INDIAN OCEAN OVERVIEW
Imagine a world of crystal clear water and bright white, sugar sands. Think about hiking through a tropical rainforest, enjoying a lazy drift down a hidden river or having a well-earned rest in a hammock at the sea shore’s edge.
And so the hard choices begin. Which of the Indian Ocean’s flawless gems appeals most strongly? The stunningly beautiful Maldives? Sophisticated Mauritius? The mesmerising
Seychelles archipelago? Or Sri Lanka, with its rich cultural history and extraordinary wildlife?
Whichever you decide upon, some things remain constant. Long days soaking up endless sunshine, crystalline blue seas, and pristine white sand under your bare feet. Truly luxurious hotels and that almost overpowering sense of all being right with the world that comes with total relaxation, in gorgeous surroundings.
Whatever your final landing place, you won’t be disappointed by what this beautiful and impressively unspoilt region of the world has to offer.
The beautiful Maldives scattered across the Indian Ocean open up a world of opportunity for travellers who want to embark upon a personal adventure full of stunning beaches, mouth-watering food and firstclass services. The Maldives are a range of coral reefs which developed around the sides of ancient volcanoes and remained on the ocean surface once the rock formations had sunk. What’s left is a remarkable selection of islands offering white sands,
clear bright blue seas and endless sunshine.
Cast away to a beautiful, palm-fringed island where tranquil beaches give way to dramatic volcanic landscapes. Imagine yourself relaxing on the island of Mauritius where you’ll be treated to captivating natural surroundings and colourful villages, world-class hotels and some of the best watersports facilities in the Indian Ocean. The French-Creole food, the welcoming and friendly people, and the lush surroundings make a trip to Mauritius truly memorable.
The Seychelles simply exude spirit and serenity and the small archipelago in the western Indian Ocean is deliciously remote, brimming with picture-perfect beaches and is quite
simply a taste of paradise. Whether it’s for a honeymoon or a trip to celebrate children flying the nest, the Seychelles is the perfect choice.
Just off the east coast of India lies the island of Sri Lanka, tear shaped and oozing with beautiful beaches, lush rainforests, exotic wildlife and stunning mountain vistas. It’s the perfect place to visit for a cultural and spiritual experience and is world-renowned for
its welcoming people and excellent hospitality.
ABOUT INDIAN OCEAN
+4 hours (Maldives, Seychelles)
+5 hours (Mauritius)
+5.5 hours (Sri Lanka)
11 hours to Seychelles, Sri Lanka
12 hours to Maldives, Mauritius
Maldives - Maldivian Rufiya
Mauritius - Mauritian Rupee
Seychelles - Seychelles Rupee
Sri Lanka - Sri Lankan Rupee
|CLIMATE:||The climate on the islands of the Indian Ocean is steadily warm – see individual destination pages.|
DESIGNER DETAILS BY CHARLOTTE HUDDERS
So idyllic, with such vibrancy. The white sand beaches and turquoise water side by side look too beautiful to be true. Over water accommodation is commonplace here, with natural materials used so well. Plenty of lush greenery in this part of the world, with plantations in Mauritius and Sri Lanka, plus a haven for watersport lovers right across the Indian Ocean – the colours under water are incredible.
CULINARY CUES BY NIGEL HAWORTH
Exciting cooking where great fish is always available (tuna, grouper, kingfish, swordfish). Indian inspired food, Goan-style hot and spicy. Coriander infused curries, meats like goat, fish and shellfish flavored with cinnamon sticks, mixed spice, and curry leaves. Pickled fish in turmeric-infused oil and spices, curried octopus, pumpkin and shellfish soup exotic fruits straight from the trees make great juices and smoothies and cocktails, bananas are caramelised to flambé with rum.