowned for its tropical climate, white sandy beaches and crystal-clear waters. A luxury holiday in the Indian Ocean offers you the chance to experience all of your desert island fantasies at once: hike in jungles, sunbathe along pristine shores, and dive along coral coasts.
Ringed with white-sand beaches lapped by sapphire waters, and boasting an interior ripe with jungles and mountains, Mauritius raises the bar for paradise. Discover the giant water lilies found in the historic National Botanic Garden, marvel at the multi-coloured sand dunes known as the Seven Coloured Earths and have a close encounter with giraffes and lions in the Casela Nature Park.
Or discover the Maldives, an archipelago made up of over a thousand islands floating in electric blue waters, and home to thriving coral reefs and tropical fish. It's also a romantic getaway and a beach lover’s paradise, one that is celebrated for its soft white sands and shallow azure lagoons.
The Seychelles is an ideal destination for honeymooners - offering unspoiled beaches, endless sea views, mysterious forests, and UNESCO-listed nature reserves for you to explore. Beaches here offer some of the world's softest sands, serene coastal views and glistening shallows like no other. Kick back in a luxury spa or get active and explore the wildlife of the islands. You'll have the chance to see giant tortoise and exotic birds like the Seychelles black parrot or the Seychelles magpie-robin.
Regardless of where you visit, luxury Indian Ocean holidays provide an unrivalled way to experience this tropical region.
The Indian Ocean has a wonderful tropical climate with warm annual temperatures. The best time to visit Mauritius and the Seychelles is from May through to December. The Maldives on the other hand, enjoy their finest weather from December to April.
Regardless of when you visit, these islands are all prone to a healthy dose of sunshine which'll help ensure you leave the islands with a lust to return. Expect temperatures to remain fairly constant, with highs in Seychelles reaching 28 degrees Celsius and lows dipping slightly to 26.
As you'd expect, the Indian Ocean offers up plenty of fresh seafood, and you'll see that reflected in the cuisine. You'll find tropical fruits and fragrant spices are staples of the Indian Ocean, along with a combination of various Asian, African and European influences in the food.
Along with the local fare, you discover the island-nations of the Indian Ocean can cater to all tastes, and offer plenty of international options, such as Mediterranean mezes, Japanese teppanyaki, and continental breakfasts.
You should carry identification with you at all times and it's a good idea to keep a photocopy of your passport. Visa requirements vary from place to place, so be sure to check conditions in advance. Visit GOV.UK for more advice on passports, visas and travel.